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Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina

Portability
85
Imaging
56
Features
78
Overall
64
Olympus PEN E-PL9 front
 
Pentax Efina front
Portability
97
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Olympus E-PL9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 380g - 117 x 68 x 39mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Older Model is Olympus E-PL8
Pentax Efina
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 91g - 87 x 54 x 21mm
  • Revealed June 2013
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Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Overview

Following is a in-depth assessment of the Olympus E-PL9 and Pentax Efina, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Ultracompact by competitors Olympus and Pentax. The image resolution of the E-PL9 (16MP) and the Efina (14MP) is very similar but the E-PL9 (Four Thirds) and Efina (1/2.3") have totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL9 was released 4 years after the Efina which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-PL9 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting into a full comparison, here is a short highlight of how the E-PL9 matches up vs the Efina with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL9 over the Pentax Efina

 E-PL9 Efina 
RevealedFebruary 2018June 2013More modern by 58 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus E-PL9

 Efina E-PL9 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL9 and Pentax Efina

 E-PL9 Efina 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PL9 features outer dimensions of 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 380 grams (0.84 lbs) while the Pentax Efina has proportions of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL9 and Pentax Efina in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are using at that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the E-PL9 versus the Efina.

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL9 and Efina is 85 and 97 respectively.

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to envision the gap between sensor sizes simply by going over technical specs. The image here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PL9 and Efina.

As you can tell, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-PL9 because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Olympus E-PL9 will deliver extra detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more recent E-PL9 is going to have a benefit in sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL9
Portrait photography with Pentax Efina
73
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
34
resolution is good (14MP)
features face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Street photography factors
Pentax Efina Street photography factors
84
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
includes touch focus
64
built in image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than competition (91 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Sports photography camera
69
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect AF
35
built in image stabilization (Digital)
resolution is good (14MP)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Travel photography info
Pentax Efina Travel photography info
77
supports bluetooth
includes touch focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
does not offer selfie friendly display
69
lighter than competition (91g)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Landscape photography factors
Pentax Efina Landscape photography factors
80
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
38
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Vlogging details
Pentax Efina Vlogging details
35
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone support
33
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
features face detect focus
lighter than competition (91 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic support
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Olympus E-PL9 vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL9 and Pentax Efina
 Olympus PEN E-PL9Pentax Efina
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL9 Pentax Efina
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Announced 2018-02-08 2013-06-03
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW support
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 121 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing range - 20cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 1/8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1400s
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter rate 8.6fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.60 m (at ISO 200) 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 380 gr (0.84 lbs) 91 gr (0.20 lbs)
Physical dimensions 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 images 200 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported) SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $599 $10