Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500

Portability
97
Imaging
36
Features
20
Overall
29
Olympus FE-3010 front
 
Sony Alpha a3500 front
Portability
69
Imaging
66
Features
54
Overall
61

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Key Specs

Olympus FE-3010
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-108mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 108g - 93 x 56 x 18mm
  • Released January 2009
Sony a3500
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 411g - 128 x 91 x 85mm
  • Announced March 2014
  • Succeeded the Sony A3000
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Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Olympus FE-3010 and Sony a3500, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the FE-3010 (12MP) and a3500 (20MP) and the FE-3010 (1/2.3") and a3500 (APS-C) use totally different sensor sizes.

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The FE-3010 was announced 6 years earlier than the a3500 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Olympus FE-3010 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony a3500 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the FE-3010 grades against the a3500 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-3010 over the Sony a3500

 FE-3010 a3500 

Reasons to pick Sony a3500 over the Olympus FE-3010

 a3500 FE-3010 
AnnouncedMarch 2014January 2009Fresher by 63 months
Manual focus Very exact focus
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Olympus FE-3010 and Sony a3500

 FE-3010 a3500 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera, you'll have to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus FE-3010 offers outside dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 108 grams (0.24 lbs) whilst the Sony a3500 has proportions of 128mm x 91mm x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3") and a weight of 411 grams (0.91 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have during that time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the FE-3010 against the a3500.

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FE-3010 and a3500 is 97 and 69 respectively.

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to visualise the gap in sensor sizing merely by seeing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will help give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-3010 and a3500.

Clearly, each of these cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The FE-3010 with its smaller sensor will make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Sony a3500 will provide greater detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics much more aggressively. The older FE-3010 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus FE-3010
Portrait photography with Sony a3500
27
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
79
focusing manually
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 Street photography advice
Sony a3500 Street photography advice
63
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
57
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (411g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 as a Sports photography camera
Sony a3500 as a Sports photography camera
34
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
61
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
good battery pack (470 shots)
slow fps (4.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 Travel photography highlights
Sony a3500 Travel photography highlights
57
environment proofing
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (36mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
60
good battery pack (470 CIPA)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (411 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony a3500 as a Landscape photography camera
32
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
72
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (470 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-3010 as a Vlogging camera
Sony a3500 as a Vlogging camera
28
built in image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detection autofocus
wide angle not the best (36mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic port
27
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (411g)
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Olympus FE-3010 vs Sony a3500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-3010 and Sony a3500
 Olympus FE-3010Sony Alpha a3500
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus FE-3010 Sony Alpha a3500
Type Ultracompact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2009-01-07 2014-03-21
Physical type Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ image
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 5456 x 3632
Maximum native ISO 1600 16000
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 36-108mm (3.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.1-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Total lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.47x
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m 6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 108 grams (0.24 lb) 411 grams (0.91 lb)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 128 x 91 x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Battery life - 470 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal -
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $140 $398