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Sony QX100 Lens Style Camera for Smartphones and Tablets - Black (20.2MP, Carl Zeiss F1.8 Lens, 3.6x Optical Zoom)

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  • A wireless lens for your smartphone with a 20.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss optics
  • 20.2MP 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Sharp, bright F1.8 ZEISS Sonnar T* lens
  • Easy smartphone sharing via NFC One-touch
Visit the Sony QX100 Microsite--Photography for the Smartphone Age
The Sony QX100 turns your smartphone into a high-performance camera. With a simple connection, the wireless lens gives your phone a powerful 3.6x optical zoom and smooth image stabilisation. Visit the Sony QX100 Microsite for more information.

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 5.6 cm ; 163 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: DSCQX100B.CE7
  • ASIN: B00EU89FNG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Sep 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Sony QX100 Lens Style Camera

Visit the Sony QX100 Microsite

At a Glance
  • Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera -- simply mount the smart lens on to your phone and start shooting
  • Get creative with your photography on your smartphone using the wireless freedom of NFC and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Capture precision detail, even in low-light, with a large 1.0-type 20.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Take complete control of creative effects using powerful F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optics with a wide aperture
Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera
Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera
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Have some fun, be imaginative
Have some fun, be imaginative
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Get Connected. Go Further. Go Smarter

Looking for a camera with true, professional performance? Try your phone. All you have to do is place the smart lens against any NFC smartphone to make a connection. you have the power and control for some serious photography. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

Connects with Your Smartphone

Transform any iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera. All you have to do is mount the smart lens to your phone, then you're ready to start shooting like you do with an interchangeable lens camera. It's really that simple. Your smartphone becomes the camera body: use the touchscreen to comfortably shoot and retouch images. You can even share photos with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Instantly back-up photos and videos online to keep your captured moments safe. [Discover more on the microsite]

Never Separated by Distance

Have some fun and see what you can do with a smart lens. Place the lens against your NFC smartphone. Once the connection is made, be imaginative and see what's possible. Put the lens down, get in a group shot, then take the picture yourself from your mobile. You don't have an NFC smartphone? No problem. Built-in Wi-Fi gives you wireless freedom too -- your phone and smart lens stay connected even when they're apart. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

When a lens-style camera, meets a smart phone they make a connection and together, they can take amazing photos.
QX100 connected to smart phone
QX100 connected to smart phone
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Power and Detail

It's all about the sensor, and bigger is definitely better. Around four times larger than the sensor in many digital cameras, the 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels captures detail-packed images with minimum noise even in low light. You have the power of a professional camera on your smartphone. [Experience the optical zoom on the microsite]

Beautiful Defocusing

Express yourself. The F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens has a wide aperture that allows even more light to enter the camera. It's key to creative effects: sharpen the focus of a subject against a smoothly-blurred background using a round, seven-blade aperture. Meanwhile, powerful 3.6x optical zoom pulls you even closer to the scene. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

Effortless Control with Your Fingertips

Envisage a shot. You have the control to make it happen. Just download the PlayMemories Mobile app to your smartphone to adjust the aperture, exposure, shutter and zoom -- all from your touchscreen. Or use the control ring around the barrel of the smart lens to manually fine-tune the focus and zoom just like the pros. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

Sony Lens Style Camera Comparison Chart
Product Details
QX10 Black
Product Details
QX10 White
Product Details
QX100 Black
Image sensor 1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS 18.2 megapixels (effective, approx) 1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS 18.2 megapixels (effective, approx) 1.0 type Exmor CMOS 20.2 megapixels (effective, approx)
BIONZ Yes Yes Yes
Lens Sony G Lens Sony G Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Maximum aperture F1 8-4.9
Optical magnification 10.0x (25.0-250mm) 10.0x (25.0-250mm) 3.6x (28.0-100mm)
Movie MP4, 12Mbps, 1440 x1080 (30p) MP4, 12Mbps, 1440 x1080 (30p) MP4, 12Mbps, 1440 x1080 (30p)
Image stabilisation (still image) Optical SteadyShot Optical SteadyShot Optical SteadyShot
Image stabilisation (active mode, movies) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode Optical SteadyShot Active Mode Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
ISO sensitivity (still image) Auto (ISO 100-12800) Auto (ISO 100-12800) Auto (ISO 160-25600)
High-speed AF Yes (When operating shutter button on camera body) Yes (When operating shutter button on camera body) Yes (When operating shutter button on camera body)
TRILUMINOS colour Yes Yes Yes
Multi terminal Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes Yes

Box Contains

Rechargeable battery Pack NP-BN , Micro USB cable, Wrist strap, Smartphone attachment, Instruction manual


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Anne
Verified Purchase
As soon as this product was announced by Sony I knew I had to get my hands on it. I love sharing my photos on Instagram, but as a DSLR owner the limits of my smartphone have always frustrated me. Why would I want to take my most precious memories and keep them in the form of a relatively low quality smartphone photo? With the QX100, Sony have allowed you to arm your phone with a very powerful little lens camera that is sure to produce impressive results.

