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Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones

Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Sony DSC-QX100 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Attach to Smartphone
  • 3Sensor
  • 4Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 5Memory
  • 6Shoot Uncoupled
  • 7Lens
  • 8HD Video Capture
  • 9Image Stabilization
  • 10Exposure Control
  • 11Control Camera from Smartphone
  • 12Apps

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.


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.


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.


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.


Numerous smartphone apps are available for editing and sharing via text, email and various social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Sony DSC-QX100 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.6 x 4.6 x 4.1"
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I have crucial question about DSC-QX100I was at the comfort with someone, and i realized and notice that there is a camera aimed at us. the person denied any filming been taken place. however, i did remove the memory card from the DSC-QX100 and took it with me. once i got home, i realized the person was infact filming. :(and i did read on other sites, that you can only record to the microSD inside the QX100, and later on youll have to use a SyncQX app to connect the camera to your smartphone to be able to transfer the videos from the memorycard to the smart phone.the fact i removed the memory card form the camera right after the incident, the person will not be able to have any copy of it on his smart phone. right ?how true it that, can you update me . pleasethank you very much, please reply quick
Asked by: ziad t.
As long as you have removed the memory card right after the incident and that he/she does not have had transferred the videos to his/her smartphone, the only videos copy you have should be the only one. Like you have found online, the only way to record video is onto the microSD card inside the QX100.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-14


Will it work with the Samsung S5?
Asked by: John L.
Yes but not if your in a hurry, the lag time in the data transfer is too much for any moving project. Still photography is great and very good photos.
Answered by: Charles S.
Date published: 2018-08-24


can i connect lens style camera with my Samsung Galaxy Note N7000......?
Asked by: Anonymous
Provided your Samsung Galaxy N7000 supports Wifi and you can run the Sony Play Memories app ok ( a free app available in the Google Play store ) then yes it should work.
Answered by: Gary S.
Date published: 2018-08-24


Asked by: Anonymous
It's an amazing lens and works with both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung (Android) 5.
Answered by: JOHN J.
Date published: 2018-08-24


Hye , i try this lense at sony shop using my iPhone 5 , everything work fine on camera but it cannot do recording, when i hit record button it said no media found.. it just my iphone 5 or all iphone 5 is same.the salesman said it working on his 5s , but not working on my 5... any help ?
Asked by: Anonymous
The error message you received - No media found indicates either that you are not using a memory card in the QX100, or the memory card you have is corrupt/defective. Make sure you have a memory card inserted into the QX100, then make sure to format the card according to the instructions in the owners manual, then once you start taking pictures it will save them to that memory card.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-24


can I use the same type filter adapter that I used on my RX100 II???
Asked by: Anonymous
No. The QX100/QX10 cameras do not have any ability to adapt a filter onto them.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-24


When shooting video is there a way to use an external mic? Either on the lens or through the smartphone?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sony QX100 does not have any option for an external microphone, but you could consider using an external audio recorder, and then later using various video editing software programs you could sync the audio with the video you captured. Otherwise theQX100 does have a built-in internal mic. - Yossi
Answered by: Jeremy L.
Date published: 2018-08-24


Can i use this dsc-qx100 with iphone when i go out door shoot video or picture without wifi . Because my iphone don't have 3G , only connect to wifi at home or where is have wifi connected .Thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
The lens creates its own special Ad-hoc WiFi network between it and the smartphone (so you can shoot anywhere without having to worry about finding a pre-existing WiFi signal). You do not have to be in an area that has WiFi such as a WiFi hotspot at a coffee shop or in your residence. - Yossi
Answered by: Jeremy L.
Date published: 2018-08-24
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