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Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 20.9MP 3.6x Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Image Quality
Image Quality
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Pocket Lint, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this camera is 66 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

The average owner rating of this high megapixel digital camera is 82 out of 100 based on 230 owner reviews. 101 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 81% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 23,045 user and expert reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony DSC-QX100 supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera also support video recording.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was noisy.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-QX100 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Price

Around Half the Price of the R 100 II, Which Has the Same Sensor, Lens

Seventeen customers agreed that it was good value for money. Siliconrepublic.com wrote three years ago “Around half the price of the R 100 II, which has the same sensor, lens”. Kallie gave it a rating of 8 stars and she wrote “Great camera and superb value for money” in her review of the Sony DSC-QX100. Three years ago an anonymous reviewer gave it a rating of 7 stars and she mentioned in her Sony DSC-QX100 review on Johnlewis.com “It does not compromise on quality, with images at least as good as a mid priced DSLR”.

Four people thought this digital camera was expensive. Expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote “It is expensive and a little clumsy in operation” and scored it 6 stars. Jazz scored it 7 stars and wrote on Johnlewis.com three years ago “Excellent little camera especially with the optional EVF though that is very expensive”. In the same month Joeb1 scored it 7 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “It is way too expensive”.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person thought the product was good in terms of connectivity. Benbird7 mentioned on Johnlewis.com “This camera takes better photos than the DSLR (Nikon D3300) and is superb especially for the size with good connectivity”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Twenty-two people wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Jon2 mentioned in their Sony DSC-QX100 review “However it does have great features, terrific quality”. Dmyh wrote “Has a great range of features, of which the wifi function is brilliant” and gave this digital camera a rating of 6 stars. Four years ago Harold70 mentioned on Johnlewis.com “It offers a range of features that make capturing high quality photos easy” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the DSC-QX100.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Design

Twenty-five people agreed that it was compact. Cnet.co.uk mentioned on CNET.co.uk “Compact design” in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100 however they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on What Digital Camera “Designed to merge the technology that's used within Sony's compact cameras into a small handheld unit that can be controlled wirelessly by a mobile device via Wi-fi or NFC” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “It's basically a compact camera without a screen” in their Sony DSC-QX100 review.

Six people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “It takes a bit of getting used to – clamping a chunky 180g weight on your phone feels plain weird” . Jandee scored it 7 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “I didn't want to take my DSLR on holiday (too heavy and too awkward to carry everywhere), so I opted for Sony instead”. Kevstar wrote in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “It is however heavy on the batteries on both the camera”.

Two customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to carry around. Jigisjig mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Compact in size easy to carry around”. Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Lawrie said on Johnlewis.com “The only improvement would be a less smooth material on the body to improve grip”.

Two people who purchased the product agreed that it was a good size. Melsh wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review on Bestbuy.com “It's a really great phone, nice size, easy to use”. Ruso gave it a rating of 8 stars and said on Bestbuy.com “Easy to use, good size of the screen”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was good structurally.

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Light

With a weight of only 90 grams, the DSC-QX100's weight is one of the lightest amongst cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the weights range from 90g to 1.5kg.

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Image Quality

One hundred and one people wrote in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Siliconrepublic.com wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review “Up to 20 MP photos”. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “1-inch image sensor” but despite that they only rated this digital camera 1 stars. Whatdigitalcamera.com scored it 4 stars and mentioned on expert website What Digital Camera “If you enjoy taking photos on your smartphone, these unique QX cameras will offer you more flexibility.”.

Sixteen owners who bought it reckoned that it was good in low light. Jandee said on Johnlewis.com “It is exceptional in low light and I managed quite a few sharp pictures in a very low light” and gave the product a score of 8 stars. Two years ago Kojack13 wrote “Fantastic low light sensor, I rarely need to use the flash” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 9 stars. Cmalbany mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The f1.8 lens allows excellent low light shots” and scored it 9 stars.

Ten people reckoned that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Gibby scored it 6 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “I like having the large sensor”. Cmalbany mentioned “The MkII has an improved sensor array”. Gusarp wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “It is now at service, I do hope they replace it, because a sensor clean up is almost impossible”.

