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Olympus FE-5020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and image quality. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive views about the shutter and energy efficiency. There are some mixed opinions about the flash and battery.

portability, usability, value for money, image quality, lens

memory, energy, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus FE-5020 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus FE-5020 Review

 

The Olympus FE-5020 is anentry-level compact model that is simple to operate, with a low endprice tag. On the down side it lacks inperformance. If you need a quick camera for sporting events, quick snapshots, etc., you may wish to look elsewhere. Image...

Easy to use with Auto Scene Selection; Compact and easy to carry; 2.7-Inch LCD; Manages available light well ; Cons ; Slow performance; Noise at all ISO settings; Short battery life; Image quality is not up to par with competition, with no real "Pop"...

Slow performance; Noise at all ISO settings; Short battery life; Image quality is not up to par with competition, with no real "Pop" in our photos ; Bottom Line ; The Olympus FE-5020 is anentry-level compact model that is simple to operate, with a low...

The Olympus FE-5020 is anentry-level compact model that is simple to operate, with a low endprice tag. On the down side it lacks inperformance. If you need a quick camera for sporting events, quick snapshots, etc., you may wish to look elsewhere. Image...

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Olympus FE-5020

 

I've owned an FE-5020 for about three months now. Previous experience with Olympus products has taught me their quirks, so I've had no problem with working out the menu, features etc. Over time, they seem to be getting better on this. Startup times,...

Camera slipped from a small height, and damaged lens mechanism which required repair. Serviced by Olympus, and returned in a very good time frame. No other complaints

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Amazon review summary for Olympus FE-5020

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of Olympus FE-5020 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, value for money, portability, lens

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus FE-5020 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Royal Blue)Olympus FE-5020 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Wine Red)Olympus FE-5020 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Dark Grey)

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Decent camera, came with no power cord

 

i give it 3 eggs. Olympus customer service saved the day. It gets a 2 egg ding due to the issues with the power cable and I missed the rebate.

I use it for outdoors, takes some great shots. fits in pocket easily. Very easy to make changes in menu. I like the camera and my only issues is listed in the cons

no freaking power cable, ended up calling olympus to have one delivered. Look at other reviews, the whole shipment of cameras was missing power cable. Its a necessity to charge the camera ; Proprietary usb cable ; Battery must have charge to utilize...

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It worked out

 

New Egg rocks as always and stood by me 100%

This is a very small camera and it's easy to use

Like most of the folks on here my battery charger was missing the cord and New Egg offered me a full replacement or I could call Olympus for the missing cord. Olympus said this is affecting the buyers at New Egg and they are clueless as to why....

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Piece of Garbage

 

If you like garbage, buy this camera. Newegg will not issue a refund on it, so buyer BEWARE! I'll try to sell it to another sucker online

It's a camera and it takes pictures

Everything else sucks on it, pictures suck, features suck, it's plasticky, it was even missing a power cable, the battery is only 750mAh, the memory card was small

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Great product, Good pictures in daylight

 

Great product but poor image quality in lowlight. Great for outdoors

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Short Lag Time","Small \/ Compact

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No Power cord for the battery charger

 

New Egg has not neen helpful with their customer service at all. I received a acknowledgement to the emailed issues within a couple of days, but no resolution. I called, and waited on hold for about 10 minutes when a csr came on the phone and said she...

Seems Like a pretty good camera for the price, good resolution. Good features

I wish would have read all the other reviews before I bought this camera. Like they all stated, the battery charger did not come with a power cord. What was Olympus thinking? I have had this camera for almost 3 weeks, and have not been able to use it...

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OLYMPUS FE-5020 White 12 MP 2.7" 230k LCD 5X Optical Zoom 24mm Wide Angle Digital Camera

 

RE: jy2 "fortunately comes with microSD adapter and 4GB Class 6 microSDHC cards are cheap" Doesn't the camera take cards only up to 2GB?

Aesthetically it is a very nice-looking camera, slim and light-weight. The LCD screen is very large. Images are warm with a nice sense of depth ; Newegg was kind enough to issue me store credit for my return

Although the images do have some good qualities, there were fundamental issues that made the camera unacceptable to me. As some reviews on other websites have said, it is, strangely enough, difficult to get focused images. Maybe 1/3 of pictures taken...

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Where's My Power Cord!

 

If you need the camera the moment it arrives, don't risk buying this model. You might end up like "us" and get the missing charger package.

The camera's specs are good for the price. (Which was $89 at the time I wrote this)

No power cord was supplied for the charger. I now have to wait for them to send me a new charger. Very sloppy QA. I'm very disappointed in Olympus. Even if/when they make this right, the damage is done and I won't risk buying their brand again

Product Specifications

The high-tech and user friendly Olympus FE series is sure to be a hit with users who want high image quality regardless of their budget. The 12-megapixel FE cameras boast up to 5x super wide optical zoom for great panorama shots or close-ups of distant subjects. The Olympus FE-5020 looks especially striking thanks to a double layered crystal shell finish. In addition, it offers a practical AF tracking feature which ensures that even moving subjects are in focus at all times. Also on board are advanced face detection technology and the i-Auto mode, which automatically identifies five commonly-encountered types of scenes and adjusts settings accordingly.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card / xD-Picture Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1in
Height:2.2in
Weight:3.8oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night mode / Night portrait / Pet / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:FE-5020
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.8
Max Focal Length:21.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Dark gray/Royal blue/Wine red
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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