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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3

Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
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Pentax Q7 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front
Portability
86
Imaging
59
Features
60
Overall
59

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed August 2013
  • Old Model is Pentax Q10
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Launched August 2012
  • Superseded the Sony NEX-C3
  • Updated by Sony NEX-3N
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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

In this write-up, we will be contrasting the Pentax Q7 versus Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Pentax and Sony. There is a crucial difference between the sensor resolutions of the Q7 (12MP) and NEX-F3 (16MP) and the Q7 (1/1.7") and NEX-F3 (APS-C) possess different sensor measurements.

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The Q7 was revealed 12 months later than the NEX-F3 so they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the Q7 matches up vs the NEX-F3 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Sony NEX-F3

 Q7 NEX-F3 
LaunchedAugust 2013August 2012Fresher by 12 months

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Pentax Q7

 NEX-F3 Q7 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k460kClearer screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Pentax Q7 and Sony NEX-F3

 Q7 NEX-F3 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and measurements. The Pentax Q7 enjoys 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-F3 has proportions of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the Q7 versus the NEX-F3.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the Q7 and NEX-F3 is 92 and 86 respectively.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to picture the difference between sensor sizing merely by checking specs. The photograph below might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the Q7 and NEX-F3.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The Q7 using its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony NEX-F3 will give you more detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs far more aggressively. The more modern Q7 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax Q7
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-F3
49
manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
75
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax Q7 as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Street photography camera
69
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW formats
lighter than average (200 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
76
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Pentax Q7 Sports photography advice
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography advice
33
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
bad battery pack (250 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
54
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good battery power (470 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q7 as a Travel photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Travel photography camera
60
lighter than average (200g)
has built in flash
bad battery pack (250 CIPA)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
70
good battery power (470 shots)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax Q7 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Landscape photography camera
55
manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax Q mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
bad battery pack (250 CIPA)
71
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
good battery power (470 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax Q7 Vlogging information
Sony NEX-F3 Vlogging information
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (200g)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone support
28
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing mic jack
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Pentax Q7 vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q7 and Sony NEX-F3
 Pentax Q7Sony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Sony
Model Pentax Q7 Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2013-08-08 2012-08-16
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 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 12800 16000
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 25
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax Q Sony E
Available lenses 8 121
Crop factor 4.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.90 m (ISO100/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
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/2000 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
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 200g (0.44 lb) 314g (0.69 lb)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.3
DXO Low light score not tested 1114
Other
Battery life 250 images 470 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI68 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (12 sec, 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $480 $470