Though I was intitally alarmed by the lack of instructions, set up is very easy. You attach the lens camera to your smartphone via a clamp - with my iPhone 5 I don't even need to take the case off to do this and the lens is fixed on securely. The two devices connect via wifi. You operate the camera via Sony's PlayMemories app (you can take photos on it manually too, but obviously the phone provides the viewfinder).

What I like about it:

- Image quality is absolutely fantastic, even in poor light. Though this is in no way a replacement for DSLR type cameras, it can produce similar results in certain shooting situations. Photos are sharp with a high level of detail, and it's easy to create a shallow depth of field. If you like dreamy photos with bokeh like I do, then this is definitely something you'll appreciate. 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.

- I didn't notice any lag when using this with the iPhone 5. 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. It can be mounted onto a tripod or rested on a surface, so the creative opportunities are endless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Breaks Conventions; tries your patience 24 Oct 2013
By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Compact camera's have had the same rectangular shape for decades now. The QX100 arrives in a cylindrical box; and inside is a cylindrical camera (and a USB cable and tiny manual - there isn't a USB power charger.) Out of the box the QX100 certainly gets attention; everyone who has seen it has played a guessing game with me to its identity and purpose.

Its fair to say few people that played along with me guessed it was a Camera those that did were helped by the Carl Zeiss Lens square and markings on the lens front. From looking and picking it up it no one guessed it was a quality camera hiding inside the cheap plastic finish. None of the contestants were impressed about how long it took to frame and take a photo after pressing the fiddly and unresponsive power button. Those who stayed to look at the photos were more than impressed. The issue is the camera uses your phone as its screen and optionally as the shutter release. The main design feature of the lens are two feet that pop out and clip to your camera' sadly there isn't a standard mark on the camera to show you orientation it would be nice to have a gunsight line for landscape and portrait. Inside the fat round black body of the lens you can insert a micro sd memory card; as well as the battery that powers the camera. There is a USB slot for connecting it for charging or downloading photos to your computer; the charging slot is one you might use a lot as I found the slow start up times meant I kept the camera on whilst i was testing it rather than powering it on and off - this drained the battery on the camera quickly as well as the one on my phone.

The Sony Play Memories application is available on Android and iOS systems and I tried it with my iPhone 4s and Samsung Galaxy S4.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and creative camera 27 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase
Context: I am a hobbyist photographer, my main cameras are the Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony NEX-7. I am using this product with an Apple iPhone 4S

I bought this in the hope that I would have a replacement camera for the Sony NEX-7 which I would be able to carry with me on a daily basis. I received a camera that I can indeed carry around on a daily basis, but not one which is a replacement at this stage.

The good stuff:
The camera is light and easy to use. You switch it on, you connect your phone to it (in my case via wifi), and then open up the app and you're away.

I enjoy holding the camera in one hand and controlling it via my device in the other hand, it allows for some amazingly creative viewpoints. I can place the camera in locations where my other cameras simply cannot fit, or at angles where I would never normally be able to look through a viewfinder. I can also take photos around me while it simply looks like I'm sending a text message so the potential for covert street photography is excellent.

You can save an original or (as I would recommend) a thumbnail copy of the images taken to your device as well as the storage card you place into the camera. This means you are quickly able to edit and publish the images to your favourite social network sites on the go.

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.

You have flexibility in the f-stop, shutter release time and white balance, and you're able to use an optical zoom to get closer to your subject. You can also manually focus using the ring on the camera.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Zeiss lens camera.
This lens camera has stopped me buying smart phones for photo capabilities. In fact does not work with nokia 1020 windows os phone. Read more
Published 29 days ago by David Evans-teush
5.0 out of 5 stars The software updates are making this better and better
This is a RX100 sensor in a small package, and amazingly useful one.
being able to hold you phone and lens separate makes for some seriously creative photography. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Waby
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have read a lot of negative reviews about this item but have so far found it to be excellent. I use it with a iphone 5s, mainly for the zoom capability and i am very impressed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christtt
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Superb
The image quality of the QX100 is fantastic. Compare it to a phone or cheap point and shot and the difference is staggering. Easily 5 stars for the image quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars funky
this camera was a little tricky to set up until i remembered the guy in the shop telling me i had to download a program to my smart phone , play memories downloaded and it all good... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lance
5.0 out of 5 stars Great innovation
This is a great product. It connects seamlessly with my iPad and iPhone, both of which are running iOS 7, and produces some really beautiful shots. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dan Pearce
3.0 out of 5 stars Like it, but
Yes, it's a very good camera. But the app is atrocious. Although Camera 360 have brought out a feature within their app that will work with the Sony, this is NOT a point and shoot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. S. Arif
1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful idea. Awful in reality
I really wanted this to work out for me as the concept is great. Unfortunately, the 'link' between it and my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone was so bad that it wasn't usable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Birket
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality camera
This is a high quality camera with a solid build feel to it.

The quality of the lens is clear from the images it produces. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Biff
3.0 out of 5 stars I so wanted to love this but it is flawed
This is the most frustrating product i have ever reviewed.

I totally loved the concept from the beginning and was ready to love this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Hamer
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