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Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P1 front
 
Pentax ist DL2 front
Portability
69
Imaging
45
Features
33
Overall
40

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Key Specs

Olympus E-P1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-P2
Pentax ist DL2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 565g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Introduced January 2006
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Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by manufacturers Olympus and Pentax. There is a substantial difference between the resolutions of the E-P1 (12MP) and ist DL2 (6MP) and the E-P1 (Four Thirds) and ist DL2 (APS-C) offer different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The E-P1 was announced 3 years after the ist DL2 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-P1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax ist DL2 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the E-P1 scores against the ist DL2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P1 over the Pentax ist DL2

 E-P1 ist DL2 
IntroducedJuly 2009January 2006Newer by 43 months
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution230k210kClearer screen (+20k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax ist DL2 over the Olympus E-P1

 ist DL2 E-P1 

Common features in the Olympus E-P1 and Pentax ist DL2

 E-P1 ist DL2 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus E-P1 has got exterior dimensions of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") along with a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Pentax ist DL2 has specifications of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") and a weight of 565 grams (1.25 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the E-P1 and the ist DL2.

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the E-P1 and ist DL2 is 86 and 69 respectively.

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reading specs. The pic underneath should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-P1 and ist DL2.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-P1 having a tinier sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Olympus E-P1 will offer more detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more modern E-P1 provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Portrait photography advice
Pentax ist DL2 Portrait photography advice
60
has manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
51
you can focus manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
MP count low (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Street photography info
Pentax ist DL2 Street photography info
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
60
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than others (565 grams)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Sports photography details
Pentax ist DL2 Sports photography details
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
bad battery pack (300 shots)
lack of phase detect auto focus
39
sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (6 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P1 Travel photography details
Pentax ist DL2 Travel photography details
43
missing Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (300 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
52
lighter than others (565 grams)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
MP count low (6MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-P1
Landscape photography with Pentax ist DL2
60
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
bad battery pack (300 shots)
missing Timelapse mode
47
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.5")
does not have liveview
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (6MP)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-P1
Vlogging with Pentax ist DL2
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focus
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone support
22
lighter than others (565g)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution ( pixels)
lack of mic socket
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Olympus E-P1 vs Pentax ist DL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P1 and Pentax ist DL2
 Olympus PEN E-P1Pentax ist DL2
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus PEN E-P1 Pentax ist DL2
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2009-07-29 2006-01-27
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic V -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 6 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 3008 x 2008
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 5
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF
Total lenses 107 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 210 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1280x720 -
Video format Motion JPEG -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None No
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 355 gr (0.78 pounds) 565 gr (1.25 pounds)
Physical dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 65
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 11.1
DXO Low light score 536 639
Other
Battery life 300 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-1 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/MMC card
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $182 -