- 20MP - APS-C Sensor
- " Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 16000
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony E Mount
- 216g - 74 x 70 x 53mm
- Released September 2014
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony QX1 overview
Sony QX1 is Sony's Lens-style camera first introduced on September of 2014. It uses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5456 x 3632.
The QX1 is scored #1 out of 4 in Lens-style cameras & all around #344 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your customized requirements.
Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony QX1 Gallery
You can see the QX1 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony QX1 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Sony QX1 based on aspects which are often viewed as important in a camera.
Sony QX1 Sensor details
The Sony QX1 features the Bionz X chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony QX1 is 23.2mm x 15.4mm (APS-C). The 357 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5456 x 3632 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor has 20MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 16000. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.
The graphic underneath shows the QX1's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The QX1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony QX1 dimensions
Sony QX1 is 0.48 lbs (216 gr / 7.62 oz) & has outside size of 74mm x 70mm x 53mm (2.9" x 2.8" x 2.1"). The weight of normal Lens-style camera is 173 gr so the Sony QX1 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Underneath is a picture of the Sony QX1 next to a soft drink to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the QX1.
Sony QX1 Lens specs
The QX1 works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses to pick from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the QX1.
Sony QX1 Connectivity
The QX1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy photos and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Several applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Sony QX1 Video specs
The maximum video resolution in the Sony QX1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance in quality vs file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone port which means that you have got no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to consider an alternative model in case you need good audio for your video clips.
Sony QX1 Weather Sealing
Sony QX1 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions can easily affect the camera.
Sony QX1 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony QX1 houses a inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 0 thousand dots.
Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you can change focus points plus adjust settings using your fingers.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The View Finder specs for Sony QX1 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful in sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Sony QX1 Shutter specs
Sony QX1 continuous shooting rate is 4.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony QX1 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony QX1 has only built-in flash lacking external flash ability.
Sony QX1 Autofocusing specs
Sony QX1 has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is helpful for portrait photography.
The AF system boasts 25 focus points to select from. Sony QX1 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to shift focus. Sony QX1 has the ability to use manual focus when required in low light conditions or you want to have more exact focus control.
Sony QX1 Battery life
The battery (NP-FW50) in the Sony QX1 is made to last for 440 photos with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than average when compared to its class. The general Lens-style camera battery life is 265. Sony QX1 features the highest possible (440) battery life in this type of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Lens-style cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Sony QX1 for various kinds of photography
The following chart presents a summation of the Sony QX1 for various kinds of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony QX1 Portrait photography advice
The Sony QX1 has a rating of 66 which is nice, meaning that it is a respectable pick to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files together with the capability to work with off-camera lighting.
Sony QX1 Street photography features
Having a above average rating of 70, the Sony QX1 is a respectable fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sony QX1 as a Sports photography camera
A reasonable sports photography points total of 57 indicates the Sony QX1 is reasonably suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony QX1 Travel photography info
Size is super crucial in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Sony QX1 gets a above average 71 for a travel camera which makes it a fine pick to purchase for your vacations.
Sony QX1 Landscape photography factors
For those who are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Sony QX1 with it's nice rating of 64 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Sony QX1
A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony QX1 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible rating of 32.
Sony QX1 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the QX1, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall in to the class of Lens-style.
The diagram underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the QX1 compared to it's top ranked rivals listed earlier.
These are some more cameras you might see as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.