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Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
27
Overall
33
Olympus Stylus 7030 front
 
Pentax Optio RZ10 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
31
Overall
35

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Key Specs

Olympus 7030
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 140g - 93 x 56 x 26mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as mju 7030
Pentax RZ10
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-280mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 97 x 61 x 33mm
  • Introduced July 2011
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Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Overview

Below is a comprehensive review of the Olympus 7030 and Pentax RZ10, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Pentax. The image resolution of the 7030 (14MP) and the RZ10 (14MP) is relatively similar and both cameras boast the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The 7030 was brought out 18 months prior to the RZ10 which makes them a generation apart from one another. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick overview of how the 7030 scores versus the RZ10 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 7030 over the Pentax RZ10

 7030 RZ10 

Reasons to pick Pentax RZ10 over the Olympus 7030

 RZ10 7030 
IntroducedJuly 2011January 2010More recent by 18 months
Focus manually Very exact focusing

Common features in the Olympus 7030 and Pentax RZ10

 7030 RZ10 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size2.7"2.7"Same screen size
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus 7030 provides physical measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 140 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Pentax RZ10 has specifications of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use at that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the 7030 compared to the RZ10.

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 7030 and RZ10 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements only by going over specifications. The graphic underneath might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the 7030 and RZ10.

To sum up, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size and the identical megapixels therefore you can expect similar quality of photographs however you should really take the age of the products into consideration. The older 7030 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 sensor size comparison

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 7030 Portrait photography features
Pentax RZ10 Portrait photography features
28
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
36
manual focus
good MP (14MP)
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus 7030 Street photography details
Pentax RZ10 Street photography details
57
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 7030 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax RZ10 as a Sports photography camera
39
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
low fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
41
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (178 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 7030 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax RZ10 as a Travel photography camera
65
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
66
environment sealing
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
long zoom (280mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (178 per charge)
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus 7030
Landscape photography with Pentax RZ10
37
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
43
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
not so great battery life (178 shots)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 7030 Vlogging features
Pentax RZ10 Vlogging features
29
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external mic support
28
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone support
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Olympus 7030 vs Pentax RZ10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 7030 and Pentax RZ10
 Olympus Stylus 7030Pentax Optio RZ10
General Information
Company Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus Stylus 7030 Pentax Optio RZ10
Also called as mju 7030 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-01-07 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9 and 4:3 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 64 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) 28-280mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.2-5.9
Macro focus distance 2cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.70 m 2.80 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 140 grams (0.31 pounds) 178 grams (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 178 pictures
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI92
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $179 $200