Sony NEX C3

Winner
Sony NEX C3

71

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Pentax Q

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Pentax Q

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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
Size Slightly smaller 98x57x31 mm vs 110x60x33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $109.99 vs $316.49
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The best price we've seen is $207 cheaper (2.9x less)
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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Overall image quality Much better image quality 73.0 vs 47.0
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Around 60% better image quality
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
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Battery life Much longer battery life 400 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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 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
              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"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Q:$109.99
              C3:$316.49
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              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
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $300 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm 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
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Pentax Q Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $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

              $277 body only

              $230 - $297 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
              Pentax K-01

              Pentax K-01

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $460 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 - $699 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm 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

              $473 body only

              $436 - $1,054 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Slightly 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

              $500 body only

              $420 - $430 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

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

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