Sony XQ100

Sony XQ100

$498.00 $499.99
3.3 / 5.0
Editor Rating :
Customer Rating :
Support: 3
Features: 3
Portability: 3
Screen: 3
Price Value: 3
1 $498.00

Editor Review


Many tech wizards often have to carry a bunch of gadgets, such as a smartphone, digital camera, laptop, et al. However, Sony QX100 is one such gizmo that can help in reducing this bunch. It is just a simple lens-style camera which can be attached to your smartphone. So, you can seamlessly click photos, videos, or talk to your friends with one simple combo-pack. Sounds intereisting? Read on to know more. Sony QX100 review


At a glance, the Sony DSC-QX100 smartphone attachable lens-style digital piece looks like an unassuming zoom lens. The lightweight cylindrical gizmo is not just a lens but a powerful digital camera. Incredibly, there is a sensor, processor, battery, memory card slots, and more. The only missing object is the screen – the one, supplied by the smartphone. The mobile phone must be an Android or an iOS. A tablet can also be used at times. Recent upgrade has made the unique gizmo compatible with Mac OS and Windows8, 7, and Vista. The aluminum-body with smooth finish makes it elegant to look. It can be attached just anywhere on the backside of the smartphone. Only, a tension clip is twisted and locked to attach the camera. In fact, it may not be attached physically as well. The gizmo can connect with the phone wirelessly and click mesmerizing photos. The lens-shaped camera does not have a screen, viewfinder. Sony QX100 review

Image Quality

The powerful lens offers f/1.8-4.9 maximum aperture. Added to it, it supports focal length of 35mm. These combine to provide high resolution images. The sensor can sense low intensity light rays which allows the user to click even in dark ambience. The full HD videos offer a resolution of 1080/30p. For sharing the HD videos on the smartphones, the videos can be saved in MP4 format. Sony QX100 review Equipped with image stabilization, Optical SteadyShot, the videos are not blurry but sharp and accurate. The images are corrected from shaking of the hands through this technology. It is also possible to shoot telephotos. The camera goes into an active mode when there is a need. There is no inbuilt flash however. Users may find it little frustrating when they cannot even integrate their smartphone flash with the mechanism of the camera. So, in either way, no flash option is available with this gizmo. The camera offers a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second (fps). The highest resolution for the still images is at 5472 x 3648 pixels. The still photographs are saved in JPEG format.


There are various auto modes to control exposure of the images, such as Face Detection and Scene Modes. It is possible to control settings of the camera, such as tweak exposure, aperture, white balance, and focus settings. The users need to download a complimentary PlayMemories Mobile app to make things work. There are also mobile phone apps which help to upload videos and images to the social media sites. Sony QX100 review The camera can be connected through Wi-Fi network. It creates an SSID and password on the inner compartment of the battery and joins the smartphone’s network connectivity. There is no provision of 4G LTE or Bluetooth connectivity. The lens is not water resistant or equipped with a gyroscope. However, if the smartphone has one, it can get integrated with it. There is no dedicated fingerprint scanner as well.


At $500, the gizmo is pricey no doubt. However, it is designed well to blend with the working mechanism of a mobile phone.

Internal Specs

The attachable lens-style digital camera has a powerful image processor, BIONZ that helps to speed up the performance of the camera. There is a memory card slot for accommodating a memory stick micro, microSD memory card, or microSDHC memory card. There is no option for built-in storage. The imaging sensor is a powerful 1-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor that supports a resolution of 20.9MP. The video codex in this camera is MP4. The gizmo is also equipped with RGB primary color mosaic filters. There is a fairly powerful 3.6x optical zoom for movie recording. The lens is the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T variety.

Battery Life

There is a Sony NP-BN lithium-ion DC3.6V rechargeable battery. The battery allows 220 still photos in a span of 110 minutes or so. While shooting, the camera takes some power from the smartphone battery as well. There may be an AC adapter, AC-UD10.Many users feel that the battery life is not that good enough as expected from a digital camera.


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Country Code JP Magapixels Empty
Sensor Size Empty Optical Zoom Empty
Focal length(mm) Empty Maximum ISO Empty
Shoots per battery 0 Build in Flash No
Build in WIFI No Video Recording No
Touchscreen Empty Shooting Speed Empty
Microphone No HDMI Empty
Weight Empty Dimensions Empty
Screen Size Empty Color Empty
Environmentally sealed No GPS Tagging Capability No
Live view mode No Maximun Shutter Speed Empty
Memory Card Slot 0 Model number Empty
Viewfinder Coverage 0 Date First Available 2015-06-29
Auto Focus Points Empty Articulated LCD Screen No

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