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Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera
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- Attach to turn your Smartphone1 into a DSLR-like quality camera. Phone sold seperately.
- NFC/Wi-Fi allows simple, one-touch connection to Smartphones
- Shoot and enjoy images thru the Smartphone's large LCD
- Compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||200 Photos|
|Display Fixture Type||No|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF)|
|Flash Memory Type||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Included Components||NP-BN Rechargeable Battery, Smartphone Attachment|
|Item Dimensions||2.46 x 2.19 x 2.46 inches|
|Item Weight||0.39 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,472|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20 MP|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||via smartphone|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
|Style Name||QX 100|
|Supported Battery Types||NP-BN, NP-BN1|
|Touch Screen Type||via smartphone|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1440 x 1080 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
The world's first pro-grade lens and sensor combo that clips to your Smartphone. Now you can shoot breathtaking, DSLR-quality pics and instantly share them online for more "likes" than ever. Sporting a 1" sensor and a Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens, this innovative camera captures beautifully defocused backgrounds for that professional look you crave. It's a dream come true for lovers of photography-and convenience.
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The world's first pro-grade lens and sensor combo that clips to your smartphone. Now you can shoot breathtaking, DSLR-quality pics and instantly share them online for more "likes" than ever. Sporting a 1" sensor and a Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens, this innovative camera captures beautifully defocused backgrounds for that professional look you crave. It's a dream come true for lovers of photography—and convenience.
Attach to turn your Smartphone1 into a DSLR-like quality camera
Simply attach the compact and lightweight QX100 to turn your Smartphone1 into a professional grade camera to capture beautiful DSLR-like 20MP still photos.
NFC/Wi-Fi allows simple, one-touch connection to Smartphones
The QX100 allows One-touch connection with Smartphone via Wi-Fi thanks to NFC. Shoot from your iOS or Android Smartphone2 and record images with the quality of dedicated camera device.
Shoot and enjoy images thru the Smartphone's large LCD screen3
All of the QX100's features can be accessed via your Smartphone's LCD3 and the free PlayMemories Mobile App.
Conveniently save images on both camera & phone memory
Images are conveniently saved to both camera and Smartphone's memory automatically. With the free PlayMemories Mobile App you'll then be able to export the images to organize, edit and share anytime, anywhere.
Use Apps to edit and share photos instantly online
Millions of Smartphone Apps to choose from for editing and sharing via text, email and various socials like Facebook and Instgram on the fly.
Uncouple from phone and hold or mount for flexible shooting
The QX100 can also be used uncoupled from the Smartphone. Hold the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, or use the universal tripod screw to mount your camera to any number of mounts to experience versatile, freestyle shooting.
Get the shots you want w/ manual control via smartphone1
Intuitively control shutter speed, zoom, aperture, exposure, white balance and more with the free PlayMemories Mobile app.
High-quality 30p HD video with low grain even in low light
Record high quality 1920x1080/30p HD video even in low lighting situations. The MP4 format is ideal for enjoying and sharing your HD movies on your Smartphone, PC, Mac computer or the internet.
Impeccable low light performance thanks to large 1" sensor
The QX100 sports a back-illuminated 20MP large 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce professional images that far surpass those captured on any smartphone. The sensor is exceptionally sensitive, producing images with less grain even in low light situations.
Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x optical zoom
Zoom in up to 3.6x on a renowned Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with large F1.8 aperture lets you accurately capture the subtle atmosphere of every scene and achieve beautiful background and foreground defocusing.
1. Compatible with virtually all iOS and Android Smartphones. Smartphone case or protective cover may prevent attachment.
2. One-touch connection requires NFC on Smartphone. Smartphones without NFC can connect through Wi-Fi settings.
3. Compatible with virtually all iOS and Android Smartphones. Use of PlayMemories mobile App is required to operate camera from Smartphone.
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I was psyched to install the firmware grade, since I had wanted to use it on an upcoming camping trip to take shots of the stars, but didn't have the ability to slow down the shutter speed enough. With the latest firmware, now I can set it for as long as 30 seconds, which should do the trick. And when my iPhone 6 arrives, I'll be able to connect it via NFC! Great device, worth every penny in my book.
This preliminary review I am providing is for the Sony DSC-QX100.
As an owner of the Sony NEX-5N, NEX-6, and NEX-7 model cameras I was optimistic that the QX100 with it's f/1.8 Zeiss lens and 20MP sensor would meet my expectations, and be comparable in image quality to the NEX line of cameras. So far (all be it limited at the moment) the pictures I have taken do meet my standards in image quality. All the sharpness and creamy bokeh are present as you would expect with a wide 1.8 Zeiss lens. The sharpness is there thanks to the 20 megapixels, and the level of noise in low light is surprisingly low for such a high MP sensor.
I have not had the opportunity to shoot in bright sunny conditions yet; however, my initial experiences in low light photography with this camera are impressive. It even manages to provide a sharp blur free image with shutter speeds as low as 1/30th of a second.
It connects easily with your phone using the Sony PlayMemories free app, has complete control via the phone screen (including touch focus, exposure bracketing, zoom, etc.), and allows the user to take pictures at unusual point of views which makes for some interesting creative imagery.
So far, my only gripes are that you have to hit the back button each time you snap a picture (this may be fixed with a future firmware update), and the bracket to attach to a phone is not big enough to attach to larger smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Basically, this camera is the exact specs as the Sony RX100 camera without the screen, so I would advise anyone thinking about buying this lens to also check out the reviews on the Sony RX100 to get further insight until we can weed out all the initial negative reviews currently coming in from the like of people who either don't even own the camera (but always seem to have something to say), or the nonsensical people who give this camera a one star review because "their app on their phone crashed".
I will be posting example pictures tomorrow (9/26/13) on Amazon, and will provide a further update to this review.
*** Update 10/22 *****
So far I have been very impressed with the versatility of this product. It really opens up a whole new world of shooting possibilities. I have been using it on an Android smartphone and have had no connection problems with the direct WiFi. The only drawback I am experiencing is skies "blowing out" and becoming over exposed when taking pictures in very bright sunlight - Although you can compensate for this slightly by altering the bracketing. Please check out some of my example pictures I have posted on Amazon. I will post more over the next few days.
-as long as the subject remains static, you are almost always bound to get a shot which wows you
-Phones with NFC can instantly connect with the camera, turn it on & load the app on their phones by just touching the camera.
-those without have to turn on the camera & load settings on your phone to connect to it via WiFi.
-requires a LOT of patience. The convenience of a detached wireless camera is nulled by a laggy connection which sometimes fail & requires either the camera or the app to be restarted.
-The battery doesn't last very long (good for half a day of shooting). Especially when recording videos (lasting only a few minutes).
Still, this camera takes awesome DSLR-esque pictures! It can also achieve angles other cameras cannot. Also, you can operate it on your own without the help of a 2nd person. Furthermore, you can take photographs & videos ever more discreetly with this device. Finally, t does 80% of the photography an average person needs.
After using it for a few months, I've learned it's limitations & changed my photography habits to suit this powerful little camera. The results are totally worth it every time.