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Sony DSC-QX100
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Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera

20.9MP 3.6x CMOS Jan 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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30 Reasons For

Average Owner Reviews

This compact camera has an average owner rating of 72 out of 100 based on 80 owner reviews.

Good Quality Lens

A few customers who reviewed the product thought it had a good lens. Anne said “This is a powerful lens with a very wide aperture - it packs much more of a punch than any camera you'd find on a smartphone” in her Sony DSC-QX100 review and scored the product 4 stars. Two years ago David Evans-Teush wrote on Amazon “By seperating phone from the lens endless interesting viewing positions can be found”. David Evans-Teush also mentioned “Just one chritisism is lens has to be manually turned on by pressing button before conecting to phone for viewing”.

One Sony DSC-QX100 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Reviewser said “The lens allows a good level of zoom and it is sharp as tack” in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100. One Sony DSC-QX100 reviewer who bought the product thought it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Reviewser mentioned “Focusing is fast and accurate” in their review but they gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Anne said “I love sharing my photos on Instagram.”. Anne also wrote “Photos are sharp with a high level of detail”. Anne also said “I would recommend that if you're shooting images at full 20MP resolution that you stop the photos being saved to your phone automatically, as these are huge files”.

Several Sony DSC-QX100 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Anne scored this digital camera 4 stars and she wrote “It can produce similar results in certain shooting situations” in her review of this digital camera. Anne also said “I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the software worked whilst taking such high resolution photos.- The lens doesn't need to be attached to the phone to shoot”. Mykeyreviews said in their review on Amazon “*You only need a memory card if you wish to save the full resolution photo to the camera, if you don't have one inserted”.

A number of Sony DSC-QX100 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good image sensor. Paul Waby mentioned “Your are getting a large sensor and high quality lens, normally reserved for top end” . Wired.com mentioned in their review “Around half the price of the RX100 II, which has the same sensor, lens”.

One customer thought this digital camera was good in low light. Reviewser wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review on Amazon “Low light performance is good” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Robust

A few people mentioned that this digital camera was well made. Three years ago Reviewser said on Amazon “Then clip the 'lens' to your phone using the super sturdy clip it has built in (I really like this part) it is brilliantly designed” in their review. Reviewser also said “Then ruined it with a shoddy app! This camera has the same electronics as the so this has some seriously solid foundations”. Three years ago Tech 2.0 mentioned “It is solid and very well built, as I have come to expect from Sony”.

Two Sony DSC-QX100 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. One person who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. D P Atkinson wrote on Amazon “A range of other Sony products - they just have not put enough into making the product work consistently, in a robust way”.

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Good Size

Several people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was compact. Chris Hoare wrote “Compact camera's have had the same rectangular shape for decades now”. Col White mentioned in their Sony DSC-QX100 review last year “A great compact lens” and rated the product as excellent. Col White also said “A great compact camera lens that has added a more "professional style" to my family snaps”.

One Sony DSC-QX100 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was tight. Two years ago expert review site Videomaker.com wrote “The ability to have a remote-controlled camera small enough to fit in tight spaces is a rare thing” in their Sony DSC-QX100 review.

One person considered that this digital camera was easy to carry around. Three years ago Michael Murphy mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The camera is light and easy to use”.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was good quality. Three years ago A. Scott mentioned “I was really looking forward to getting this and the I have to say that when it takes photos the quality is excellent” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “This camera is brilliant quality and takes high quality photos” in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100. Anne mentioned on Amazon “Image quality is absolutely fantastic, even in poor light” and rated it 80 out of 100.

Nice Design

Several people mentioned that this digital camera was good looking. Chris Hoare wrote “IPhone 4s On the iPhone the app is pretty good; with a manageable couple of second lag when moving the lens about;” in his review of this digital camera. Dan Pearce he said in his Sony DSC-QX100 review “Produces some really beautiful shots”. Michael Murphy scored it 4 stars and he wrote “Image quality is pretty good, especially during the day” in his review of this digital camera.

One Sony DSC-QX100 owner said that the product was a good design. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “The Sony Cyber-shot DCS-QX100 is an example of a bold design as a smartphone add-on lens.”.

