Thoughts: Sony DSC-QX100

If you do not know what the QX100 is, here’s a write up as seen on Sony Singapore’s product page:

“Empower your smartphone to capture breathtaking photographs and movies. Compact and lightweight, DSC-QX100 delivers sophisticated performance and stunning image quality. Shoot, edit and share your creations anytime, anywhere.” – credits Sony Singapore DSC QX100.

Same goes for the DSC-QX10, which I had the opportunity to try while in Tokyo, at the Sony Building. It is/was adorably compact and produced pretty stunning photos, though initiate mobile sync in Japanese did took a while to figure out.


Anyhow, back on track…

Here are my thoughts on the Sony DSC-QX100:

– Design: Unique cylinder like design, with flip open attachment grip, to grip onto mobile devices (no more than 3inch, e.g. can’t grip onto Galaxy Note) while allowing it to work like a camera (with memory card but without view finder or lcd screen) but also as an accessory for mobile products.
– Compatibility: With the PlayMemories app, compatible / sync-able with iOS and Android mobiles (and tablets – tried on iPad mini / iPhone 4s / Xperia Z).
– Connection: Easy step by step Wi-Fi / NFC pairing or connection, with PlayMemories app and instruction manual. It shouldn’t take more than 10 mins with updated PlayMemories app.
– Modes: Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie and Aperture Priority.
– Control: More control with the updated app, addition features for Shutter Priority mode and manual ISO, did enhanced the usage experience.
– Quality: Close up shots took a while to focus but came out well. Self portraits / selfies, possible with sharp images and smooth skin. Image quality was pretty impressive in bright condition / lit rooms, i will share the photos later.
– Pairing: Tested and seemed stable up to 10 meters range (on its own; not attached to any mobile products)
– Charging: Easy charge with micro USB cable (included) and/or removing battery and charge with dedicated Sony charger (not included).
– Battery: Lasted around 2 hours of non-shooting for me and it came with a rechargeable Sony N type battery which you could purchase spares to switch, whenever necessary.

– Display screen: A tad too small to check how much battery is left or if it was with or without memory card
– Range: Connection sluggish or almost disconnected immediately if QX100 is out of visual range, e.g. behind a wall or in the other room.
– Quality: Low light shooting duller than expected.
– Flash: None.
– Weight: Too heavy for my liking, especially when it was paired and placed on my Xperia Z. It actually weighed more than my Xperia Z, at 179gram.
– Cost: On the high side, costing as much or more than a compact camera with similar specifications.

– Pairing: May be stable for up to 10 meters, as an accessory but that might be affected or significantly reduced if there are other products on Wi-Fi to interfere with the connection.

It may seem very spy camera-ish, as shared by my teammates but it all depends on the users and their usage. In the right hands, it could jolly well be breath taking photos that put entry level dSLR cameras to shame.

All in all, it might be a little costly due to Carl Zeiss lens used but for the images produced,  it is a nice piece of innovative gadget / mobile accessory to own. Definitely good for those who’d like photography on the go.

On a personal note, I prefer the QX10 more.
For it is at half the cost while using the Sony G lens, much more lighter and produces rather close quality images to the QX100.


For more photos of the QX100 and the images produced by it, do refer to the album below:
XYSG: Sony QX100

And of course, thanks to Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, for the QX100 review unit.