Olympus FE-45 summary
Olympus FE-45 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on January of 2009. It has a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The FE-45 places at #249 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1213 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.
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Olympus FE-45 history
The Olympus FE-45 is part of a family of products. You can view the complete range below.
Olympus FE-45 Gallery
You can check the FE-45 from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus FE-45 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Olympus FE-45 based on factors that are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.
Olympus FE-45 Sensor specifications
The sensor specification on the Olympus FE-45 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels and aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera features Image Stabilization (Digital). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 10MP and has a standard ISO range of 64 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The image below shows the FE-45's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The FE-45 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus FE-45 dimensions
Olympus FE-45 weighs 0.31 lb (142 grams / 5.01 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 94mm x 62mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Olympus FE-45 is less heavy in comparison with its competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The following is a photo of the Olympus FE-45 with a soda so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will provide the button layout on the FE-45.
Olympus FE-45 Lens specifications
The FE-45 provides a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 36-108mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which isn't ideal however it can be very helpful in a few situations.
At the widest 36mm, it features an aperture of f3.1 which will be quite slow and not ideal for low light events and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You will also need to up the ISO giving you noisy images. For the tele end, 108mm comes with f5.9 making it very sluggish and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Olympus FE-45 Connectivity
The FE-45 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and usually alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Many applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.
Olympus FE-45 Video specifications
The max video resolution on the Olympus FE-45 is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low for today's standards. You should strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at an alternative camera if you require better sound for your videos.
Olympus FE-45 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Olympus FE-45 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.
Olympus FE-45 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus FE-45 has a 2.5 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs for Olympus FE-45 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very helpful in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Olympus FE-45 Shutter specifications
The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Olympus FE-45 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus FE-45 features only inbuilt flash lacking external flash support.
Olympus FE-45 Autofocus specifications
Olympus FE-45 features just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing.
Olympus FE-45 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful in low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focus.
Olympus FE-45 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the maximum (470) battery life in this class of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:
Olympus FE-45 for different forms of photography
The following bar chart shows a summary of the Olympus FE-45 for different forms of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Olympus FE-45
The Olympus FE-45 receives a rating of 20 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not very good to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the ability to work with external flash.
Olympus FE-45 Street photography features
Coming in at a reasonable points tally of 56, the Olympus FE-45 is somewhat suited to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Olympus FE-45
A subpar sports photography rating of 27 means the Olympus FE-45 is just not very good for photographing sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus FE-45 Travel photography details
Portability is super important in buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Olympus FE-45 gets a average 51 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat adequate to take with you on your holidays.
Olympus FE-45 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus FE-45 and it's subpar score of 27 as a landscape camera is just not very good compared to its competition.
Olympus FE-45 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus FE-45 is just not very good for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 25.
Olympus FE-45 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the FE-45, below is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the FE-45 vs it's highest scored rivals suggested earlier.
Following are additional cameras you might see as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.