Sony NEX C3 vs Pentax Q

Winner
Sony NEX C3

71

Pentax Q

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
  1. Sensor shift
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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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
98×57×31 mm vs 110×60×33 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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 3700 ms
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3.1x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 360k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
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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1.9 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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
62 lenses vs 7 lenses
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Around 9x more lenses available
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
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Q
              1. Sensor shift
              C3
              1. Lens
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              Q98×57×31 mm
              C3110×60×33 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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              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
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Pentax Q7

              Pentax Q7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 5-15mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Ricoh GR Digital IV

              Ricoh GR Digital IV

              Pro digicam

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $380 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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 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 NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $181 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $345 with 16mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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