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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Olympus FE-4030 front
 
Olympus SP-600 UZ front
Portability
69
Imaging
35
Features
27
Overall
31

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ 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
  • Launched January 2010
Olympus SP-600 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-420mm (F3.5-5.4) lens
  • 455g - 110 x 90 x 91mm
  • Introduced February 2010
  • Earlier Model is Olympus SP-590 UZ
  • Replacement is Olympus SP-610UZ
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ Overview

Below is a extended review of the Olympus FE-4030 versus Olympus SP-600 UZ, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Olympus. The image resolution of the FE-4030 (14MP) and the SP-600 UZ (12MP) is pretty close and they feature the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FE-4030 was revealed at a similar time to the SP-600 UZ and they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the FE-4030 matches up against the SP-600 UZ in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-4030 over the Olympus SP-600 UZ

 FE-4030 SP-600 UZ 

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-600 UZ over the Olympus FE-4030

 SP-600 UZ FE-4030 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Common features in the Olympus FE-4030 and Olympus SP-600 UZ

 FE-4030 SP-600 UZ 
IntroducedJanuary 2010February 2010Same generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent screen size
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus FE-4030 enjoys physical dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Olympus SP-600 UZ has measurements of 110mm x 90mm x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6") with a weight of 455 grams (1.00 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select during that time. Following is the front view size comparison of the FE-4030 against the SP-600 UZ.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FE-4030 and SP-600 UZ is 95 and 69 respectively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to see the difference in sensor measurements purely by looking through a spec sheet. The graphic underneath might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-4030 and SP-600 UZ.

As you can see, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Olympus FE-4030 to result in extra detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus SP-600 UZ as a Portrait photography camera
28
MP count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
27
manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus FE-4030
Street photography with Olympus SP-600 UZ
48
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
36
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Sports photography highlights
Olympus SP-600 UZ Sports photography highlights
35
MP count good (14 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
31
incredible zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
comes with tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus SP-600 UZ as a Travel photography camera
65
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
51
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
great reach (420mm)
no Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Landscape photography info
Olympus SP-600 UZ Landscape photography info
33
fairly wide (26mm)
MP count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode
29
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Vlogging information
Olympus SP-600 UZ Vlogging information
26
fairly wide (26mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have microphone support
20
rather wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone socket
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SP-600 UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-4030 and Olympus SP-600 UZ
 Olympus FE-4030Olympus SP-600 UZ
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus FE-4030 Olympus SP-600 UZ
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2010-01-07 2010-02-02
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 143
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-105mm (4.0x) 28-420mm (15.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.6-5.9 f/3.5-5.4
Macro focusing range 4cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 1/2 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.80 m 3.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146 gr (0.32 lb) 455 gr (1.00 lb)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 110 x 90 x 91mm (4.3" x 3.5" x 3.6")
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
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $130 $189