Olympus FE-5020

Last upadate (04 January’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Olympus FE-5020 is a 12 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 5x wide-angle optical zoom (24 – 120mm equivalent in 35mm photography), AF Tracking, Intelligent auto + Shadow Adjustment, Magic Filter, Face Detection, ISO 64-1600, and a 2.7″ with approx. 230,000 dots LCD Screen. The camera measures 3.65″W x 2.2″H x 0.97″D (92.7 mm x 55.8 mm x 24.7 mm) and weighs 3.8oz (107g).

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus FE-5020 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus FE-5020 and writes;
“the Olympus FE-5020 gets a “C” from me. I never really connected with this camera. Little things like a very short battery life, tons of waiting for images to process and a slow proprietary xD storage card contributed to this. Bigger issues include a weak flash, and in my opinion a lack of any vibrancy in our sample images, along with a good amount of noise that found its way into a lot of our spontaneous snap-shots.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus FE-5020 and writes;
“As a low-cost ultra-compact the Olympus FE-5020 does offer a greater zoom range and a wider wide-angle than anything else of comparable price, but its awkward handling, limited range of features, poor performance and lack of low-light ability, as well as its disappointing overall image quality limit its appeal.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus FE-5020 and writes;
“image noise begins to slowly creep into shot from ISO 400 upwards. And, although ISO 800 would be usable if pushed, at ISO 1600, images appear as if being viewed through a smear of grease, detail significantly degraded.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Olympus FE-5020 and writes;
“It looks good and retails for a fair price, so it’s disappointing the standard images the FE-5020 produces could do with a boost in contrast and saturation”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Olympus FE-5020 Sample Photos

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Olympus FE-5020 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus FE-5020 Specifications

Image Sensor 12 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.3″
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 4.3 – 21.5mm (24 – 120mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
7 Lenses in 6 Groups, 3 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture f3.3 (W) / f5.8 (T)
Display 2.7″ LCD with Backlight Boost, approx. 230,000 dots
2 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Viewfinder N/A
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal mode: 23.6″ – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Macro mode (Wide): 5.9″ – infinity (0.15m – infinity)

Macro mode (Tele): 23.6″ – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 0.39″ – infinity (1cm – infinity)

Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. –1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
Exposure Metering Digital ESP Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance Control Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and 3 Fluorescents)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Image File Format Still Image: JPEG; Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Shooting Modes 21 Shooting Modes
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Satbilization Plus, Magic Filter, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT SCENE. 4. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 5. SPORT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SELF PORTRAIT, 9. SUNSET, 10. FIREWORKS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. BEACH & SNOW, 14. PET), Movie

Magic Filter(Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye)

Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software
Continuous Shooting N/A
Shooting Assist Functions Perfect Shot Preview, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound;
640×480 (30/15fps)
320×240 (30/15fps)
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Voice Playback

Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Voice Playback

Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment Edit, Beauty Fix, Resize, Cropping
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.49ft (0.15m) – 13.5ft (4.1m) at ISO 800

Tele: 2.0ft (0.6m) – 7.5ft (2.3m) at ISO 800

Self-Timer 12 Seconds
Memory 48MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output)
Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 – 10.5
Operating Temperature/Humidity Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity
Power Source Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
Battery Life (CIPA DC-002) 150 Shots
Dimension 3.65″W x 2.2″H x 0.97″D (92.7 mm x 55.8 mm x 24.7 mm)
Weight 3.8oz (107g) without batteries and media card

One Response to “Olympus FE-5020”

  1. elliott says:

    I appreciate the is review however when you show sample photos, please show important higher than320 ASA samples. As you know digital noise is one of the major drawbacks to these kinds of cameras so we need to know how noisy the photo is. You have left off right where, in my opinion, you should have started to show us ASA comparisons. Thank you. And please also show what hi asa photos look like on tripod and in daylight so we can see what the noise actually is.

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