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Sony QX10/QX100 Hub Lenses – Master Review

Below are all the review posts covering the Sony QX10 and Sony QX100 Hub lenses.


Sony QX10 review

Part 1 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/09/18/first-impressions-and-specifications-of-the-sony-qx10-lens/

Part 2 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/09/19/review-of-the-sony-qx10-lens/

Part 3 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/09/23/turn-your-iphone-5s-into-a-proper-camera-with-the-sony-qx10/

Sony QX10 versus QX100 camera shootout

Review – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/10/08/sony-qx10-and-qx100-camera-shootout-plus-update-from-sony-on-software/

Sony QX100 review

Review – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/10/09/sony-qx100-lens-review/

Misc Review Posts

Photo Hardware comparison of QX10 and QX100 on iPhone 5S – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/10/12/photo-comparison-of-the-sony-qx10100-with-the-iphone-5s/

Further Thoughts on QX10 and QX100 – https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/further-thoughts-on-the-sony-qx10-and-qx100-hub-lens-cameras/

Sony updates Firmware details – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2013/11/04/further-thoughts-on-the-sony-qx10-and-qx100-hub-lens-cameras/

Sony updates Firmwares again details – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2014/01/30/sony-qx10qx100-hub-lenses-firmware-update-v2-details-and-changes/

Sony updates firmware to v3 details –

Sony Z Ultra – Special cases – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2014/01/02/sony-z-ultra-to-get-official-cases-for-sony-qx10-and-qx100-lenses/

Sony SPA-TA1 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2014/01/31/own-a-sony-qx10-or-qx100-hub-lens-then-you-might-want-the-sony-spa-ta1/

Joey Ballhead with Sony QX10 and QX100 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2014/02/11/joby-ballhead-and-the-sony-qx10-qx100/

Own a Sony QX10 or QX100 Hub Lens – then you might want the Sony SPA-TA1


If you own a QX10 or QX100 hub lens as shown above but have a device or tablet over 85mm in width then Sony has the answer. The SPA-TA1. Due out around April, this is an attachment that comes in different sizes as below.

(Depth × height width ×) size:
(1) about 85 × 65.6 × 33.9Mm
(2) about 106 × 65.6 × 33.9Mm
(3) about 127 × 65.6 × 33.9Mm
(4) about 148 × 65.6 × 33.9 mm
(5) about 169 × 65.6 × 33.9Mm
(6) about 190 × 65.6 × 33.9mm Weight: about 31g ((6) is installed) Material: Plastic

※ The included attachment of DSC-QX100/QX10 shipped with smartphone of 54-75mm width.



Source – Sony Japan

Sony QX10/QX100 Hub lenses – firmware update v2 – details and changes – updated

Sony is offering upgrades for the Sony QX10 and QX100 hub lenses.

Improvements after version 2 firmware upgrade –

-ISO Setting added
-The QX10 has a ISO 3200 from just 1600, and the QX100 moves to ISO 12800 support from just 3200.
-Movie Recording size changed: MP4 1440 x 1080(30p) to MP4 1920 x 1080(30p)
-Shutter Speed Priority Shooting mode added (DSC-QX100 only)

For the QX10 head over to the Sony Asia download page or click here for direct access. . Select downloads, computer system and the appropriate file will be downloaded.

For the QX100, head over again or click here for direct access. Then select downloads and follow the instructions dependant on your PC operating system.

These are really important updates and now make these hub lenses even more fantastic.

The process takes about 10 mins for each lens.

Sony QX10 and QX100 are getting some serious love from Sony

I’ve already reviewed both of the above devices. Click <a href="http://Sony QX10/QX100 lens review “>here to recap.


In January 2014, both the QX10 and QX100 lens cameras will receive firmware upgrades that bump their maximum light sensitivity settings to ISO 3,200 and 12,800 respectively making dark scenes even better. They will also support widescreen 1080p video recording, and the QX100 is getting a shutter priority mode (finally) for action shots and long exposures.

Sony’s mobile shooting app, PlayMemories Mobile, just got updated to Version 4.0 for Android and iOS will introduce a quick photo browser that should make it much easier to review recent shots. For iOS users Sony claims that the app should connect to WiFi cameras twice as quickly as before.

