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Sony ILCEQX1L Digital Camera

£349.99
Lens-Style Camera 20.1MP 10x CMOS Sep 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Poor technical guidance
Does not have a good flash
63 Reviews
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Poor Technical Guidance

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Chris Watts wrote on Amazon.co.uk “It must be said that changing the camera settings isn't as easy as spinning a manual ring on the top of the camera.”. Connah mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The only issue is not having full manual.”. Bgold said “The jittery playback makes it difficult to use manual focus”.


Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and altomdata.dk the average expert rating of this Sony camera is 69%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

People who bought this Sony camera rated this camera 83% on average. 13 reviewers (81% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 80% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 23,306 expert and user reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Good Value for Money

Two people who bought the product thought it was good value for money. Two years ago Walmart.com mentioned “Very Good Price” in their Sony ILCE-QX1 review but even so they gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100.

Two owners said in their reviews that it was expensive. Alex scored it 8 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The LCD screen on my camera (and, I suspect, more expensive cameras) can't approach the resolution”. Techperson4 said on Walmart.com “It's expensive” in their review of this digital camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners who bought the Sony ILCE-QX1 reckoned that it had good features. Bgold mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “If I had to do so many steps I may as well just have a little Ned camera with full manual features and transfer the footage manually” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Two years ago Dave said on Bhphotovideo.com “It has more features than I can count”.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased it considered that it was noisy. Flying Ace mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “For the money - it has a good noise ratio on the sensor” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The ILCE-QX1 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Smart TV

Good in Terms of Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Walmart.com mentioned “Fast Connectivity”.


Does Not Have a Good Flash

Two owners who purchased it reckoned that it did not have a good flash. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Flimsy Flash”. Flying Ace Aircraft said two years ago “The flash is flimsy” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Have a Good Viewfinder

One customer thought this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Walmart.com mentioned “No Viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Video Capture

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Vic said on Bhphotovideo.com “Breath taking picture amazing sound great for sports, movies and games”. Three years ago Techperson4 rated this digital camera 6 stars and mentioned “Videos also look great”.

Good Quality Lens

Two owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good lens. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “We love the Smart Lens concept.”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Perfect camera with SEL50F18 lens” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Chris Watts wrote “The touch-to-focus mechanism separates itself from common DSLR cameras (make sure you enable focus locking in the settings otherwise it'll refocus to the subject again when you shoot” in his review of the Sony ILCE-QX1. Alex gave it a rating of 7 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 on Amazon.co.uk “The QX1 also lacks continuous auto-focus, meaning burst mode is only useful if your subject isn't moving towards or away from you”.

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DSLR Photo Quality

Sixteen owners who reviewed the Sony ILCE-QX1 concluded that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Proven image processor”. Three years ago Steves-Digicams.com wrote on Steve's Digicams “In an era of ubiquitous smartphone cameras, there an infinite number of photography opportunities” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1. Gregory said in his review of this digital camera “I have compared this TV with a Samsung plasma 5500 and the picture is better” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars.

Six customers who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Walmart.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great Resolution” . Flying Ace said last year “I then turn on continuous shooting, set the exposure I want - typically 5-15 seconds, depending on the object, 30 seconds on some objects”. Flying Ace also wrote “I wanted to to do the quick and lazy shooting method” in their review.

Five customers reckoned that the product had a good image sensor. Ephotozine mentioned in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 “C format sensor” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Chris Watts rated this digital camera 6 stars and he mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Unless you have a top-of-the-range DSLR with a massive full-frame sensor, you'll never turn back”.

Two owners who reviewed the product thought it was good in low light. Three years ago Walmart.com said “Good in Low Light” however despite that they gave it a rating of 16.4 out of 100. Techperson4 said on Walmart.com “The camera took near professional pictures and low light shots look exceptional”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Two years ago Ephotozine mentioned “Bildqualitt bis ISO 1.600” in their review of this digital camera.

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Power

Good in Terms of Power Usage

One owner reckoned that the product was good in terms of power usage. Walmart.com wrote “Energy Efficient” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Battery Life

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good battery life. Three years ago Walmart.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good Battery Life”. Flying Ace wrote “Battery life has been better than expected”.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was September 2014 when this Sony camera was released.


