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Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 Review

The Sony QX10 and QX100 were announced earlier in the year 3rd quarter of 2013 and I shared about the press release and information in an earlier post here! Personally, I was intrigued with the 2 lens-style camera designed by Sony and I was wondering with great interest how do I go about using it in my photography adventures? My wish was granted when I was given the opportunity to take the Sony QX100 for 2 weeks to play, test and review this niche segment of photography lens/accessory.


Just like the Sony QX10 review, I took the Sony QX100 out for different events, wedding lunch, technology events, food photography, daily walkabout and night street photography at Tiong Bahru Estate. It was a fun experience bringing the Sony QX100 out during these two weeks. From the Sony QX100 photographs collection slideshow, let me bring you through my eyes, heart and soul, my photography adventures and events with the Sony QX100.


The review for the Sony QX10 was completed earlier and you can read my review post here! The Sony QX100 and Sony QX10 is pretty similarly designed lens-style camera, the key differences/comparisons are compiled below for your easy reference and perusal.

Comparisons/Key Differences between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10

Sony QX100 Sony QX10
Optics Carl Zeiss Sony G
Physical Size Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Megapixels Approx. 20.9 Approx. 18.9
Focal Length f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Price RRP – SGD $649 RRP – SGD $349
Max Aperture F1.8 (Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3 (Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
ISO Sensitivity ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3](Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4](Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) 1/2.3 type (7.76mm)


Having the Sony QX100 for review during these two weeks, what are the pros and cons of this lens-style camera besides the key differences/comparisons mentioned above? Overall, the pros and cons are pretty similar to the points that I wrote in my earlier review of the Sony QX10 and you can refer to them for my compilation and write up with reference to the Sony QX100.

Besides the key differences/comparisons between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, here are my thoughts/views on the Sony QX100 that reinforces the points between those two similar models.

–       Sony QX100 is slightly heavier than Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 has better optics and photo output quality than the Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 experience more lag when connecting with the smartphone/tablet as compared to the Sony QX10

–       Aperture priority is a pretty nice feature for the Sony QX100

–       Sony QX100 is similar to the Sony RX100 II in terms of the technical specifications based on the optics and image sensor. The Sony QX100 is an accessory style camera lens and Sony RX100ii is a compact digital camera.


Sony QX10 vs. Sony QX100, how would you choose between these two models?

Sony QX100

~ You would choose Sony QX100 because of the following points

–       Optics

–       Quality of the photos

–       Versatility

–        Portability

Sony QX10

~ You would choose Sony QX10 because of the following points

–       Lightweight

–       Price

–       Versatility

–       Portability

(Based on my humble personal opinions, analysis and comparisons)

The Sony QX100 has similar technical specifications to the Sony RX100 II and there is a review that I did earlier that you are able to visit and read! The review will be helpful for you to compare between the Sony RX100 II, Sony QX10 and Sony QX100. If I have to choose between the Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, I would choose the Sony QX100 for its optics and quality output.


In my personal opinion, with the entry level photography and leisure photography segments currently fragmented even further and changing a lot over the past few years, especially with the boom and rise of the smartphones with powerful cameras and photography apps available.  With compact digital cameras facing a huge battle on its own, along with mirror-less cameras stealing the market share and making headlines, innovative products such as the Sony QX100 would be able to provide an alternative solution to the smartphone users with a photography lens and accessory for their smartphone.

The Sony QX100 is innovative and revolutionary; it will definitely be suitable for some of you smartphone users/photographers out there! If the lens-style camera suits your needs and usage, whether you are a smartphone user or a photographer, the options of the Sony QX100 and QX10 are both available to you.

* I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 *

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Sony announced revolutionary Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

Sony announced a range of breakthrough new products across its product categories at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The list of new products was extensive and there was one particular announcement that caught many people attention with their announcement of the revolutionary Cyber-shot DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX10, that got a lot of people interested and talking about it!

DSC-QX100 (5)

DSC-QX10 Black (3)

The Sony DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX10 is going to give mobile phone / leisure photography an even bigger boost than before! With their lens-style camera, it turns your smartphone into a power-packed specialist camera. Smartphone photography today is a very popular form of photography, easily accessible with the number of smartphone users in the world. The number of photographs shot with the smartphone is only going to get bigger with the expansion of the smartphone markets and brands. From my personal observation based on their specifications, style and usage, the Sony DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX 10 would greatly enhance a smartphone user photography experiences and usage, giving it the edge towards the power and capabilities of a digital compact camera.

