Fujifilm MX-500 vs. Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Megapixels
1.30
16.10
Max. image resolution
1280 x 1024
4608 x 3456

Sensor

Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2" (~ 6.4 x 4.8 mm)
Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor resolution
1315 x 989
4627 x 3479
Diagonal
8.00 mm
21.64 mm
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

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Actual sensor size

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Fujifilm MX-500 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Surface area:
30.72 mm² vs 224.90 mm²
Difference: 194.18 mm² (632%)
PEN E-PL5 sensor is approx. 7.32x bigger than MX-500 sensor.
Note: You are comparing sensors of vastly different generations. There is a gap of 14 years between Fujifilm MX-500 (1998) and Olympus PEN E-PL5 (2012). Fourteen years is a huge amount of time, technology wise, resulting in newer sensor being much more efficient than the older one.
Pixel pitch
4.87 µm
3.74 µm
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next. It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.

The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range.
Difference: 1.13 µm (30%)
Pixel pitch of MX-500 is approx. 30% higher than pixel pitch of PEN E-PL5.
Pixel area
23.72 µm²
13.99 µm²
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered. The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.

Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size.
Relative pixel sizes:
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Pixel area difference: 9.73 µm² (70%)
A pixel on Fujifilm MX-500 sensor is approx. 70% bigger than a pixel on Olympus PEN E-PL5.
Pixel density
4.22 MP/cm²
7.15 MP/cm²
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor.

Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels.
Difference: 2.93 µm (69%)
Olympus PEN E-PL5 has approx. 69% higher pixel density than Fujifilm MX-500.
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Specs

Fujifilm MX-500
Olympus PEN E-PL5
Crop factor
5.41
2
Total megapixels
1.50
17.20
Effective megapixels
1.30
16.10
Optical zoom
1x
Digital zoom
Yes
No
ISO sensitivity
100
Auto, 200 - 25600
RAW
Manual focus
Normal focus range
50 cm
Macro focus range
9 cm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)
35 mm
Aperture priority
No
Yes
Max. aperture
f3.2 - f8.0
Max. aperture (35mm equiv.)
f17.3 - f43.3
n/a
Metering
Multi, Average, Spot
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation
±1.5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
±3 EV (in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Shutter priority
No
Yes
Min. shutter speed
1/4 sec
60 sec
Max. shutter speed
1/1000 sec
1/4000 sec
Built-in flash
External flash
Viewfinder
Optical (tunnel)
Electronic (optional)
White balance presets
4
8
Screen size
1.8"
3"
Screen resolution
130,000 dots
460,000 dots
Video capture
Max. video resolution
1920x1080 (30p)
Storage types
SmartMedia
SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB
USB 1.0
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI
Wireless
GPS
Battery
AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)
Lithium-Ion BLS-5 rechargeable battery
Weight
220 g
325 g
Dimensions
123 x 82 x 36 mm
110.5 x 63.7 x 38.2 mm
Year
1998
2012




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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Fujifilm MX-500 diagonal

The diagonal of MX-500 sensor is not 1/2 or 0.5" (12.7 mm) as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of that value - 8 mm. If you want to know why, see sensor sizes.

w = 6.40 mm
h = 4.80 mm
Diagonal =  6.40² + 4.80²   = 8.00 mm

Olympus PEN E-PL5 diagonal

w = 17.30 mm
h = 13.00 mm
Diagonal =  17.30² + 13.00²   = 21.64 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

MX-500 sensor area

Width = 6.40 mm
Height = 4.80 mm

Surface area = 6.40 × 4.80 = 30.72 mm²

PEN E-PL5 sensor area

Width = 17.30 mm
Height = 13.00 mm

Surface area = 17.30 × 13.00 = 224.90 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

MX-500 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 6.40 mm
Sensor resolution width = 1315 pixels
Pixel pitch =   6.40  × 1000  = 4.87 µm
1315

PEN E-PL5 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 17.30 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4627 pixels
Pixel pitch =   17.30  × 1000  = 3.74 µm
4627


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

MX-500 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 4.87 µm

Pixel area = 4.87² = 23.72 µm²

PEN E-PL5 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 3.74 µm

Pixel area = 3.74² = 13.99 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

One could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

MX-500 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 1315 pixels
Sensor width = 0.64 cm

Pixel density = (1315 / 0.64)² / 1000000 = 4.22 MP/cm²

PEN E-PL5 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 4627 pixels
Sensor width = 1.73 cm

Pixel density = (4627 / 1.73)² / 1000000 = 7.15 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

MX-500 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 6.40 mm
Sensor height = 4.80 mm
Effective megapixels = 1.30
r = 6.40/4.80 = 1.33
X =  1.30 × 1000000  = 989
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 989 × 1.33 = 1315
Resolution vertical: X = 989

Sensor resolution = 1315 x 989

PEN E-PL5 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 17.30 mm
Sensor height = 13.00 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.10
r = 17.30/13.00 = 1.33
X =  16.10 × 1000000  = 3479
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3479 × 1.33 = 4627
Resolution vertical: X = 3479

Sensor resolution = 4627 x 3479


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


MX-500 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 8.00 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 5.41
8.00

PEN E-PL5 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 21.64 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 2
21.64

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

MX-500 equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 5.41
Aperture = f3.2 - f8.0

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f3.2 - f8.0) × 5.41 = f17.3 - f43.3

PEN E-PL5 equivalent aperture

Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for Olympus PEN E-PL5, take the aperture of the lens you're using and multiply it with crop factor.

Crop factor for Olympus PEN E-PL5 is 2

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