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Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones

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Value $21.19
Price: $498.00
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You Pay: $448.00
Product Highlights
  • Clips to Smartphone and Shoots Uncoupled
  • 20.2MP 1.0" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 Lens
  • 28-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC Connectivity
  • Compose and Adjust Settings from Phone
  • Saves Images on Smartphone and Camera
  • Manual Exposure Control via Smartphone

The DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones from Sony is an innovative camera that combines DSLR-like image quality with the ever-present convenience and sharing capability of the smartphone. With a 20.2MP 1.0" Exmor R Backside-Illuminated CMOS sensor and the BIONZ image processor, the QX100 creates sharp, high-resolution images with effective low light capabilities at ISO sensitivities that run to 12800 and are expandable to 25600.

What is original about the QX100 is its form factor. It looks less like a camera and more like just a lens. However, despite the fact that it has no viewfinder or LCD, it is indeed a camera. Its innovation is that it can be clipped directly to almost any smartphone and via its built-in Wi-Fi connection, utilize the phone's large display screen for composition and playback viewing and touch menu control. It can also be used off the smartphone, either handheld or mounted utilizing its integrated tripod thread. 

The lens of the QX100 is the 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens which has the 35mm format equivalence of a 28-100mm lens. Its focal range includes wide-angle to portrait length telephoto and its maximum aperture at the wide-angle end is effective in low light and able to create a shallow depth of field. Four aspherical lens elements minimize aberrations for clear and color-accurate images. Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization reduces the effects of camera shake as well, so shots taken with slower shutter speeds will be free from blur. Single shot autofocus, manual focus and Touch autofocus from your smartphone are all supported.

The built-in Wi-Fi of the QX100 connects to your iOS or Android smartphone and once the Wi-Fi connection is established and the free PlayMemories Mobile App is installed, your phone will act as viewer and menu control for the camera. With Android smartphones, NFC (Near Field Communication) enables a Wi-Fi connection with just a simple tap between the phone and camera. Furthermore, with the Wi-Fi connection enabled, you can use your smartphone as a remote control and shoot with the camera detached from the smartphone. Also, thanks to a physical zoom lever and shutter button on the camera, you are able to shoot without a smartphone and view your images later. Images are saved to both the camera's memory and the smartphone's memory. The camera can utilize Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro Mark II and microSD and microSDHC cards for image storage.  

HD 1080p at 30 fps in the MP4 format is supported by the QX100 for quality video capture and a built-in stereo microphone records audio. Also, the camera offers numerous assistive features such as Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto and Face Detection, it even provides Aperture Priority exposure control. There are 44 scene modes in Superior Auto and 33 in Intelligent Auto to enable the camera match your scene with one of the numerous programmed scenes and automatically adjust the settings to create a well-balanced and accurate photo.

Your smartphone gives you access to countless apps for editing and sharing your photos so thanks to the QX100, you will have high quality photos already stored in your smartphone ready to share to social media sites.

