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Sony DSC-QX100 25th September 2013

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Today I got my new Sony DSC-QX100 in the mail.

This is a new camera gadget from Sony that is designed to turn your Android or iOS cell phone into a 20 mega-pixel premium camera. In fact you end up with the same sensor and lens as on the $700 Sony DX100.

Today we will just be looking at the unboxing part and some quick observations.

After a few days of playing with it I will be in a better position to evaluate it’s usability.

Packaging

This is somewhat unusual, the box isn’t actually box shaped. It is cylindrical. Which I must admit in all my time buying gadgets, especially camera gear, is a first for me. Very slick.

packaging-1

another view

packaging-2

 

Pull the outer sleeve

lid-open

Another view again …

lid-open-2

 

Pull out the, actually I am not sure what to call it. It has a sensor, a lens, very limited manual control (wide/telephoto switch and a shutter release) no view-finder, no lcd display. The only external displays are a battery indicator window and a power/charging light.

We pull out the camera …

out-of-box-1

I wonder what else is left in the box …

out-of-box-3

 

Let’s take all that out and unwrap it. Camera, manuals, battery, usb cable, wrist-strap, cell-phone attachment

contents-2

 

Let’s pop the top off and put the battery in …

battery

 

OK now put in a memory card. Something I discovered latter is that the memory card needs to be formatted to FAT32. The 64gig card I bought came formatted as EX-fat but that was easy enough to change. You can also see in this picture there is a hard-reset switch as well as the USB connector.

micro-sd-slot

 

Here it is with the USB connected. You can also see the charge light that is yellow while charging, off when fully charged, green flashing when not connected to a cell phone but ready to take pictures and solid green when connected to a camera.

I had a realisation looking at this picture that I had actually sat the camera upside down, with the lens side facing down. I also thought that it would be a bad idea to place it contact side down as I would not want to damage the slots to connect the camera to the phone grab mechanism. The side with the tripod attachment is smoothed off. So that’s how I will sit it down in future. (also sorry about the dust on the side, not quite sure where that came from, it wiped clean away after I noticed it, in these pictures)

usb-connection

 

 

Here is a side view of the camera with the Wide/Tele slider, the shutter button. The Zeiss logo is the tab under which lies the memory card slot and the usb connector.

button-zoom-side

 

Here we can see the metal screw-in for the tripod mount. Notice also this has a raised area to allow the camera to rest.

tripod-size

 

Here is the other side with the battery charge indicator

battery-lens-extended

And here is a front view with the lens cover closed.

QX100-front

Here is the device with which you connect the camera to your cell phone. Remember the camera doesn’t need to attach to function but it does make it a lot easier to use in a more traditional manner. You can see here the rubberized gripping feet extended full out.

connector-extended

 

Now we get to the problem I have. I bought this to augment my rather awesome phone. It is a Sony Xperia Z Ultra. This bad boy is 6.44 inches of diagonal goodness. Yes it is big. And that means the feet don’t extend far enough to grab the XZU.

no-fit

 

Finally some comparison shots between the QX100, the Sony RX100 compact camera, the Xperia Z Ultra and a Nikon D800E with the Sigma super awesome 35mm f1.4 Art series lens attached. Please, please forgive the quality of these pictures, unlike the ones above, which were taken with the RX100, these were taken with a Windows 8 phone.

First my rather beaten RX100 and the QX100

rx100-qx100

 

Next the RX100, QX100 and the Experia Z Ultra

XU-QX100-RX100

 

And finally we add the D800E

d800-rx100-qx100-XU

 

Category: photographyunboxing

Image URL: http://www.mclaughlan.org/kaadian/unboxing/sony-dsc-qx100/

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Shot Notes

 

Today I got my new Sony DSC-QX100 in the mail.

This is a new camera gadget from Sony that is designed to turn your Android or iOS cell phone into a 20 mega-pixel premium camera. In fact you end up with the same sensor and lens as on the $700 Sony DX100.

Today we will just be looking at the unboxing part and some quick observations.

After a few days of playing with it I will be in a better position to evaluate it’s usability.

Packaging

This is somewhat unusual, the box isn’t actually box shaped. It is cylindrical. Which I must admit in all my time buying gadgets, especially camera gear, is a first for me. Very slick.

packaging-1

another view

packaging-2

 

Pull the outer sleeve

lid-open

Another view again …

lid-open-2

 

Pull out the, actually I am not sure what to call it. It has a sensor, a lens, very limited manual control (wide/telephoto switch and a shutter release) no view-finder, no lcd display. The only external displays are a battery indicator window and a power/charging light.

We pull out the camera …

out-of-box-1

I wonder what else is left in the box …

out-of-box-3

 

Let’s take all that out and unwrap it. Camera, manuals, battery, usb cable, wrist-strap, cell-phone attachment

contents-2

 

Let’s pop the top off and put the battery in …

battery

 

OK now put in a memory card. Something I discovered latter is that the memory card needs to be formatted to FAT32. The 64gig card I bought came formatted as EX-fat but that was easy enough to change. You can also see in this picture there is a hard-reset switch as well as the USB connector.

micro-sd-slot

 

Here it is with the USB connected. You can also see the charge light that is yellow while charging, off when fully charged, green flashing when not connected to a cell phone but ready to take pictures and solid green when connected to a camera.

I had a realisation looking at this picture that I had actually sat the camera upside down, with the lens side facing down. I also thought that it would be a bad idea to place it contact side down as I would not want to damage the slots to connect the camera to the phone grab mechanism. The side with the tripod attachment is smoothed off. So that’s how I will sit it down in future. (also sorry about the dust on the side, not quite sure where that came from, it wiped clean away after I noticed it, in these pictures)

usb-connection

 

 

Here is a side view of the camera with the Wide/Tele slider, the shutter button. The Zeiss logo is the tab under which lies the memory card slot and the usb connector.

button-zoom-side

 

Here we can see the metal screw-in for the tripod mount. Notice also this has a raised area to allow the camera to rest.

tripod-size

 

Here is the other side with the battery charge indicator

battery-lens-extended

And here is a front view with the lens cover closed.

QX100-front

Here is the device with which you connect the camera to your cell phone. Remember the camera doesn’t need to attach to function but it does make it a lot easier to use in a more traditional manner. You can see here the rubberized gripping feet extended full out.

connector-extended

 

Now we get to the problem I have. I bought this to augment my rather awesome phone. It is a Sony Xperia Z Ultra. This bad boy is 6.44 inches of diagonal goodness. Yes it is big. And that means the feet don’t extend far enough to grab the XZU.

no-fit

 

Finally some comparison shots between the QX100, the Sony RX100 compact camera, the Xperia Z Ultra and a Nikon D800E with the Sigma super awesome 35mm f1.4 Art series lens attached. Please, please forgive the quality of these pictures, unlike the ones above, which were taken with the RX100, these were taken with a Windows 8 phone.

First my rather beaten RX100 and the QX100

rx100-qx100

 

Next the RX100, QX100 and the Experia Z Ultra

XU-QX100-RX100

 

And finally we add the D800E

d800-rx100-qx100-XU

 

Category: photographyunboxing

Image URL: http://www.mclaughlan.org/kaadian/unboxing/sony-dsc-qx100/