Olympus FE-47

 
Olympus FE-47 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-180mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 204g - 98 x 61 x 27mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
93
Imaging
38
Features
17
Overall
29

Olympus FE-47 overview

Olympus FE-47 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on January of 2010. The camera includes a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The FE-47 comes in at #203 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #1123 out of 1428 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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Olympus FE-47 family

The Olympus FE-47 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-FE-4030 front thumbnailOlympus FE-4030
FE-47 vs FE-4030
26-105mm
F2.6-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Olympus-FE-47 front thumbnailOlympus FE-4736-180mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Olympus-FE-4000 front thumbnailOlympus FE-4000
FE-47 vs FE-4000
26-105mm
F2.6-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Olympus-FE-5020 front thumbnailOlympus FE-5020
FE-47 vs FE-5020
24-120mm
F3.3-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Olympus-FE-45 front thumbnailOlympus FE-45
FE-47 vs FE-45
36-108mm
F3.1-5.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Olympus-FE-5010 front thumbnailOlympus FE-5010
FE-47 vs FE-5010
36-180mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Olympus FE-47 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Olympus FE-47 based on criterias which are usually viewed as necessary in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
flash built-in
in built zoom lens (36-180mm 5.0 x zoom)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
lack of manual mode
lack of phase detect AF
lack of RAW files
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
missing external mic socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing Time Lapse function
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
sensor is small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
wide angle not good (36mm)
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Olympus FE-47 Sensor details

The Olympus FE-47 features the TruePic III processor. The sensor measurement on the Olympus FE-47 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the FE-47's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FE-47 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus FE-47 dimensions

Olympus FE-47 weighs around 0.45 lb (204 grams / 7.20 oz) and the volume of the camera is 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Olympus FE-47 is heavier in comparison with other rivals.

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Here is a image of the Olympus FE-47 with a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Olympus FE-47 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the FE-47.

Olympus FE-47 topview buttons dials

Olympus FE-47 Lens specs

The FE-47 is equipped with a built in lens and it has a focal range of 36-180mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not exceptional however it would certainly be handy in some conditions.

At the widest 36mm, it will have an aperture of f3.5 and that's very slow and not good in low light circumstances and you will find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase the ISO setting leading to noisy pictures. At the tele end, 180mm comes to f5.6 making it really sluggish and you will need to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus FE-47 Connectivity

The FE-47 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and usually alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Olympus FE-47 Video specs

The maximum video quality on the Olympus FE-47 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful by today's requirements. You should really go for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone jack which means you have little control over your audio. It is probably best to buy an alternative model in case you want good audio in your video clips.

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Olympus FE-47 Weather Sealing

Olympus FE-47 doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Olympus FE-47 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus FE-47 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus FE-47 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty handy for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Olympus FE-47 Shutter specs

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus FE-47 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus FE-47 boasts only inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

Olympus FE-47 Autofocusing specs

Olympus FE-47 boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Olympus FE-47 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode can be useful for low light occasions or you need more accurate focusing control.

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Olympus FE-47 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest possible (470) battery life for this class of cameras.

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Olympus FE-47 for various kinds of photography

The following bar chart presents a analysis of the Olympus FE-47 for various kinds of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus FE-47 Portrait photography information

The Olympus FE-47 receives a points total of 29 which is horrible, meaning that it is not appropriate for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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decent MP (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Street photography with Olympus FE-47

Getting a moderate points tally of 47, the Olympus FE-47 is fairly suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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no articulating screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Sports photography with Olympus FE-47

A horrible sports photography points tally of 35 indicates the Olympus FE-47 is not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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MP count decent (14MP)
supports tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Olympus FE-47 Travel photography highlights

Portability is very crucial in picking a travel camera. All round, the Olympus FE-47 gets a average 58 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably adequate to take on your trips.

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decent MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (36mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Olympus FE-47 Landscape photography factors

For anybody who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus FE-47 with it's horrible grade of 29 for a landscape camera is not appropriate within the current market.

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good megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse function

Olympus FE-47 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Olympus FE-47 is not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a horrible rating of 22.

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wide angle not good (36mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic socket

Olympus FE-47 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the FE-47, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph underneath shows you a summary of the FE-47 vs it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Olympus
Model
Olympus FE-47
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2010-01-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Chip
TruePic III
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
1600
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
36-180mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range
3cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
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
Features
Slowest shutter speed
4 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.80 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
204 gr (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions
98 x 61 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Other
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Single
Retail pricing
$0