Further Thoughts on the Sony QX10 and QX100 Hub Lens Cameras

I have had the QX10 and QX100 now for several weeks and my views on them have slightly changed. They are both excellent however I now carry the QX10 with me more than the QX100.

I carry the QX10 permanently with me as it is considerably lighter and smaller to pocket. It also has 10x optical zoom so for most situations it is a better option to carry.

If I know I will be travelling to somewhere specifically where I intend to take photos or where there might be an opportunity for good shots then I will take the QX100. The QX100 takes incredible quality photos.

But if I had to choose just one, it would be the QX10. If I wanted QX100 quality I would use a DSLR camera instead.

However, my wife and I have been out several times with our iPhone 5S’s using the QX10 and QX100 and had a great time using them. More fun actually than most cameras.

Photo comparison of the Sony QX10/100 with the iPhone 5S


I was asked the other day if I could show photos of the Sony QX10 and QX100 attached to the iPhone 5S so that their sizes could be compared. So below are some photos with the lenses attached to the iPhone 5S. To recap on my reviews of both and other posts click here https://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/?s=sony+qx&submit=Search .

First up is the Sony QX10 in white with the iPhone 5S. Front and side views.
And now side view.

And now for the QX100. Clearly larger too.
And the side view.

Whilst the photos depict the lenses with the iPhone 5S, these also work on other iPhones and android devices. And if you have the Sony Xperia Z or Z1, you can buy a special Sony back case that allows the clamp section to be removed from the lens, and then attached directly to the case. Pic of case ACX2 below.

Review of the Sony QX10 lens

To recap on all the earlier articles and sample photos click here.

In this article I am going to discuss the settings and options using the QX10 from within the Sony Playmemories app. And to be honest there isn’t many. Sony clearly wanted this used in auto mode. Maybe the app will get updated with more features. However, I think Sony wanted the QX100 to be more complex and keep the QX10 simple.


When the app fires up ready for snapping photos this is all you see. Top right is the mode selector and just below you get little icons appearing warning that you might need a tripod, or your shaking the lens too much and the scene it has selected.


Tapping top right reveals the 3 modes. Program mode only gives you control of exposure and white balance.


The white balance options are as below.


Tapping the mode top right reveals a choice between photo or video.


The settings icon pulls up a menu as follows.


There is also format memory card. Most of the settings options are self explanatory. You get an option to set the size/resolution of photos.


The option to select whether the camera copies the photo to the device and the file size. Either 2mp or full size.


The other options is the zoom in and out. Represented on bottom right with the W and T. These buttons are also on the lens itself to use without the phone. The lens also has a shutter button.

And that is all you really get in terms of control from within the app.

I do recommend the following. Download and install the app. Turn the app on and lens. Enter the lens password found on the manual front cover book. Wait for connection to finish. Exit app. Turn lens off. Reboot your phone. This will ensure smooth operation.

If you have a Z1 or Z phone , Sony will soon be releasing a dedicated case to attach the lens to your phone. The SPA-ACX2 for the Z1 and the SPA-ACX1 for the Z. If you use this special case you can remove the bottom clamp attachment. The clamp stretches to a width of 75mm.

I’ve used the QX10 successfully with my Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7 2013. These worked fine but after configuring app I had to reboot both devices to ensure a smooth operation. With both these devices you did get occasional lag on the screen when moving the lens. With the Sony Xperia Z1 I have not witnessed any lag.

There are many uses for this lens. It can sit flat on a table and then be operated remotely. You can hold it and put it in tight positions. It has good low light and zoom capabilities. And it is hassle free to use.

I like it a lot. And don’t forget you can use the lens with your iPhone and android phone.

First Impressions and Specifications of the Sony QX10 Lens

Yesterday, I received the Sony QX10 lens. As my Sony Xperia Z1 was not due to arrive until this morning, I gave the QX10 a short blast with my Nexus 4.

