August 13th 2013 9:16 am

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conclusion:We're mixed

75 December 12th 2013 2:53 pm

The QX100 is the longer zoom version of the QX10 and, like that model, the QX100 can provide nice photos but at the expense of having to deal with a slow and clunky system. Similar to how its smaller sibling works, the QX100 requires you to power on the lens, make sure it's connected, position your shot, and then finally, shoot. Gizmodo says the entire process can take "about 30 seconds" to go from cold start to shooting photos, and points out there is a "several second" delay in the camera snapping a picture and transferring it to your phone. If you can deal with these speed issues, the pictures it produces are "terrific," according to the New York Times, and AllThingsD says the QX100 "captures rich colors and offers a shallow depth of field." Sony gets some credit for trying something new with the QX100, but the cumbersome setup process makes it a difficult replacement for a smartphone camera. If you're looking for a more portable solution than a standard camera and don't mind waiting to take shots, the QX100 might meet your needs.

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8 reviews
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    9.0
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    6.5
  • Battery life
    6.1
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    6.9
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    5.5
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7.0
Engadget Jan 23, 2014

Although, ultimately, the QX100 has a better quality lens and sensor, as well as giving you a higher ISO range with better results, you don't get all the information you really want to set this hardware to task or the controls to make the changes.

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7.0
New York Times Sep 25, 2013

And so, in the end, the compromises and lag and rough edges of the QX lens-cameras wind up sabotaging much of what makes the idea so brilliant.

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7.0
Gizmodo Sep 27, 2013

You could make the argument that the photo quality is really exceptional, and that you're getting the image quality of a more expensive camera for just $450, but the reality is that this camera is very impractical.

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6.0
AllThingsD Oct 14, 2013

I commend Sony for its radical approach to this. In concept, it’s actually sort of cool, and maybe future iterations will nail it. But, for now, I’ll pass on the lens-style camera.

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5.0
PC Mag Feb 14, 2014

It's not the most practical solution for everyday use, and that it occasionally chokes when trying to send the Live View feed of a complex scene to the phone's display is a deal-breaker.

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5.0
Wired May 19, 2014

he fact is you’re better off carrying around a good Wi-Fi compact camera instead. It’s a feat of engineering and imagination, it takes great photos, and it’s cheaper than Sony’s similar high-end compacts. Problem is, it isn’t exactly cheap.

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8.0
CNET Asia Oct 10, 2013

Sony's new QX100 smartphone accessory will let you take plenty of great pictures on your smartphone, but you may be better off just buying the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II camera and using its built-in wireless features to transfer files to your handset instead.

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8.0
Digital Versus Oct 15, 2013

...the Sony QX-100 delivers on its promises and brings never-before-seen levels of photo and video quality to Android and iOS smartphones ... However, it's quite bulky, it has a minimal range of settings ... which makes it a little too limited for true expert users.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 4, 2013

Naturally, we expected lag to be a major issue here, but the feed was delayed by only a fraction of a second, and it was perfectly sufficient for this type of shooting.

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Engadget Sep 25, 2013

Stills look great and videos look decent -- you can sample both below (with the original shots here) -- but image quality was never much of a concern. The biggest barriers here are the camera's price, and its size.

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GigaOM Sep 4, 2013

The QX100 features a 1-inch, 20.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, which is actually the same sensor you’ll find in Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 II camera. It should make for detailed images with very little noise, even in dim lighting.

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Digital Photography Review Sep 11, 2013

With its high-end specs and a high price to match, Sony seems to be hoping that the QX100 user is the type of person who doesn't mind carrying two devices if together they'll do something unique - capture great images which are instantly sharable.

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Imaging Resource Sep 4, 2013

I think Sony needs to work on the firmware/software, to add more of the features people would by an RX100 for. That's the real promise of the QX100, and if they can deliver on it, I think Sony could sell a fair number of them.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 4, 2013

Ultimately, you still have a separate piece of hardware to carry around and, priced at £399, we're not sure that those wanting better quality pictures will give up a dedicated camera.

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T3 Sep 4, 2013

So far, we've only had a quick play with the Sony QX100 but its certainly an interesting product.

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TechRadar Sep 4, 2013

We've got to say we're intrigued. Something that you can easily fit in your pocket and quickly attach to your phone for decent photos is a very appealing prospect, but there are, of course, some caveats.

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TrustedReviews Sep 4, 2013

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX100 is an odd camera, and it takes a bit of getting used to – clamping a chunky 180g weight on your phone feels plain weird. However, it has the specs to suggest it’ll take cracking photos.

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phoneArena Sep 4, 2013

From what we can gather previewing a few snapshots on the displays of the connected smartphones, shots generally have a good level of clarity of sharpness – especially with the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 lens.

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BGR Sep 4, 2013

The pricier Cyber-shot QX100 features a design that is similar to the QX10, but it is a bit more high-end. At $500, the QX100 sports a 20.2-megapixel sensor and a 28-millimeter lens with 3.6x zoom and a maximum aperture of F1.8(W)-4.8(T) compared to the QX10′s F3.3(W)-5.9(T).

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Digital Trends Sep 4, 2013

The QX100 isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s a very interesting concept that we think is cool. With that said, we aren’t sure if users would be willing to carry around a second bulky device. After all, they abandoned digital cameras in favor of smartphones for a reason.

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8.0
thebandito thebandito

To say that Sony’s lens cameras are unique is an understatement. A lens camera is exactly what is sounds like: all of the internals of the camera are within the lens. The only thing that is left out is a flash, but the low light performance of the QX100 made that omission a mute point. Sony...

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8.0
enlmgog enlmgog

Now, I knew coming into this that the wifi connectivity wasn't always great, and maybe this wouldn't be my travel camera, but for the purpose I bought it for - blogging, that is, it works great. It's compact enough that it doesn't interfere with my softbox or any other lighting, handy since I...

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7.0
rz rz

I was given this camera as a gift from a friend who knew I love photography. In the beginning I dismissed this camera as another gimmick, thinking somehow it was like the Samsung Galaxy Camera. I'm glad to say I was wrong about this. This images are spectacular in just about every way. It looks...

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