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Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
56
Overall
46
Nikon 1 J1 front
 
Pentax Q7 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
54
Overall
43

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Key Specs

Nikon 1 J1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 234g - 106 x 61 x 30mm
  • Revealed January 2012
  • New Model is Nikon 1 J2
Pentax Q7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2013
  • Old Model is Pentax Q10
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Overview

Following is a extensive analysis of the Nikon 1 J1 and Pentax Q7, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the 1 J1 (10MP) and the Q7 (12MP) is pretty well matched but the 1 J1 (1") and Q7 (1/1.7") use different sensor measurements.

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The 1 J1 was manufactured 18 months earlier than the Q7 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summation of how the 1 J1 matches up against the Q7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 J1 over the Pentax Q7

 1 J1 Q7 

Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Nikon 1 J1

 Q7 1 J1 
AnnouncedAugust 2013January 2012More modern by 18 months

Common features in the Nikon 1 J1 and Pentax Q7

 1 J1 Q7 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you should consider its weight and volume. The Nikon 1 J1 comes with external dimensions of 106mm x 61mm x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs) whilst the Pentax Q7 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the 1 J1 vs the Q7.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 1 J1 and Q7 is 91 and 92 respectively.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes purely by checking specifications. The image below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 J1 and Q7.

Plainly, both of these cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The 1 J1 due to its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Pentax Q7 will give you greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The more aged 1 J1 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax Q7 as a Portrait photography camera
48
you can focus manually
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
no external flash support
low resolution (10 megapixels)
48
focusing manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Street photography advice
Pentax Q7 Street photography advice
69
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (234g)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (200 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 J1 Sports photography features
Pentax Q7 Sports photography features
48
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
low battery (230 shots)
32
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking autofocus
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 J1
Travel photography with Pentax Q7
60
lighter than competition (234g)
built-in flash
low battery (230 per charge)
low resolution (10MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
60
lighter than competition in class (200 grams)
built-in flash
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon 1 J1
Landscape photography with Pentax Q7
56
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3")
sensor size is decent (1")
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
low battery (230 shots)
55
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax Q mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
bad battery power (250 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon 1 J1
Vlogging with Pentax Q7
30
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (234g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
doesn't have external mic support
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (200g)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
lack of external mic jack
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Nikon 1 J1 vs Pentax Q7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 J1 and Pentax Q7
 Nikon 1 J1Pentax Q7
General Information
Make Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon 1 J1 Pentax Q7
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-01-20 2013-08-08
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3872 x 2592 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 135 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Nikon 1 Pentax Q
Number of lenses 13 8
Focal length multiplier 2.7 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT LCD TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m 4.90 m (ISO100/m)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/60s 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200) FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 234 grams (0.52 lb) 200 grams (0.44 lb)
Dimensions 106 x 61 x 30mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.2") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.0 not tested
DXO Low light score 372 not tested
Other
Battery life 230 photographs 250 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 D-LI68
Self timer Yes Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $625 $480