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Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Olympus FE-4030 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
13
Overall
26

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 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
  • Introduced January 2010
Panasonic FP1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 151g - 99 x 59 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Olympus FE-4030 and Panasonic FP1, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Ultracompact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FE-4030 (14MP) and the FP1 (12MP) is fairly close and they feature the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FE-4030 was announced within a month of the FP1 which means that they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus FE-4030 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FP1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before delving through a detailed comparison, below is a quick summary of how the FE-4030 scores versus the FP1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-4030 over the Panasonic FP1

 FE-4030 FP1 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP1 over the Olympus FE-4030

 FP1 FE-4030 

Common features in the Olympus FE-4030 and Panasonic FP1

 FE-4030 FP1 
RevealedJanuary 2010January 2010Same generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.7"2.7"Equivalent display sizing
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus FE-4030 provides physical dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FP1 has proportions of 99mm x 59mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 151 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select during that time. Below is the front view size comparison of the FE-4030 against the FP1.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FE-4030 and FP1 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's tough to envision the gap in sensor dimensions just by looking through specs. The image below will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the FE-4030 and FP1.

All in all, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Olympus FE-4030 to result in greater detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively.

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FP1 Portrait photography info
28
good megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Street photography info
Panasonic FP1 Street photography info
48
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Sports photography factors
Panasonic FP1 Sports photography factors
35
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus FE-4030
Travel photography with Panasonic FP1
65
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
50
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (151g)
MP count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-4030 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic FP1 Landscape photography factors
33
decently wide (26mm)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus FE-4030
Vlogging with Panasonic FP1
26
decently wide (26mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of mic port
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (151 grams)
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Olympus FE-4030 vs Panasonic FP1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-4030 and Panasonic FP1
 Olympus FE-4030Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus FE-4030 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1
Category Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Introduced 2010-01-07 2010-01-06
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Venus Engine IV
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 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-105mm (4.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.6-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing distance 4cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.80 m 4.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
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 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146 grams (0.32 pounds) 151 grams (0.33 pounds)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 99 x 59 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
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