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Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1

Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
17
Overall
29
Olympus FE-47 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M1 front
Portability
71
Imaging
53
Features
85
Overall
65

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Key Specs

Olympus FE-47
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-180mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 204g - 98 x 61 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2010
Olympus E-M1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 497g - 130 x 94 x 63mm
  • Released October 2013
  • Successor is Olympus E-M1 II
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Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Olympus FE-47 versus Olympus E-M1, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless and both of them are built by Olympus. The resolution of the FE-47 (14MP) and the E-M1 (16MP) is relatively comparable but the FE-47 (1/2.3") and E-M1 (Four Thirds) have different sensor size.

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The FE-47 was released 4 years earlier than the E-M1 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-47 being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-M1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a concise summation of how the FE-47 grades versus the E-M1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-47 over the Olympus E-M1

 FE-47 E-M1 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 over the Olympus FE-47

 E-M1 FE-47 
ReleasedOctober 2013January 2010Fresher by 46 months
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1037k230kCrisper screen (+807k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-47 and Olympus E-M1

 FE-47 E-M1 
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus FE-47 enjoys outer measurements of 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 204 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-M1 has proportions of 130mm x 94mm x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 497 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising during that time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the FE-47 compared to the E-M1.

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FE-47 and E-M1 is 93 and 71 respectively.

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing only by going through specifications. The visual underneath will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-47 and E-M1.

Plainly, each of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The FE-47 featuring a smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF harder and the Olympus E-M1 will show more detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older FE-47 will be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-47 Portrait photography information
Olympus E-M1 Portrait photography information
28
megapixel count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
71
has manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/320 seconds)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-47 Street photography information
Olympus E-M1 Street photography information
47
no moving screen
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
78
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
environment proof
lighter than competition in class (497 grams)
above average high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-47 Sports photography features
Olympus E-M1 Sports photography features
35
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
70
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
environment proof
has phase detect AF
bad battery life (350 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-47 Travel photography features
Olympus E-M1 Travel photography features
57
megapixel count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
65
lighter than competition in class (497 grams)
environment proof
has focus by touch
decent megapixels (16MP)
bad battery life (350 CIPA)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus FE-47
Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1
28
megapixel count decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual mode
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
73
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
bad battery life (350 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-47 Vlogging features
Olympus E-M1 Vlogging features
22
wide angle not great (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack
36
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has mic socket
lighter than competition in class (497g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Olympus FE-47 vs Olympus E-M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-47 and Olympus E-M1
 Olympus FE-47Olympus OM-D E-M1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus FE-47 Olympus OM-D E-M1
Class Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2010-01-07 2013-10-28
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III TruePIC VII
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 81
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 36-180mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.5-5.6 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Total lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.80 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/320 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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 204 grams (0.45 lb) 497 grams (1.10 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 61 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 130 x 94 x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.7
DXO Low light score not tested 757
Other
Battery life - 350 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA BLN-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $0 $799