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Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010

Portability
58
Imaging
48
Features
76
Overall
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Olympus E-5 front
 
Olympus FE-5010 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Key Specs

Olympus E-5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 800g - 143 x 117 x 75mm
  • Revealed February 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-3
Olympus FE-5010
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-180mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 130g - 96 x 57 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2009
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Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Overview

In this write-up, we will be evaluating the Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010, former is a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both designed by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-5 (12MP) and the FE-5010 (12MP) is relatively similar but the E-5 (Four Thirds) and FE-5010 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The E-5 was revealed 2 years after the FE-5010 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-5 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Olympus FE-5010 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a short highlight of how the E-5 grades against the FE-5010 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-5 over the Olympus FE-5010

 E-5 FE-5010 
AnnouncedFebruary 2011January 2009Newer by 26 months
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kCrisper screen (+690k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus FE-5010 over the Olympus E-5

 FE-5010 E-5 

Common features in the Olympus E-5 and Olympus FE-5010

 E-5 FE-5010 
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-5 provides physical measurements of 143mm x 117mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs) whilst the Olympus FE-5010 has dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the E-5 vs the FE-5010.

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the E-5 and FE-5010 is 58 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing technical specs. The image here will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the E-5 and FE-5010.

As you can tell, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact MP albeit not the same sensor dimensions. The E-5 has got the bigger sensor which is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult. The fresher E-5 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-5 Portrait photography details
Olympus FE-5010 Portrait photography details
60
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focus
exports RAW files
resolution not great (12MP)
21
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-5 as a Street photography camera
Olympus FE-5010 as a Street photography camera
71
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
environment proof
66
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
lighter than competitors in class (130 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-5 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus FE-5010 as a Sports photography camera
59
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
environment proof
has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-5 Travel photography advice
Olympus FE-5010 Travel photography advice
56
environment proof
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
lack of Timelapse mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
60
lighter than competitors in class (130 grams)
environment proofing
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-5 Landscape photography advice
Olympus FE-5010 Landscape photography advice
65
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
environment proof
has dual storage slots
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse mode
31
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-5 Vlogging info
Olympus FE-5010 Vlogging info
64
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focus
has microphone jack
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
28
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (130 grams)
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone support
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Olympus E-5 vs Olympus FE-5010 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-5 and Olympus FE-5010
 Olympus E-5Olympus FE-5010
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-5 Olympus FE-5010
Class Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-02-03 2009-01-07
Physical type Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic V+ -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4032 x 3024 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 6400 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 36-180mm (5.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus distance - 3cm
Number of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech HyperCrystal transmissive LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.58x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 18.00 m (at ISO 200) 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 800 grams (1.76 lb) 130 grams (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 143 x 117 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.6" x 3.0") 96 x 57 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 519 not tested
Other
Battery life 870 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model BLM-5 LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II)/SD/SDHC/SDXC xD-Picture Card (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Card slots 2 1
Cost at release $1,700 $130