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Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina

Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
53
Overall
45
Olympus Stylus SH-1 front
 
Pentax Efina front
Portability
97
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

Olympus SH-1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Introduced March 2014
  • Renewed by Olympus SH-2
Pentax Efina
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 91g - 87 x 54 x 21mm
  • Announced June 2013
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Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Overview

Let's look closer at the Olympus SH-1 and Pentax Efina, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Ultracompact by rivals Olympus and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the SH-1 (16MP) and the Efina (14MP) is pretty close and both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The SH-1 was brought out 11 months later than the Efina which means that they are both of a similar age. The two cameras have different body design with the Olympus SH-1 being a Compact camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the SH-1 scores against the Efina in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SH-1 over the Pentax Efina

 SH-1 Efina 
AnnouncedMarch 2014June 2013More recent by 11 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus SH-1

 Efina SH-1 

Common features in the Olympus SH-1 and Pentax Efina

 SH-1 Efina 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera, you need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus SH-1 has exterior dimensions of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) while the Pentax Efina has measurements of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") with a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus SH-1 and Pentax Efina in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the SH-1 against the Efina.

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SH-1 and Efina is 88 and 97 respectively.

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to imagine the gap in sensor measurements just by looking through technical specs. The graphic here will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the SH-1 and Efina.

As you have seen, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You can expect the Olympus SH-1 to provide you with extra detail having its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The newer SH-1 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SH-1 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Portrait photography camera
37
decent megapixels (16MP)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
34
good MP (14 megapixels)
comes with face detect autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SH-1
Street photography with Pentax Efina
64
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers touch to focus
lighter than competitors in class (271 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
64
built in image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than average (91 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SH-1 Sports photography features
Pentax Efina Sports photography features
51
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16MP)
has tracking focus
good battery life (380 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
35
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (14MP)
low max shutter speed (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SH-1
Travel photography with Pentax Efina
74
good battery life (380 CIPA)
lighter than competitors in class (271 grams)
offers touch to focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
69
lighter than average (91 grams)
good MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SH-1 Landscape photography info
Pentax Efina Landscape photography info
49
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
good battery life (380 CIPA)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
38
fairly wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (14MP)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SH-1 Vlogging features
Pentax Efina Vlogging features
37
reasonably wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes microphone support
lighter than competitors in class (271 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
33
fairly wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detect autofocus
lighter than average (91g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone port
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Olympus SH-1 vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SH-1 and Pentax Efina
 Olympus Stylus SH-1Pentax Efina
General Information
Make Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus Stylus SH-1 Pentax Efina
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Introduced 2014-03-31 2013-06-03
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/3.5-6.3
Macro focus distance 3cm 20cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.5"
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 1/8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1400s
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 4.10 m
Flash modes - Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 271 grams (0.60 lb) 91 grams (0.20 lb)
Physical dimensions 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 380 photographs 200 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B D-LI109
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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