Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

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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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Sony QX1 overview

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Convert your smartphone into an interchangeable lens camera with the ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera from Sony. This model features the Sony E lens mount along with a 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and the BIONZ X image processor to provide detailed imagery and full high definition video at 30p. This camera also has a built-in flash with a guide number of 13' for working in low-light conditions.

In addition to these shooting capabilities, the QX1 has the ability to record RAW image files for use with advanced editing techniques. It can also shoot continuously at a rate of 3.5 fps for up to 15 frames and utilizes a 25-point contrast detection autofocus system for quickly capturing sharp images. This system can lock on to moving subjects.

The QX1 has built-in Wi-Fi which connects to your iOS or Android smartphone and uses the PlayMemories Mobile App to turn your phone into a viewer and menu control for the camera. With Android smartphones, NFC (Near Field Communication) enables a Wi-Fi connection with just a simple tap between the phone and camera. Furthermore, with the Wi-Fi connection enabled, you can use your smartphone as a remote control and shoot with the camera detached from the smartphone. In addition, a zoom lever and shutter button on the camera enable you to shoot without a smartphone and view your images later. The camera can utilize Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro Mark II and microSD and microSDHC memory cards for image storage.

Sony E Lens Mount
Allows you to work with a wide selection of Sony interchangeable lenses. You can use all E-mount lenses and, with an optional adapter, A-mount lenses. This allows you to achieve the unique look and effect necessary to create the photograph you desire.
20.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
The 20.1 MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor work together to produce high resolution, detailed imagery with minimal noise and notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 16000. The processor also contributes to providing a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a fast 25-point contrast-detection AF system, top continuous shooting rate of 3.5 fps, and full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at 30 fps to produce high resolution movies with a smooth, cinematic look. Videos are recorded using the MP4 format and a built-in stereo microphone records sound.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the QX1 to connect with a mobile device for live view and changing setting as well as to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required.
Other Camera Features
  • RAW file recording is possible for advanced editing techniques.
  • A built-in pop-up flash is available to provide additional illumination when working in dim lighting.
  • Convenient USB charging allows you to charge the included lithium-ion battery in-camera via USB connection from either an AC outlet or PC source.
  • Saves files to microSD and Memory Stick Micro memory cards.
  • Up to 440 shots on a single battery charge.
  • Tripod thread on bottom of camera.
In the Box
Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
  • Smartphone Attachment
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony QX1 specs

    Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
    Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 20.4 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 20 MP: 5456 x 3632
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    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
    Memory Card Type microSD
    Memory Stick Micro
    Memory Stick Micro (M2)
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (MP4)
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
    Display Screen None
    Exposure Controlsyfxvqscewatrtutrdrayzyv
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 16000
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 1/4000 Second , Bulb Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 to 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
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 3.5 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 15 Frames
    Flash Modes Auto
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 13.12' (4 m) ISO100 
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Connectivity USB 2.0 Micro-B
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7 VDC, 1080 mAh
    AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Not Included)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.9 x 2.7 x 2.1" / 74.0 x 69.5 x 52.5 mm
    Weight 5.57 oz / 158 g body only
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.6 x 4.4"

