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Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D

Portability
71
Imaging
47
Features
50
Overall
48
Olympus E-600 front
 
Pentax 645D front
Portability
50
Imaging
76
Features
52
Overall
66

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Key Specs

Olympus E-600
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 515g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Launched August 2009
Pentax 645D
(Full Review)
  • 40MP - Medium format Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • No Video
  • Pentax 645AF2 Mount
  • 1480g - 156 x 117 x 119mm
  • Released March 2010
  • Renewed by Pentax 645Z
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Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Overview

The following is a extensive review of the Olympus E-600 versus Pentax 645D, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Pro DSLR by manufacturers Olympus and Pentax. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the E-600 (12MP) and 645D (40MP) and the E-600 (Four Thirds) and 645D (Medium format) feature different sensor measurements.

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The E-600 was unveiled 6 months earlier than the 645D and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-600 being a Compact SLR camera and the Pentax 645D being a Large SLR camera.

Before getting in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple overview of how the E-600 scores vs the 645D in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-600 over the Pentax 645D

 E-600 645D 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Pentax 645D over the Olympus E-600

 645D E-600 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-600 and Pentax 645D

 E-600 645D 
ReleasedAugust 2009March 2010Similar generation
Manual focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Physical Comparison

When you are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus E-600 provides external dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") and a weight of 515 grams (1.14 lbs) and the Pentax 645D has specifications of 156mm x 117mm x 119mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 4.7") and a weight of 1480 grams (3.26 lbs).

See the Olympus E-600 versus Pentax 645D in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the E-600 versus the 645D.

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-600 and 645D is 71 and 50 respectively.

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is hard to picture the gap between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specs. The image here should offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-600 and 645D.

All in all, both the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-600 using its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field more difficult and the Pentax 645D will offer more detail having an extra 28 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures far more aggressively.

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D sensor size comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-600 Portrait photography advice
Pentax 645D Portrait photography advice
60
has manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
77
you can focus manually
high MP (40 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Medium format)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Street photography camera
Pentax 645D as a Street photography camera
76
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
58
sensor size is great (Medium format)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-600 Sports photography details
Pentax 645D Sports photography details
48
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect AF
low frames per second (4.0 fps)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (500 shots)
63
high MP (40MP)
sensor size is great (Medium format)
environment proof
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview feature
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
bad battery life (800 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-600
Travel photography with Pentax 645D
53
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (500 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
55
environment proof
high MP (40MP)
bad battery life (800 shots)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-600 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax 645D as a Landscape photography camera
53
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
small screen (2.7 inch)
low megapixels (12MP)
not so great battery life (500 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
72
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax 645AF2 mount)
screen size is good (3")
high MP (40MP)
sensor size is great (Medium format)
does not have anti-alias filter
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
2 card slots
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
bad battery life (800 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-600 Vlogging details
Pentax 645D Vlogging details
18
no video
9
lack of video recording
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Olympus E-600 vs Pentax 645D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-600 and Pentax 645D
 Olympus E-600Pentax 645D
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus E-600 Pentax 645D
Category Entry-Level DSLR Pro DSLR
Launched 2009-08-30 2010-03-10
Physical type Compact SLR Large SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III+ Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds Medium format
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 44 x 33mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 1,452.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 40 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 7264 x 5440
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 7 11
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Pentax 645AF2
Total lenses 45 6
Focal length multiplier 2.1 0.8
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle and with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 98 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x 0.85x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180s 1/125s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution None None
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 515 grams (1.14 lb) 1480 grams (3.26 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 156 x 117 x 119mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 4.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 82
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 24.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 12.6
DXO Low light rating 541 1262
Other
Battery life 500 photos 800 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC
Card slots Single Two
Launch cost $0 $4,000