Here are some quick features for the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

  • Links with your phone via Wi-Fi, shoots fabulous photos
  • NFC for easy one-touch connection
  • Get better-looking pictures with high resolution sensor, optical zoom, Optical SteadyShot and manual controls
  • Shoot from any angle then frame scenes and adjust settings on your phone’s touchscreen
  • A perfect partner for new Xperia™ Z1 and other Android and iOS smartphones 

The DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 attach in a moment with the supplied smartphone attachment that fits several popular smartphone models (width 54-75mm/max. thickness 13mm). Connection to your phone is made via Wi-Fi and the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application. Linkage is even simpler for NFC smartphone owners, with easy one-touch connection made without any complicated settings.

DSC-QX10 Black (5)

There is no need to have the phone and camera attached. Place the Cyber-shot™ exactly where you want it, and fire the shutter direct from your mobile phone – it’s perfect for grabbing high-angle shots or self-portraits. Weighing just 105g (with battery and Memory Stick Micro), the Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 partners an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with a high-quality Sony G Lens. Boasting a powerful 10x optical zoom range, it’s great for power-packed close-ups of people, fun-filled events and distant landmarks that are just not possible without a dedicated zoom lens. Built-in Optical SteadyShot combats camera shake, keeping handheld pictures and videos steady and blur-free, even in low-light conditions.

DSC-QX100 (8)

 The Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 features a large 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels. Enjoy sumptuous, ultra-low noise images – even indoors or at dusk when many cameras and camera phones seem to struggle. It’s simple to frame shots and tweak camera settings like aperture control and exposure compensation as well as photo/video record mode on your smartphone’s big touchscreen. You now get more creative control than you’d ever get with your phone’s regular camera enabling the user to capture beautifully background defocussed shots. Everything’s easily accessible, with extra dedicated keys for fingertip control of zoom and shutter release on the camera body. The DSC-QX100 is also teamed with a wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot giving all the picture quality you’d expect from a premium pocket camera.

The powerful BIONZ processor in the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 refines your image for beautifully natural, detail-packed stills and HD video. Superior Auto helps get the best from any scene, automatically recognising dozens of different shooting conditions and adjusting camera settings to suit. As an extra refinement, the DSC-QX100 sports a dedicated control ring for camera-like adjustment of manual focus and zoom.

Accessory options include a soft carrying case and dedicated camera attachment case for a perfect fit with latest models from Sony Mobile including the brand new Xperia™ Z1. The new Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 from Sony will be available in Singapore at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from October 2013.

Specifications Sheet

   Model DSC-QX100 DSC-QX10
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor 1/2.3 type (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Effective resolution Approx.20.2 megapixels Approx.18.2 megapixels
Image processor BIONZ BIONZ
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T[1], with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens) Sony G Lens, with 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture F1.8(Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3(Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
Focal length (35mm equivalent)(still image 4:3) f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Optical zoom 3.6x 10x
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)[2] ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3] (Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4] (Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Movie record MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps) MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps)
Image stabilisation Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies) Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies)
Focus type Contrast detection AF Contrast detection AF
Focus Modes Single-shot AF; Manual Focus; Touch AF Single-shot AF; Touch AF
Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Movie Mode Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
Wireless networking Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Media card compatibility Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Weight (main unit only) Approx. 165 g Approx. 90 g
Weight (with supplied battery and Memory Stick Micro) Approx. 179 g Approx. 105 g

[1] REI = Recommended Exposure Index

[2] REI = Recommended Exposure Index

[3] Achieved by using overlay burst shooting

[4] Achieved by using overlay burst shooting

Although I do not have any hands on experience with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 yet, my personal thoughts, in my personal humble opinion, on the 2 models, are that they would help in the group of leisure people taking photographs and also getting the smartphone users to be more even active in taking photographs. Since it is open to both the iOS and Android OS users, the pool of smartphone users is huge. The designs and styles are revolutionary, the impacts would be more in the leisure and digital compact camera market. These 2 models DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX 10 might help/complement a professional photographer in their field of photography works too.

I hope that I am able to share more in-depth of my thoughts and views if I am able to get a hands-on with the DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX 10 review units, and go around testing, playing and reviewing them!

* Information and photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *