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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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Sony DSCQX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera Description

Product Description

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.

Power-packed Performance

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

Sony DSCQX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera Information

Technical Details
Item Weight177 g
Product Dimensions6.2 x 5.6 x 6.2 cm
Item model numberDSCQX100/B
Hardware InterfaceAV
Has Image StabilizationYes
Optical Zoom3.6 X
Digital Zoom6 X
Max Resolution20.2 Megapixels
Max Vertical Resolution3648 Pixels
Max Shutter Speed1/2000 Seconds
Min Shutter Speed4 seconds
Min Focal Length28 Millimeters
Batteries IncludedNo
Batteries RequiredNo
Includes Rechargable BatteryNo
Has Self TimerYes
Includes AC AdapterNo
Includes RemoteNo
Includes External MemoryNo
Additional Information
Date First Available24 January 2014

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531 of 575 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic new concept - Sony DSC-QX100 26 September 2013
By Paul Incommendatus - Published on
First off, I am a little annoyed that Amazon has chosen a format which is mixing the reviews of the QX10 and QX100 models together. In it's current format, shoppers looking for the Sony DSC-QX100 may be mislead by reading reviews of the cheaper QX10 model.

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.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
QX-100 - Unique, great lens, great photos 23 January 2014
By alysania - Published on
Verified Purchase
EDIT: 12 March 2013
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
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Good image quality, but software for iOS is buggy 30 September 2013
By P. CHEN - Published on
This is a good lens with good image quality. The depth of field for close up shot is awesome. But !! The software for iOS crash very often!! The connecting time with iPhone 5S is slow, you are not able to use it right away with iPhone 5S after you power it up. I am not sure about how long it's going to take through NFC. It's only good for taking self / group picture without asking other people's help or when you have a lot of time to wait for your phone link with the lens. Another downside is your cell phone battery will drop very fast. You need external power bank for your cell phone if you play them very often (Battery for lens does not drop fast). If Sony can make it link with cell phone faster and software not crash often, this will make it more useful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I found this great for backpacking / outdoors stuff where weight and bulk matters 23 November 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Just for the record I own a qx100, so the first generation of these. I've found it to be really fun....

My situation is that I'm often traveling or on a bike somewhere, so lugging around a dslr isnt a serious option unless you're uber keen on photography. This represents a compromise, and the Smartphone faff can be annoying, so not a perfect compromise, but there are two reasons why I still use the qx100.

1) If, per chance I end up taking a great photo of my friends or girlfriend in a beautiful place in the swiss Alps - I want to be able to make it big, get it printed in canvas and hung on my wall. I don't do this often, clearly... But with a smartphone camera that's not possible at all... Perhaps I could carry a smaller point and shoot... But then I have a second device anyway.

Also, once you've seen the difference between a smartphone and the sharpness of a better lens / sensor, you sort of don't want to go back.

2) my girlfriend introduced me to playing with photography - light and aperture and shutter speeds. I don't think that sort of flexibility is commonly available on point and shoot... So suddenly you're looking at something bigger, which I'm not lugging around the mountains unless you're doing it for me :-).

I also like that i Fan möge the Images to the iPad and get them in a bitter screen with very Little hassle - and crucially without access to a pc. I only had an iPad with me for 8 weeks, and watching beautiful photos on the bigger screen is quite gratifying!

In a way for me, the qx100 sparked an amateur interest in photography. I Bought it for reason 1, but started playing with it for reason two... I went backpacking for 8 weeks and spent some time playing with shutter speeds around waterfalls. There is no way I would have carried the dslr to make that possible...

I'm seriously considering either of the next versions...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Risky purchase 8 October 2014
By ATiaga - Published on
There should be a caveat for this device - it is so fragile.

The round frame that holds the whole mechanism is not sturdy enough to withstand minor pressure. The controll ring to zoom in/out will not manually work and will get stuck due to deformed tin-can-like quality support frame. Zoom in/out works with the App but not physically.

Sony must change the accessory instead of Soft Carrying Case for QX Series Camera (LCSBBL) to a "Hard" case.

I have bought this device and you cannot be careless to put this in your carry on bag and forget about it, accidentally sit on it or worst put it in your check-in luggage ... as even if is under the 1-year warranty, physical damage is not covered.

Had to beg and renegotiate my repair fees from $292.34 to $217 finally down to $200 + tax when it is supposed to be free!

Extended warranty will not help as it is hard to convince the reps if there are scratches already.

For that hefty amount of repair you are better off waiting for the QX1 already with the starter E-lens.