Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5

Olympus E-450 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 front

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Key Specs

Olympus E-450
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Released March 2009
  • Superseded the Olympus E-330
Sony WX5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Revealed July 2010
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Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Olympus E-450 versus Sony WX5, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the E-450 (10MP) and the WX5 (12MP) is very close but the E-450 (Four Thirds) and WX5 (1/2.3") feature different sensor dimensions.

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The E-450 was unveiled 15 months earlier than the WX5 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-450 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony WX5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple summation of how the E-450 matches up versus the WX5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-450 over the Sony WX5

 E-450 WX5 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony WX5 over the Olympus E-450

 WX5 E-450 
RevealedJuly 2010March 2009More modern by 15 months
Display dimension2.8"2.7"Larger display (+0.1")
Display resolution461k230kCrisper display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-450 and Sony WX5

 E-450 WX5 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera, you should consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-450 provides outside dimensions of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") having a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) while the Sony WX5 has dimensions of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have at that time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the E-450 vs the WX5.

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the E-450 and WX5 is 77 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to picture the contrast in sensor sizes merely by viewing specifications. The image below will provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-450 and WX5.

Plainly, both the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The E-450 with its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Sony WX5 will result in greater detail having an extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics much more aggressively. The more aged E-450 will be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-450 Portrait photography highlights
Sony WX5 Portrait photography highlights
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low megapixels (10MP)
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-450 Street photography details
Sony WX5 Street photography details
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lighter than competition in class (426 grams)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-450 Sports photography features
Sony WX5 Sports photography features
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect AF
max frames per second low (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
not so great battery life (500 per charge)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-450 Travel photography advice
Sony WX5 Travel photography advice
lighter than competition in class (426g)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (500 per charge)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low resolution (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-450 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony WX5 as a Landscape photography camera
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
small screen (2.7 inches)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
not so great battery life (500 CIPA)
missing Timelapse recording
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
no manual mode
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-450 Vlogging information
Sony WX5 Vlogging information
no video
quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone support
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Olympus E-450 vs Sony WX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-450 and Sony WX5
 Olympus E-450Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus E-450 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Released 2009-03-31 2010-07-08
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III Bionz
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 3 9
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.4-5.9
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Available lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 2.8 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 461k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 2 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.10 m
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (50, 25fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 426 gr (0.94 lbs) 146 gr (0.32 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 512 not tested
Battery life 500 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $138 $250