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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44
Pentax Q7 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
56
Features
58
Overall
56

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 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
  • Introduced August 2013
  • Previous Model is Pentax Q10
Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Released June 2010
  • Refreshed by Sony NEX-5N
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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by brands Pentax and Sony. The resolution of the Q7 (12MP) and the NEX-5 (14MP) is very close but the Q7 (1/1.7") and NEX-5 (APS-C) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The Q7 was announced 3 years later than the NEX-5 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a short summary of how the Q7 scores vs the NEX-5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Sony NEX-5

 Q7 NEX-5 
ReleasedAugust 2013June 2010Fresher by 39 months

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Pentax Q7

 NEX-5 Q7 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Pentax Q7 and Sony NEX-5

 Q7 NEX-5 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera often, you will want to consider its weight and measurements. The Pentax Q7 comes with outside measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-5 has proportions of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the Q7 versus the NEX-5.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the Q7 and NEX-5 is 92 and 89 respectively.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing just by looking through specifications. The visual underneath might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the Q7 and NEX-5.

Plainly, both of those cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The Q7 having a smaller sensor will make achieving shallow DOF more difficult and the Sony NEX-5 will render extra detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics far more aggressively. The more modern Q7 is going to have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax Q7 Portrait photography highlights
Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography highlights
49
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/2,000 seconds)
comes with face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
73
you can focus manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax Q7 Street photography highlights
Sony NEX-5 Street photography highlights
69
image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (200g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
77
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Pentax Q7 Sports photography highlights
Sony NEX-5 Sports photography highlights
33
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with tracking focus
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
low battery power (250 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
53
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q7 Travel photography factors
Sony NEX-5 Travel photography factors
60
lighter than competition in class (200g)
has built in flash
low battery power (250 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
60
MP count good (14MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax Q7
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
55
manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
low battery power (250 shots)
68
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax Q7 Vlogging advice
Sony NEX-5 Vlogging advice
35
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (200g)
display isn't selfie friendly
no microphone jack
28
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have mic port
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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q7 and Sony NEX-5
 Pentax Q7Sony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Sony
Model Pentax Q7 Sony Alpha NEX-5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-08-08 2010-06-07
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 25
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax Q Sony E
Available lenses 8 121
Crop factor 4.8 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.90 m (ISO100/m) 12.00 m
Flash modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000 secs 1/160 secs
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 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 200 grams (0.44 lb) 287 grams (0.63 lb)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 69
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.2
DXO Low light score not tested 796
Other
Battery life 250 shots 330 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI68 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (12 sec, 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
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