As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Pentax Q7 is also often compared to pro digicams and super zooms. The Pentax Q7's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the Q-S1 and the Q10) and Sony (such as the Alpha ILC-3000)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q7 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), records movies in 24p and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 16 MP).

Pentax Q-S1

Pentax Q-S1
1 year newer
$333 5-15mm lens

Significant advantages of the Q-S1 (vs the Q7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Q-S1 (vs the Q7)

  • None found

common strengths of the Q-S1 and Q7

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fairly small: Compact (105×58×34 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 203 g vs 200 g

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
similar age

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the Q7)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 62 lenses vs 7 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the Q7)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and Q7

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 281 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1
similar age
$328 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-M1 (vs the Q7)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 58 lenses vs 7 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the X-M1 (vs the Q7)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-M1 and Q7

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×39 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 330 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10
9 months older
$3,307 (body only)

Significant advantages of the Q10 (vs the Q7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Q10 (vs the Q7)

  • No 24p support

common strengths of the Q10 and Q7

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×34 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 200 g vs 200 g

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1
1 year older
$436 (body only)

Significant advantages of the V1 (vs the Q7)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Continuous video focus
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the V1 (vs the Q7)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the V1 and Q7

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×76×44 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 294 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.3"

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
1 year newer
$364 (body only)
$538 22mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the Q7)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the Q7)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the M3 and Q7

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.3"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q7 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is newer (june 2013 vs july 2010), has interchangeable lenses and is slightly less expensive ($219.00 vs $699.99).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 11 fps), has a much shorter battery life (250 shots vs 400 shots) and significantly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10 months older
$392

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the Q7)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the Q7)

  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and Q7

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Inexpensive: $392.49 vs $219.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
2 years older
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the Q7)

  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 250 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the Q7)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and Q7

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax Q7 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (102×58×34 mm) vs professional size (133×91×110 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12 MP vs 9.7 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), is thinner (1.3" vs 4.3") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 680 g).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a significantly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 350 shots).

Fujifilm FinePix S1

Fujifilm FinePix S1
6 months newer
$1,588

Significant advantages of the S1 (vs the Q7)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the S1 (vs the Q7)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×91×110 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the S1 and Q7

  • Fairly small: Professional size (133×91×110 mm) vs Compact (102×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 680 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 1.3"