Olympus 5010

Olympus Stylus 5010 front
  • 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
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #66 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all round #1019 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

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.

built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
flash built-in
good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
has HDMI port
has tracking focus
MP count decent (14MP)
rather wide (26mm)
very good min ISO (64)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have microphone port
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Timelapse function
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual focus not available
no aperture priority mode
no manual control
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
sluggish at long end (f6.5)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
small sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
Photography Glossary

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.

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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.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a picture of the Olympus 5010 besides a soda so you can get a sense of its size.

Olympus Stylus 5010 dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the 5010.

Olympus Stylus 5010 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Following is a list of Ultracompact cameras which have the highest battery life:

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.

Photography Glossary
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

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.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

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.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

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.

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sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

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.

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really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording

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.

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pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic support

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Olympus Stylus 5010
Also called as
mju 5010
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Slowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.70 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
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
126 gr (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 56 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch pricing