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Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
56
Overall
44
Pentax Q10 front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Pentax Q10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Launched September 2012
  • Old Model is Pentax Q
  • Replacement is Pentax Q7
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Expand to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Released March 2023
Photography Glossary

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Here, we will be contrasting the Pentax Q10 and Sony ZV-E1, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by competitors Pentax and Sony. The resolution of the Q10 (12MP) and the ZV-E1 (12MP) is pretty close but the Q10 (1/2.3") and ZV-E1 (Full frame) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The Q10 was revealed 11 years before the ZV-E1 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple overview of how the Q10 grades against the ZV-E1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q10 over the Sony ZV-E1

 Q10 ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Pentax Q10

 ZV-E1 Q10 
ReleasedMarch 2023September 2012Fresher by 128 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1037k460kCrisper screen (+577k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Pentax Q10 and Sony ZV-E1

 Q10 ZV-E1 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen size3"3.00"Same screen dimensions

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Pentax Q10 has got external measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs) while the Sony ZV-E1 has proportions of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") having a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the Q10 versus the ZV-E1.

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Q10 and ZV-E1 is 92 and 80 respectively.

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to envision the difference in sensor sizing purely by researching a spec sheet. The graphic below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the Q10 and ZV-E1.

As you can see, the two cameras come with the identical megapixel count albeit not the same sensor sizing. The Q10 features the smaller sensor which should make achieving shallower depth of field trickier. The older Q10 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax Q10 Portrait photography information
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography information
48
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
72
focusing manually
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax Q10
Street photography with Sony ZV-E1
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
lighter than average in class (200 grams)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
84
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
provides focus by touch
weather proof
lighter than competitors in class (483g)
very good high ISO (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax Q10
Sports photography with Sony ZV-E1
36
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery (270 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
72
silent shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery (570 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/ seconds)
low MP (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q10 Travel photography features
Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography features
60
lighter than average in class (200 grams)
flash built-in
bad battery (270 per charge)
low MP (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
79
better than average battery (570 per charge)
lighter than competitors in class (483g)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
provides focus by touch
selfie friendly screen
low MP (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax Q10 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Landscape photography camera
54
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery (270 per charge)
79
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3.00 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
very good high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW files
weather proof
better than average battery (570 per charge)
low MP (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax Q10 Vlogging information
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging information
35
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (200g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic socket
85
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 1920 resolution)
does have external mic port
lighter than competitors in class (483 grams)
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Pentax Q10 vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q10 and Sony ZV-E1
 Pentax Q10Sony ZV-E1
General Information
Brand Name Pentax Sony
Model Pentax Q10 Sony ZV-E1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2012-09-10 2023-03-29
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4240 x 2832
Highest native ISO 6400 102400
Highest boosted ISO - 409600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Lowest boosted ISO - 40
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 25 759
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax Q Sony E
Amount of lenses 8 195
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3.00 inch
Screen resolution 460k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x1920
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 200 grams (0.44 lbs) 483 grams (1.06 lbs)
Physical dimensions 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 49 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 183 not tested
Other
Battery life 270 photos 570 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI68 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $350 $2,198