Olympus FE-4030

Olympus FE-4030 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 93 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus FE-4030 summary

Olympus FE-4030 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera initially introduced on January of 2010. The camera includes a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The FE-4030 places at #177 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #1113 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Olympus FE-4030 family

The Olympus FE-4030 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all previous and brand new models as well as main features.

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Olympus FE-4030 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Olympus FE-4030 based on things that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
decently wide (26mm)
good resolution (14MP)
great minimum ISO (64)
in built zoom lens (26-105mm 4.0 x zoom)
supports tracking focus
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW support
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing mic support
missing Time Lapse recording
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Olympus FE-4030 Sensor info

The Olympus FE-4030 houses the TruePic III processor. The sensor dimension in the Olympus FE-4030 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4288 x 3216 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and features a native ISO range of 64 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The image below shows the FE-4030's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FE-4030 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.

Olympus FE-4030 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus FE-4030 dimensions

Olympus FE-4030 weighs around 0.32 lb (146 gr or 5.15 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 93mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Olympus FE-4030 is less heavy when compared with other competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Olympus FE-4030 besides a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Olympus FE-4030 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button layout on the FE-4030.

Olympus FE-4030 topview buttons dials

Olympus FE-4030 Lens info

The FE-4030 provides an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 26-105mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be outstanding nevertheless it will definitely be valuable in a few circumstances.

At the widest 26mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.6 which will be kind of slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will probably struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to up the ISO giving you noisy photographs. At the tele end, 105mm comes with f5.9 making it very sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus FE-4030 Connectivity

The FE-4030 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Olympus FE-4030 Video info

The highest possible video quality in the Olympus FE-4030 is 640 x 480 and it can capture in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should aim for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port which means you have got no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to buy a different camera in case you want decent sound in your video clips.

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Olympus FE-4030 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the Olympus FE-4030 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Olympus FE-4030 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus FE-4030 includes a 2.7" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Olympus FE-4030 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very useful for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Olympus FE-4030 Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus FE-4030 Flash and Hot shoe info

Olympus FE-4030 has got only built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Olympus FE-4030 Autofocus info

Olympus FE-4030 has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Olympus FE-4030 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is useful for low light or you want more accurate control on depth of field.

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Olympus FE-4030 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Olympus FE-4030 for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart shows a outline of the Olympus FE-4030 for specific styles of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Olympus FE-4030

The Olympus FE-4030 has a points total of 28 which is horrible, meaning that it is not suitable for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the potential to work with external flash.

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megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Olympus FE-4030 Street photography highlights

Coming in at a reasonable points total of 48, the Olympus FE-4030 is reasonably suited to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Olympus FE-4030 Sports photography highlights

A horrible sports photography points total of 35 suggests the Olympus FE-4030 is not suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good megapixels (14MP)
includes tracking focus
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Olympus FE-4030 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super critical when getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Olympus FE-4030 gets a nice 65 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to take on your trips.

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good resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (26mm)
no Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)

Landscape photography with Olympus FE-4030

When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Olympus FE-4030 and it's horrible grade of 33 for a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.

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decently wide (26mm)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Olympus FE-4030

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Olympus FE-4030 is not suitable for vlogging as it receives a horrible score of 26.

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quite wide (26mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone port

Olympus FE-4030 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the FE-4030, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the FE-4030 compared to it's highest rated competitors listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may consider as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus FE-4030
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-105mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inches
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
146 grams (0.32 pounds)
93 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Retail cost