Sony NEX C3

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Sony NEX C3

75

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Pentax Q

41

Pentax Q

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

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

Reasons to buy the Pentax Q

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $175.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $324 cheaper (2.9x less)
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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Low light performance Significantly 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
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 Significantly 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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 430 ms vs 706 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life Much longer battery life 400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 7 lenses
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3x more lenses available
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Q:Sensor shift
              C3:Lens
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              Q:98x57x31 mm
              C3:110x60x33 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              Q:200 g
              C3:225 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              Q:1.2"
              C3:1.3"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              Q:706 ms
              C3:430 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
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              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $500 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 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
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $179 with 5-83mm lens

              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

              $305 - $327 body only

              $347 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

              $847 with 10-30mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $210 - $219

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External flash No external flash support

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

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

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 with 18-55mm 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $567 - $1,067 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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