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Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina

Portability
84
Imaging
59
Features
79
Overall
67
Olympus PEN-F front
 
Pentax Efina front
Portability
97
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Olympus PEN-F
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 427g - 125 x 72 x 37mm
  • Released January 2016
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
  • Released June 2013
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Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Overview

The following is a comprehensive comparison of the Olympus PEN-F and Pentax Efina, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Olympus and Pentax. There is a sizable difference among the image resolutions of the PEN-F (20MP) and Efina (14MP) and the PEN-F (Four Thirds) and Efina (1/2.3") offer different sensor dimensions.

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The PEN-F was launched 2 years after the Efina which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus PEN-F being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a quick summation of how the PEN-F grades vs the Efina with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus PEN-F over the Pentax Efina

 PEN-F Efina 
ReleasedJanuary 2016June 2013Newer by 33 months
Manual focus More exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1037k230kClearer display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus PEN-F

 Efina PEN-F 

Common features in the Olympus PEN-F and Pentax Efina

 PEN-F Efina 

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus PEN-F provides external measurements of 125mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.5") with a weight of 427 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Pentax Efina has measurements of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the PEN-F versus the Efina.

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the PEN-F and Efina is 84 and 97 respectively.

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions merely by looking through a spec sheet. The picture below may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the PEN-F and Efina.

Clearly, the two cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The PEN-F due to its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Olympus PEN-F will result in greater detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The newer PEN-F provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus PEN-F as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Portrait photography camera
75
you can focus manually
decent MP (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
34
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus PEN-F Street photography information
Pentax Efina Street photography information
84
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has touch focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
64
image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than others (91g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus PEN-F Sports photography advice
Pentax Efina Sports photography advice
67
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
terrible battery life (330 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
35
image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus PEN-F as a Travel photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Travel photography camera
75
has touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
terrible battery life (330 shots)
69
lighter than others (91g)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus PEN-F as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Landscape photography camera
76
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
terrible battery life (330 CIPA)
38
pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5")
manual exposure not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus PEN-F Vlogging features
Pentax Efina Vlogging features
78
selfie friendly display
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
missing external microphone port
33
pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than others (91g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone support
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Olympus PEN-F vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus PEN-F and Pentax Efina
 Olympus PEN-FPentax Efina
General Information
Make Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus PEN-F Pentax Efina
Type Advanced Mirrorless Ultracompact
Released 2016-01-27 2013-06-03
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII -
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 20MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 25600 1600
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 81 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 20cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.5"
Resolution of screen 1,037k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 1/8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/1400 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 4.10 m
Flash settings Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain) Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p) 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG -
Microphone 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 427 gr (0.94 lb) 91 gr (0.20 lb)
Physical dimensions 125 x 72 x 37mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.5") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 74 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 894 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photos 200 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLN-1 D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $1,000 $10