- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 64 - 3200
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
- 126g - 95 x 56 x 20mm
- Introduced January 2010
- Also referred to as mju 5010
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- Size Comparison
Olympus 5010 overview
Olympus 5010 is Olympus's Ultracompact digital camera initially released on January of 2010. It has a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216. It is also known as "mju 5010" in certain countries.
The 5010 is placed #69 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all round #1021 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized requirements.
Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus 5010 Gallery
You can look at the 5010 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus 5010 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Olympus 5010 based on factors which are generally viewed as necessary in a digital camera.
Olympus 5010 Sensor information
The Olympus 5010 is run by the TruePic III processor chip. The sensor specification on the Olympus 5010 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor has 14MP and has a standard ISO range of 64 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the 5010's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The 5010 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus 5010 dimensions
Olympus 5010 weighs 0.28 lb (126 grams / 4.44 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 95mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Olympus 5010 is on par when compared with its competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Underneath is a picture of the Olympus 5010 besides a soda so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the 5010.
Olympus 5010 Lens information
The 5010 is equipped with a built-in lens offering a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing but it will be useful in certain situations.
At it's widest 26mm, it features an aperture of f2.8 and that is somewhat sluggish and not the best for low light conditions and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You could also have to raise your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. On the long end, 130mm comes to f6.5 which is quite slow and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Olympus 5010 Connectivity
The 5010 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer images and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Certain apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Olympus 5010 Video information
The maximum video resolution on the Olympus 5010 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should really try to get at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone port so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative model should you want better audio for your videos.
Olympus 5010 Weather Sealing
Olympus 5010 doesn't have weather sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.
Olympus 5010 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus 5010 has a 2.7 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder details for Olympus 5010 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really beneficial during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Olympus 5010 Shutter information
Olympus 5010 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Olympus 5010 Flash and Hot shoe information
Olympus 5010 features just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.
Olympus 5010 Autofocus information
Olympus 5010 features only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
It also boasts Tracking AF for moving subjects. Olympus 5010 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good during low light scenarios or you need more accurate focusing control.
Olympus 5010 Battery life
The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the highest possible (320) battery life within this range of cameras.
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Olympus 5010 for different forms of photography
The following chart displays a overview of the Olympus 5010 for different forms of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Olympus 5010 Portrait photography details
The Olympus 5010 gets a rating of 28 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not appropriate to use for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and capability to work with off-camera lighting.
Olympus 5010 Street photography features
Coming in at a modest points tally of 57, the Olympus 5010 is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus 5010 Sports photography features
A terrible sports photography points total of 39 indicates the Olympus 5010 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus 5010 Travel photography advice
Weight is super crucial in choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Olympus 5010 gets a nice 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice to purchase for your trips.
Olympus 5010 Landscape photography highlights
When you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus 5010 at it's terrible score of 38 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate in the current marketplace.
Olympus 5010 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus 5010 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a terrible rating of 29.
Olympus 5010 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the 5010, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The line graph listed below gives you a summary of the 5010 compared to it's highest ranking competitors shown earlier.
Following are additional cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.