The official specifications of the QX10 are –

-Imaging Sensor : 1/2.3″ (7.76mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor, 18.9mp, Bionz image processor
-Color Filter System : RGB primary color mosaic filters
-AF Modes : Multi Point AF / Touch AF

-Memory Stick Micro / microSD Memory Card / microSDHC Memory Card supported

-Still Image Size 16:9 : L:13M (4,896 x 2,752) S:2M (1,920 x 1,080
-Still Image Size 4:3 : L:18M (4,896 x 3,672) S:5M (2,592 x 1,944)
-Video Mode : MP4: 12M (1440 x 1080, 30 fps)
-Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Stereo Microphone
-Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF, Exif, MPF Baseline) compliant, DPOF compatible

-Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization
-Priority Setting for Face Detection up to eight faces max

-Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-BN (3.6V)
-Number of Still Images approx 200 images

-Metering Modes : Multi Pattern, Exposure Compensation : +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
-Exposure Settings : [Still] Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
-ISO : [Still Image] ISO100-3200(iAuto), ISO100-12800 (Superior Auto), ISO100-1600(Program Auto)
-White Balance Mode : Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Flourescent White Balance 1 / Flourescent White -Balance 2 / Flourescent White Balance 3 / Incandescent,ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : [Movie] Auto (ISO 100 – 1000 level)

-Lens Type : Sony G® Lens
-Aperture (Max.) : F3.3 (W), F5.9 (T)
-Optical Zoom : 10x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
-Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : [Still Image 16:9] f = 27.5-275mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 25-250mm [Movie -16:9] f = 27.5-275mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 27.5-385mm (SteadyShot® Active Mode) [Movie 4:3] f = 33.5–335mm (SteadyShot® Standard), f = 33.5-469mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
-Lens Construction : 9 elements in 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
-Clear Image Zoom : 10x

-Self-timer : 10 sec. / 2 sec.
-Shutter Speeds : iAuto (4 – 1/1600) / Program Auto (1 – 1/1600)

-NFC : Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
-Wi-Fi : Yes
-USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed
-A/V Remote Terminal : Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)

-Tripod Mount : Yes

-Dimensions (Approx.) : 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 1 3/16” (62.4mm x 61.8mm x 30.0mm)
-Weight (Approx.) : With Battery and Memory Stick_micro 0lb 3.7oz. (105.0g)
-Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : 0lb 5.8oz. (165g)

The QX10 arrived in a circular box.

Opening the box revealed the lens itself. As you can see the box is huge versus the size of the actual lens.

Inside the box was a very chunky manual, rather more like a start up guide in loads of languages, several leaflets, a battery, lanyard, micro usb lead and the circular base. First up, you have to put the battery in to the lens as shown. Insert your micro sd card or Sony M2 memory stick in the slot just below. The tripod mount is positioned below the memory card slot as per photo.


Next connect the circular base plate. This enables the lens to be clamped on to most android or iphones. 75mm is the widest point the clamp can officially open up to. Now the hard part. Go charge the battery using the micro usb lead. It the hard part because the temptation is to try and use it straight away.

As the QX10 works with iPhones or android, you need to download the PlayMemories Mobile app from the respective app stores. Open the app, turn the QX10 on by pressing gently down on the power button. Enter the password which is printed on the quick start user manual and voila. Your phone is now acting as the viewfinder.

So far it has been a blast, but I have only had limited time with it. Also the weather has been constant rain and fog. Photo samples on next article. A full review will appear over the next few weeks along with the Sony Xperia Z1. So far I am very impressed. Makes me wonder just how much better the QX100 will be.

Sample photos from the Sony QX10

Following on from my last post on the QX10, below are a few samples, unedited and taken in the most dreadful conditions.

The outdoor shots were taken with heavy rain and fog, and the photo of my dogs was snapped in very low light indoors. The indoor shot was then cropped to focus on the dogs to give you some idea of the level of detail.

The other fun part of the dog photo, was the lens was left on the table opposite, while I used my Nexus 4 6 feet away to operate it. The scenic landscape was taken using the QX10 without the Nexus 4. This is possible as the QX10 has its own shutter button.

The photo below is at 8 x zoom.

This is the cropped dogs in low light.

And finally taken without the Nexus 4, just using the QX10’s own shutter. Also snapped blind as no viewfinder.

If you want a full size sample of extreme low light and zoom, go to this photo on my flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/9788380273/

A more indepth review and more photo samples will appear on the next few weeks along with the Sony Xperia Z1.