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Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II

Portability
86
Imaging
53
Features
81
Overall
64
Olympus PEN E-PL7 front
 
Pentax K-3 II front
Portability
59
Imaging
66
Features
84
Overall
73

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Key Specs

Olympus E-PL7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Launched September 2014
  • Replaced the Olympus E-PL6
  • Renewed by Olympus E-PL8
Pentax K-3 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 131 x 100 x 77mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Superseded the Pentax K-3
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Overview

Below, we are looking at the Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced DSLR by competitors Olympus and Pentax. There exists a crucial gap between the resolutions of the E-PL7 (16MP) and K-3 II (24MP) and the E-PL7 (Four Thirds) and K-3 II (APS-C) enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The E-PL7 was revealed 7 months prior to the K-3 II and they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax K-3 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving in to a thorough comparison, below is a brief summation of how the E-PL7 matches up against the K-3 II in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL7 over the Pentax K-3 II

 E-PL7 K-3 II 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-3 II over the Olympus E-PL7

 K-3 II E-PL7 
IntroducedApril 2015September 2014More recent by 7 months
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Olympus E-PL7 and Pentax K-3 II

 E-PL7 K-3 II 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Display resolution1037k1037kExact same display resolution

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL7 comes with outer measurements of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") with a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) and the Pentax K-3 II has sizing of 131mm x 100mm x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") having a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II in the 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 have chosen at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the E-PL7 compared to the K-3 II.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL7 and K-3 II is 86 and 59 respectively.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to envision the contrast between sensor measurements just by checking specs. The visual underneath will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL7 and K-3 II.

All in all, the two cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The E-PL7 having a tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Pentax K-3 II will give extra detail because of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older E-PL7 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL7
Portrait photography with Pentax K-3 II
71
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
79
focusing manually
good resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Street photography camera
Pentax K-3 II as a Street photography camera
84
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
boasts touch to focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
69
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-3 II as a Sports photography camera
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
lacks phase detect autofocus
76
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
weather sealing
has phase detect AF
not so great battery power (720 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-3 II as a Travel photography camera
85
boasts touch to focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
56
weather sealing
good resolution (24 megapixels)
not so great battery power (720 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Landscape photography features
Pentax K-3 II Landscape photography features
79
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
78
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
has dual storage slots
not so great battery power (720 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Vlogging highlights
Pentax K-3 II Vlogging highlights
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have mic socket
34
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic jack
display isn't selfie friendly
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Pentax K-3 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL7 and Pentax K-3 II
 Olympus PEN E-PL7Pentax K-3 II
General Information
Brand Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus PEN E-PL7 Pentax K-3 II
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Launched 2014-09-01 2015-04-23
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII Prime III
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6016 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 51200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 81 27
Cross focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 107 151
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3.2"
Display resolution 1,037k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 8.3fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto Flash Discharge, Auto Flash + Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On + Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, Contrast-control-sync, High-speed sync, Wireless sync (available with dedicated external flash)
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 357 grams (0.79 lb) 800 grams (1.76 lb)
Dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 131 x 100 x 77mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 80
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 13.6
DXO Low light score 873 1106
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 720 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 Two
Cost at launch $499 $829