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Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
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Olympus FE-5020 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M5 front
Portability
81
Imaging
52
Features
70
Overall
59

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Key Specs

Olympus FE-5020
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 24-120mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 137g - 93 x 56 x 25mm
  • Launched July 2009
  • Other Name is X-935
Olympus E-M5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 425g - 122 x 89 x 43mm
  • Released April 2012
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-M5 II
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both produced by Olympus. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the FE-5020 (12MP) and E-M5 (16MP) and the FE-5020 (1/2.3") and E-M5 (Four Thirds) have different sensor measurements.

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The FE-5020 was released 3 years prior to the E-M5 which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus FE-5020 being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-M5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short introduction of how the FE-5020 matches up vs the E-M5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-5020 over the Olympus E-M5

 FE-5020 E-M5 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M5 over the Olympus FE-5020

 E-M5 FE-5020 
ReleasedApril 2012July 2009Newer by 33 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution610k230kClearer screen (+380k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-5020 and Olympus E-M5

 FE-5020 E-M5 
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera, you will need to think about its weight and size. The Olympus FE-5020 provides exterior measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Olympus E-M5 has specifications of 122mm x 89mm x 43mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 425 grams (0.94 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the FE-5020 vs the E-M5.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the FE-5020 and E-M5 is 95 and 81 respectively.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions simply by going over a spec sheet. The picture below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-5020 and E-M5.

Clearly, both of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The FE-5020 featuring a tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF harder and the Olympus E-M5 will offer greater detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged FE-5020 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Portrait photography info
Olympus E-M5 Portrait photography info
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
71
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW formats
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus FE-5020
Street photography with Olympus E-M5
60
environment sealing
lighter than competitors (137 grams)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
82
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
supports touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus FE-5020
Sports photography with Olympus E-M5
24
environment sealing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/500 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
67
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Travel photography factors
Olympus E-M5 Travel photography factors
65
lighter than competitors (137 grams)
environment sealing
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
no Timelapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
66
environment proofing
supports touch focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
missing Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Landscape photography factors
Olympus E-M5 Landscape photography factors
31
fairly wide (24mm)
environment sealing
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse function
73
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-M5 as a Vlogging camera
28
fairly wide (24mm)
lighter than competitors (137g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone port
34
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
missing microphone support
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-5020 and Olympus E-M5
 Olympus FE-5020Olympus OM-D E-M5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus FE-5020 Olympus OM-D E-M5
Alternative name X-935 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2009-07-22 2012-04-30
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III TruePic VI
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 25600
Min native ISO 64 200
RAW images
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 35
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.8 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 610k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - Touch control in electrostatic capacitance type OLED monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.58x
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/500s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate - 9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.10 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync (2), Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 137 gr (0.30 lb) 425 gr (0.94 lb)
Physical dimensions 93 x 56 x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 122 x 89 x 43mm (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 71
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 826
Other
Battery life - 360 shots
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B BLN-1
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type xD-Picture Card, microSD SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $160 $799