Pentax Efina

Pentax Efina front
  • 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
  • Launched June 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax Efina summary

Pentax Efina is Pentax's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on June of 2013. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The Efina ranks at #57 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #992 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Pentax Efina Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Pentax Efina based on criterias that are typically considered important in a digital camera.

built in lens has zoom (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (80)
has face detect focusing
has image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than average (91 grams)
really wide (26mm)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have mic jack
does not have Time Lapse recording
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW support
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
no external flash support
no manual exposure
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f6.3)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Pentax Efina Sensor information

The sensor size in the Pentax Efina is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The picture below displays the Efina's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Efina sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax Efina dimensions

Pentax Efina has a weight of 0.20 lbs (91g or 3.21 ounces) & the size of the camera is 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Pentax Efina is less heavy compared to other rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Pentax Efina alongside a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Pentax Efina dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the Efina.

Pentax Efina topview buttons dials

Pentax Efina Lens information

The Efina offers an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be amazing but it may be very helpful in a few cases.

At it's widest 26mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 which will be rather sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you will probably find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will also need to raise your ISO which causes noisy photos. For the long end, 130mm comes with f6.3 which is quite slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Pentax Efina Connectivity

The Efina has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and usually adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Pentax Efina Video information

The max video quality in the Pentax Efina is 1280 x 720 and you can save in file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should really aim for at least FUll HD quality for video. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone jack so you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to purchase another camera in case you require better sound for your videos.

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Pentax Efina Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Pentax Efina so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder

The Pentax Efina has a 2.5" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Pentax Efina are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Pentax Efina Shutter information

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1400 seconds.

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Pentax Efina Flash and Hot shoe information

Pentax Efina features just in-built flash with no external flash support.

Pentax Efina Autofocus information

Pentax Efina features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection making it valuable for people photography.

Pentax Efina has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing is good for low light or you need to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Pentax Efina Battery life

The battery pack (D-LI109) on the Pentax Efina is built to last for 200 photographs as per the CIPA requirements which is comparable with it's rivals. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the maximum (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Below is a collection of Ultracompact cameras with the strongest battery life:

Pentax Efina for specific kinds of photography

The following bar chart provides a rundown of the Pentax Efina for specific kinds of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Pentax Efina Portrait photography highlights

The Pentax Efina receives a score of 34 which is horrible, meaning that it is simply not very good for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the potential to work with external flash.

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megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Pentax Efina Street photography details

Coming in at a nice points tally of 64, the Pentax Efina is a very decent choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than competitors in class (91g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Pentax Efina Sports photography highlights

A horrible sports photography rating of 35 suggests the Pentax Efina is simply not very good for photographing sports. A camera really should have great tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (14MP)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Pentax Efina

Portability is very critical in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Pentax Efina gets a above average 69 for a travel camera which makes it a good fit to purchase for your vacations.

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lighter than competition (91 grams)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Pentax Efina Landscape photography info

For anybody who is planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will be image quality. The Pentax Efina at it's horrible score of 38 for a landscape camera is simply not very good among it's competitors.

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reasonably wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
manual mode not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode

Pentax Efina Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Pentax Efina is simply not very good for vlogging as it receives a horrible rating of 33.

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pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
has face detect focus
lighter than competitors in class (91g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic port

Pentax Efina Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the Efina, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Ultracompact.

The chart listed below offers you an overview of the Efina compared to it's top ranking competitors listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might view as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Pentax Efina
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
1/8 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1400 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.10 m
Flash options
Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
91g (0.20 lb)
Physical dimensions
87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
Battery life
200 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch price