• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

Buy From

Differences

Olympus E-PL6 advantages over Pentax K-3 II

  • Less expensive
    $299 vs $797*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 77 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    325g vs 785g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Pentax K-3 II advantages over Olympus E-PL6

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 720 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    4 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 205k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    24.4 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

Buy From

Review Excerpt

  • Top-notch image quality; Spectacular detail from Pixel Shift Resolution; Better performance than K-3; Geotag images with no accessories; Great ergonomics in a compact body; Clever on-demand low-pass filtering; Broad sensitivity range; Large and bright viewfinder for an APS-C camera; Dual card slots

  • No built-in flash strobe; No wireless flash support out of the box; AstroTracer function can be finicky; AE Lock button is poorly located; Below-average battery life for a prosumer DSLR; Requires a different battery grip accessory than its predecessors

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Olympus E-PL6
Panasonic GF5
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
Pentax K-3 II
Panasonic GF5
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PL5
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Higher-res screen
  • $329
  • 4/3
Pentax K-3 II
Olympus E-PL5
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PM2
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $448
  • 4/3
Pentax K-3 II
Olympus E-PM2
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T6i

Olympus E-PL6
Canon T6i
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-3 II
Canon T6i
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax KP

Olympus E-PL6
Pentax KP
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-3 II
Pentax KP
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Compare Other Cameras?