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Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Hands-On Preview

We go hands on with the innovative Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Smart Lens, a new type of camera that connects with a smartphone.

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Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Hands-On Preview: Sony Cyber Shot QX100 (1)

The new Sony Cyber-Shot QX100 is based on the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II, with a 3.6x optical zoom lens, 20 megapixel 1inch backlit CMOS sensor, manual controls, and MicroSD / M2 memory slot. With built in Wi-Fi and NFC the lens camera unit can connect to any compatible smartphone or device (such as a tablet) for remote operation and photo viewing.

Sony research has suggested the top 3 issues smartphone users face with photography include lack of optical zoom, image stabilization, and poor low light performance. In order to provide a solution to this, Sony has developed the new "Smart Lens" system that can be used with any smartphone.

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Hands-On Preview: Sony Cyber Shot QX100 (13)
Sony Cyber Shot QX100 with HTC One Mini.

"Smart Lens" – The Smart Lens, as Sony are calling it, is Android and iOS compatible, as well as compatible with the Kindle and other Tablets. Using the camera with another device as the remote control, you are able to use touch AF, with Wi-Fi working up to around 10m (or more). The Smart lens has built in one touch connection using built in NFC. The Smart Lens will also work with devices that don’t have NFC built in, you can just connect with Wi-Fi networking.

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Key Features

  • f/1.8, 3.6x optical zoom, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • 20 megapixel, 1inch BSI Exmor R sensor, for better low-light performance
  • Full HD Video (MP4)
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, Manual Focus
  • Stereo mic
  • MicroSD / M2 card slot
  • Front control ring, Manual controls
  • ERP £399 (so cheaper than original)
  • Available in black
The Smart Lens doesn't have to be physically connected to the phone before use and can be used on its own as a separate camera away from the smartphone. You would most likely want to use the smartphone screen so that you can see what you are taking photos of, even though it can be used without first being connected to the smartphone.

Transferring images - Full resolution images are stored on the memory card in the camera, and smartphone images are transferred at 2 megapixels (default setting) or full size depending on how you setup the camera link. You don't have to transfer images to the smartphone if you don’t want to, and it will also work without a memory card so you can just store images directly on the smartphone.

Battery life for the camera is rated at 110 minutes or 220 photos, with the camera using an N series battery from standard Sony Cyber-shots. The battery is removable so that you can charge it in an optional charger, or in the camera it will charge over USB.

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Hands-On Preview: Sony Cyber Shot QX100 (7)

An upgraded Sony Playmemories Mobile App will be available giving an improved number of options over previous versions: iA, Superior Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority (QX100), Copy from connected device, white balance, self-timer, focus mode (MF/AFS), image size, preview setting, review image size, beep setting, format, movie, photo, exposure compensation (+/-3). The app lets you change settings using the touch-screen.

Both the QX100 and QX10 feature a tripod socket, both have a small LCD display to show battery life. On the side is the shutter release and zoom control. An adjustable attachment provided can hold the lens to the smartphone, so it will work with any smartphone up to a certain size - this attachment will nto work with tablets. The lens locks into place on the attachment, with a small button used to unlock it so it can be detached.

The Sony Xperia Z has an optional special attachment available that can go on the back of the smartphone so you can more neatly attach the Smart Lens unit to it, and a soft carrying case will also be available for storage.

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Specifications

Max Aperturef/1.8 - f/4.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 100mm
Optical Zoom3.6x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1inch
Sensor Size (width)13.2mm
Sensor Size (height)8.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD MonitorNo Data
Screen resolutionNo Data
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • A
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity160 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo Data
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
USBNo Data
Card Type
  • Micro SD
  • Micro SDHC
  • Memory Stick Micro (Sony M2)
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeN Series Lithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)220shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Smartphone attachment, Instruction Manual

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josa Avatar
josa 11 25 Czech Republic
4 Sep 2013 3:53PM
Looks like NEX "mini me", sure someone will buy it....

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