• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Pentax Q advantages over Pentax Q7

Pentax Q7 advantages over Pentax Q

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.90 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    69 mm vs 47 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Wider angle kit lens
    23 mm vs 47 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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.

  • We haven’t finished our review of the Pentax Q7, but we have extensive sample photos and a hands-on report.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax Q10

Pentax Q
Pentax Q10
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax Q7
Pentax Q10
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S1

Pentax Q
Nikon S1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax Q7
Nikon S1
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX Mini

Pentax Q
Samsung NX Mini
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $530
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Pentax Q7
Samsung NX Mini
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $530
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon S2

Pentax Q
Nikon S2
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Pentax Q7
Nikon S2
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q
Pentax Q-S1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Pentax Q7
Pentax Q-S1
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
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