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Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina

Portability
86
Imaging
47
Features
43
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-PL1 front
 
Pentax Efina front
Portability
97
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Released May 2010
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PL1s
Pentax Efina
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 91g - 87 x 54 x 21mm
  • Announced June 2013
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Overview

Here is a detailed overview of the Olympus E-PL1 and Pentax Efina, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Ultracompact by companies Olympus and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the E-PL1 (12MP) and the Efina (14MP) is pretty well matched but the E-PL1 (Four Thirds) and Efina (1/2.3") feature different sensor sizing.

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The E-PL1 was manufactured 4 years before the Efina and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the E-PL1 matches up against the Efina in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1 over the Pentax Efina

 E-PL1 Efina 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen dimension2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus E-PL1

 Efina E-PL1 
AnnouncedJune 2013May 2010Fresher by 37 months

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1 and Pentax Efina

 E-PL1 Efina 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera, you will have to consider its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL1 has got exterior measurements of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") and a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Pentax Efina has specifications of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") and a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the E-PL1 compared to the Efina.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-PL1 and Efina is 86 and 97 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizing merely by looking at specifications. The visual below should offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL1 and Efina.

To sum up, the two cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-PL1 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Pentax Efina will resolve more detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older E-PL1 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL1
Portrait photography with Pentax Efina
60
you can focus manually
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
34
MP count decent (14MP)
features face detection autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-PL1
Street photography with Pentax Efina
74
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no moving screen
64
has image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than others (91 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Sports photography factors
Pentax Efina Sports photography factors
44
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
low resolution (12MP)
terrible battery life (290 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
35
has image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (14MP)
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL1
Travel photography with Pentax Efina
51
flash built-in
no Timelapse mode
terrible battery life (290 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
69
lighter than others (91 grams)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax Efina Landscape photography highlights
55
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
terrible battery life (290 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode
38
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
lack of manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-PL1
Vlogging with Pentax Efina
29
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
does not offer selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone socket
33
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than others (91 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone support
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1 and Pentax Efina
 Olympus PEN E-PL1Pentax Efina
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL1 Pentax Efina
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Released 2010-05-17 2013-06-03
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Truepic V -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4032 x 3024 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing range - 20cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 2.5 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 1/8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1400s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 4.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG -
Microphone 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 334 gr (0.74 lbs) 91 gr (0.20 lbs)
Dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 487 not tested
Other
Battery life 290 photographs 200 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-1 D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $288 $10