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Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1

Portability
97
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Olympus FE-3010 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M1 front
Portability
71
Imaging
53
Features
85
Overall
65

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Key Specs

Olympus FE-3010
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-108mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 108g - 93 x 56 x 18mm
  • Launched January 2009
Olympus E-M1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 497g - 130 x 94 x 63mm
  • Released October 2013
  • Successor is Olympus E-M1 II
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Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Overview

On this page, we will be analyzing the Olympus FE-3010 versus Olympus E-M1, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless and they are both produced by Olympus. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the FE-3010 (12MP) and E-M1 (16MP) and the FE-3010 (1/2.3") and E-M1 (Four Thirds) posses different sensor dimensions.

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The FE-3010 was introduced 5 years before the E-M1 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-3010 being a Ultracompact camera and the Olympus E-M1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a full comparison, here is a concise view of how the FE-3010 grades vs the E-M1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-3010 over the Olympus E-M1

 FE-3010 E-M1 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 over the Olympus FE-3010

 E-M1 FE-3010 
ReleasedOctober 2013January 2009More recent by 58 months
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1037k230kCrisper screen (+807k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-3010 and Olympus E-M1

 FE-3010 E-M1 
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera frequently, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus FE-3010 comes with external dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 108 grams (0.24 lbs) and the Olympus E-M1 has sizing of 130mm x 94mm x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 497 grams (1.10 lbs).

Check out the Olympus FE-3010 versus Olympus E-M1 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select during that time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the FE-3010 vs the E-M1.

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the FE-3010 and E-M1 is 97 and 71 respectively.

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to imagine the gap in sensor measurements purely by viewing specifications. The visual underneath will help give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-3010 and E-M1.

To sum up, the two cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The FE-3010 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field more challenging and the Olympus E-M1 will render greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs more aggressively. The older FE-3010 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-M1 as a Portrait photography camera
26
comes with face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
71
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/320s)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus FE-3010
Street photography with Olympus E-M1
63
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather proof
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
78
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
features touch to focus
weather proof
lighter than others (497g)
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 Sports photography advice
Olympus E-M1 Sports photography advice
34
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather proof
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
70
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
supports phase detect AF
low battery pack (350 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus FE-3010
Travel photography with Olympus E-M1
57
weather proof
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
65
lighter than others (497g)
weather proof
features touch to focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
low battery pack (350 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-M1 as a Landscape photography camera
32
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse recording
73
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
weather proof
low battery pack (350 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-M1 as a Vlogging camera
28
built in image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detect focusing
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
no microphone jack
36
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone jack
lighter than others (497 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Olympus FE-3010 vs Olympus E-M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-3010 and Olympus E-M1
 Olympus FE-3010Olympus OM-D E-M1
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus FE-3010 Olympus OM-D E-M1
Class Ultracompact Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2009-01-07 2013-10-28
Body design Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePIC VII
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 81
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 36-108mm (3.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Amount of lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), Manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/320s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
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 108g (0.24 lbs) 497g (1.10 lbs)
Physical dimensions 93 x 56 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 130 x 94 x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.7
DXO Low light score not tested 757
Other
Battery life - 350 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - BLN-1
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $140 $799