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Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
 
Olympus FE-5020 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Key Specs

Canon A2500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2013
Olympus FE-5020
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 24-120mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 137g - 93 x 56 x 25mm
  • Launched July 2009
  • Additionally Known as X-935
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Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Canon A2500 versus Olympus FE-5020, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Canon and Olympus. There exists a considerable gap among the sensor resolutions of the A2500 (16MP) and FE-5020 (12MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The A2500 was released 3 years later than the FE-5020 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the A2500 grades vs the FE-5020 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Olympus FE-5020

 A2500 FE-5020 
LaunchedJanuary 2013July 2009More recent by 43 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Olympus FE-5020 over the Canon A2500

 FE-5020 A2500 

Common features in the Canon A2500 and Olympus FE-5020

 A2500 FE-5020 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon A2500 enjoys exterior measurements of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) and the Olympus FE-5020 has measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you select at that moment. Following is the front view size comparison of the A2500 compared to the FE-5020.

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A2500 and FE-5020 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 top view buttons comparison

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to see the difference in sensor measurements simply by researching specifications. The photograph below should provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the A2500 and FE-5020.

Plainly, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Canon A2500 to result in more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The younger A2500 is going to have a benefit in sensor technology.

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 sensor size comparison

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A2500
Portrait photography with Olympus FE-5020
35
good resolution (16MP)
provides face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
21
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A2500 Street photography factors
Olympus FE-5020 Street photography factors
56
lighter than competitors in class (135g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
60
weather proofing
lighter than competition (137 grams)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus FE-5020 as a Sports photography camera
34
good resolution (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
24
weather proofing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A2500 Travel photography information
Olympus FE-5020 Travel photography information
69
lighter than competitors in class (135g)
good resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
65
lighter than competition (137 grams)
weather proofing
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2500 Landscape photography details
Olympus FE-5020 Landscape photography details
39
quite wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
31
quite wide (24mm)
weather proofing
no manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
no image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2500 Vlogging information
Olympus FE-5020 Vlogging information
30
quite wide (28mm)
provides face detect focusing
lighter than competitors in class (135 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic jack
28
quite wide (24mm)
lighter than competition (137 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external mic support
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Canon A2500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2500 and Olympus FE-5020
 Canon PowerShot A2500Olympus FE-5020
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot A2500 Olympus FE-5020
Alternate name - X-935
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-01-29 2009-07-22
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 64
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/500 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 135 grams (0.30 lb) 137 grams (0.30 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 93 x 56 x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-11L LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC xD-Picture Card, microSD
Card slots One One
Retail price $109 $160