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Sony ILCE-QX1 Digital Camera

$498.00
Lens-Style Camera 20.1MP 10x CMOS Sep 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Average expert reviews
Poor support
Does not have a good flash
62 Reviews
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Reviews

Good User Reviews

Based on 28 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 83 out of 100. Over 81% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 80% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 23,045 expert and owner reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and ljudochbild.se the average expert rating of this Sony camera is 69 out of 100.


Lens System

Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this spec and age is 1.8, the smallest is 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 14. At 36, the Sony ILCE-QX1 has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the ILCE-QX1 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 26mm.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the digital zooms range from 2x to 810x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the ILCE-QX1 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the DSC-HX90 (120x), or the DSC-WX500 ($348) (120x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 75 millimeters, the ILCE-QX1 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera. Digital cameras of this age and spec have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 18mm and 1,600mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 10 times zoom factor, the ILCE-QX1 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the DSC-HX90 (30x), or the DSC-WX500 ($348) (30x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Viewfinder

Quite Low Magnification

The magnifications of cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 0.17x to 20x. At only 0.215 times zoom factor, the ILCE-QX1 has a fairly low magnification compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Support

Poor Support

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Chris Watts wrote on Amazon.co.uk “It must be said that changing the camera settings isn't as easy as spinning a manual ring on the top of the camera.”. Connah mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The only issue is not having full manual.”. Bgold said “The jittery playback makes it difficult to use manual focus”.


Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the ILCE-QX1 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivity "16000" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony ILCE-QX1 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased it considered that it was noisy. Flying Ace mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “For the money - it has a good noise ratio on the sensor” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1.


Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Sony ILCE-QX1 has a wrist strap included. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a wrist strap included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The ILCE-QX1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The ILCE-QX1 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Self-Timer

The ILCE-QX1 has a self-timer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Good Video Capture

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Vic said on Bhphotovideo.com “Breath taking picture amazing sound great for sports, movies and games”. Three years ago Techperson4 rated this digital camera 6 stars and mentioned “Videos also look great”.

Good Quality Lens

Two owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good lens. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “We love the Smart Lens concept.”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Perfect camera with SEL50F18 lens” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Chris Watts wrote “The touch-to-focus mechanism separates itself from common DSLR cameras (make sure you enable focus locking in the settings otherwise it'll refocus to the subject again when you shoot” in his review of the Sony ILCE-QX1. Alex gave it a rating of 7 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 on Amazon.co.uk “The QX1 also lacks continuous auto-focus, meaning burst mode is only useful if your subject isn't moving towards or away from you”.

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DSLR Photo Quality

Sixteen owners who reviewed the Sony ILCE-QX1 concluded that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Proven image processor”. Three years ago Steves-Digicams.com wrote on Steve's Digicams “In an era of ubiquitous smartphone cameras, there an infinite number of photography opportunities” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1. Gregory said in his review of this digital camera “I have compared this TV with a Samsung plasma 5500 and the picture is better” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars.

Six customers who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Walmart.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great Resolution” . Flying Ace said last year “I then turn on continuous shooting, set the exposure I want - typically 5-15 seconds, depending on the object, 30 seconds on some objects”. Flying Ace also wrote “I wanted to to do the quick and lazy shooting method” in their review.

Five customers reckoned that the product had a good image sensor. Ephotozine mentioned in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 “C format sensor” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Chris Watts rated this digital camera 6 stars and he mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Unless you have a top-of-the-range DSLR with a massive full-frame sensor, you'll never turn back”.

Two owners who reviewed the product thought it was good in low light. Three years ago Walmart.com said “Good in Low Light” however despite that they gave it a rating of 16.4 out of 100. Techperson4 said on Walmart.com “The camera took near professional pictures and low light shots look exceptional”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Two years ago Ephotozine mentioned “Bildqualitt bis ISO 1.600” in their review of this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Flash

Two owners who purchased it reckoned that it did not have a good flash. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Flimsy Flash”. Flying Ace Aircraft said two years ago “The flash is flimsy” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

One customer thought this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Walmart.com mentioned “No Viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five customers considered that the product was compact. Ephotozine.com gave the Sony ILCE-QX1 a score of 6 stars and said on expert website Ephotozine “The Sony Alpha QX1 is a compact system camera, with an APS-C sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “While the QX10 was based around a basic compact camera”. Taz wrote in their Sony ILCE-QX1 review two years ago “I love The the small compact of this”.

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good structurally. One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to carry around. Qmax mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Really compact and easy to carry” and rated it 9 stars.

One customer reckoned that it was a good body shape. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Once you get used to supporting and gripping the lens, rather than the phone (like a camera body) it feels fine” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars.

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Bgold wrote “Also, Sony lenses are mostly heavy and large”.

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Very Light

The average weight of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 400g. The Sony ILCE-QX1 is one of the lighter digital cameras of this spec and age (only 158 grams) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The ILCE-QX1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the D5500 ($466.89), or the D5200 ($459.99) both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A5100 ($399) which has better reviews.

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Features Face Detection

The Sony ILCE-QX1 features face detection, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The ILCE-QX1 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Alpha A5100 ($399), and the DSC-HX90 both from Sony or the Nikon D5500 ($466.89) is also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony ILCE-QX1 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Smart TV

Good in Terms of Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Walmart.com mentioned “Fast Connectivity”.


Power

Good in Terms of Power Usage

One owner reckoned that the product was good in terms of power usage. Walmart.com wrote “Energy Efficient” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Battery Life

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good battery life. Three years ago Walmart.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good Battery Life”. Flying Ace wrote “Battery life has been better than expected”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners who bought the Sony ILCE-QX1 reckoned that it had good features. Bgold mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “If I had to do so many steps I may as well just have a little Ned camera with full manual features and transfer the footage manually” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Two years ago Dave said on Bhphotovideo.com “It has more features than I can count”.


Design

Well Designed

One owner said in their reviews that it was well designed. Two years ago Walmart.com mentioned “Attractive Design”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking.

Qualit De Construction

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was well made. Ephotozine mentioned “Qualit de construction” in their review of this digital camera however they rated this digital camera 18.2 out of 100. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “They actually have a sensor built in”.

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Ephotozine said “Small and sturdy” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1.

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DSLR Photo Quality

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony ILCE-QX1 was good quality. Ephotozine wrote “DSLR photo quality” however they gave this digital camera a rating of 18.2 out of 100. Walmart.com wrote “Great Picture Quality” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned three years ago “The idea is to give you a high quality sensor with prope” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1.

Bessere Fotos Als Mit SmartphoneKameras, Einfache Installation, Intuitive Und Leicht Verstndliche App

Seven customers who bought the product thought it was easy to use. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Bessere Fotos als mit SmartphoneKameras, einfache Installation, intuitive und leicht verstndliche App”. Walmart.com said in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 “Good Remote Control” but despite that they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Two years ago Flying Ace Aircraft said in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 on Bhphotovideo.com “The app is designed for a point and shoot application instead of more detailed control for someone that knows what f-stop” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

One owner who bought the product concluded that it was easy to setup. Three years ago Walmart.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Easy To Set Up” yet they only rated the product 1 stars. One customer who bought the product thought it was easy to use the menus.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the ILCE-QX1 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04056572580699, 04905524988307, 04905524989632, 05013493253018, 05013493253025

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