Sony QX100 lens review

Below is my review of the Sony QX100. I already have reviewed the QX10 and yesterday did a photo comparison between the QX10 and QX100. Click this link to get access to the previous articles.


In this review, I am going to cover off what the QX100 adds over the QX10. I am not going to repeat any of the basics, so please read the QX10 review first.

First up the QX100 is a 1 inch Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* RS Exmor CMOS 20.0mp lens with 3.6 x optical zooming during photo and video mode. It comes with Optical Image stabilisation and features the same lens from the Sony RX100 award winning camera. It features the following –

-Metering Modes : Multi Pattern
-Exposure Compensation : +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
-Exposure Settings : [Still] Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Movie Mode
-ISO : [Still Image] ISO160-6400(iAuto), ISO160-25600(Superior Auto), ISO160-3200(Program Auto), ISO160–3200(Aperture Priority)
-White Balance Mode : Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor (Warm White) / Fluor (Cool –White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight) / Flash / C. Temp., Filter / Custom
-ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : [Movie] Auto (ISO 160 – 3200)

-Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : [Still Image 3:2] f = 28-100mm [Still Image 16:9] f = 29-105mm [Still —Image 4:3] f= 30-108mm [Still Image 1:1] f = 36-127mm [Movie 16:9] f = 29-105mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33-120mm (SteadyShot® Active Mode) [Movie 4:3] f = 36-128mm (SteadyShot® Standard), f = 41-146mm —–(SteadyShot Active Mode)
-Lens Construction : 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens)
Aperture Blade : Iris diaphragm (7 blades)

It weighs approximately 180g vs the QX10 at 105g. On the QX100 the memory card and micro usb is accessible without having to remove the clamp section and lift the battery cover.


Apart from that the QX100 has a zoom control ring on the lens itself. The Playmemories app provides a few more settings. A choice of AF-S or manual focus. More file size outputs.
The last two file size options are 1:1 at 13mp and 1:1 at 3.7mp.

Finally the shooting modes reveal other options.

The Program reveals a new manual setting as below –

And Aperture Priority as you would expect adds one other manual setting control –

To be honest, the manual controls are limited on the QX100. Although the QX10 is near auto everything.

The clamp fitted really well around my iPhone 5S with the fitted leather Apple case. The lens also worked well connected to my tripod. The Playmemories app did freeze twice in 3 hours. Sony is working on an update soon to be released to improve the connection. It is not a problem though just something to be aware of. You simply close the app and restart it if you have an issue.

There is a bug with the QX100. It reads the time and date when connected via wifi. Except it does not do this on the QX100 as it should. So the date starts from 1st January 2013. The QX10 did not have this bug. I have written to Sony, and will update you when I receive a response regarding this. And low and behold the Playmemories app received an update yesterday and fixed this bug.

If you look back at the article yesterday comparing the photos from the QX100 and QX10, the QX100 does take considerable better quality snaps and for me it is a keeper.

3 thoughts on “Sony QX100 lens review

  1. Of PASM only P and A available!
    What….. No speed or full manual control?
    I find it totally unbelievable there is no S mode to select what speed you wish to take the shot at.

    Also Gavin, could you list what speeds are offered; as in slowest to fastest please.



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