Four owners agreed that the product had a good picture resolution. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “Makes shooting from difficult angles easier”. Mariel wrote on Bestbuy.com “Easy interfaces, great screen resolution” in her review of this digital camera and scored the product 6 stars. Tedp said on Bestbuy.com “I could find no definitions of the "intelligent auto" or "superior auto" shooting modes”.

One owner who bought it thought it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Moes said “My only negative point is the highlights tend to blow out easily”. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good ISO range.

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No Flash

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it did not have a good flash. Siliconrepublic.com said in their review of this digital camera “Doesn't work with phone's flash” . Siliconrepublic.com also mentioned “No flash” in their review.

Good Exposure Control

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera had good exposure controls.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Fourteen customers who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Cmalbany wrote “A partially useful hinged rear screen” in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100. Tangle said “Make sure you add a screen protector film as well”. Two years ago Fingers wrote on Bestbuy.com “Love having the large screen, yet the phone easily fits in my front jeans pocket”.

Four owners agreed that it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Technabob.com said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “The Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Lens Cameras pack all of the necessary hardware inside a tiny cylinder, save for a viewfinder” . Dnm53 said on Johnlewis.com “To compliment it I purchased a optical viewfinder, thankfully the newer model has this as standard” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Gibby gave it a rating of 6 stars and wrote on Johnlewis.com “Could not justify buying the expensive, supplementary viewfinder for the Sony”.

One customer said in their reviews that it was mirrorless. Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote four years ago “So right now the company offers the best mirrorless cameras - the a7 twins -” in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100.

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Good Video Capture

Eight people thought the Sony DSC-QX100 was good for video recording. Expert review site Ausdroid.net mentioned “Overall the QX100 is a great compact lens-style camera which is capable of taking high quality photos and videos, while being controlled by any Android or iOS Smartphones”. Lowyat.net mentioned “Weeks later, more leaks made their way to the internet including a promo video and a full spec sheet that left me in aw”. Kojack13 wrote two years ago “Great movie function”.

On-Camera Shutter and Zoom Controls

Twenty-seven owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Four years ago expert review site T3.com mentioned in their Sony DSC-QX100 review “Unveiled alongside the more compact Sony QX10 smart lens”. Impman wrote in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com two years ago “It has endless possibilities for the serious photographer and with a 1" sensor and excellent lens is capable of very good results”. Jandee said “A lot of options/settings to chose from (great to play with, for an enthusiast) - sharp lens - fast autofocus / focus peaking is great for close ups.” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine owners agreed that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Pc Mag mentioned “On-camera shutter and zoom controls”. Also three years ago Bestbuy.com mentioned “Picture quality and zoom” in their review of this digital camera however they only rated this digital camera 1 stars. Gibby gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their Sony DSC-QX100 review on Johnlewis.com “I still prefer the viewfinding and zoom controls of the DSLR”.

Six people thought it had a good autofocus. Cnet.co.uk wrote on CNET.co.uk “Very fast autofocus” in their review of this digital camera. Impman said “The controls on the ap make it easy to control and focus” in their Sony DSC-QX100 review and scored it 6 stars. Pastone rated it 7 stars and wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review “Low light shooting, true focus ability - the kind where stuff in the background appears out of focus)”.

Two owners who purchased the product considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Siliconrepublic.com said “InLens stabilisation” but they scored it 1 stars.

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Support

Good Support

Nine customers who reviewed it considered that it had good technical guidance. Kriskat wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review on Johnlewis.com “Great results from the auto mode, however even for a novice you can give amazing shots from the manual settings”. Madmike gave it a score of 8 stars and mentioned “Bought a couple of weeks ago, lens is brilliant, instruction for iPhone connection not so good”. Cmalbany wrote in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “I found the PDF instructions less than helpful in explaining what each options actually does”.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-QX100 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

Other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS, the Sony DSC-QX10, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The DSC-QX100 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-QX100 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the EOS 6D EF (£1,242.99), the PowerShot SX610 HS, and the PowerShot SX710 HS all from Canon is also worth considering.

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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-QX100 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This digital camera has a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of a similar age and spec to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 3648 x 3648, 1920 x 1920, 5472 x 3080, 2720 x 1528, 2736 x 1824 and 4864 x 3648 and 2592 x 1944. Similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6000 x 4000 (best).

