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Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1

Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
14
Overall
25
Olympus FE-45 front
 
Olympus XZ-1 front
Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
51
Overall
41

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Key Specs

Olympus FE-45
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-108mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 62 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Olympus XZ-1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 275g - 111 x 65 x 42mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Overview

Below is a complete assessment of the Olympus FE-45 versus Olympus XZ-1, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both created by Olympus. The image resolution of the FE-45 (10MP) and the XZ-1 (10MP) is fairly similar but the FE-45 (1/2.3") and XZ-1 (1/1.63") feature different sensor sizes.

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The FE-45 was launched 24 months before the XZ-1 making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a simple overview of how the FE-45 scores versus the XZ-1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-45 over the Olympus XZ-1

 FE-45 XZ-1 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-1 over the Olympus FE-45

 XZ-1 FE-45 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2009More recent by 24 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution614k230kClearer display (+384k dot)

Common features in the Olympus FE-45 and Olympus XZ-1

 FE-45 XZ-1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus FE-45 offers physical dimensions of 94mm x 62mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-1 has measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") having a weight of 275 grams (0.61 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus FE-45 versus Olympus XZ-1 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the FE-45 compared to the XZ-1.

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FE-45 and XZ-1 is 95 and 88 respectively.

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to picture the contrast between sensor measurements simply by reviewing specifications. The visual below should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the FE-45 and XZ-1.

Plainly, both the cameras have got the exact same megapixels but different sensor measurements. The FE-45 has the tinier sensor which is going to make getting shallow depth of field harder. The older FE-45 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-45 Portrait photography features
Olympus XZ-1 Portrait photography features
19
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
45
has manual focus
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW files
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-45 as a Street photography camera
Olympus XZ-1 as a Street photography camera
56
has image stabilization (Digital)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
59
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (275 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-45 Sports photography details
Olympus XZ-1 Sports photography details
26
has image stabilization (Digital)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
38
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
good battery power (320 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus FE-45
Travel photography with Olympus XZ-1
51
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
62
good battery power (320 shots)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (275g)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-45 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus XZ-1 Landscape photography highlights
27
has image stabilization (Digital)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no manual mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
54
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
good battery power (320 CIPA)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.63")
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-45 Vlogging advice
Olympus XZ-1 Vlogging advice
25
has image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not good (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
no mic socket
31
decently wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic socket
heavier than competition (275g)
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Olympus FE-45 vs Olympus XZ-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-45 and Olympus XZ-1
 Olympus FE-45Olympus XZ-1
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus FE-45 Olympus XZ-1
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-07 2011-01-26
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - TruePic V
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 3664 x 2752
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 36-108mm (3.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 142 grams (0.31 pounds) 275 grams (0.61 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 111 x 65 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 34
DXO Color Depth score not tested 18.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.4
DXO Low light score not tested 117
Other
Battery life - 320 shots
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model - Li-50B
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at launch $130 $567