Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 Review

The Sony QX10 and QX100 were announced earlier in the year 3rd quarter of 2013 and I shared about the press release and information in an earlier post here! Personally, I was intrigued with the 2 lens-style camera designed by Sony and I was wondering with great interest how do I go about using it in my photography adventures? My wish was granted when I was given the opportunity to take the Sony QX100 for 2 weeks to play, test and review this niche segment of photography lens/accessory.


Just like the Sony QX10 review, I took the Sony QX100 out for different events, wedding lunch, technology events, food photography, daily walkabout and night street photography at Tiong Bahru Estate. It was a fun experience bringing the Sony QX100 out during these two weeks. From the Sony QX100 photographs collection slideshow, let me bring you through my eyes, heart and soul, my photography adventures and events with the Sony QX100.


The review for the Sony QX10 was completed earlier and you can read my review post here! The Sony QX100 and Sony QX10 is pretty similarly designed lens-style camera, the key differences/comparisons are compiled below for your easy reference and perusal.

Comparisons/Key Differences between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10

Sony QX100 Sony QX10
Optics Carl Zeiss Sony G
Physical Size Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Megapixels Approx. 20.9 Approx. 18.9
Focal Length f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Price RRP – SGD $649 RRP – SGD $349
Max Aperture F1.8 (Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3 (Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
ISO Sensitivity ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3](Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4](Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) 1/2.3 type (7.76mm)


Having the Sony QX100 for review during these two weeks, what are the pros and cons of this lens-style camera besides the key differences/comparisons mentioned above? Overall, the pros and cons are pretty similar to the points that I wrote in my earlier review of the Sony QX10 and you can refer to them for my compilation and write up with reference to the Sony QX100.

Besides the key differences/comparisons between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, here are my thoughts/views on the Sony QX100 that reinforces the points between those two similar models.

–       Sony QX100 is slightly heavier than Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 has better optics and photo output quality than the Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 experience more lag when connecting with the smartphone/tablet as compared to the Sony QX10

–       Aperture priority is a pretty nice feature for the Sony QX100

–       Sony QX100 is similar to the Sony RX100 II in terms of the technical specifications based on the optics and image sensor. The Sony QX100 is an accessory style camera lens and Sony RX100ii is a compact digital camera.


Sony QX10 vs. Sony QX100, how would you choose between these two models?

Sony QX100

~ You would choose Sony QX100 because of the following points

–       Optics

–       Quality of the photos

–       Versatility

–        Portability

Sony QX10

~ You would choose Sony QX10 because of the following points

–       Lightweight

–       Price

–       Versatility

–       Portability

(Based on my humble personal opinions, analysis and comparisons)

The Sony QX100 has similar technical specifications to the Sony RX100 II and there is a review that I did earlier that you are able to visit and read! The review will be helpful for you to compare between the Sony RX100 II, Sony QX10 and Sony QX100. If I have to choose between the Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, I would choose the Sony QX100 for its optics and quality output.


In my personal opinion, with the entry level photography and leisure photography segments currently fragmented even further and changing a lot over the past few years, especially with the boom and rise of the smartphones with powerful cameras and photography apps available.  With compact digital cameras facing a huge battle on its own, along with mirror-less cameras stealing the market share and making headlines, innovative products such as the Sony QX100 would be able to provide an alternative solution to the smartphone users with a photography lens and accessory for their smartphone.

The Sony QX100 is innovative and revolutionary; it will definitely be suitable for some of you smartphone users/photographers out there! If the lens-style camera suits your needs and usage, whether you are a smartphone user or a photographer, the options of the Sony QX100 and QX10 are both available to you.

* I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 *

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