Attach to Smartphone
Use the included adjustable, spring-loaded clip to attach the QX100 to your smartphone and turn your smartphone into a DSLR-like, high-resolution camera with optical zoom lens.
Sensor
The DSC-QX100 features a backside-illuminated 20.2MP 1.0" Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce professional-quality images that far surpass those captured by any smartphone. The sensor is exceptionally sensitive, producing images with less noise even in low light situations.
Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
The DSC-QX100 allows easy connection with smartphones via Wi-Fi. Shoot from your iOS or Android smartphones and record images with the quality of a dedicated camera. Furthermore, all of the camera's features can be accessed via your smartphone's display screen thanks to the free PlayMemories Mobile App. And thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication), Android enabled devices can establish a Wi-Fi connection with a simple tap of the camera to phone.
Memory
Images are conveniently saved to both the camera and smartphone's memory automatically. With the PlayMemories Mobile App you'll then be able to hit "share" on the App to organize, edit and share. The QX100 utilizes microSD and microSDHC memory cards as well as the Memory Stick Micro and Memory Stick Micro Mark 2.
Shoot Uncoupled
The DSC-QX100 can also be used uncoupled from your smartphone. Hold the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, or use the universal tripod screw thread to mount your camera to any number of mounts. Zoom and shutter can be controlled from your smartphone or from a zoom lever and button on the camera body.
Lens
With a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x optical zoom lens with f/1.8-4.9 maximum aperture and the 35mm focal length equivalence of 28-100mm, the QX100 creates sharp, high-resolution images. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture at the wide end is effective in low light and helps to achieve beautiful background and foreground defocusing.
HD Video Capture
Record high quality 1080/30p HD video even in low light situations. The MP4 format is ideal for enjoying and sharing your HD movies on your smartphone, computer or over the internet. A built-in stereo microphone is supported.
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization helps to control blur caused by camera shake which will give you clearer images especially when shooting in low light or at the telephoto end of the zoom. In video mode, Active Mode optical image stabilization with electronic compensation reduces the shake and blur caused by shooting video while walking.
Exposure Control
The QX100 provides several exposure modes to match the experience and needs of the user. Several auto modes provide ease of use including Face Detection and Scene Modes which adjust the camera's settings based on pre-selected scenes stored in-camera. Aperture-priority exposure allows for more direct and creative control of your camera's settings.
Control Camera from Smartphone
From the large LCD, OLED or AMOLED display of your smartphone you can intuitively control zoom, aperture, exposure, white balance, focusing and more with the free PlayMemories Mobile App.
Apps
Numerous smartphone apps are available for editing and sharing via text, email and various social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1.0" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MP4
Max Resolution 20MP: 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB
Optics
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 7 elements in 6 groups
4 Aspherical
EFL: 10.4-37.1 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-100 mm)
Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 4.9 (T) to f/11
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 3.6x
Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 1.80' (55 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter 1 - 1/2000 sec in Program Mode
4 - 1/2000 sec in Auto Mode
8 - 1/2000 sec in Aperture Priority Mode
Exposure Metering Multi
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes A (Aperture Priority)
Intelligent Auto
Movie
Program Auto
Superior Auto
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Interval Recording No
Flash
Memory
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Micro (up to 16GB)
Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 16GB)
microSD (up to 2GB)
microSDHC (up to 32GB)
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 2GB or 15 Minutes
Viewfinder/Display
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x Micro-USB
1x USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes built-in
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Waterproofing None
Power
Battery 1x NP-BN Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC
AC Power Adapter AC-UD10 (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.1" / 62.5 x 62.5 x 52.2 mm
Weight 5.8 oz / 164 g without battery and memory card
Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones
  • NP-BN Rechargeable Battery
  • Smartphone Attachment Bracket
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    SonyDSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones
     
    2.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good in low light (3)
    • Great resolution (3)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (3)

    Best Uses

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A module with creative potential

      By Just Me

      from Belmont, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great image quality
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact
      • Small and light
      • Upgradable With Firmware

      Cons

      • Wifi Pairing Adds Time

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Supercharge Phone Camera
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones:

