STANDOUT FEATURE: A bigger sensor for a tiny camera means better image quality.
List Price: $499 (with 5-15mm ƒ/2.8-4.5 zoom)
The new Pentax Q7 looks like the Q10, but there are some notable differences. The most important one is a larger 12.4-megapixel image sensor: The Q7's is a 1/1.7-inch design, larger than the other Q models' 1/2.33-inch sensors. This should deliver better image quality, especially at higher ISOs. In fact, the Q7 provides ISO settings up to 12,800 versus 6400 for the Q10.
The Q7 is also available in more color combinations: 120, compared to the 100 for the Q10 (both offer 20 body colors, which can be combined with 6 or 5 grip colors, respectively). The Q7 also provides 16 custom functions (up from 13 for the Q10), and has improved low-light AF performance. There's a 3-inch LCD monitor and a built-in flash, as well as shooting at 5 fps, three-image in-camera HDR and multiple exposures (up to nine on a single image). Both cameras can do 1080p video at 30 fps, but the Q7 can do them at ISOs as high as 12,800. There's also interval HD recording.
Bokeh Control and a wide range of effects and filters provide many options for creativity.