|Olympus FE-5020 digital camera review : The Olympus FE-series digital compact cameras provide an alternative to the ever growing amount of camera phones for the consumer that is looking for an entry-level camera with an affordable price tag. The differences on paper between the average compact camera and a camphone are not even that big. However, in practice, and when it comes to image quality, these differences do actually show. The compact Olympus FE-5020 is equipped with a 12 megapixel CCD sensor and a 5x optical wide-angle zoom lens.
Olympus FE5020 lacks an optical image stabilizer
The lack of a genuine optical zoom indicates we're dealing with an entry-level camera. Instead, the novice photographer has to settle for a so-called Digital Image Stabilization, or in other words; a software method of stabilization. We can't stop wondering why a renowned camera brand such as Olympus, does not equip its entry-level cameras at a high-quality level in order to also offer the novice the joy of all the innovations that mainly occur in the more expensive digital SLR, Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds segment of Olympus.
Olympus FE-5020 wide-angle lens
On the other hand, the Olympus FE5020 does feature an optical zoom range of 5x including a true 24mm wide-angle. This range is not only ideal to capture landscapes, but also to provide more room on indoor pictures than comparable 28 and 35mm focal lengths. The integrated digital filters are a unique feature for the photographer to take creative pictures. We have only seen these filters on the more expensive Olympus DSLR cameras.
Olympus FE-5020 review including DIWA Labs test
We used the Olympus FE5020 digital compact camera extensively in practice, and additionally had the camera fully technically tested in the DIWA lab managed by Kai Thon, Test Manager within the DIWA Awards organization. The data obtained from the technical tests in combination with its use in practice, results in a unbiased final conclusion. You can read our experiences in the following Olympus FE-5020 review.
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"The Olympus FE-5020 is the flagship of the Olympus FE-series. The Olympus camera features a 5x ultra wide-angle optical zoom with a range of 24-120mm. Remarkable are the built-in effect filters that allow you to take unique photos in your very own creative way. The Olympus FE-5020 test photos were taken during the KLM Open Day 2009 at Schiphol airport, the Netherlands."
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