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Sony Lens-style ILCE-QX1, With an APS-C sensor and interchangeable lenses, capture stunning DSLR-quality images with your mobile device.

*ILCE-QX1 is the body only version.


  • Experience E-mount lens creativity with two novel ways to shoot - mount it on your smartphone or shoot remotely in limited spaces
  • Experience all the quality of a high-end camera with its 20.1MP Exmor™ APS-C HD CMOS sensor, even under low light conditions
  • Track fast-moving subjects accurately with lock-on AF, so no detail can escape your frame
  • Experience convenient and reliable night shooting with a built-in flash, for pin sharp clarity in the dark
  • Capture sensationally beautiful images on the move in amazingly clear Full HD movies
  • See every detail with the BIONZ X image processor that reproduces textures and details faithfully in real time


Camera type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses

Image sensor

Type APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) "Exmor" CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 20.1 mega pixels
Number of pixels (total) Approx. 20.4 mega pixels
Image sensor aspect ratio 3:02
Color filter R, G, B primary color
Anti-Dust system Charge protection coating on, Optical Filter

Recording system (still image)

Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image size (pixels) [3:2] L: 5456 x 3632(20M), M: 3872×2576(10M), S: 2736x1824(5.0M)
Image size (pixels) [16:9] L: 5456x3064(17M), M: 3872x2176(8.4M), S:2736x1536(4.2M)
Image quality modes RAW+JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Color space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Delete Yes

Recording system (movie)

Recording format MP4
Video compression MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording format MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Image size (pixels) [MP4] 1920 x 1080 (29.97fps approx. 16Mbps)
Color space xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
1920 x 1080 (30fps) Approx.16Mbps (Average bit-rate)
Media Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), Micro SD memory card, Micro SDHC memory card, Micro SDXC memory card
Noise reduction Long exposure NR: available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal
White Balance Modes Auto/ Daylight/ Shade/ Cloudy/ Incandescent/ Fluorescent (Warm White/ Cool White/ Day White/ Daylight)/ Flash/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K)

Focus system

Type Contrast-detection AF *1
Focus sensor "Exmor" CMOS sensor
Focus point 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Sensitivity range EV-1 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus mode Autofocus, Manual Focus
AF mode AF-S (Single-shot AF)
Focus area Wide (25 points(contrast-detection AF))
Lock-on AF Yes
Other features Focus lock

Exposure control

Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering sensor "Exmor" CMOS sensor
Metering sensitivity EV1 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Modes Multi-segment
Exposure modes iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S)
Exposure compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps)
AE Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (Auto)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-16000 equivalent (1/3 EV step), AUTO (ISO 100-16000), Movies: AUTO (ISO 100-6400)

LCD screen

Type Segment LCD

Face detection

Modes On
Max. number of detectable 8

Other features

Touch Shutter Yes
Touch Focus Yes

Clear Image Zoom

Still images Approx. 2x
Movies Approx. 2x

Digital zoom

Smart zoom (Still images) M:Approx. 1.4x, S:Approx. 2x


Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec, Movies: AUTO mode (up to 1/30)
Flash sync. speed 1/160 sec.
Electronic Front Curtaion Shutter Yes


Type Built-in flash
Guide No. 4
Flash coverage 16mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Control Pre-flash TTL
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Recycling time Approx. 3 sec


Drive modes Single Shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable)
Speed (approx., max.) Continuous mode: 2.5 fps, Speed priority continuous shooting: 3.5 fps
No. of frame recordable (approx.)  Speed Priority Continuous shooting:JPEG Fine L: 15 frames, Continuous mode:JPEG Fine L: 23 frames, Speed Priority Continuous shooting:JPEG Standard L: 30 frames, Continuous mode:JPEG Standard L: 68 frames, Speed Priority Continuous shooting:RAW&JPG: 5 frames, Continuous mode:RAW&JPG: 5 frames *2 *3


View on Smartphone Yes


One-touch remote Yes


PC interface Mass-storage
Multi / Micro USB Terminal Yes *4
NFC Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Wireless LAN(built-in) Yes(Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band) ) *5 
Compatible OS (USB connection) Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X (v10.6-v10.9)


Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural


Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Lens compensation

Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion


Battery One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Still images Approx. 440 shots (CIPA standard) *6
Movies (actual recording) Approx. 95 min(CIPA standard) *7 *8
Movies (continuous recording) Approx. 150 min(CIPA standard) *7 *9
Internal battery charge Yes
External power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)

Power consumption

With Smartphone Still images: approx. 2.2W(with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx. 2.9W(with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)


With battery and Memory Stick Micro included Approx. 216 g
Body only Approx. 158 g


Excluding protrusions (WxHxD) (mm) Approx. 74.0 x 69.5 x 52.5 mm

Supplied Accessory

Wrist strap Yes
Smartphone Attachment Yes
Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50 Yes
Body cap Yes
Micro USB cable Yes
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
*1 When using phase-detection AF, limited lenses will be compatible initially. Expansion is planned by body firmware update.
*2 Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used
*3 Continuous drive in Drive mode
*4 Supports Micro USB compatible device.
*5 (Configuration method/Access method) WPS or manually /infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)
*6 Shot once every 30 seconds, operate zoom alternately between W and T ends, flash strobe once every two times, turn power off and on once every ten times.
*7 Continuous movie recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications).
*8 Indication recording time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom , stand-by and power off.
*9 The total movie recording time. When the limit of the continuous movie recording time (29 minutes) is reached, let the camera continue movie recording by pressing the MOVIE button again. No other operation such as zoom are performed.

Source: Sony Lens-style ILCE-QX1