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Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina

Portability
89
Imaging
49
Features
52
Overall
50
Olympus PEN E-PM1 front
 
Pentax Efina front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Olympus E-PM1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 265g - 110 x 64 x 34mm
  • Introduced November 2011
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PM2
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-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Olympus E-PM1 and Pentax Efina, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Ultracompact by brands Olympus and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the E-PM1 (12MP) and the Efina (14MP) is very close but the E-PM1 (Four Thirds) and Efina (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor size.

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The E-PM1 was brought out 18 months earlier than the Efina making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-PM1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the E-PM1 grades against the Efina when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PM1 over the Pentax Efina

 E-PM1 Efina 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus E-PM1

 Efina E-PM1 
RevealedJune 2013November 2011Fresher by 18 months

Common features in the Olympus E-PM1 and Pentax Efina

 E-PM1 Efina 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PM1 enjoys outer dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs) whilst the Pentax Efina has sizing of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") with a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PM1 and Pentax Efina in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the E-PM1 compared to the Efina.

Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PM1 and Efina is 89 and 97 respectively.

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Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to see the contrast in sensor sizing merely by viewing technical specs. The graphic underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PM1 and Efina.

As you have seen, both of those cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The E-PM1 featuring a larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF less difficult and the Pentax Efina will provide you with extra detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos far more aggressively. The older E-PM1 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PM1 Portrait photography details
Pentax Efina Portrait photography details
61
focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
34
megapixel count good (14MP)
offers face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PM1 Street photography information
Pentax Efina Street photography information
75
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
64
built in image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than competition (91 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PM1 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Sports photography camera
49
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12MP)
does not have phase detect auto focus
36
built in image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400s)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PM1
Travel photography with Pentax Efina
45
does not have Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than competition (91g)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PM1 Landscape photography details
Pentax Efina Landscape photography details
66
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse mode
38
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-PM1
Vlogging with Pentax Efina
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have mic socket
33
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
offers face detection focus
lighter than competition (91g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone support
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Olympus E-PM1 vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PM1 and Pentax Efina
 Olympus PEN E-PM1Pentax Efina
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus PEN E-PM1 Pentax Efina
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Introduced 2011-11-23 2013-06-03
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VI -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 12800 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 35 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 20cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 1/8s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1400s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format AVCHD, 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 265g (0.58 lbs) 91g (0.20 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.3") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 52 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 499 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 200 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $499 $10