Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

Model #ILCEQX1/B

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Display Screen None


AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7 VDC, 1080 mAh


Weight 5.57 oz / 158 g body only
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 2.7 x 2.1" / 74.0 x 69.5 x 52.5 mm


Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Connectivity Micro-USB
Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 3.5 fps


Memory Card Type microSD
Memory Stick Micro
Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.2 x 15.4 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4
Audio: AAC LC
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Max Resolution 20MP: 5456 x 3632
Pixels Actual: 20.4 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Aspect Ratio 3:2

Focus Control

Focus Type Auto & Manual
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S)


Guide No. 13.12' (4 m) ISO100 
Flash Modes Auto
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 seconds

Exposure Control

Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 second, Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-16000
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 3.5 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 15 frames

AV Recording

Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Format
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
Expert Reviews
30 November 2015

Connecting the QX1 to your smartphone delays the photo taking process, but does speed up the process of transferring images to your smartphone. Image quality delivered is on a par with Digital SLRs, and other mirrorless cameras, and there is a very good range of lenses available, although you may...

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    20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, Good noise performance, Built-in flash, Quite good value for money with lens, 440 shot battery life, Built-in tripod socket, Wi-Fi and NFC, MicroUSB charging

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    Wi-Fi connection not always easy to establish, Slight delay in response to Wi-Fi app, No filters, scene modes or panoramic shooting modes, Focus not particularly quick

Expertreviews co uk.33706088
11 November 2014

We were seriously impressed when Sony introduced its Smart Lens concept last year. The Sony QX10 and QX100 promised to give your smartphone a significant image quality upgrade, but in practice we found them a little too sluggish for daily use - see our full Sony QX10 review .

Techradar uk.32817471
29 September 2014

Use interchangeable lenses with your smartphone - sort of

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    Small size, DSLR-sized sensor, E mount sensor, This is a really interesting concept from Sony, and it shows that the company is thinking of different ways for photographers to enjoy its products.

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    No screen - need a smart device for composition, Wi-Fi/NFC connection adds delay, No grip on the body, Sadly, attaching any kind of lens, even if it's small, makes the lens unit fairly unwieldy to use on your flat smartphone.

24 September 2014

Once again, Sony has produced something innovative and interesting for the camera market with the ILCE-QX1. But it might be a case of solving a problem that doesn’t really exist.While it is great that you can interchangeable lenses with your smartphone, the Sony ILCE-QX1 is fairly unwieldy to use...

Stuff tv.32817766
21 September 2014

A quirky and high-quality photo add-on for your phone but it’s hard to think of anybody who’d find the QX1 essential

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    Small and sturdy, Hassle-free pairing with NFC phones, DSLR photo quality

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    Can be awkward in your hand, Little creative freedom with video, Expensive when starting from scratch

Pocket lint.32824928
4 September 2014

Sony has added two new lens-style cameras to the QX range at IFA 2014, the QX1 and QX30. Just like the QX10 and QX100 - launched at last year's IFA - the new lenses will connect to your smartphone.

4 September 2014

Now, I already had a vague inkling that Japan’s most adventurous tech company would have some interesting announcements at IFA 2014. Sony has done the unthinkable, though — shoe-horned a relatively massive APS-C imaging sensor into one of its cut-down lens cameras.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
4 February 2016

After purchasing this camera I can say that my expereince with my telescope exceeds my expecations. There have been questions online regarding the use of this camera without a lense on a telescope mount, for example. The initial response from Sony was that it would not. That is incorrect.

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    Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Small / Compact

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    Needs Advanced Controls

21 July 2015

1. OK product 2. OK Image quality. 3. OK Apps 4. LACKING SOME GOOD FEATURES of SONY 5. LACKING MF SUPPORT + NO FOCUSING PEAKING 6. FUN if YOU HAVE MONEY. 7. ... AND slow on direct wifi so, do not think this will replace your main camera or become your backup camera, it's FUN toy for rich people like...

Dp review.33575663
2 June 2015

This is a handy camera for traveling and candid shots when the photographer would otherwise disturb the subject (eg.wildlife). It connects to your smartphone via wifi so it can act as a stand alone lens on a tripod, using your phone as a remote shutter, or clipped directly to the smartphone, turning...

Product Highlights
  • Clips to Smartphone and Shoots Uncoupled
  • Sony E Lens Mount
  • 20.1MP APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • RAW Shooting & ISO Range up to 16000
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Continuous Shooting up to 3.5 fps
  • Built-In Flash with Guide Number of 13'
  • microSD and Memory Stick Micro Card Slot
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