Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 20.2 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 28-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 Zeiss lens with OSS image stabilization (3.6x optical zoom)
  • 160-6400 ISO (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080/30p HD video (MP4 format)
  • NFC/Wi-Fi allows simple, one-touch connection with a smartphone
  • Use Apps to edit and share photos instantly online
  • Control zoom, aperture, exposure, white balance, and more with your smartphone
  • Shoot and enjoy images thru the smartphone’s large LCD screen
  • Save images on both camera and phone memory
  • Camera includes tripod mount threads and can be decoupled from smartphone
  • Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones

Product Description

The Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 is a portable 'camera unit' that clips onto your smartphone. By using Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app you have complete control over the camera, and photos you take are automatically transferred to your mobile device. The QX100 has the same 'guts' as the Sony RX100 II premium compact, complete with a 20.2 megapixel, 1-inch sensor and F1.8-4.9, 28-100mm lens, but you don't get much exposure control and you can't shoot RAW.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 3:2: 2736 x 1824; 4:3: 4864 x 3648, 2592 x 1944; 16:9: 5472 x 3080, 2720 x 1528; 1:1: 3648 x 3648, 1920 x 1920
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO 160-6400
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance No
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–100 mm
Optical zoom 3.6×
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F4.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Touch screen Yes (via smartphone)
Screen type Depends on connected smartphone
Live view Yes (via smartphone)
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash No
Flash modes None
Self-timer Yes (2, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1440 x 1080 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Speaker None
Storage types microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-BN, NP-BN1
Battery Life (CIPA) 200
Weight (inc. batteries) 179 g (0.39 lb / 6.31 oz)
Dimensions 63 x 63 x 56 mm (2.46 x 2.46 x 2.19)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


User Reviews

  • AustenlorD, Oct 6, 2014 GMT:
    Have it for the past 6 months

    Well, i created this account solely to give this lens its rightful place and share my experience so far with it, I SIMPLY LOVE IT! i know i sound like a noob but this gadget made me love photography, in the beginning i was interested only in landscape photos only (street, parks etc...) now am into astrophotography since it has low shutter speed where you can easily see the cosmic dust and gases, you can decrease the shutter speed to 30' or increase it to 1/2000 of which both are decent and ...

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  • IvanQ, Nov 3, 2014 GMT:
    Qx 100 & Qx10 user

    I' m using both lenses Q 10 for one month and q100 for a week, huge difference between image quality, q100 much better (thats why I got it). Communication with the phones and tablets it is not the best but keep in mind that it's a combination looking for get better pics without having to take 2 gadgets, for instance you have a nice screen and all the webb and services for sharing and keeping in the cloud pictures, it's nice for every day use not for specific photography sessions or work. ...

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Smartphone-attachable QX-series Cameras by Sony

Questions & Answers


Range between the camera and smartphone

Has anyone tested out the maximum distance the smartphone can be away from the camera, QX100 or any  capable cameras?

jezzce asked
1 year ago


i tried up to 10 meters and it was working Continue Reading

AustenlorD answered
2 months ago


Does QX100 have a mechanical shutter?

I can't find info on the type of shutter on these cameras. Do QX10 and QX100 have pure electronic shutters (like phone cameras) or do they have mechanical leaf shutters? If you have one, you might be able to tell by turning of the sound and hearing whether there is a shutter click when taking a pic. Thanks in advance.

zmyrna asked
4 months ago


The QX100 has a leaf shutter, like the RX100 II whence its sensor and lens come. Continue Reading

burnley_ben answered
4 months ago

Yes mechanical shutter you can hear it while you are snapping photos and also when you reduce the shutter speed Continue Reading

AustenlorD answered
2 months ago


can we flip it like qx30 to take selfies and whats its sensor size is it bigger than qx100?
khaleeq asked
3 months ago


you can detach it and use your hand/tripod to take a selfie ... very good selfies actually! Continue Reading

AustenlorD answered
2 months ago

Well this device has a 20.4 Bionz X image processor, and it's APSC. So its on par with most e mount cameras from sony. As far as selfies are concerned, since you can use it wirelessly you can hold it to your face and snap away, while looking at your phone's screen to confirm you are taking a selfie and not a pic of the wall behind you :P There is an adapter for selfie purposes also released from sony, and the play memories mobile app features a selfie mode. Hope this answers your questions! Continue Reading

MagnaRoader answered
1 month ago

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