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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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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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(7 of 7 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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(5 of 10 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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(4 of 5 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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    (9 of 9 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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      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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          (10 of 11 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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          • 7
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          • No

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