Design

Well Designed

One owner said in their reviews that it was well designed. Two years ago Walmart.com mentioned “Attractive Design”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking.

Qualit De Construction

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was well made. Ephotozine mentioned “Qualit de construction” in their review of this digital camera however they rated this digital camera 18.2 out of 100. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “They actually have a sensor built in”.

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Ephotozine said “Small and sturdy” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1.

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DSLR Photo Quality

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony ILCE-QX1 was good quality. Ephotozine wrote “DSLR photo quality” however they gave this digital camera a rating of 18.2 out of 100. Walmart.com wrote “Great Picture Quality” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned three years ago “The idea is to give you a high quality sensor with prope” in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1.

Bessere Fotos Als Mit SmartphoneKameras, Einfache Installation, Intuitive Und Leicht Verstndliche App

Seven customers who bought the product thought it was easy to use. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Bessere Fotos als mit SmartphoneKameras, einfache Installation, intuitive und leicht verstndliche App”. Walmart.com said in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 “Good Remote Control” but despite that they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Two years ago Flying Ace Aircraft said in their review of the Sony ILCE-QX1 on Bhphotovideo.com “The app is designed for a point and shoot application instead of more detailed control for someone that knows what f-stop” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

One owner who bought the product concluded that it was easy to setup. Three years ago Walmart.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Easy To Set Up” yet they only rated the product 1 stars. One customer who bought the product thought it was easy to use the menus.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The ILCE-QX1 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also support Wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available which you might want to consider include the D5300 (£318.99), or the D5500 (£389) both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A5100 (£389.99) which all of have better reviews.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The ILCE-QX1 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony ILCE-QX1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Nikon D5300 (£318.99), the Sony Alpha A5100 (£389.99), or the Pentax K-S1 (£399).

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Features Face Detection

The ILCE-QX1 features face detection, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five customers considered that the product was compact. Ephotozine.com gave the Sony ILCE-QX1 a score of 6 stars and said on expert website Ephotozine “The Sony Alpha QX1 is a compact system camera, with an APS-C sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “While the QX10 was based around a basic compact camera”. Taz wrote in their Sony ILCE-QX1 review two years ago “I love The the small compact of this”.

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good structurally. One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to carry around. Qmax mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Really compact and easy to carry” and rated it 9 stars.

One customer reckoned that it was a good body shape. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Once you get used to supporting and gripping the lens, rather than the phone (like a camera body) it feels fine” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars.

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Bgold wrote “Also, Sony lenses are mostly heavy and large”.

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Very Light

Cameras of this age and spec have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg. With a weight of only 158 grams, the Sony ILCE-QX1 is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 2x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 34x. At only 2 times zoom factor, the Sony ILCE-QX1 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the DSC-HX90 (£298.99) (120x and higher rated), or the DSC-WX500 (£269) (120x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Average Optical Zoom

The ILCE-QX1 has a pretty typical optical zoom (10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the DSC-HX90 (£298.99) (30x and higher rated), or the DSC-WX500 (£269) (30x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The ILCE-QX1 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (36) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this type and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 13.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 360mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,600mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 75 millimeters, the ILCE-QX1 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Sony ILCE-QX1 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 3.5mm to 75mm.

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Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony ILCE-QX1 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Self-Timer

The ILCE-QX1 has a self-timer. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a self-timer.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The ILCE-QX1 has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Batteries Included

The ILCE-QX1 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the ILCE-QX1 is more than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this type and age. The ISO sensitivity "16000" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Viewfinder

Quite Low Magnification

The magnifications of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera range from 0.17x to 20x, and the average magnification is 1.3x. The ILCE-QX1 has a fairly low magnification (only 0.215 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

20.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.1 megapixels digital camera.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the K-S1 (£399) (20.12MP and higher rated), or the K-S2 (£439) (20.12MP and higher rated) both from Pentax or the Nikon D5500 (£389) (24.2MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04056572580699, 04905524988307, 04905524989632, 05013493253018, 05013493253025

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