Sony QX1 vs Sony W310

Sony Alpha QX1 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 front

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Key Specs

Sony QX1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 216g - 74 x 70 x 53mm
  • Announced September 2014
Sony W310
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 137g - 95 x 55 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Sony QX1 vs Sony W310, former being a Lens-style while the other is a Ultracompact and they are both sold by Sony. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the QX1 (20MP) and W310 (12MP) and the QX1 (APS-C) and W310 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The QX1 was announced 4 years later than the W310 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony QX1 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony W310 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight to a detailed comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the QX1 grades vs the W310 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX1 over the Sony W310

 QX1 W310 
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Focus manually Dial precise focus
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W310 over the Sony QX1

 W310 QX1 
Display size2.7""Larger display (+2.7")
Display resolution230k0kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Sony QX1 and Sony W310

 QX1 W310 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Sony QX1 has outside measurements of 74mm x 70mm x 53mm (2.9" x 2.8" x 2.1") with a weight of 216 grams (0.48 lbs) while the Sony W310 has sizing of 95mm x 55mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the QX1 compared to the W310.

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the QX1 and W310 is 90 and 96 respectively.

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 top view buttons comparison

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to visualise the gap between sensor sizing only by looking at specifications. The photograph here may give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the QX1 and W310.

To sum up, both cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The QX1 with its larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Sony QX1 will give extra detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos way more aggressively. The more recent QX1 will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 sensor size comparison

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony QX1 Portrait photography factors
Sony W310 Portrait photography factors
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
no manual mode
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony QX1 as a Street photography camera
Sony W310 as a Street photography camera
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
has focus via touch
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (216 grams)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony QX1 Sports photography advice
Sony W310 Sports photography advice
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery (440 shots)
low fps (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony QX1 Travel photography advice
Sony W310 Travel photography advice
better than average battery (440 CIPA)
has focus via touch
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (216g)
screen is not selfie friendly
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX1 Landscape photography advice
Sony W310 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (440 per charge)
screen is small ( inches)
no manual mode
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony QX1 Vlogging details
Sony W310 Vlogging details
built-in touchscreen
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
no mic port
heavier than competition (216g)
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not have selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external mic port
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Sony QX1 vs Sony W310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX1 and Sony W310
 Sony Alpha QX1Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha QX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
Category Lens-style Ultracompact
Announced 2014-09-03 2010-01-07
Body design Lens-style Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz X -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.2 x 15.4mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 357.3mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5456 x 3632 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 16000 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 25 9
Lens mounting type Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 1.6 5.8
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size - 2.7"
Resolution of display 0 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Min shutter speed 30s 1s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 3.00 m
Flash options Off, auto, fill, slow sync, rear sync Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 216g (0.48 lb) 137g (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 74 x 70 x 53mm (2.9" x 2.8" x 2.1") 95 x 55 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 440 photographs -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $500 $150