• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax Q advantages over Nikon AW120

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon AW120 advantages over Pentax Q

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    5 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.9 fps vs 5.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • The first genuinely compact--almost pocket-friendly--compact system camera, paired with equally small, interchangeable lenses. Great ergonomics for the size, and it feels like a real camera, not a computer with a lens.

  • Very restrictive lens selection at launch. All but two current lenses have severe limitations in functionality. Performance is sluggish, and image quality trails large-sensor cameras by some distance.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax Q10

Pentax Q
Pentax Q10
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon AW120
Pentax Q10
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability

Compared to Canon A1400

Pentax Q
Canon A1400
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
Nikon AW120
Canon A1400
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Pentax Q7

Pentax Q
Pentax Q7
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon AW120
Pentax Q7
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q
Pentax Q-S1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon AW120
Pentax Q-S1
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon AW130

Pentax Q
Nikon AW130
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • RAW file ability
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon AW120
Nikon AW130
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Slow-motion videos
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