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Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030

Portability
70
Imaging
42
Features
34
Overall
38
Olympus E-500 front
 
Olympus Stylus 7030 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
27
Overall
33

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Key Specs

Olympus E-500
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Raise to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 479g - 130 x 95 x 66mm
  • Introduced October 2005
  • Also referred to as EVOLT E-500
  • Replacement is Olympus E-510
Olympus 7030
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 140g - 93 x 56 x 26mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as mju 7030
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Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030, former is a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are manufactured by Olympus. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the E-500 (8MP) and 7030 (14MP) and the E-500 (Four Thirds) and 7030 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-500 was released 5 years before the 7030 which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-500 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Olympus 7030 being a Compact camera.

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a short highlight of how the E-500 grades against the 7030 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-500 over the Olympus 7030

 E-500 7030 
Manually focus More precise focusing

Reasons to pick Olympus 7030 over the Olympus E-500

 7030 E-500 
ReleasedJanuary 2010October 2005Newer by 51 months
Screen sizing2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution230k215kCrisper screen (+15k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-500 and Olympus 7030

 E-500 7030 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-500 comes with physical measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 66mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.6") along with a weight of 479 grams (1.06 lbs) whilst the Olympus 7030 has dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 140 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are using at that time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the E-500 versus the 7030.

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-500 and 7030 is 70 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to envision the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing specifications. The image below may give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-500 and 7030.

Plainly, the 2 cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-500 because of its bigger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Olympus 7030 will deliver more detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more aged E-500 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-500
Portrait photography with Olympus 7030
49
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
no liveview
low megapixels (8MP)
28
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-500
Street photography with Olympus 7030
57
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lighter than competition (479g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
max ISO too low (400)
57
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-500 Sports photography factors
Olympus 7030 Sports photography factors
37
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
no liveview
low fps (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
low megapixels (8MP)
39
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-500 Travel photography details
Olympus 7030 Travel photography details
52
lighter than competition (479g)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (8MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
65
megapixel count good (14MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-500
Landscape photography with Olympus 7030
43
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is small (2.5 inch)
no liveview
no image stabilization
low megapixels (8MP)
max ISO too low (400)
missing Time Lapse mode
37
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-500 Vlogging features
Olympus 7030 Vlogging features
9
no video shooting
29
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic port
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Olympus E-500 vs Olympus 7030 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-500 and Olympus 7030
 Olympus E-500Olympus Stylus 7030
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-500 Olympus Stylus 7030
Also referred to as EVOLT E-500 mju 7030
Category Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2005-10-21 2010-01-07
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9 and 4:3
Highest resolution 3264 x 2448 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 400 1600
Highest boosted ISO 1600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 3 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-196mm (7.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.0-5.9
Macro focus range - 2cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 215 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.45x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.70 m
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution None 640x480
Video format - Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 479 gr (1.06 lbs) 140 gr (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 66mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.6") 93 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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