Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina

Olympus E-510 front
Pentax Efina front

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Olympus E-510
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 490g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Introduced November 2007
  • Other Name is EVOLT E-510
  • Superseded the Olympus E-500
  • Successor is Olympus E-520
Pentax Efina
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 91g - 87 x 54 x 21mm
  • Launched June 2013
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Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Olympus E-510 versus Pentax Efina, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Ultracompact by companies Olympus and Pentax. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the E-510 (10MP) and Efina (14MP) and the E-510 (Four Thirds) and Efina (1/2.3") have different sensor dimensions.

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The E-510 was brought out 6 years before the Efina and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-510 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a concise view of how the E-510 grades against the Efina with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-510 over the Pentax Efina

 E-510 Efina 
Focus manually Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus E-510

 Efina E-510 
LaunchedJune 2013November 2007Fresher by 67 months

Common features in the Olympus E-510 and Pentax Efina

 E-510 Efina 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size2.5"2.5"Same display sizing
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-510 provides outer measurements of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") and a weight of 490 grams (1.08 lbs) and the Pentax Efina has sizing of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") along with a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the E-510 vs the Efina.

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-510 and Efina is 69 and 97 respectively.

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing purely by researching specifications. The graphic here should offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-510 and Efina.

Plainly, each of these cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-510 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh simpler and the Pentax Efina will provide you with greater detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos way more aggressively. The older E-510 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-510 Portrait photography factors
Pentax Efina Portrait photography factors
has manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10MP)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-510 Street photography info
Pentax Efina Street photography info
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (490g)
no articulating screen
has image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than competitors (91g)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-510 Sports photography factors
Pentax Efina Sports photography factors
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
has image stabilization (Digital)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-510 Travel photography info
Pentax Efina Travel photography info
lighter than competition in class (490g)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
low resolution sensor (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lighter than competitors (91 grams)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-510 Landscape photography info
Pentax Efina Landscape photography info
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
no Time Lapse function
rather wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5")
manual mode not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-510 Vlogging information
Pentax Efina Vlogging information
can't shoot video
rather wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detect focusing
lighter than competitors (91g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic support
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Olympus E-510 vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-510 and Pentax Efina
 Olympus E-510Pentax Efina
General Information
Brand Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus E-510 Pentax Efina
Otherwise known as EVOLT E-510 -
Type Advanced DSLR Ultracompact
Introduced 2007-11-23 2013-06-03
Physical type Mid-size SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 3 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing range - 20cm
Total lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology - QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 1/8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1400 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 490 grams (1.08 pounds) 91 grams (0.20 pounds)
Physical dimensions 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 52 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.0 not tested
DXO Low light rating 442 not tested
Battery life - 200 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $550 $10