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Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Olympus FE-5020 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R front
Portability
54
Imaging
79
Features
84
Overall
81

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R 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
  • Additionally referred to as X-935
Panasonic S1R
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1020g - 149 x 110 x 97mm
  • Announced February 2019
Photography Glossary

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Olympus FE-5020 versus Panasonic S1R, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a noticeable gap among the resolutions of the FE-5020 (12MP) and S1R (47MP) and the FE-5020 (1/2.3") and S1R (Full frame) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The FE-5020 was unveiled 10 years earlier than the S1R which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Olympus FE-5020 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic S1R being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the FE-5020 scores vs the S1R when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-5020 over the Panasonic S1R

 FE-5020 S1R 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1R over the Olympus FE-5020

 S1R FE-5020 
AnnouncedFebruary 2019July 2009Newer by 116 months
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3.2"2.7"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution2100k230kSharper display (+1870k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-5020 and Panasonic S1R

 FE-5020 S1R 
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus FE-5020 features outside dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") with a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Panasonic S1R has sizing of 149mm x 110mm x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8") with a weight of 1020 grams (2.25 lbs).

Check the Olympus FE-5020 versus Panasonic S1R in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the FE-5020 vs the S1R.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FE-5020 and S1R is 95 and 54 respectively.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions purely by checking out technical specs. The pic below should give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FE-5020 and S1R.

As you can tell, both of those cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The FE-5020 having a smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field trickier and the Panasonic S1R will produce extra detail having an extra 35 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more aged FE-5020 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic S1R as a Portrait photography camera
21
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
87
you can focus manually
high flash sync (1/320s)
resolution is excellent (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Street photography info
Panasonic S1R Street photography info
60
environment proofing
lighter than average in class (137 grams)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
71
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
offers touch to focus
environment sealing
great ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than competition (1,020g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Sports photography details
Panasonic S1R Sports photography details
24
environment proofing
low maximum shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
78
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is excellent (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
low battery (360 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Travel photography information
Panasonic S1R Travel photography information
65
lighter than average in class (137 grams)
environment proofing
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
60
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
offers touch to focus
resolution is excellent (47 megapixels)
low battery (360 per charge)
more heavy than competition (1,020g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic S1R Landscape photography advice
31
really wide (24mm)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
82
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
good sized screen (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is excellent (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
2 card slots
low battery (360 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus FE-5020
Vlogging with Panasonic S1R
28
really wide (24mm)
lighter than average in class (137 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone port
32
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes microphone support
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
more heavy than competition (1,020g)
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Panasonic S1R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-5020 and Panasonic S1R
 Olympus FE-5020Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus FE-5020 Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R
Also called as X-935 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2009-07-22 2019-02-01
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 47MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3968 x 2976 8000 x 6000
Maximum native ISO 1600 25600
Maximum boosted ISO - 51200
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW data
Min boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 225
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Leica L
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.3-5.8 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 30
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.7 inch 3.2 inch
Resolution of display 230k dots 2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/500 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.10 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/320 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 137g (0.30 pounds) 1020g (2.25 pounds)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 149 x 110 x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 100
DXO Color Depth score not tested 26.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.1
DXO Low light score not tested 3525
Other
Battery life - 360 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B -
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type xD-Picture Card, microSD -
Card slots Single Dual
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