Sony NEX C3 vs Pentax Q

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Sony NEX C3

71

Pentax Q

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax Q

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size
Slightly smaller
98x57x31 mm vs 110x60x33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
200 g vs 225 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony C3

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
73.0 vs 47.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 3700 ms
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3.1x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,083 ISO vs 189 ISO
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The C3 has excellent image quality 2.5 f-stops higher ISO than the Q
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
430 ms vs 706 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Lens availability
More lenses available
21 lenses vs 7 lenses
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3x more lenses available
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The C3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              QSensor shift
              C3Lens
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              Q98x57x31 mm
              C3110x60x33 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              Q200 g
              C3225 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              Q1.2"
              C31.3"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Q$214.69
              C3$212.29
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              Q706 ms
              C3430 ms
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Q9.7 MP
              C316 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $192 body only

              $320 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $261 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $167 body only

              $513 with 5-15mm, 15-45mm lenses

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $277 body only

              $237 - $259 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $395 with 10-30mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax K-01

              Pentax K-01

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Significantly larger
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $180 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay

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