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Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7

Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
47
Overall
40
Pentax Q front
 
Pentax Q7 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Key Specs

Pentax Q
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 180g - 98 x 57 x 31mm
  • Introduced June 2011
  • Replacement is Pentax Q10
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
  • Replaced the Pentax Q10
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Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Overview

Here is a thorough assessment of the Pentax Q and Pentax Q7, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are designed by Pentax. The sensor resolution of the Q (12MP) and the Q7 (12MP) is relatively well matched but the Q (1/2.3") and Q7 (1/1.7") offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The Q was revealed 3 years earlier than the Q7 and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise view of how the Q grades against the Q7 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q over the Pentax Q7

 Q Q7 

Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Pentax Q

 Q7 Q 
AnnouncedAugust 2013June 2011Fresher by 25 months

Common features in the Pentax Q and Pentax Q7

 Q Q7 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax Q enjoys outer measurements of 98mm x 57mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") with a weight of 180 grams (0.40 lbs) and the Pentax Q7 has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the Q compared to the Q7.

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Q and Q7 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to visualise the gap between sensor sizing purely by checking a spec sheet. The graphic underneath will offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the Q and Q7.

As you can see, each of the cameras provide the same megapixels albeit not the same sensor sizing. The Q includes the tinier sensor which should make achieving bokeh trickier. The older Q is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 sensor size comparison

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax Q Portrait photography features
Pentax Q7 Portrait photography features
45
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
supports RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
49
manual focus
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax Q
Street photography with Pentax Q7
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW files
lighter than others (180 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW files
lighter than average (200 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Pentax Q Sports photography advice
Pentax Q7 Sports photography advice
32
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery pack (230 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
33
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (5.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
low battery pack (250 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q Travel photography information
Pentax Q7 Travel photography information
57
lighter than others (180g)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
low battery pack (230 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
60
lighter than average (200g)
built-in flash
low battery pack (250 per charge)
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax Q as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax Q7 as a Landscape photography camera
51
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery pack (230 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse function
55
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
low battery pack (250 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax Q
Vlogging with Pentax Q7
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (180g)
does not posses selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average (200g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external mic jack
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Pentax Q vs Pentax Q7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q and Pentax Q7
 Pentax QPentax Q7
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax Q Pentax Q7
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2011-06-23 2013-08-08
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 25 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax Q Pentax Q
Number of lenses 8 8
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.60 m 4.90 m (ISO100/m)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video 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 180g (0.40 pounds) 200g (0.44 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 57 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 189 not tested
Other
Battery life 230 photos 250 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI68 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $695 $480