Sony DSCQX100 20MP Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera for Sony
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- 20 megapixel camera
- Compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones
- 3.6X optical zoom, 1-inch sensor and a Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens
- The QX100 sports a back-illuminated 20MP large 1-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce professional images that far surpass those captured on any smartphone
- Shoot and enjoy images thru the Smartphone's large LCD
- NP-BN rechargeable battery, Smartphone attachment
- 1 year warranty
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Do you want to convert your Smartphone into a high-end camera? Then just pair it up with the Sony DSCQX100 20MP Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera and see the difference in your images.
Sony, the worldwide renowned brand manufacturing cameras has launched this optical zoom lens camera that is compatible with most of the Android and iOS Smartphones. It is equipped with a 3.6X optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens, Bionz image processing engine and 20.2 MP Exmor RcmOS image sensor that lets you deliver high-quality images. This attachable lens-style camera has an SLR-style control ring that lets you have total control over the aperture, exposure and other important settings. It also allows you to edit and share your favourite pictures.
When you attach it with your Smartphone, you can have a clear view of the image on the phone’s LCD. On attaching it with the Smartphone, the photos get stored both in the camera and the phone. It has the capability of collecting light so that you get to click perfect pictures even in low-light. This lens-type camera can be easily connected to your NFC-compatible Smartphone through Wi-Fi so that you can take remarkable stills and outstanding videos.
The BIONZ imaging processor enables you to achieve complete photography with supreme speed and accuracy. Even if you want to edit, organise or share images, you can export them all into a Smartphone application. One of its exclusive features is the attachable camera that automatically adjusts the settings to enable you to click brilliant images. Self timer and image stabilisation are some of the other features included in this specialized camera.
So get this lens-style camera from the house of Sony immediately and enhance your Smartphone’s photography skills.
From the Manufacturer
Turn Your Smartphone into a Super Camera
Transform your smartphone into a high-end camera and click amazing pictures with the Sony DSCQX100 lens-style camera. Featuring a 20.2 MP Exmor RcmOS image sensor, 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens and Bionz image processing engine, this smartphone attachable lens-style camera will far exceed your photography expectations. The Sony DSCQX100 camera easily connects to your NFC-compatible smartphone through Wi-Fi. All you need to do is install the PlayMemories Mobile application on your smartphone to enjoy clicking beautiful stills and recording remarkable videos.
The Sony DSCQX100 camera features an Exmor RcmOS image sensor that efficiently collects light to give you crisp and clear images, even in low-light conditions. Equipped with a powerful Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens, this smartphone attachable lens-style camera DSCQX100 delivers high performance at all times. Thanks to the BIONZ imaging processor of this camera, you can perform all your photography tasks with utmost speed and accuracy. This smartphone attachable lens has an SLR-style control ring that lets you take complete control of the aperture, exposure and other important settings.
Edit Images and Share Easily
This Sony smartphone attachable lens not only allows you to click incredible pictures or record splendid videos, it also offers you the advantage of editing and sharing your favourite shots. All the images that you click are automatically stored in both your smartphone and the camera. Export pictures to a smartphone application of your choice to edit, organize and share with ease. Featuring auto mode functions, this Sony smartphone attachable camera automatically adjusts its settings to give you exceptional pictures. The lens-style camera is a great way to enhance the photography options of your smartphone.
- Sensor: 1.0 type Exmor RcmOS sensor
- Lens: 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens
- Focus: Single-Shot AF, Touch AF, Manual Focus, Multi-Point AF
- Resolution: 20.2 MP
- Video Resolution: 1440 x 1080 pixels
- Storage: Memory Stick Micro, Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
The pictures are beauty and perfection. The zooming is optical zooming and perfect (not just a digital degrading trick). This IS a Zeiss lens after all. It has a low f-stop 1.8 in wide angle and 4.9 at full telephoto (the f-stop is what determines how much light is allowed into the aperture (the lower the number the better [an f-stop too high is why you can't get decent pictures inside a sports auditorium]).
Being separate from the camera is a plus that most aren't aware of: (1) My wife can carry it in her purse and clip it on when wanted; (2) but, you can hold it separately from your phone to be discreet about what subject matter you are shooting (I can hold by my side and aim it at the subject of the picture while looking at my phone which is not aimed at the subject --very sneaky).
But, again, look through the reviews and you will see that nobody disputes that it takes beautiful pictures. IT DOES.
Now, at the beginning, I said "I knew what I was getting". Here are the shortcomings that I knew about prior to getting (my Mom got off of Amazon as a present for me, her adult son):
(1) No Flash. This is a big shortcoming - not sure why they haven't tried harder to manage a way to tie into the phone's flash for use, but they haven't. However, with a low f-stop, the need for a flash is minimized, but when you need a flash - you need one. It should have tied into a flash somehow.
