This review is devoted to Alpha QX1 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Sep 03, 2014. This model is a Lens-style camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Lens-style cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #34 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #157 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha QX1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha QX1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Lens-style cameras.
Sony Alpha QX1 has the following external dimensions 74 x 74 x 53 mm (29.13 x 27.56 x 20.87″) with the weight of 216 g.
The typical weight for average Lens-style type cameras is 173g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Alpha QX1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha QX1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 53mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha QX1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha QX1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha QX1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha QX1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha QX1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sony Alpha QX1 comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Alpha QX1 has the following ISO range 100 - 16000 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Sony Alpha QX1 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Sony Alpha QX1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony Alpha QX1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Alpha QX1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 0" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 0k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha QX1 are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha QX1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Alpha QX1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha QX1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha QX1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.
Sony Alpha QX1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Sony Alpha QX1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Sony Alpha QX1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Alpha QX1 is equipped with USB 2.0 port. that make it possible to connect Alpha QX1 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha QX1 provides a shooting life of 440, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 265 shots.
Compared to all models in the Lens-style category, Sony Alpha QX1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 440 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha QX1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha QX1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha QX1 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha QX1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha QX1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha QX1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha QX1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha QX1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 39. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha QX1 can be called a 39 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha QX1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 4. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha QX1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha QX1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha QX1 can be called a 78 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Sep 03, 2014|
|Lens Mount||Sony E (NEX)|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||0k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||auto, fill, slow sync, rear sync|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.2 x 15.4 mm|
|Sensor Area||357.28 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5456 x 3632|
|Max Native ISO||16,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||74 x 70 x 53 mm|
|Battery Life||440 shots|
|Battery Type||440 shots|
|Storage Type||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro|