- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 64 - 1600
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 640 x 480 video
- 36-180mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
- 130g - 96 x 57 x 21mm
- Launched January 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus FE-5010 summary
Olympus FE-5010 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2009. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3968 x 2976.
The FE-5010 is ranked #209 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1163 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal factors.
The following is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.
Olympus FE-5010 history
The Olympus FE-5010 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all older and the latest models as well as important specifications.
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Olympus FE-5010 Gallery
You can view the FE-5010 from different angles in the gallery below.
Olympus FE-5010 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Olympus FE-5010 based on things that are generally considered necessary in a digital camera.
Olympus FE-5010 Sensor specs
The sensor dimension in the Olympus FE-5010 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3968 x 2976 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 64 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less margin for error.
The image below shows the FE-5010's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The FE-5010 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus FE-5010 dimensions
Olympus FE-5010 has a weight of 0.29 pounds (130 grams or 4.59 ounces) and features exterior size of 96mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Olympus FE-5010 is less heavy than various rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The following is a photo of the Olympus FE-5010 next to a soft drink to help you have a feel for its size.
The top view below will show the button design on the FE-5010.
Olympus FE-5010 Lens details
The FE-5010 provides a fixed lens with a focal range of 36-180mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be very good nevertheless it will probably be handy in some situations.
At it's widest 36mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 making it pretty sluggish and not great in low light situations and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to increase your ISO giving you noisy shots. For the long end, 180mm comes at f5.6 making it quite sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Olympus FE-5010 Connectivity
The FE-5010 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.
Olympus FE-5010 Video details
The max video resolution in the Olympus FE-5010 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low by today's requirements. You really should shoot for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have got zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to consider an alternative camera should you need decent sound in your videos.
Olympus FE-5010 Weather Sealing
Olympus FE-5010 comes with weather proofing making it a very good candidate to use in challenging conditions. This is particularly handy when you are uncertain about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.
Olympus FE-5010 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus FE-5010 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specifications regarding Olympus FE-5010 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really helpful in bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Olympus FE-5010 Shutter details
The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus FE-5010 Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus FE-5010 has got just integrated flash without external flash support.
Olympus FE-5010 Autofocus details
Olympus FE-5010 has got only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and precise than Contrast Based autofocusing.
Olympus FE-5010 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good in low light situations or you require more accurate focusing control.
Olympus FE-5010 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the maximum (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
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Olympus FE-5010 for specific kinds of photography
The following graph shows a outline of the Olympus FE-5010 for specific kinds of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.
Olympus FE-5010 Portrait photography factors
The Olympus FE-5010 has a points total of 21 which is subpar, meaning that it is not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and capability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Olympus FE-5010
Coming in at a above average points tally of 66, the Olympus FE-5010 is a fine choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus FE-5010 as a Sports photography camera
A subpar sports photography score of 34 suggests the Olympus FE-5010 is not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus FE-5010 Travel photography factors
Size is extremely critical in selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus FE-5010 gets a decent 60 for a travel camera which makes it fairly acceptable to purchase for your vacations.
Olympus FE-5010 Landscape photography info
For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus FE-5010 and it's subpar score of 31 for a landscape camera is not appropriate amongst it's competitors.
Olympus FE-5010 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus FE-5010 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar score of 28.
Olympus FE-5010 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the FE-5010, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram below gives you a summary of the FE-5010 versus it's top ranked competitors mentioned earlier.
These are various other cameras you may regard as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.