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Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7

Portability
82
Imaging
55
Features
77
Overall
63
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II front
 
Pentax Q7 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
54
Overall
44

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Key Specs

Olympus E-M10 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 120 x 83 x 47mm
  • Introduced August 2015
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-M10
  • Renewed by Olympus E-M10 III
Pentax Q7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Revealed August 2013
  • Earlier Model is Pentax Q10
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Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by brands Olympus and Pentax. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the E-M10 II (16MP) and Q7 (12MP) and the E-M10 II (Four Thirds) and Q7 (1/1.7") posses different sensor sizing.

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The E-M10 II was brought out 2 years later than the Q7 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-M10 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Q7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a short overview of how the E-M10 II scores against the Q7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 II over the Pentax Q7

 E-M10 II Q7 
RevealedAugust 2015August 2013More recent by 25 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kClearer display (+580k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Q7 over the Olympus E-M10 II

 Q7 E-M10 II 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 II and Pentax Q7

 E-M10 II Q7 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-M10 II enjoys external dimensions of 120mm x 83mm x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Pentax Q7 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the E-M10 II against the Q7.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the E-M10 II and Q7 is 82 and 92 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to imagine the difference in sensor measurements simply by viewing a spec sheet. The graphic below will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M10 II and Q7.

As you can see, both the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-M10 II featuring a larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF easier and the Olympus E-M10 II will result in extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics more aggressively. The more modern E-M10 II provides an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Portrait photography advice
Pentax Q7 Portrait photography advice
73
has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
49
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
supports face detect focus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Street photography factors
Pentax Q7 Street photography factors
83
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (200 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/1.7")
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Sports photography highlights
Pentax Q7 Sports photography highlights
67
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
lacks phase detect AF
33
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports tracking focus
slow fps (5.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
terrible battery (250 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Travel photography factors
Pentax Q7 Travel photography factors
73
comes with focus by touch
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
60
lighter than competitors in class (200 grams)
built-in flash
terrible battery (250 shots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 II Landscape photography highlights
Pentax Q7 Landscape photography highlights
80
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
55
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax Q mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
terrible battery (250 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M10 II
Vlogging with Pentax Q7
35
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
missing mic support
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (200g)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
does not have microphone port
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Olympus E-M10 II vs Pentax Q7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 II and Pentax Q7
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IIPentax Q7
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Pentax Q7
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2015-08-25 2013-08-08
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 25600 12800
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Lowest boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
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 81 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Pentax Q
Total lenses 107 8
Focal length multiplier 2.1 4.8
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.80 m (ISO 100) 4.90 m (ISO100/m)
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, flash off, 1st-curtain slow sync w/redeye, 1st-curtain slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/30p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
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 390g (0.86 pounds) 200g (0.44 pounds)
Physical dimensions 120 x 83 x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9") 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 842 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 shots 250 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec, custom) Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $499 $480