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Design

Image Quality

Fifty-nine owners who purchased the Sony DSC-QX100 considered that it was good quality. Cnet.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Image Quality” . Cnet.co.uk also mentioned “Picture quality worthy of an R 100 II” in their review. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 7 stars and mentioned “It has a fast f/1.8 aperture lens and good quality Exmore R CMOS sensor, so picture quality is excellent”.

Nice Design

Fourteen owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good looking. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on Trusted Reviews four years ago “At a glance The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX100 is a pretty new idea in the camera world” in their review of this digital camera although they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Expert website Fonearena.com wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review also four years ago “While the QX10 was pretty amazing in itself”. Draco Man2 said in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “The scenes settings are pretty good as you can use Exif values to learn with” and scored it 8 stars.

Four people agreed that it was well designed. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “The Sony Cyber-shot DCS-QX100 is an example of a bold design as a smartphone add-on lens.”. Stoilov gave this digital camera a score of 7 stars and mentioned three years ago “Good design, great night photos” in their review of this digital camera. Also three years ago Pastone wrote “The design is good” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

Two people thought this digital camera was smooth. Brescia said in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com in April last year “The process was smooth”. One owner who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was retro. Boots mentioned on Johnlewis.com “My purchase came with a free leather case which gives the camera a fabulous "retro" look”.

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Robust

Fourteen people concluded that it was well made. Joiner62 said in their review of this digital camera “The lens was well made” . Dmyh mentioned three years ago “Has a quality feel about it, in the hand- solid, relatively simple icons selection” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars. Davey mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100 on Johnlewis.com in the same month “It is very well made, gives great results equal to many DSLR camera's” and gave this digital camera a score of 9 stars.

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Unhappysonyfan mentioned three years ago “As even if is under the 1-year warranty, physical damage is not covered”.

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Good Low Light Performance, Aperture Control, Manual Focus Option, Great Results

Thirty customers mentioned that the Sony DSC-QX100 was easy to use. Pocket Lint said in their Sony DSC-QX100 review “Good low light performance, aperture control, manual focus option, great results” yet they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine “It is designed to work with smartphones, connecting via Wi-Fi so you can control it and instantly get your pictures on your mobile device”. Jigisjig rated this digital camera 8 stars and said on Johnlewis.com “Easy to use just point and shoot”.

Eight people who bought the product thought it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Cnet.co.uk wrote in their Sony DSC-QX100 review on CNET.co.uk “Settings ring around the lens”. Jarvi gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The menus are simple to navigate the FN button is the gateway to effective settings & the flip out screen makes for a perfect street shooter”. Draco Man2 said on Johnlewis.com “If you use the auto settings you get a fairly decent photo”.

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned two years ago “Easy To Set Up”.

Two owners agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Kallie mentioned “Comfortable size for travelling” and gave the product a score of 7 stars. Moes wrote on Johnlewis.com “I also purchased the hand grip for the camera which now makes the camera easier to hold”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Harold70 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “The quality of the images and the handling is superb”. Spock999 mentioned two years ago “Handling - Pretty good” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 7 stars.

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera is 0.34x, the biggest is 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. With an optical zoom of only 3.6 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-QX100 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Coolpix S2800 (£55.99) (5x), or the 28 (£149.99) (5x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-TX30 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera is 1.8, the smallest is 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 14. When compared to other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera, the Sony DSC-QX100's maximum aperture number of only 1.8 is one of the biggest.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 18mm and 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. At only 100 millimeters, the Sony DSC-QX100 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the DSC-QX100 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 6mm, the longest is 75mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 1.3, the largest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 4. When compared to other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera, the minimum aperture number of the DSC-QX100 of only 1.8 is one of the smallest.

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Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The DSC-QX100 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a tripod mountable.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Sony DSC-QX100 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Power

Interchangeable Battery

Nine owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good battery life. Four years ago Cnet.co.uk said in their review of the Sony DSC-QX100 “Battery indicator welcome”. Three years ago Siliconrepublic.com mentioned “Interchangeable battery”. Jandee mentioned “Tricky to use - excellent low light capabilities - tilting screen - small and easy to carry - excellent video quality - battery actually lasts quite a long time.” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 7 stars.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dscqx100bce7, sony sz95126ean
Barcodes 04905524951264, 05053959425993

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