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Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45

Portability
68
Imaging
45
Features
45
Overall
45
Olympus E-520 front
 
Olympus FE-45 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
14
Overall
25

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Key Specs

Olympus E-520
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 552g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Launched August 2008
  • Old Model is Olympus E-510
Olympus FE-45
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-108mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 62 x 23mm
  • Released January 2009
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Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Overview

In this article, we will be looking at the Olympus E-520 and Olympus FE-45, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are created by Olympus. The resolution of the E-520 (10MP) and the FE-45 (10MP) is relatively close but the E-520 (Four Thirds) and FE-45 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The E-520 was manufactured 4 months earlier than the FE-45 which means that they are both of a similar age. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-520 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus FE-45 being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a detailed comparison, below is a brief summation of how the E-520 grades against the FE-45 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-520 over the Olympus FE-45

 E-520 FE-45 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen sizing2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Olympus FE-45 over the Olympus E-520

 FE-45 E-520 

Common features in the Olympus E-520 and Olympus FE-45

 E-520 FE-45 
ReleasedAugust 2008January 2009Same age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera frequently, you need to factor its weight and size. The Olympus E-520 has physical measurements of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") having a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs) and the Olympus FE-45 has specifications of 94mm x 62mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-520 and Olympus FE-45 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is the front view size comparison of the E-520 vs the FE-45.

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-520 and FE-45 is 68 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to visualise the difference in sensor measurements merely by viewing a spec sheet. The photograph below will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the E-520 and FE-45.

As you can see, both the cameras offer the same exact megapixels albeit not the same sensor measurements. The E-520 provides the bigger sensor which should make getting shallower depth of field simpler.

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-520
Portrait photography with Olympus FE-45
59
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
19
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-520 Street photography details
Olympus FE-45 Street photography details
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen is fixed
56
has image stabilization (Digital)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-520
Sports photography with Olympus FE-45
55
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great battery pack (650 CIPA)
supports phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (4.0 fps)
resolution not great (10MP)
26
has image stabilization (Digital)
no shutter priority
low MP (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-520 Travel photography details
Olympus FE-45 Travel photography details
52
great battery pack (650 CIPA)
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
51
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (36mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-520 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus FE-45 as a Landscape photography camera
58
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (650 per charge)
screen is small (2.7")
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse mode
27
has image stabilization (Digital)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (36mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
manual mode not possible
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-520 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus FE-45 as a Vlogging camera
9
no video recording
25
has image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not good (36mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone port
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Olympus E-520 vs Olympus FE-45 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-520 and Olympus FE-45
 Olympus E-520Olympus FE-45
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-520 Olympus FE-45
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2008-08-20 2009-01-07
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 3 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 36-108mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Total lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution None 640x480
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 552 grams (1.22 lbs) 142 grams (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") 94 x 62 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 548 not tested
Other
Battery life 650 shots -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $400 $130