Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of Q vs J1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,,, and 4 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentax Q vs Nikon 1 J1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax Q
189 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Pentax Q
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax Q
706 ms
Nikon 1 J1
94 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Pentax Q
82 ms
Nikon 1 J1
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Pentax Q
3,700 ms
Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax Q
5 fps
Nikon 1 J1
60 fps

Features Key features of the Pentax vs Nikon 1 J1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Pentax Q
12.7 MP
Nikon 1 J1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Pentax Q
6,400 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Pentax Q
2.2 microns
Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Pentax vs Nikon 1 J1 

With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon J1 is very much a two-handed affair that requires you to hold the camera's weight in the left hand, clutching the lens, and use your right hand for balance and operating the controls.
Nikon 1 J1

The Pentax Q is built around a 1/2.3inch CMOS sensor that is backside-illuminated for better low-light performance, and which delivers 12.4-megapixels of effective resolution.
Pentax Q

Considering the size of the sensor, the Nikon J1 resolves a respectable level of detail.
Nikon 1 J1


6.7 Out of 10
7.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Pentax vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Megapixels 12.7 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4120 x 3088 3872 x 2592
Size 1/2.5" Nikon CX
Area 6.17 x 4.55 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 5.8x 2.7x
Pixel size 2.2 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 125 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 25 135
Supports continuous No No


Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A


Max continuous shooting 5 fps 60 fps
Battery life 230 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 706 ms 94 ms
Shutter lag 82 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 3,700 ms 1,400 ms


Pentax vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 360 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 98 x 57 x 31 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 31 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 200 g 277 g
Is weather sealed No No


Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Pentax Q
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