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Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Olympus FE-5020 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III front
Portability
80
Imaging
62
Features
88
Overall
72

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III 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
  • Introduced July 2009
  • Also referred to as X-935
Olympus E-M5 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 414g - 125 x 85 x 50mm
  • Announced October 2019
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M5 II
  • Renewed by OM System OM-5
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III Overview

Here is a thorough comparison of the Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and both of them are manufactured by Olympus. There is a considerable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FE-5020 (12MP) and E-M5 III (20MP) and the FE-5020 (1/2.3") and E-M5 III (Four Thirds) come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The FE-5020 was launched 11 years prior to the E-M5 III and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus FE-5020 being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-M5 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the FE-5020 grades vs the E-M5 III when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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

 FE-5020 E-M5 III 

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

 E-M5 III FE-5020 
AnnouncedOctober 2019July 2009Fresher by 124 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kCrisper display (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

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

 FE-5020 E-M5 III 

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus FE-5020 has got external dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-M5 III has specifications of 125mm x 85mm x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0") with a weight of 414 grams (0.91 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the FE-5020 compared to the E-M5 III.

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

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the FE-5020 and E-M5 III is 95 and 80 respectively.

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

Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to visualise the difference in sensor sizing purely by looking through specs. The visual here should offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-5020 and E-M5 III.

All in all, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FE-5020 featuring a smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Olympus E-M5 III will provide you with more detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics far more aggressively. The older FE-5020 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

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

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

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

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Portrait photography advice
Olympus E-M5 III Portrait photography advice
21
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
77
manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 as a Street photography camera
Olympus E-M5 III as a Street photography camera
60
weather proof
lighter than average (137g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
83
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
environment proofing
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Sports photography details
Olympus E-M5 III Sports photography details
24
weather proof
max shutter speed is low (1/500s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
fast continuous shooting (30.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proofing
has phase detect AF
not so great battery life (310 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus FE-5020
Travel photography with Olympus E-M5 III
65
lighter than average (137 grams)
weather proof
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
77
environment proofing
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
resolution is good (20MP)
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery life (310 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-M5 III as a Landscape photography camera
31
fairly wide (24mm)
weather proof
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
77
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
not so great battery life (310 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Vlogging details
Olympus E-M5 III Vlogging details
28
fairly wide (24mm)
lighter than average (137 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic socket
84
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has external microphone jack
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Olympus E-M5 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-5020 and Olympus E-M5 III
 Olympus FE-5020Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus FE-5020 Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Also called as X-935 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2009-07-22 2019-10-17
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III TruePic VIII
Sensor type CCD MOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 226.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Lowest native ISO 64 200
RAW support
Lowest enhanced ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 121
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.8 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.68x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/500s 1/8000s
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shutter speed - 30.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.10 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, redeye, fill, off, redeye slow sync, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 640x480 4096x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 137 grams (0.30 lb) 414 grams (0.91 lb)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 125 x 85 x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 310 shots
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B BLN-1
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media xD-Picture Card, microSD SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots One One
Price at release $160 $1,199