    Sony QX1 reviews

    ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update - Actual Use - Astrophotography 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. It works fine. I use an iPad to get focus using live view and a few test shots with save to device turned on. I then turn on continuous shooting, set the exposure I want - typically 5-15 seconds, depending on the object, 30 seconds on some objects. I have used between ISO 700 and 3200. I have not used auto guiding and I have not used any dark, bias or flat frames that you typically would for astrophotography. You can see some down-side to that in the final images but I wanted to to do the quick and lazy shooting method. Once I have the continuous shooting turned on with the preview save mode off, I start imaging. I have taken between 40 and 300 images this way. The only limitation has been clouds. I will say that live mode drops and you get an error - but the camera keeps shooting - and still can be controlled with the app. It does work on hyperstar without the lens - it can be controlled by the app on a telescope on a t-ring. For the money - it has a good noise ratio on the sensor. It captures a good field of view and a nice amount of detail. I have also been happy with the general use with a 50mm prime and a 16mm prime lens. I wish Sony would alow for control over noise reduction and have a bulb mode which is listed on some sites as an option. The iOS app does not support bulb mode as of Feb, 4th 2016. Battery life has been better than expected. At the ISO settings listed I shot the 300 images with no drop on the battery charge indicator. Pretty impressive. I have yet to fully drain the battery under any shooting situations.
    Date published: 2016-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Re: It doesn't defeat the purpose For people who can wait to save, crop, edit and upload their photos to FB, IG, and Flickr after taking a bunch of photos then you can eliminate the 10-second wait and just snap photos continuously. It takes less than 3 seconds to snap a shot in real usage. I know that as a fact because I have tested and used it. I own both a DSC-QX10 and ILCE-QX1 with SELP1650 lens. I'm not a 'serious' photographer so maybe that could be an issue with people on this site. The QX10 is truly compact and pocketable. QX1 not so much. But if you get the LCS-QXA case and use the attachable strap while ditching the protective case, then you can carry the QX1 around your shoulder and it becomes very portable again. The way to use it is to take a bunch of photos and then go into see in-camera images mode where you can browse through the images that you've just taken. Then you copy/transfer the ones you like to your phone and can start uploading to IG or whatever site you prefer. It transfers the imgages relatively quickly to your phone. Some people might complain about this. But it beats using a computer or Android phone to physically read the micro SD to copy the photos. You wouldn't want to do this when you're outdoors snapping photos.
    Date published: 2015-01-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For Astrophotography Primarily I specifically bought this to use on my Celestron 8 telescope using the Starizona Hyperstar setup as an f2 option for astrophotography. This brought up a few questions I could not find online about the camera. Would it work on Hyperstar without a lens - There were various answers - but it does work on the Hyperstar... it fits with a T-adapter and it will take pictures. There were also a bunch of questions I found (bothy by myself and others) about the settings that can be used on the app to change settings for shooting as an astrophotography tool. This is where the app is limited - and I agree with everyone that Sony should adapt this app - or allow it to be modified for the niche of astrophotography since it is very limited. The app is designed for a point and shoot application instead of more detailed control for someone that knows what f-stop and ISO really do and why you would need to change them. While the continuous shooting feature at 30 second exposures will work, and you can use the program mode on the app to set exposure and ISO, the jury is out if this will be a tool I can use long term. My feeling is that as a camera/phone enhancement tool, it fills a nice gap when I travel and don't have to carry my bulky and large full format DSLR and it can go on the telescope for fast bright objects, I am happy with it overall. I also purchased the adapter for Nikon E lenses - and same as the telescope, all you can do is shoot with it changing shutter and ISO are the only controls that you can change when using Nikon E lenses. Mechanically, I see some exciting possibilities for this technology. The flash is flimsy but works fine for normal portraits, I like the wireless control. Wish the memory card was able to be reached without having to take off the back, open the battery cover and remove it. Overall... I am happy with the camera and even the smaller lens that came with the camera. Knowing what the limitations and capabilities were going in was helpful in setting the correct expectations. Download speeds to the phone can be a little painful to wait for if you want to preview pictures but take shots in rapid succession.
    Date published: 2015-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My ILCE-QX1 is working out fine It's well-made, good resolution, does what it says on the box, no flukes at all. The WiFi connection is too slow for street photography, but my use case is setting up on a tripod for architectural photography and previewing the image on an iPad Pro. For that purpose, it works great. (I don't do video or continuous motion, so I can't speak to those functions.) I get about four hours out of a battery, less in extreme heat, and I think if I were cleverer about turning off the WiFi, I'd get more.) The PlayMemories software isn't the prettiest, but I can fire off a shot from software, focus by tapping the screen, and adjust everything I want, including bracketing in 1/3 stops and ISO from 100 to 16000. For my use case, it's great. I'm putting all my money into the lens and the iPad (and its software) instead of the camera body. P.S. I like the E-mount.
    Date published: 2016-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the perfect camera with the right lens. I love The the small compact of this.. like a go pro but better quality and the ability to choose your lens... what more would u want. If your just getting into photography. This is a greater starter... if your pro... great fun addition
    Date published: 2015-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! really compact and easy to carry. change the lens! i really like it.
    Date published: 2015-12-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok Its a realy good product i recomend ir a lot.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but SLOW It takes 10 full seconds to take one shot and transfer it to iPhone 6. If you turn off phone transfer then it is about 3 sec. But that also defeats the purpose. I will also shot without being connected at all, but then you are shooting blind.
    Date published: 2014-12-22
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