Olympus FE-4000

Olympus FE-4000 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • Additionally referred to as X-925
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus FE-4000 overview

Olympus FE-4000 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on July of 2009. The camera comes with a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3968 x 2976. The camera is known as "X-925" in other regions.

The FE-4000 stands at #224 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #1198 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus FE-4000 history

The Olympus FE-4000 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-FE-4030 front thumbnailOlympus FE-4030
FE-4000 vs FE-4030
Olympus-FE-47 front thumbnailOlympus FE-47
FE-4000 vs FE-47
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Olympus-FE-4000 front thumbnailOlympus FE-400026-105mm
Olympus-FE-5020 front thumbnailOlympus FE-5020
FE-4000 vs FE-5020
Olympus-FE-45 front thumbnailOlympus FE-45
FE-4000 vs FE-45
Olympus-FE-5010 front thumbnailOlympus FE-5010
FE-4000 vs FE-5010
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Olympus FE-4000 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of good and bad points of the Olympus FE-4000 based on aspects which are often seen as useful in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built in lens has zoom (26-105mm 4.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
lighter than others in class (136g)
really wide (26mm)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Time Lapse recording
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
low megapixels (12MP)
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
no external flash support
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
Photography Glossary

Olympus FE-4000 Sensor details

The Olympus FE-4000 features the TruePic III processor chip. The sensor measurement in the Olympus FE-4000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the FE-4000's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The FE-4000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Olympus FE-4000 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus FE-4000 dimensions

Olympus FE-4000 weighs in at 0.30 pounds (136 grams / 4.80 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Olympus FE-4000 is lighter when compared to other competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Olympus FE-4000 beside a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Olympus FE-4000 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the FE-4000.

Olympus FE-4000 topview buttons dials

Olympus FE-4000 Lens specs

The FE-4000 includes an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 26-105mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be significant however it is going to be very helpful in a few situations.

At the widest 26mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.6 and that's really slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to raise the ISO setting producing noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 105mm comes with f5.9 which is very slow and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus FE-4000 Connectivity

The FE-4000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and usually change camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Olympus FE-4000 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Olympus FE-4000 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You should try to get a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means you have little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to find another model in case you want decent audio in your videos.

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Olympus FE-4000 Weather Sealing

Olympus FE-4000 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions can damage the camera.

Olympus FE-4000 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus FE-4000 comes with a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus FE-4000 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Olympus FE-4000 Shutter specs

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus FE-4000 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus FE-4000 boasts only integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Olympus FE-4000 Autofocusing specs

Olympus FE-4000 boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

Olympus FE-4000 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful during low light or you want more exact focusing control.

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Olympus FE-4000 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life within this type of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:

Olympus FE-4000 for varying types of photography

The following graph presents a summation of the Olympus FE-4000 for varying types of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Olympus FE-4000

The Olympus FE-4000 has a rating of 21 which is low, meaning that it is not good for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support & ability to use off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Olympus FE-4000 Street photography information

With a decent rating of 55, the Olympus FE-4000 is reasonably suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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lighter than competitors in class (136g)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Olympus FE-4000 Sports photography factors

A low sports photography rating of 17 means the Olympus FE-4000 is not good for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low resolution (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Olympus FE-4000 Travel photography features

Weight is really critical in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Olympus FE-4000 gets a very good 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option for your vacations.

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lighter than others in class (136g)
flash built-in
quite wide (26mm)
no Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.6)

Olympus FE-4000 Landscape photography factors

For anyone who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Olympus FE-4000 and it's low score of 28 for a landscape camera is not good compared to its competitors.

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pretty wide (26mm)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Olympus FE-4000

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Olympus FE-4000 is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a low score of 28.

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fairly wide (26mm)
lighter than competition in class (136g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external microphone port

Olympus FE-4000 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the FE-4000, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart below offers you a summary of the FE-4000 vs it's top ranking competitors suggested earlier.

There are more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Olympus FE-4000
Also called
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-105mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
136 gr (0.30 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Card slots
Launch cost