Sony Alpha QX1 Review

Overall 48
Imaging 17
Features 37
Size 83
Price 100

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 74 x 70 x 53 mm
  • Weight: 216 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Sony Alpha QX1 Summary

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.

Sony Alpha QX1 Compared to other Compact 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.

PROs

CONs

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Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha QX1 With Other Cameras in Lens-style 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha QX1

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Sony Alpha QX1 — 440 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 265 shots
Max: 440 shots

Thickness

Sony Alpha QX1 — 53 mm
Min: 33 mm
Average: 50 mm
Max: 58 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha QX1 — 216 g
Min: 105 g
Average: 173 g
Max: 216 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha QX1

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha QX1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Sony Alpha QX1 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Sony Alpha QX1 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha QX1 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (74 x 70 x 53 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha QX1 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (16000)
  • Small battery life (440 shots)

Sony Alpha QX1 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (216 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder

Sony Alpha QX1 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (16000)

Sony Alpha QX1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha QX1
Announced Sep 03, 2014
Body Type Lens-style
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony E (NEX)
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 0″
Screen Resolution 0k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes auto, fill, slow sync, rear sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 216 g
Physical Dimensions 74 x 70 x 53 mm
Battery Life 440 shots
Battery Type 440 shots
Battery Model NP-FW50
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Storage Slots 1

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