(2) It is uses Wi-Fi on iPhone. This is more Apple's fault for not having NFC in the iPhone of any model (I have a an iPhone 5s). But, I don't know why it doesn't use bluetooth. The problem with using wifi is that if your on a wifi network currently then you have to change to the wifi network that is the lens (yes you have to change to the wifi network "DIRECT-m2Q0:DSC-QX100").
(3) There is a lag if you want to view take the pictures and view them after taken. My suggestion is just to view them later.
If you love taking pictures, and want great pictures from you phone, a very nice Zeiss Lens is what this is and for that I say this Sony lens delivers the goods and for that it is phenomenal. BUT, it is definitely not something that will make your phone a replacement to a DSLR, so you need to know that going in. Now, most of those complaining are aware of that, and are complaining to the design team at Sony that chose to leave ignore some items that it knew it should have included. I am sure if this lens is even a moderate success, then Sony will produce future models that will have the complete package of bells and whistles that it should have from the beginning.
The operation of this camera is CPU intensive and will work best with NFC (near field communication) capable phones. You just turn on the camera and place your phone near it and boom, their connected. Once you get used to the process, it's a breeze to connect. None of the Iphones, including the latest 5s models have it, so that's where the sources of many of all the complains that I see here. It was not designed with the Iphones in mind, despite their popularity. The camera was designed to work best with Sony latest flagship phones.
Don't bother if you have a cheap old smart phone with a low resolution camera and want to complement it with the QX-100 because it won't work that way. At least a quad core CPU phone is able to pull this off as the camera has to send wireless images continuously to the phone and the phone must process them fast enough so that we can use the phone as our viewfinder. Anyways, I hope my review will help people make an informed decision in purchasing this cool gadget.
Sony has addressed a few issues. There's a bigger clip in the works for Phablets and Tablets, due April 2014 in Japan (in the USA likely a short bit later or grab one via a reseller).
There's also been a firmware update that allows for a few new options, notably an ISO setting, movie recording up to 1920x1080(30p), and shutter speed priority shooting mode (QX-100 only).
I'm pairing the QX-100 with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I first had to pair it using WiFi, then once it connected the first time, I was able to use NFC pairing instead, allowing my phone to turn on the camera with a simple tap of the phone to the lens "Z" mark. Using NFC, I've found, is far superior to using WiFi pairing - the software loads and pairs faster than with WiFi. I've only been using this handheld or on a table/tripod since the clip doesn't fit on my phone with the phone case on. It does just barely squeeze onto the Note 3 with the case off, but I'm a chronic phone dropper and taking the case off isn't really an option.
Full Disclosure: I'm a pro who uses big, clunky, DSLRs, and loves them to bits, but there are just some times when carrying around a bag that heavy with a bunch of lenses and gear in it isn't practical or feasible. This seems to be a great compromise - it's smaller than any of my DSLR lenses, and while it doesn't perform like a DSLR, the software still allows me to modify most of the same settings (whereas my cellphone onboard camera doesn't). There's no true manual mode, but between P and A modes, I manage to get what I want.
*Great low light performance - very little noise for what it is, but it definitely helps to use a tripod or gorillapod or something similar.
*Size - it's so compact and small, you can take it into interesting angles not accessible by other cameras.
*Picture quality is great - that lens!
*Photos save to the microSD card on the lens but can easily be copied to the phone. Tapping the review image lets the image stay up until you go back to camera mode.
*Low Light focusing is near impossible in auto mode. I usually have to switch to manual. If I tap a focus point, it hunts, and never sticks.
*The clip doesn't fit on my phone with the case on. It just barely squeezes on with the case off. Not a big con, but still an issue.
*Software! The software tends to freeze and lock up occasionally. It usually comes back, but the waiting time can mean missing a shot.
I'd love to see...
*Better white balance options, including a custom WB setting taken off a reference photo
*Quicker reponse time - the lag/freezing in the app is a little annoying
*A bigger clip
1) turn on lens
2) launch app
3) get an error message that the lens cannot be found
4) run setup of the wifi
5) enter a cryptic password like brYmwnkW (Something as simple as giving a friendly password made of two names like "applefire" would enhance the user experience by 30%). After all I am not accessing a nuclear arsenal.
6) wait for the connection
7) start taking a picture
I bet so little time was spent doing integration testing between your hardware and software before the thing shipped out. The outcome is a great piece of hardware that is controlled by a stupid piece of software.
But again that is why the gods gave us Sony and also gave us Apple. One perfected the entire integration (Software and Hardware) and another perfected the Hardware and sucked in the Software.
For gods sake fix your App and find yourself a different product owner who cares about the entire product vs. chunks of it.