Olympus FE-5000 review

Price when reviewed

A little higher up the price scale than the FE-45, the FE-5000 immediately feels like a much better put-together proposition. Its metal body is solid and cool to the touch, and the dumpy looks of the FE-45 are replaced with something a good deal sleeker.

Olympus FE-5000 review

And things immediately feel a little more sprightly, with a shot-to-shot time of about five seconds; a distinct improvement. Looking at the rear of the body, the controls between the two cameras are identical, as is the onscreen navigation system that appears on a press of the menu button. We were hoping for more manual control than what’s actually on offer here, though, as you get only white-balance and ISO sensitivity adjustments.

Quality-wise, it fares better than its cheaper cousin – the lens pulls in more real detail with less artificial sharpening. Colour balance is good too, and the only problem for outdoor shots was a tendency to over-expose. Low-light performance comes into the “usable, but only in emergencies” category, with heavy noise, although to its credit not too much detail is lost to excessive noise-reduction processing.

Taking the price into account, you’re getting a fair amount of camera for your cash, including the lithium ion battery and charger missing from the Canon PowerShot A480. Despite all that, though, we can’t recommend the FE-5000: it still feels like too much of a compromise. There are better offers to be had both at the low end and by spending a little more cash.


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Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating10.0MP
Camera screen size2.7in
Camera optical zoom range5.0x
Camera maximum resolution3,648 x 2,736

Weight and dimensions

Dimensions97 x 26 x 57mm (WDH)


Battery type includedLithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard)200 shots
Charger included?yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash?yes
Aperture rangef3.5 - f5.6
Camera minimum focus distance3.00m
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent)36
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent)180
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed1/2,000
Bulb exposure mode?no
Exposure compensation range+/- 2EV
ISO range80 - 1600
Selectable white balance settings?yes
Manual/user preset white balane?no
Progam auto mode?yes
Shutter priority mode?no
Aperture priority mode?no
Fully auto mode?yes
Burst frame rate0.0fps
Exposure bracketing?no
White-balance bracketing?no
Memory-card typexD card, MicroSD
Viewfinder coverageN/A
LCD resolution230k
Secondary LCD display?no
Video/TV output?yes
Body constructionAlloy
Tripod mounting thread?yes
Data connector typeMicro-USB

Manual, software and accessories

Full printed manual?no
Software suppliedOlympus Master 2
Accessories suppliedMicroSD-to-xD adapter, strap, USB cable, video cable

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