Olympus FE-3010

 
Olympus FE-3010 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-108mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 108g - 93 x 56 x 18mm
  • Released January 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
97
Imaging
36
Features
20
Overall
29

Olympus FE-3010 overview

Olympus FE-3010 is Olympus's Ultracompact camera initially launched on January of 2009. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3968 x 2976.

The FE-3010 is scored #117 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1134 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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Olympus FE-3010 family

The Olympus FE-3010 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can look at all previous and brand new models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-FE-25 front thumbnailOlympus FE-25
FE-3010 vs FE-25
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10MP1/2.3"2009
Olympus-FE-3010 front thumbnailOlympus FE-301036-108mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Olympus FE-3010 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Olympus FE-3010 based on criterias that are often seen as essential in a camera.

above average min ISO (64)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Digital)
in built lens has zoom (36-108mm 3.0 x zoom)
offers face detection focus
weather sealing
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW support
does not have external microphone socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Timelapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no moving screen
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
small sensor (1/2.3")
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
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Olympus FE-3010 Sensor specifications

The sensor specification on the Olympus FE-3010 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels and aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Digital). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 64 to 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The image below displays the FE-3010's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The FE-3010 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus FE-3010 dimensions

Olympus FE-3010 is 0.24 lb (108 gr or 3.81 oz) and the volume of the camera is 93mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Olympus FE-3010 is lighter in comparison with various rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Olympus FE-3010 alongside a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.

Olympus FE-3010 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the FE-3010.

Olympus FE-3010 topview buttons dials

Olympus FE-3010 Lens specifications

The FE-3010 offers a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 36-108mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not at all great nevertheless it may be valuable in certain situations.

At the widest 36mm, it provides an aperture of f3.1 which is kind of slow and not the best in low light conditions and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You will also have to increase the ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures. Towards the tele end, 108mm comes at f5.9 making it really sluggish and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus FE-3010 Connectivity

The FE-3010 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer photos and usually adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Olympus FE-3010 Video specifications

The highest video resolution on the Olympus FE-3010 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful by today's requirements. You should go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone port which means you have little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to look into an alternative camera if you need good sound in your video clips.

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Olympus FE-3010 Weather Sealing

Olympus FE-3010 comes with weather sealing making it a excellent pick to use in tough conditions. This can be particularly handy when you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Olympus FE-3010 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus FE-3010 has got a 2.7" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Olympus FE-3010 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful in bright outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Olympus FE-3010 Shutter specifications

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Olympus FE-3010 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus FE-3010 has got only built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Olympus FE-3010 Autofocusing specifications

Olympus FE-3010 doesn't have Auto focusing. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it handy for taking photos of people.

Olympus FE-3010 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful in low light scenarios or you need more precise focus control.

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Olympus FE-3010 Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest (320) battery life in this group of cameras.

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Olympus FE-3010 for varying categories of photography

The following graph provides a overview of the Olympus FE-3010 for varying categories of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Olympus FE-3010 Portrait photography details

The Olympus FE-3010 has a points total of 27 which is bad, and means the camera is not really very good to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support in addition to the potential to use off-camera flash.

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includes face detection focusing
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Olympus FE-3010 Street photography details

Coming in at a above average rating of 63, the Olympus FE-3010 is a very decent choice for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Olympus FE-3010 Sports photography details

A bad sports photography score of 34 suggests the Olympus FE-3010 is not really very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Olympus FE-3010

Portability is extremely important in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus FE-3010 gets a decent 57 for a travel camera which makes it fairly appropriate to purchase for your vacations.

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environment sealing
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)

Olympus FE-3010 Landscape photography factors

If you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Olympus FE-3010 with it's bad grade of 32 as a landscape camera is not really very good in the current market.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording

Olympus FE-3010 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus FE-3010 is not really very good for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 28.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
has face detect focus
wide angle not good (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic socket

Olympus FE-3010 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the FE-3010, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the FE-3010 compared to it's top rated competitors mentioned previously.

These are some more cameras you might consider as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Olympus
Model type
Olympus FE-3010
Type
Ultracompact
Released
2009-01-07
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW files
Highest native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
36-108mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.1-5.9
Macro focusing range
5cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inches
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
108 grams (0.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions
93 x 56 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Card slots
1
Pricing at launch
$140