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Good Connectivity

Three Sony DSC-QX100 owners who purchased it considered that it was wifi compatible. Anne wrote “It's so easy to wirelessly transfer the photos to your phone, tablet or computer” in her review of the Sony DSC-QX100. Christtt said in their review “The software seems to work OK, as does the Wifi”.

One customer reckoned that this digital camera had network functionality. Michael Murphy mentioned on Amazon “Publish the images to your favourite social network sites on the go” in his review. One person who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was good in terms of USB connections.

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Easy to Use

Eight people who purchased it thought it was easy to use. Fleshzombie wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100 on Amazon “The practical elements of forming” but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 3 stars. Michael Murphy wrote “The handy phone mount that comes with the camera allows you to easily connect the camera to your phone so that you can use it like a regular camera” in his Sony DSC-QX100 review and scored it 80 out of 100. Nick wrote in his review on Amazon “Can still take amazing photos! My one issue with this is the camera app you are forced to use - no flexibility for creativeness” and rated it as very good.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony cameras and also specifically for Sony compact cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good screen. Tech 2.0 wrote in their review of this digital camera “The RX100 has it's own screen, better control”. Ephotozine.com rated it 70 out of 100 and said on expert website Ephotozine three years ago “It's basically a compact camera without a screen” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony DSC-QX100 owner who purchased the product considered that it was mirrorless. Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote “So right now the company offers the best mirrorless cameras - the a7 twins -” .

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Good Battery Life

Several customers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good battery life. Christtt gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The only downside so far is charging it” in their review of this digital camera. Fleshzombie mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Another concern is battery life”. Fleshzombie also mentioned “To make a compact device the battery is tiny and forming a wifi bond to your android or ios device seems to drain it all too rapidly”.

Good Video Capture

A number of Sony DSC-QX100 owners who purchased it considered that it was good for video recording. Reviewser mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Video is very good” but despite that they scored this digital camera 60 out of 100. Three years ago expert website Lowyat.net said “Weeks later, more leaks made their way to the internet including a promo video and a full spec sheet that left me in aw”.

Good Technical Features

One Sony DSC-QX100 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features. Chris Hoare mentioned “The features of both applications seem to be the same; the build quality not so much” in his review of the Sony DSC-QX100.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The DSC-QX100 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this type and age which do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price], the Olympus Stylus SH-1[plb_2287348_price], or the Fujifilm X30[plb_2510535_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The DSC-QX100 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-QX100.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR800[plb_1990677_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-QX100 supports Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago also support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price], and the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000[plb_1828874_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The DSC-QX100 has a fairly high megapixel count (20.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-QX100. The megapixel counts of compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-QX100 range from 10MP to 29MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP.

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Very Light

The average weight of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-QX100 is 310g. With a weight of only 165 grams, the Sony DSC-QX100 is one of the lighter compact cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Two Memory Slots

The DSC-QX100 is a two memory slot camera. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-QX100 only have one memory slot.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, the DSC-QX100 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-QX100 the maximum ISO speeds range from 3,200 to 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 16,000.

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Supports Eighteen ISO Speeds

The DSC-QX100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Sony camera supports a 160 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-QX100. The ISO speeds "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000" and "6400" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has One Light Exposure Mode

The Sony DSC-QX100 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DSC-QX100 is more than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF and MPF are also supported by this Sony camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Sony DSC-QX100 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This camera's light exposure correction (± 3EV (1/3EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-QX100.

The worst light exposure correction amongst comparable types of camera is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Features One Auto Focus

The DSC-QX100 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Single Auto Focus are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Very Short

With a height of only 62.5 millimeters, the DSC-QX100 is one of the shorter digital cameras of this type and age amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-QX100 the heights range from 58mm to 94mm.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

The smallest minimum aperture of cameras of this spec and age is 1.7 and the largest is 4.5. At only 1.8, the Sony DSC-QX100 has a quite small minimum aperture compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 62mm and 140mm, and the average width is 110mm. At only 62.5 millimeters, the Sony DSC-QX100 is very narrow compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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12 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Twenty experts from sites including Ephotozine, Digital Versus, Pocket Lint and PC Mag have rated this camera on average 66 out of 100.

