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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44
Pentax Q7 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-3N front
Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
52
Overall
56

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Key Specs

Pentax Q7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2013
  • Previous Model is Pentax Q10
Sony NEX-3N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
  • Introduced February 2013
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-F3
  • Updated by Sony a5000
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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Overview

Following is a in depth analysis of the Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Pentax and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the Q7 (12MP) and NEX-3N (16MP) and the Q7 (1/1.7") and NEX-3N (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The Q7 was launched 6 months after the NEX-3N so they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick summation of how the Q7 matches up versus the NEX-3N with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Sony NEX-3N

 Q7 NEX-3N 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3N over the Pentax Q7

 NEX-3N Q7 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Pentax Q7 and Sony NEX-3N

 Q7 NEX-3N 
IntroducedAugust 2013February 2013Similar age
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera often, you need to think about its weight and proportions. The Pentax Q7 comes with physical measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs) and the Sony NEX-3N has measurements of 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") with a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the Q7 and the NEX-3N.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the Q7 and NEX-3N is 92 and 89 respectively.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to envision the gap between sensor sizes merely by checking specs. The picture underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the Q7 and NEX-3N.

All in all, the two cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The Q7 due to its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field tougher and the Sony NEX-3N will give you extra detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop images way more aggressively.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N sensor size comparison

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax Q7
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-3N
49
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000s)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
67
focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Pentax Q7 Street photography factors
Sony NEX-3N Street photography factors
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition (200 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/1.7")
77
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Pentax Q7 as a Sports photography camera
Sony NEX-3N as a Sports photography camera
33
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes tracking autofocus
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
low battery power (250 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
54
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good battery pack (480 shots)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q7 Travel photography features
Sony NEX-3N Travel photography features
60
lighter than competition (200 grams)
has built in flash
low battery power (250 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
71
good battery pack (480 CIPA)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax Q7 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-3N as a Landscape photography camera
55
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
low battery power (250 shots)
71
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (480 shots)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax Q7 Vlogging factors
Sony NEX-3N Vlogging factors
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (200g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone support
28
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have microphone support
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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-3N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q7 and Sony NEX-3N
 Pentax Q7Sony Alpha NEX-3N
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Sony
Model Pentax Q7 Sony Alpha NEX-3N
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2013-08-08 2013-02-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" APS-C
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 12800 16000
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 25
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax Q Sony E
Total lenses 8 121
Crop factor 4.8 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.90 m (ISO100/m) -
Flash modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/2000s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps) 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 200 grams (0.44 pounds) 269 grams (0.59 pounds)
Physical dimensions 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") 110 x 62 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 74
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.5
DXO Low light score not tested 1067
Other
Battery life 250 photos 480 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI68 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (12 sec, 2 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $480 $399