Olympus FE-5000 review
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.
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.
|Camera megapixel rating||10.0MP|
|Camera screen size||2.7in|
|Camera optical zoom range||5.0x|
|Camera maximum resolution||3,648 x 2,736|
Weight and dimensions
|Dimensions||97 x 26 x 57mm (WDH)|
|Battery type included||Lithium-ion|
|Battery life (CIPA standard)||200 shots|
|Aperture range||f3.5 - f5.6|
|Camera minimum focus distance||3.00m|
|Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent)||36|
|Longest focal length (35mm equivalent)||180|
|Minimum (fastest) shutter speed||1/2,000|
|Bulb exposure mode?||no|
|Exposure compensation range||+/- 2EV|
|ISO range||80 - 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 rate||0.0fps|
|Memory-card type||xD card, MicroSD|
|Secondary LCD display?||no|
|Tripod mounting thread?||yes|
|Data connector type||Micro-USB|
Manual, software and accessories
|Full printed manual?||no|
|Software supplied||Olympus Master 2|
|Accessories supplied||MicroSD-to-xD adapter, strap, USB cable, video cable|
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