Sony QX100 overview
Sony QX100 is Sony's Lens-style digital camera originally launched on September of 2013. The camera has got a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5472 x 3648.
The QX100 is placed #2 out of 4 in Lens-style cameras & all around #452 out of 1453 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personalized criteria.
Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony QX100 Gallery
You can check the QX100 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony QX100 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony QX100 based on features that are typically seen as important in a digital camera.
Sony QX100 Sensor specifications
The sensor measurement on the Sony QX100 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and provides a standard ISO range of 160 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.
The graphic below displays the QX100's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The QX100 sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is highlighted in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony QX100 dimensions
Sony QX100 has a weight of 0.39 lb (179 grams / 6.31 ounces) & has outside dimensions of 63mm x 63mm x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2"). The weight of general Lens-style camera is 173 grams and the Sony QX100 is very similar when compared with other competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Below is a pic of the Sony QX100 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the QX100.
Sony QX100 Lens specifications
The QX100 includes a built in lens and it has a focal range of 28-100mm giving it a 3.6 x zoom which isn't ideal but it would certainly be valuable in a few situations.
At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f1.8 which will be beneficial for low light events and capturing a shallow depth of field. It would also enable you to choose a lower ISO to get more clean images. For the tele end, 100mm comes with f4.9 which is really slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Sony QX100 Connectivity
The QX100 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and in some cases alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Many applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.
Sony QX100 Video specifications
The highest video quality on the Sony QX100 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance in video quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you have little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to find a different camera should you need decent sound for your videos.
Sony QX100 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Sony QX100 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Sony QX100 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony QX100 has got a inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 0 thousand dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you can adjust focus point and change settings with your finger.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specifications for Sony QX100 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be pretty helpful.
Sony QX100 Shutter specifications
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Sony QX100 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony QX100 comes with neither built in flash nor external flash ability.
Sony QX100 Autofocus specifications
Sony QX100 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detection which is valuable for portraits.
Sony QX100 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch focus points. Sony QX100 includes manual focusing in case it is needed in low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focusing.
Sony QX100 Battery life
The battery power (NP-BN,) on the Sony QX100 is made to last for 200 shots as per the CIPA specifications which is lesser compared with it's competitors. The typical Lens-style camera battery life is 265. Sony QX1 features the highest (440) battery life in this category of cameras.
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Sony QX100 for different forms of photography
The following chart provides a analysis of the Sony QX100 for different forms of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Sony QX100
The Sony QX100 gets a score of 54 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat adequate for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and ability to work with off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Sony QX100
Coming in at a above average score of 72, the Sony QX100 is a good option for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony QX100 Sports photography factors
A average sports photography points tally of 56 suggests the Sony QX100 is fairly suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony QX100 Travel photography advice
Size is very important in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony QX100 gets a nice 70 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine choice to take on your holidays.
Sony QX100 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Sony QX100 and it's average rating of 55 as a landscape camera is relatively suitable among its competitors.
Vlogging with Sony QX100
A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Sony QX100 is just not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a low score of 38.
Sony QX100 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the QX100, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Lens-style.
The diagram down below provides you an overview of the QX100 versus it's top ranked competitors suggested previously.
Following are additional cameras you might check out as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.