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Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Olympus FE-4030 front
 
Pentax 645D front
Portability
50
Imaging
76
Features
52
Overall
66

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Key Specs

Olympus FE-4030
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 93 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2010
Pentax 645D
(Full Review)
  • 40MP - Medium format Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • No Video
  • Pentax 645AF2 Mount
  • 1480g - 156 x 117 x 119mm
  • Announced March 2010
  • Successor is Pentax 645Z
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Pro DSLR by rivals Olympus and Pentax. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the FE-4030 (14MP) and 645D (40MP) and the FE-4030 (1/2.3") and 645D (Medium format) have different sensor sizing.

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The FE-4030 was announced 2 months prior to the 645D and they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-4030 being a Compact camera and the Pentax 645D being a Large SLR camera.

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a quick view of how the FE-4030 grades versus the 645D when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-4030 over the Pentax 645D

 FE-4030 645D 

Reasons to pick Pentax 645D over the Olympus FE-4030

 645D FE-4030 
Focus manually More precise focus
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kClearer display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Olympus FE-4030 and Pentax 645D

 FE-4030 645D 
AnnouncedJanuary 2010March 2010Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and size. The Olympus FE-4030 has got outside dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Pentax 645D has specifications of 156mm x 117mm x 119mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 4.7") along with a weight of 1480 grams (3.26 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the FE-4030 and the 645D.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the FE-4030 and 645D is 95 and 50 respectively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to picture the contrast in sensor measurements simply by seeing technical specs. The visual underneath will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-4030 and 645D.

As you have seen, the two cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The FE-4030 with its smaller sensor is going to make getting bokeh more challenging and the Pentax 645D will provide extra detail with its extra 26 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics more aggressively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Portrait photography features
Pentax 645D Portrait photography features
28
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
77
has manual focus
MP count high (40 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Medium format)
exports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Street photography information
Pentax 645D Street photography information
48
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
58
sensor size is big (Medium format)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Sports photography information
Pentax 645D Sports photography information
35
good resolution (14MP)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
63
MP count high (40MP)
sensor size is big (Medium format)
environment sealing
comes with phase detect AF
doesn't have liveview
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (800 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus FE-4030
Travel photography with Pentax 645D
65
good resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
55
environment sealing
MP count high (40 megapixels)
terrible battery power (800 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Landscape photography advice
Pentax 645D Landscape photography advice
33
fairly wide (26mm)
good resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7")
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
72
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax 645AF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
MP count high (40 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Medium format)
no anti-alias filter
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
has double storage slots
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (800 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax 645D as a Vlogging camera
26
fairly wide (26mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have mic port
9
no video recording
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Pentax 645D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-4030 and Pentax 645D
 Olympus FE-4030Pentax 645D
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus FE-4030 Pentax 645D
Type Small Sensor Compact Pro DSLR
Introduced 2010-01-07 2010-03-10
Body design Compact Large SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Prime II
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" Medium format
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 44 x 33mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 1,452.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 40 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 7264 x 5440
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 64 200
RAW images
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Pentax 645AF2
Lens zoom range 26-105mm (4.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.6-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 4cm -
Number of lenses - 6
Focal length multiplier 5.9 0.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle and with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 98%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.85x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed - 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.80 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/125 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 640x480 None
Video data format Motion JPEG -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146g (0.32 lb) 1480g (3.26 lb)
Physical dimensions 93 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 156 x 117 x 119mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 4.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 82
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 1262
Other
Battery life - 800 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC
Storage slots 1 2
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