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Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Sony FX30 front
Portability
64
Imaging
74
Features
92
Overall
81

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced September 2012
Sony FX30
(Full Review)
  • 26MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 78 x 85mm
  • Announced September 2022
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Overview

Following is a extended review of the Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap between the resolutions of the E-PL5 (16MP) and FX30 (26MP) and the E-PL5 (Four Thirds) and FX30 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The E-PL5 was manufactured 11 years earlier than the FX30 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the E-PL5 scores versus the FX30 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Sony FX30

 E-PL5 FX30 

Reasons to pick Sony FX30 over the Olympus E-PL5

 FX30 E-PL5 
AnnouncedSeptember 2022September 2012More modern by 122 months
Display typeFully articulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution2360k460kCrisper display (+1900k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Sony FX30

 E-PL5 FX30 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display size3"3.00"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL5 features physical dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) while the Sony FX30 has specifications of 130mm x 78mm x 85mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the E-PL5 compared to the FX30.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-PL5 and FX30 is 88 and 64 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to see the difference between sensor sizes simply by reading specs. The pic here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL5 and FX30.

All in all, both of those cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-PL5 because of its tinier sensor will make shooting shallower DOF trickier and the Sony FX30 will deliver greater detail due to its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more aged E-PL5 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL5
Portrait photography with Sony FX30
71
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
84
you can focus manually
megapixel count high (26MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 as a Street photography camera
Sony FX30 as a Street photography camera
85
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
supports touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
74
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
includes focus by touch
environment proofing
very good high ISO (32,000)
more heavy than average in class (646g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL5
Sports photography with Sony FX30
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
lack of phase detect autofocus
87
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count high (26 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proofing
better than average battery life (570 CIPA)
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography factors
Sony FX30 Travel photography factors
75
supports touch focus
good megapixels (16MP)
display is selfie friendly
does not have Time Lapse recording
74
better than average battery life (570 shots)
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
includes focus by touch
megapixel count high (26MP)
display is selfie friendly
more heavy than average in class (646g)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Landscape photography highlights
Sony FX30 Landscape photography highlights
74
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
86
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3.00 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count high (26MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (32,000)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
better than average battery life (570 shots)
has double storage slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging factors
Sony FX30 Vlogging factors
78
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have mic port
74
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external microphone port
more heavy than average in class (646g)
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Sony FX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Sony FX30
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Sony FX30
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL5 Sony FX30
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2012-09-17 2022-09-28
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 26MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 6192 x 4128
Highest native ISO 25600 32000
Highest enhanced ISO - 102400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Minimum enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 35 759
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Amount of lenses 107 187
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fully articulated
Display size 3 inch 3.00 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 2,360 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 8.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 325 grams (0.72 lb) 646 grams (1.42 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 130 x 78 x 85mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 889 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 images 570 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Storage slots Single 2
Retail cost $400 $1,800