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Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30

Portability
65
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40
Olympus E-330 front
 
Pentax K-30 front
Portability
63
Imaging
57
Features
66
Overall
60

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Key Specs

Olympus E-330
(Full Review)
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Expand to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 616g - 140 x 87 x 72mm
  • Announced March 2006
  • Additionally Known as EVOLT E-330
  • Superseded the Olympus E-300
  • Updated by Olympus E-450
Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced October 2012
  • Newer Model is Pentax K-50
Photography Glossary

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Overview

Below is a complete assessment of the Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Pentax. There exists a noticeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the E-330 (7MP) and K-30 (16MP) and the E-330 (Four Thirds) and K-30 (APS-C) boast different sensor sizes.

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The E-330 was launched 7 years before the K-30 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a quick view of how the E-330 matches up versus the K-30 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-330 over the Pentax K-30

 E-330 K-30 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Olympus E-330

 K-30 E-330 
IntroducedOctober 2012March 2006More recent by 80 months
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k215kSharper display (+706k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-330 and Pentax K-30

 E-330 K-30 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-330 offers external dimensions of 140mm x 87mm x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8") and a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs) while the Pentax K-30 has dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") along with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the E-330 against the K-30.

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-330 and K-30 is 65 and 63 respectively.

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by going over specs. The visual here may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-330 and K-30.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-330 due to its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field harder and the Pentax K-30 will offer greater detail utilizing its extra 9MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older E-330 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-330 Portrait photography info
Pentax K-30 Portrait photography info
54
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
low resolution (7 megapixels)
74
manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-330 Street photography features
Pentax K-30 Street photography features
60
tilting screen
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (616g)
lack of image stabilization
low max ISO (400)
68
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-330 Sports photography details
Pentax K-30 Sports photography details
40
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (7MP)
67
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
not so great battery (410 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-330 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Travel photography camera
50
lighter than competition in class (616g)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low resolution (7 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
60
weather proofing
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
not so great battery (410 shots)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-330 Landscape photography information
Pentax K-30 Landscape photography information
45
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
small screen (2.5 inches)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (7MP)
low max ISO (400)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
73
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
not so great battery (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-330 Vlogging highlights
Pentax K-30 Vlogging highlights
9
can't record video
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
no mic support
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Olympus E-330 vs Pentax K-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-330 and Pentax K-30
 Olympus E-330Pentax K-30
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus E-330 Pentax K-30
Other name EVOLT E-330 -
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2006-03-18 2012-10-29
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 7 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Highest resolution 3136 x 2352 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 400 12800
Highest boosted ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 3 11
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 45 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5" 3"
Screen resolution 215k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.47x 0.61x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 616 gr (1.36 pounds) 650 gr (1.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 140 x 87 x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 79
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 1129
Other
Battery life - 410 shots
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $1,100 $525