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Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
Key Features
  • Clips to Smartphone and Shoots Uncoupled
  • Sony E Lens Mount
  • 20.1MP APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
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.
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Sony QX1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sony E Lens Mount
  • 320.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 4Full HD Video Recording
  • 5Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 6Other Camera Features

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.

Sony QX1 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.4 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
Exposure Control
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Bit Depth14-Bit
Focus ModeSingle-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 25
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Battery Type1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.7 VDC, 1080 mAh
Packaging Info
Package Weight1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.9 x 4.6 x 4.4"

Sony QX1 Reviews


By tamirs
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-25

Very good camera. It hard to find accessories to this camera.

Update - Actual Use - Astrophotography

By Flying Ace
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-04

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.

For Astrophotography Primarily

By Flying Ace Aircraft
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-27

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.


By Qmax
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-13

really compact and easy to carry. change the lens! i really like it.

Great Cameras !!!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-05

I bought a Sony A6500 4 months ago , and I loved it . Then I bought a Sony A 6500... Then started looking for more options and found this camera. The lenses are the same as the CANON, and those are the ones I used before I went LIGHTER ... The only BUT is that battery last very short time....

I would buy and recommend this product again and again

By Dagmar
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-07

High quality product only from Sony

My ILCE-QX1 is working out fine

By Sam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-09

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.


By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-13

Its a realy good product i recomend ir a lot.

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Can the camera still function without being connected to a phone?
Asked by: Anonymous
It doesn't have to be always physically attached to a phone, but it still has to be connected to the app.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Can the 29 minute video recording time be extended with a larger storage card ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes and no, the photography cameras are only allowed to shoot maximum length 29 minute, 59 second clips. But if you're taking smaller clips you can continue to save those until the memory card is full. So you can save any number of small clips until it's full, but the clip length cannot exceed 29m59s in one shot.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Can you take pictures with just the QX1 Body or do you also have to buy a lens to attach?
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi! You need to attach a lens (sold separately) to be able to use the Sony QX1. -Anthony
Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
Date published: 2018-08-25


does this camera have a rolling shutter?
Asked by: Anonymous
It does have a rolling shutter.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Does it output composite video through the MULTI connector?
Asked by: Israel
I don't know. I've only hooked it up once to take a picture.
Answered by: roy b.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Will it save images and files directly to the cellphone?
Asked by: Shawn P.
The QX1 does save an image to your cellphone but it is a lower quality (smaller file size) image than the original image that is also saved on the SD card in the QX1.
Answered by: Stephen R.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Sony e mount
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes and there are many adaptors so (for example) I use it with Leica M primes. If you let Sony make the computer and Leica make the lens the results can be stunning.
Answered by: Michael B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


this iteam canbe work with nikon lene or not ?
Asked by: Darith S.
You will need an adapter to use this with a Nikon lens.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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