Sony QX100 Review - The Sony QX100 was released as part of a pair of now models which, along with the Sony QX10, are aimed at transforming smartphone photography. Read our Sony QX100 review to find out whether it's successful or otherwise

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony QX100

Overall score:84%
Image Quality:90%


  • Great for inconspicuous shots; Battery indicator welcome; Image Quality


  • Lag experienced when shooting fast moving subjects; Slow to connect; No Raw support


Sony QX100 Review


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Sony QX100 and QX10 Review – Verdict

Sony QX100 angled

If you enjoy taking photos on your smartphone, these unique QX cameras will offer you more flexibility, however the amount of use they get will come down to how desperate you are for better image quality. If the slow setup speeds, time lag over the Wi-fi network and lack of control of ISO and shutter speed put you off, opting for an advanced compact camera could be the better option.

The Sony RX100II, which the QX100 adopts its lens and sensor from, is a great example. It is £220 more than the QX100, which is a lot, but when you take into consideration it shoots Raw, features a built-in flash, accepts a viewfinder and has a vari-angle screen, you certainly receive a better camera with more advanced features for your money.

That said, we like the concept of the QX system, but being the first of its kind there’s always going to be room for improvement. The main hurdle Sony will have to overcome if the QX is to be a success in the future is the lag between what the QX sees and how quickly the live feed is translated to a smartphone. 


White Balance:Auto
Video:1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
Memory Card:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Metering System:Multi
Sensor:20MP, 1in BSI CMOS
Exposure Modes:Auto, Smart Auto, Aperture Priority
Flash Modes:n/a
Connectivity:USB 2, Wi-fi, NFC
Power:Li-ion rechargeable
Lens:3.6x optical zoom, 28-100mm in equivalent terms
ISO Range:160-6400
Dimensions:63 x 63 x 56 mm
Shutter Speeds:4 - 1/2000 sec
File Formats:JPEG, MPEG 4
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. How It Works
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality and Value
  6. 6. Verdict
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