Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5

Olympus FE-4000 front
Olympus OM-D E-M5 front

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Key Specs

Olympus FE-4000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • Also Known as X-925
Olympus E-M5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 425g - 122 x 89 x 43mm
  • Released April 2012
  • Replacement is Olympus E-M5 II
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Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Overview

Following is a in-depth overview of the Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both manufactured by Olympus. There is a noticeable difference between the image resolutions of the FE-4000 (12MP) and E-M5 (16MP) and the FE-4000 (1/2.3") and E-M5 (Four Thirds) offer totally different sensor size.

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The FE-4000 was manufactured 3 years prior to the E-M5 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-4000 being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-M5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving into a complete comparison, here is a brief summary of how the FE-4000 matches up versus the E-M5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-4000 over the Olympus E-M5

 FE-4000 E-M5 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 over the Olympus FE-4000

 E-M5 FE-4000 
ReleasedApril 2012July 2009More modern by 33 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution610k230kCrisper screen (+380k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-4000 and Olympus E-M5

 FE-4000 E-M5 
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry around your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus FE-4000 provides outer dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-M5 has dimensions of 122mm x 89mm x 43mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.7") having a weight of 425 grams (0.94 lbs).

Examine the Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at the time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the FE-4000 versus the E-M5.

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the FE-4000 and E-M5 is 95 and 81 respectively.

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to see the gap between sensor sizes purely by reading technical specs. The pic here might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-4000 and E-M5.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The FE-4000 featuring a tinier sensor will make getting bokeh trickier and the Olympus E-M5 will offer greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged FE-4000 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-4000 Portrait photography information
Olympus E-M5 Portrait photography information
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus FE-4000
Street photography with Olympus E-M5
lighter than competition in class (136g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
environment proof
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-4000 Sports photography details
Olympus E-M5 Sports photography details
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-4000 Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-M5 Travel photography highlights
lighter than competition in class (136g)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
environment proof
boasts focus by touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-4000 Landscape photography information
Olympus E-M5 Landscape photography information
pretty wide (26mm)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual control
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-4000 Vlogging details
Olympus E-M5 Vlogging details
pretty wide (26mm)
lighter than competition in class (136g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of microphone jack
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic jack
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Olympus FE-4000 vs Olympus E-M5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-4000 and Olympus E-M5
 Olympus FE-4000Olympus OM-D E-M5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus FE-4000 Olympus OM-D E-M5
Otherwise known as X-925 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2009-07-22 2012-04-30
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III TruePic VI
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 35
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 26-105mm (4.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.6-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 610 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology - Touch control in electrostatic capacitance type OLED monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.58x
Minimum shutter speed 4s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed - 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (2), Manual (3 levels)
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/250s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 136 grams (0.30 pounds) 425 grams (0.94 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 122 x 89 x 43mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 71
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 826
Battery life - 360 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - BLN-1
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $130 $799