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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Olympus FE-4030 front
 
Olympus SZ-11 front
Portability
89
Imaging
38
Features
37
Overall
37

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Key Specs

Olympus FE-4030
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 93 x 56 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2010
Olympus SZ-11
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Launched July 2011
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Olympus FE-4030 versus Olympus SZ-11, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are offered by Olympus. The image resolution of the FE-4030 (14MP) and the SZ-11 (14MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FE-4030 was unveiled 18 months before the SZ-11 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a short overview of how the FE-4030 scores versus the SZ-11 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-4030 over the Olympus SZ-11

 FE-4030 SZ-11 

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-11 over the Olympus FE-4030

 SZ-11 FE-4030 
LaunchedJuly 2011January 2010More modern by 18 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus FE-4030 and Olympus SZ-11

 FE-4030 SZ-11 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus FE-4030 offers physical measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Olympus SZ-11 has measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs).

See the Olympus FE-4030 versus Olympus SZ-11 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the FE-4030 compared to the SZ-11.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FE-4030 and SZ-11 is 95 and 89 respectively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to picture the difference in sensor sizes purely by checking out technical specs. The image underneath should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-4030 and SZ-11.

As you can tell, both cameras feature the identical sensor size and the identical resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photographs although you might want to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged FE-4030 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Portrait photography features
Olympus SZ-11 Portrait photography features
28
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
34
resolution is good (14MP)
provides face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Street photography information
Olympus SZ-11 Street photography information
48
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
60
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (226 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus SZ-11 as a Sports photography camera
35
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
44
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14MP)
provides tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (200 per charge)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Travel photography features
Olympus SZ-11 Travel photography features
65
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
65
lighter than others in class (226g)
resolution is good (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great zoom (500mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
not so great battery power (200 shots)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus SZ-11 as a Landscape photography camera
33
reasonably wide (26mm)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
40
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
not so great battery power (200 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Vlogging details
Olympus SZ-11 Vlogging details
26
reasonably wide (26mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of mic support
31
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
lighter than others in class (226g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic jack
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Olympus SZ-11 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-4030 and Olympus SZ-11
 Olympus FE-4030Olympus SZ-11
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus FE-4030 Olympus SZ-11
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2010-01-07 2011-07-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-105mm (4.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.6-5.9 f/3.0-6.9
Macro focus distance 4cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.80 m 9.30 m (@ ISO 1600)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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) 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 146 gr (0.32 pounds) 226 gr (0.50 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - 200 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
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