Poor Support

A few customers who reviewed it considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Anne said “Though I was intitally alarmed by the lack of instructions, set up is very easy” in her review. Three years ago Chris Hoare said in his Sony DSC-QX100 review on Amazon “On both apps you only have limited camera controls - there isn't much of a manual so I have no idea the difference between iAuto” and gave the Sony DSC-QX100 a rating of 60 out of 100. Chris Hoare also mentioned “Given the canvass the 1080p screen on the S4 offers its a shame that there aren't more manual mode options - only Program Auto”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-QX100 have a built-in flash, however the DSC-QX100 does not have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000[plb_1828874_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The DSC-QX100 does not support video recording. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-QX100 also do not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price], the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price], or the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-QX100 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-QX100 are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The DSC-QX100 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-QX100 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DSC-QX100 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The DSC-QX100 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 3.6 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-QX100. Compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-QX100 have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.9x.

If this compact camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price] (4x), the Fujifilm X30[plb_2510535_price] (4x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] (7.1x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of digital cameras of this type and age range from 28mm to 1,300mm, and the average maximum focal length is 230mm. The DSC-QX100 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 100 millimeters) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of cameras of this spec and age is 46s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 300s. At only 4 seconds, the DSC-QX100 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Only Seven Diaphragm Blades

The DSC-QX100 is a seven diaphragm blades camera.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago the minimum ISO speed range from 80 to 160. When compared to other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-QX100 that we have assessed, the minimum ISO speed of the Sony DSC-QX100 of 160 is one of the biggest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-QX100

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the Sony DSC-HX300[plb_1543709_price], the Canon PowerShot G15[plb_1556973_price], and the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

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Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Voltage
Networking
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(77)
3 September 2014

Left to right) An E-mount lens, the QX1 device, a smartphone mount and, allegedly, the yet-to-be-announced Xperia Z3 smartphone from Sony. Image via sonyalpharumorsA new smartphone-mountable... Read more…

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 was reviewed alongside the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10. See the review of both cameras here. Read more at... Read more…

18 June 2014

The photos look great. It'll do a much better job than your phone, especially in low light. Creative potential abounds if you use it as a disembodied lens for your phone. Around half the price of... Read more…

21 May 2014

As any shooter knows, the ability to have a remote-controlled camera small enough to fit in tight spaces is a rare thing. Even more so, is being able to shoot with a 1-inch sensor on a smartphone...

2 April 2014

Overall the QX100 is a great compact lens-style camera which is capable of taking high quality photos and videos, while being controlled by any Android or iOS Smartphones. Yes there may be a few...

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User Reviews

(61)
Reviewed 31 January 2014 by BiGGiEstuFF
BiGGiEstuFF would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-QX100 (Verified Purchase)

It's difficult to recommend this over a stand alone camera which would actually be smaller and easier to carry around, but this camera does have it's advantages here and there...

Reviewed 10 October 2014 by Hoyafan
Hoyafan would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-QX100 (Verified Purchase)

I paired this with the Sony Z1 Ultra phone. Works great for pics, but unfortunately, it does not clip on to my phone the way i thought it would because phone is too large. Makes no sense this... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2014 by SueW53

Looks good but let me down so many times - lost connection with the iPhone constantly and takes ages to be ready for the next shot! I used it in Istanbul and recently on a trip to the Arctic and... Read more…

Reviewed 17 May 2014 by Bebop
Bebop would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-QX100 (Verified Purchase)

It's a good camera lens. But sometimes it takes to long to process the Pictures. So you will have to do the pictures over and over again. Besides that the quality of the pictures are good...

Reviewed 5 March 2015 by Patricio
Patricio would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-QX100 (Verified Purchase)

Quality is good but glitchy. Be sure and get the SD card because the transfer via WiFi is s-l-o-w...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dscqx100, dscqx100b, dscqx100bce7, sony sz95126, sony sz95126e, sony dscqx100, sony dscqx100b, sony sz95126ea, sony sz95126ean, sony dscqx100bce7, listing dscqx100bce7
Barcodes 04905524951257, 04905524951264, 05053959425993

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