      This module was not intended to replace my Nikon DLSRs and lenses but perhaps a device for shooting in ways I would not normally do with a 5 pound camera. The potential is its ability to shoot with the lens remote from your display (in my case, iPhone 5s). The module is small and light enough to be attached to an extended handheld tripod (Xshot 2) for above head shots or reaching into ground level or other strange places you don't normally stick a big camera to. You image is monitored via you smartphone after downloading their free software. You can control focus, zoom, exposure mode, etc. via the display.
      The QX100 can be attached with your smart phone so you can use it as a single unit. The unit is paired to your phone via its own built in wifi system. What really surprised me was the great image quality and ability to handle low noise. The colors from their Superior Auto exposure mode is great. At 20 MP, the resolution is also very good. All your images are stored in a micro SD card with a downsized version rasterized to your phone which you can share quickly. But you can also download the 20 MP files you choose to your phone so that you can use all of the many available photo effects apps to post process.
      As of April 2014, Sony came out with a firmware update. This week, I updated my device from v1 to v3. The process was simple and takes about 5-6 minutes. This update add the ability to control shutter speed and ISO. Ver 1 only allow control for WB and Aperture. There is also improvement on the video format, but since I don't at this time shoot video, I won't comment.
      I would say the primary downside is lag time you need to plan to get the pairing. Initially, as with any new wifi system, you will need to select their SSID, enter the lenses password, open the app, and wait a few seconds for the connection. But once you enter the password one time, the phone will remember. But even after that, you will need to plan on about 15-20 seconds to get a shot if your phone and device is off. Of course you can keep the power on but then you have battery life issues. Perhaps another issue for some is that it does not capture in RAW. It only captures in JPG. But because the image quality is good, I found only small adjustments were needed during post.
      Overall, I'm glad I bought it and have expanded my thought process on how to shoot and post process.

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      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      No So Great.

      By RealityExposed!

      from California

      Comments about Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones:

      The Sony DSC-QX100 seems slow to lock into wi-fi, with wi-fi connection/control distance a little on the short side. ( say...cams on a tripod and you wish to control the cam from an iPad from the other side of the room). The camera is to large to be handy and the focus action is slow. This model has no other ports other then the charging port(No HDMI). This model needs a blue tooth or wi-fi stand by for battery life. I think most users may opt to carry another pocket camera that links to their device, pull it out, turn it on its ready to use, no clipping onto you device and your phone is still ready for use.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Impressive Image quailty

      By GJS

      from NSW, Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones:

        Works quite well inconjuction with an Android phone device.

        The quality of the photos is quite impressive.

        The battery life is terrible.

        Wish you could control two or more of these camera devices at the same time from one Android phone for 3D photos.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        this is a COOL idea BUT.....

        By billyobong

        from oakland, ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fast Lens Great Sensor
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Balky Direct Wifi
        • Balky Software
        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones:

          Love the idea of a top quality lens that connects easily with a phone. The Zeiss 1.8 is tack sharp and very responsive. THere's a great sensor for a 6 oz device, the same as in their RX100 digital camera.

          HOWEVER, and this is a BIG however:
          1. Interface is really balky-my s4 wouldn't connect either through NFC OR direct wifi.
          2. No easy way to review what you just shot as a group.
          3. No RAW
          4. No full manual
          5. I was able to connect both my ipad and my ipod touch using the sony playmemories app. But the connection is slow, resulting in choppy video and rendering.

          I am sending back i wanted to love it.

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          (9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Very disappointed

          By Zolton

          from san Diego, Calif.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones:

              The integration of the DSC-QX100 with the Sony Application and I-Phone 4
              was very poorly designed. Also, my I-Phone's battery was very quickly discharged to the point a message appeared on my I-Phone I had never seen before, something about the temperature being to hot.

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              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Hit and miss, but certainly innovative

              By MacChelsea

              from Hong Kong

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • Long Connection Time
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones:

              Sony's ad focuses on street snaps, but the long connection time (can take up to 10-15 sec) with your smartphone means that it's not practical. But the QX100 certainly takes good pictures. I've taken shots side-by-side with an iPhone 5s, and the details of QX100 is unbeatable at this price. (I prefer the color-richness and AWB of the iPhone 5s, but you know it's subjective.)

              So it's a very interesting play-toy, but still it has lots of rooms for improvement. The lack of RAW images is a major miss. Even it's a play thing, without RAW it's wasting its quality. Also the shutter speed max out at 1/2000, which means you ought to set a smaller aperture in A mode. But since it's not too difficult to modify an app, I hope Sony will throw in more features into the app. If they do this will be a major step forward in digital photography.

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