This review is devoted to FE-5020 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jul 22, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #421 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #905 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus FE-5020 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus FE-5020. 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.
Olympus FE-5020 has the following external dimensions 93 x 93 x 25 mm (36.61 x 22.05 x 9.84″) with the weight of 137 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-5020, 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-5020 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 25mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus FE-5020 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus FE-5020 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus FE-5020 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus FE-5020 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-5020 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-5020 comes with TruePic III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Olympus FE-5020 has the following ISO range 64 - 1600 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus FE-5020. 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-5020 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" 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.
Olympus FE-5020 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 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus FE-5020 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus FE-5020 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.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus FE-5020 are its fps max speed and 1/500 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, FE-5020 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus FE-5020, 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-5020 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Olympus FE-5020 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect FE-5020 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus FE-5020’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus FE-5020’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the FE-5020 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5020 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5020 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.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5020 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5020 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5020 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5020 can be called a 48 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5020 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5020 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus FE-5020 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus FE-5020 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.
|Announced||Jul 22, 2009|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/500 s|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||93 x 56 x 25 mm|
|Storage Type||xD-Picture Card, microSD|