In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Pentax K-70 belongs to a Entry-Level DSLR category, the other model, Pentax K-70 is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. Pentax K-70 is equipped with a 24.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III comes with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - DSLR and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Pentax K-70 Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||33.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 226.2 mm2||38.3% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||12 vs 5.8||6.2 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Battery Life||410 shots vs 330 shots||80 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.63 vs 0.62||0.01 better magnification|
|Continuous Shooting||8.6 fps vs 6 fps||2.6 fps faster|
|Number Of Focus Points||121 vs 11||110 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 921k dots||11.4% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||410 g vs 688 g||278 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
Speaking of weight, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 278g less than the Pentax K-70. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Are Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Pentax K-70 features a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a PRIME MII processor . Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Pentax K-70 has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Pentax K-70||Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Pentax K-70 or Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Pentax K-70 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax K-70 deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
|Pentax K-70||Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III|
|Model||K-70||OM-D E-M10 Mark III|
|Announced||Jun 08, 2016||Aug 31, 2017|
|Body Type||Compact SLR||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm||17.4 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2||226.20 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||102,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||200|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF2||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||144||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11||121|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||9||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps||8.6 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual||Auto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||688 g||410 g|
|Physical Dimensions||126 x 93 x 74 mm||122 x 84 x 50 mm|
|Battery Life||410 shots||330 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported)|