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Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1

Portability
91
Imaging
45
Features
37
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
33
Features
18
Overall
27

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Key Specs

Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Revealed September 2014
Sony WX1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 91 x 52 x 20mm
  • Announced August 2009
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Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Overview

The following is a thorough overview of the Sony QX30 and Sony WX1, former is a Lens-style while the other is a Ultracompact and both are sold by Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the QX30 (20MP) and WX1 (10MP) and the QX30 (1/2.3") and WX1 (1/2.4") enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

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The QX30 was brought out 5 years after the WX1 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera and the Sony WX1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a concise overview of how the QX30 grades versus the WX1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Sony WX1

 QX30 WX1 
AnnouncedSeptember 2014August 2009Newer by 62 months
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony WX1 over the Sony QX30

 WX1 QX30 
Display dimension2.7""Larger display (+2.7")
Display resolution230k0kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Sony QX30 and Sony WX1

 QX30 WX1 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to take into account its weight and size. The Sony QX30 provides external measurements of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") having a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Sony WX1 has specifications of 91mm x 52mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have at that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the QX30 vs the WX1.

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the QX30 and WX1 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 top view buttons comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to see the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by reading through a spec sheet. The image below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the QX30 and WX1.

Clearly, the two cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The QX30 because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Sony QX30 will give you greater detail having its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos much more aggressively. The newer QX30 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 sensor size comparison

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony QX30
Portrait photography with Sony WX1
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sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.4")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony QX30
Street photography with Sony WX1
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
has focus by touch
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
55
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.4")
lack of RAW format
more heavy than competitors in class (149g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony QX30 Sports photography advice
Sony WX1 Sports photography advice
47
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (200 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
26
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.4")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony QX30 Travel photography advice
Sony WX1 Travel photography advice
65
has focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
really wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery (200 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
56
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (149 grams)
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony QX30 Landscape photography features
Sony WX1 Landscape photography features
39
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (")
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery (200 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.4")
lack of RAW format
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony QX30 as a Vlogging camera
Sony WX1 as a Vlogging camera
35
really wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
28
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (149 grams)
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Sony QX30 vs Sony WX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony QX30 and Sony WX1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
Category Lens-style Ultracompact
Revealed 2014-09-03 2009-08-06
Physical type Lens-style Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5184 x 3888 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-6.3 f/2.4-5.9
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal - 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 0 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 2 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.00 m
Flash options None Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 193g (0.43 lbs) 149g (0.33 lbs)
Dimensions 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") 91 x 52 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-BN, -
Self timer Yes (2, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $348 $149