Olympus FE-5010 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 5
Features 22
Size 91
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 96 x 57 x 21 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus FE-5010 Summary

This review is devoted to FE-5010 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 07, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #286 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #668 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus FE-5010 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus FE-5010 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus FE-5010 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus FE-5010. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus FE-5010

Olympus FE-5010 has the following external dimensions 96 x 96 x 21 mm (37.8 x 22.44 x 8.27″) with the weight of 130 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus FE-5010, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus FE-5010 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 21mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus FE-5010 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus FE-5010 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus FE-5010 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus FE-5010 — 21 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Olympus FE-5010 — 130 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Olympus FE-5010 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus FE-5010 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus FE-5010 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus FE-5010 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus FE-5010 has the following ISO range 64 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus FE-5010. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus FE-5010 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus FE-5010 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Olympus FE-5010 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus FE-5010

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-5010 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus FE-5010 are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, FE-5010 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus FE-5010, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus FE-5010 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Olympus FE-5010 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect FE-5010 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Olympus FE-5010 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus FE-5010’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus FE-5010’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the FE-5010 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus FE-5010 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5010 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5010 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus FE-5010 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5010 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5010 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (96 x 57 x 21 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus FE-5010 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5010 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5010 can be called a 45 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small size (96 x 57 x 21 mm)

Olympus FE-5010 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5010 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5010 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (130 g)
  • Small size (96 x 57 x 21 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus FE-5010 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5010 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5010 can be called a 55 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Olympus FE-5010 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model FE-5010
Announced Jan 07, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 130 g
Physical Dimensions 96 x 57 x 21 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model LI-42B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type xD-Picture Card (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Storage Slots 1

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