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Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

Portability
60
Imaging
47
Features
54
Overall
49
Olympus E-30 front
 
Pentax K-5 IIs front
Portability
60
Imaging
58
Features
83
Overall
68

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Key Specs

Olympus E-30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 695g - 142 x 108 x 75mm
  • Announced March 2009
Pentax K-5 IIs
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-5
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Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Overview

Below is a in-depth review of the Olympus E-30 and Pentax K-5 IIs, both Advanced DSLR cameras by brands Olympus and Pentax. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the E-30 (12MP) and K-5 IIs (16MP) and the E-30 (Four Thirds) and K-5 IIs (APS-C) possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The E-30 was released 5 years earlier than the K-5 IIs and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go straight into a detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the E-30 scores against the K-5 IIs in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-30 over the Pentax K-5 IIs

 E-30 K-5 IIs 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 IIs over the Olympus E-30

 K-5 IIs E-30 
LaunchedJune 2013March 2009More recent by 51 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-30 and Pentax K-5 IIs

 E-30 K-5 IIs 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera, you should take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus E-30 comes with physical measurements of 142mm x 108mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") along with a weight of 695 grams (1.53 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-5 IIs has sizing of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") and a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-30 and Pentax K-5 IIs in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the E-30 and the K-5 IIs.

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-30 and K-5 IIs is 60 and 60 respectively.

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements purely by viewing specifications. The visual here will provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-30 and K-5 IIs.

Plainly, the 2 cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The E-30 featuring a smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Pentax K-5 IIs will render more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures much more aggressively. The older E-30 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs sensor size comparison

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-30 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-5 IIs as a Portrait photography camera
60
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
74
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-30 Street photography info
Pentax K-5 IIs Street photography info
72
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
67
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-30
Sports photography with Pentax K-5 IIs
52
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect autofocus
slow fps (5.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12MP)
low battery pack (750 per charge)
79
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-30 Travel photography highlights
Pentax K-5 IIs Travel photography highlights
49
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
no Time Lapse recording
low battery pack (750 per charge)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
65
weather proofing
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-30 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-5 IIs as a Landscape photography camera
52
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
megapixel count low (12MP)
low battery pack (750 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording
79
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
supports RAW files
weather proofing
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-30 Vlogging details
Pentax K-5 IIs Vlogging details
18
can't record video
33
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone socket
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Olympus E-30 vs Pentax K-5 IIs Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-30 and Pentax K-5 IIs
 Olympus E-30Pentax K-5 IIs
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus E-30 Pentax K-5 IIs
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2009-03-24 2013-06-04
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Max enhanced ISO - 51200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 45 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech HyperCrystal II LCD TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 98 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.61x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per second 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.00 m 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, Manual, Fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync 2nd curtain, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 695 gr (1.53 lb) 760 gr (1.68 lb)
Dimensions 142 x 108 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 82
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 23.9
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 14.1
DXO Low light score 530 1208
Other
Battery life 750 photographs 980 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLM-1 D-LI90
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $1,299 $749