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- 66AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE8 ReviewsWired50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100he 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.PC Mag50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100It'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.Engadget70Sony Cyber-shot QX100 reviewAlthough, 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.AllThingsD60A Camera Lens and a Smartphone Hook Up. Hilarity EI 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.Gizmodo70Sony QX100 Review: Glorious Photos, Painful PackagYou 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.EngadgetNot RatedSony's Cyber-shot QX100 lens camera is fantastic,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.New York Times70A Whole New Idea: Half a CameraAnd 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.Digital Photography ReviewNot RatedSony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 First-impressions ReviewWith 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.EngadgetNot RatedSony DSC-QX100 and QX10 lens cameras bring top-notNaturally, 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.GigaOMNot RatedHands on with Sonyâ€™s QX10 and QX100 lens camerasThe 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.CNET Asia80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100Sony'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.Pocket-LintNot RatedSony QX100 lens-style camera: Hands-on with the RXUltimately, 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.Imaging ResourceNot RatedSony QX100 ReviewI 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.Digital Versus80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100...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.phoneArenaNot RatedSony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 hands-onFrom 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Sony QX100 reviewWe'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.T3Not RatedSony QX100 review: Hands-onSo far, we've only had a quick play with the Sony QX100 but its certainly an interesting product.TrustedReviewsNot RatedSony QX100The 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.BGRNot RatedHands on: Sonyâ€™s new QX10 and QX100 turn any iPhThe 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).Digital TrendsNot RatedHANDS ON: WILL SONYâ€™S NEW GIZMO MAKE SMARTPHONEThe 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.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE5 ReviewsEngadget Reader90December 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80April 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 can hold the lens in hand while my iphone sits on the desk, I'm not shaking or having an awkward angle or shadow. Alternatively I can always prop the lens by itself on a tripod, and again, snap pictures while I look at the image from my phone. Definitely a big bonus for me, for my specific use.The setup time could be better, but since I'm using this at home, and not while I'm out and about, again not a big deal for me.Photos automatically sync to my phone, but videos save to a card which you'll need to transfer out on your own - no biggie for me, but could see this as inconvenient for others. Another big downside for others will be the lack of flash, but again, since I'm using this indoors, with my own lighting set-up, not a womp-womp issue for me.But overall, I love it.nar70February 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 funky, and it uses my iPhone's battery as well, but in the end it works great. I love that it saves a copy of my photos into my phone instantly so I can share it. In fact I only share this 2 Mpx image and everyone loves it. The low light performance despite the lack of an onboard flash is great. Definitely better than any phone camera I've used.Video performance I'm less than stellar about. It lacks any kind of definitive controls and the quality for some reason doesn't seem any better than my phone's. Also originally it couldn't even record in 1080p, but that was changed in a newish firmware update.Design and form factor are debatable and a matter of opinion, but I think it works fine. Just some people find it weird that I look like I'm carrying a lens around, and when it's attached to my phone, they think it's some sort of lens attachment. I wish Sony could have utilized my phone's flash to help in low light with this camera, but I imagine the latency issue to be problematic.That comes down the the latency issues. The WiFi is still sometimes unstable. Either my phone can't find it, or it's connected but the app can't find the device. Then I have close the phone app to try again. When it's connected at times it will lag (actually it will constantly lag about 300 ms or so [guesstimate]) and at times it will simply disconnect and re-associate. This can probably be fixed and improved in firmware.The biggest drawback is the camera takes forever to start up and there isn't much I can do without a screen before the phone is connected (yes there is a shutter button it's kind of useless without knowing where I'm pointing at). Then it takes a while to connect. Opportunities missed is what I think. My remedy is to keep the camera on until I need to stow it and the battery seems to keep up well with this kind of usage (well above stated battery life). The other issue is the lack of RAW capabilities. I know the RX100 Mk2 this is based on has those capabilities, so why not? That would really bring the value to this device. Based on the good image quality, I love this device once I learn to go around the other issues like slow startups and latency. However I did not buy this device and alter using it for a few trips, I'm still not sure I would have bought this myself. I have used the RX100 [Mk1] and I love that camera. I think it's actually work spending the extra over this to get that camera instead of this.I would probably not recommend this device to anyone into quick and easy photography.Engadget Reader80November 20, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!To say that Sonyâ€™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 basically took its 2012 first generation RX-100 point-and-shoot and put it into a lens. Now, since the camera is just a lens, an Android or iOS phone can be used as a viewfinder for the camera. The QX100 uses an expandable clamp on the back of the camera to attach it to your smartphone. The lens camera and your smartphone connect wirelessly. The fact that the lens doesnâ€™t have to be physically attached to your phone means that you can get some pretty cool shots. Iâ€™m planning on buying a miniature tripod that I will be able to strap to a tree branch for a photojournalism project for one of my classes.the QX100 takes some amazing pictures. I wouldnâ€™t expect anything less, since it basically the same camera as the RX-100. However, you cannot use your regular camera app with the QX-100. Youâ€™ll have to download Sonyâ€™s PlayMemories app to control the camera. You can also use Camera360, which has built in support for the Sony lenses. Since the photos you take are stored on the microSD card in the lens, the camera sends a 2 megapixel version of the image to your phone by default. However, you can change this to have the full resolution image or have no photo sent, meaning youâ€™ll have to use the app to select which pictures you want to send to you phone after the fact. While I agree that the iPhone takes some great photos, they just donâ€™t have the high quality images that the QX10 and QX100 produce. I never once had a problem with battery life from the lens, while I did notice the battery on my phone took a bit of a hit while using the lens.If youâ€™re wondering: Do I need this? No, nobody needs this. However, if you want to be able to take pictures that you would frame and have far better quality than your smartphone, then I say go ahead. The QX10, which comes in either black or white with gold trim that matches the new gold iPhone, is available for $249.99. The black-only QX100 costs $499.99. While that is a lot of money, the original RX-100 cost $649.99 at launch and the new RX-100 II cost $749.99. The QX100 isnâ€™t a smartphone accessory; it is a high-end point-and-shoot camera that uses your smartphone as a viewfinder. So should you get it? Well, that's up to you. It could make a great holiday present, especially the QX10. However, if you don't have a nice point-and-shoot and you don't want to carry around two separate devices, this could be the ticket.
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