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Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Olympus FE-5020 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III front
Portability
53
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 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
  • Launched July 2009
  • Alternate Name is X-935
Sony RX10 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1051g - 133 x 94 x 127mm
  • Released March 2016
  • Succeeded the Sony RX10 II
  • Updated by Sony RX10 IV
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Olympus FE-5020 and Sony RX10 III, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Large Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the FE-5020 (12MP) and RX10 III (20MP) and the FE-5020 (1/2.3") and RX10 III (1") have different sensor sizes.

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The FE-5020 was introduced 7 years prior to the RX10 III and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus FE-5020 being a Compact camera and the Sony RX10 III being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short overview of how the FE-5020 grades against the RX10 III in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-5020 over the Sony RX10 III

 FE-5020 RX10 III 

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 III over the Olympus FE-5020

 RX10 III FE-5020 
ReleasedMarch 2016July 2009Fresher by 81 months
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k230kSharper display (+999k dot)

Common features in the Olympus FE-5020 and Sony RX10 III

 FE-5020 RX10 III 
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus FE-5020 has physical measurements of 93mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") along with a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Sony RX10 III has measurements of 133mm x 94mm x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0") accompanied by a weight of 1051 grams (2.32 lbs).

Look at the Olympus FE-5020 and Sony RX10 III in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the FE-5020 against the RX10 III.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FE-5020 and RX10 III is 95 and 53 respectively.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing only by looking through specs. The visual underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the FE-5020 and RX10 III.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FE-5020 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF more challenging and the Sony RX10 III will result in more detail using its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The older FE-5020 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Portrait photography factors
Sony RX10 III Portrait photography factors
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
71
manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus FE-5020
Street photography with Sony RX10 III
60
weather proof
lighter than competition in class (137g)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
64
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW files
weather proof
more heavy than competition (1,051g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Sports photography info
Sony RX10 III Sports photography info
24
weather proof
low maximum shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
70
incredible zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/32,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports tracking focus
weather proof
better than average battery pack (420 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Travel photography details
Sony RX10 III Travel photography details
65
lighter than competition in class (137 grams)
weather proof
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse function
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
55
better than average battery pack (420 CIPA)
weather proof
megapixel count good (20MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (600mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (1,051g)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Landscape photography features
Sony RX10 III Landscape photography features
31
rather wide (24mm)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
64
manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports RAW files
weather proof
better than average battery pack (420 CIPA)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-5020 Vlogging details
Sony RX10 III Vlogging details
28
rather wide (24mm)
lighter than competition in class (137g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external mic port
28
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have microphone jack
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (1,051 grams)
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Olympus FE-5020 vs Sony RX10 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-5020 and Sony RX10 III
 Olympus FE-5020Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
General Information
Brand Olympus Sony
Model Olympus FE-5020 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Otherwise known as X-935 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2009-07-22 2016-03-29
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 64 125
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.8 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/500 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 14.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.10 m 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance 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) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 137g (0.30 pounds) 1051g (2.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 56 x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 133 x 94 x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 472
Other
Battery life - 420 images
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $160 $1,398