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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Olympus FE-4030 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III front
Portability
67
Imaging
63
Features
96
Overall
76

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Key Specs

Olympus FE-4030
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 93 x 56 x 22mm
  • Released January 2010
Olympus E-M1 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 580g - 134 x 91 x 69mm
  • Introduced February 2020
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M1 II
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Overview

In this write-up, we are looking at the Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Pro Mirrorless and both are offered by Olympus. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the FE-4030 (14MP) and E-M1 III (20MP) and the FE-4030 (1/2.3") and E-M1 III (Four Thirds) use different sensor size.

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The FE-4030 was unveiled 11 years prior to the E-M1 III and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus FE-4030 being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-M1 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the FE-4030 matches up against the E-M1 III in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-4030 over the Olympus E-M1 III

 FE-4030 E-M1 III 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 III over the Olympus FE-4030

 E-M1 III FE-4030 
IntroducedFebruary 2020January 2010Fresher by 122 months
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1037k230kCrisper display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-4030 and Olympus E-M1 III

 FE-4030 E-M1 III 

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus FE-4030 comes with outside measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Olympus E-M1 III has dimensions of 134mm x 91mm x 69mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.7") having a weight of 580 grams (1.28 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select at the time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the FE-4030 against the E-M1 III.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the FE-4030 and E-M1 III is 95 and 67 respectively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to picture the difference between sensor sizing simply by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-4030 and E-M1 III.

Clearly, the 2 cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The FE-4030 with its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field harder and the Olympus E-M1 III will give you more detail having an extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos a little more aggressively. The older FE-4030 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Portrait photography information
Olympus E-M1 III Portrait photography information
28
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
77
focusing manually
MP count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Street photography camera
Olympus E-M1 III as a Street photography camera
48
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
78
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
offers focus by touch
environment sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus FE-4030
Sports photography with Olympus E-M1 III
35
good resolution (14 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
81
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/32,000s)
high max frames per second (60.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Travel photography details
Olympus E-M1 III Travel photography details
65
good resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (26mm)
no Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
79
environment sealing
has bluetooth
offers focus by touch
MP count decent (20MP)
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-M1 III as a Landscape photography camera
33
quite wide (26mm)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Timelapse function
81
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
no anti aliasing filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Vlogging highlights
Olympus E-M1 III Vlogging highlights
26
quite wide (26mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone jack
79
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
includes external microphone socket
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus E-M1 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-4030 and Olympus E-M1 III
 Olympus FE-4030Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus FE-4030 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Category Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Released 2010-01-07 2020-02-11
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III TruePic IX
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.4 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 226.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 64 200
RAW support
Minimum boosted ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 121
Cross type focus points - 121
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 26-105mm (4.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.6-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 4cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 60.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.80 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in 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
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 640x480 4096x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146 gr (0.32 lb) 580 gr (1.28 lb)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 134 x 91 x 69mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 420 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - BLH-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II on first slot)
Card slots 1 2
Launch price $130 $1,800