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Olympus FE-170

alaTest has collected and analyzed 260 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and image quality are on the whole positive. The screen and usability also get good comments, but the focus and color get critical opinions. The low light performance and build quality get mixed reviews.

value for money, usability, screen, image quality, performance

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus FE-170 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus FE-170

 

With so many options available in the budget digicam market, it's perhaps the biggest segment of the entire consumer digital camera range in India. It can get very confusing for a consumer who wants to pick up a digital camera as he will have to end up...

The thing is, even if the FE-170 had the best features ever to grace a digital camera, it's all a waste if the photo quality end up being bad. The drawback in its image quality makes the FE-170 very hard to recommend to anyone. It's available at a...

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Olympus FE-170 Zoom

 

These new FE-series cameras feature an enhanced Help Guide that makes digital photography simple for users of all levels. A tutorial "shooting guide" educates users on tips for achieving specific effects, such as "shooting into backlight" and...

They also feature a "One Touch" design with individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images, conveniently located on the top of the cameras with icons so that frequently used functions can be accessed easily. Shooting, playback, zoom and...

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Olympus FE-170

 

Both cameras share the FE series' emphasis on simplicity over control. Besides macro, flash, and EV compensation, the only way you can change the cameras' settings is through its various scene presets. They automatically control aperture, shutter,...

Simple to use; inexpensive.

Terrible performance.

The Olympus FE 170's price is hard to beat; its performance, not so much.

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Olympus FE-170

 

Olympus introduces the FE-170 camera with 3x zoom that proves that photography is fun. With a no-nonsense "one button, one function" design and a 6.0 million pixel CCD, the Olympus FE-170 makes taking - and printing - even larger size photos a cinch....

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"waste of money"

 

Wasn't worth the money or the trouble. For olympus to put out such a poor product causes me to lose faith in anything they market!

I liked the weight and size.

I was just closet cleaning and had time to report my opinion. It broke almost immediately...battery system seemed to short out, so camera would not hold charge ever...no pictures...many events we lost our memories forever.

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"You'll get better pics with ANY cell phone. Bad cam."

 

Easy to use.

Blurred, poor, crappy photos, that's the problem. And yes, my lens is clean. I also had a problem with the zoom mechanism, after just a few weeks of use, and Future Shop took 70 days to get it repaired. I strongly not recommand this cam.

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Olympus FE-170

 

Easy to use

Blurred, poor, crappy photos, that's the problem. And yes, my lens is clean. I also had a problem with the zoom mechanism, after just a few weeks of use, and Future Shop took 70 days to get it repaired. I strongly not recommand this cam

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"Dreadful My Olympus Trip 35mm is Considerably Better !"

 

Don't go near this one !

well, er...nope can't think of anything ....it looks shiny ?

Rubbish pictures even on correct settings - no good for indoor shots, spontaneous shots, any movement shots. Can't believe they still sell this !Seriously thinking of sending it back WITHOUT even asking for my money back as a mark of disgust !

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"Worst camera ever."

 

I hated this camera, although there were very few things good about it I wouldn't reccomend this to anyone.

many features, didn't have to read manual,

long time to take picture, had to press button more than once, no sound on the video, many more things

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Dreadful My Olympus Trip 35mm is Considerably Better !

 

Don't go near this one !

well, er...nope can't think of anything ....it looks shiny

Rubbish pictures even on correct settings - no good for indoor shots, spontaneous shots, any movement shots. Can't believe they still sell this !Seriously thinking of sending it back WITHOUT even asking for my money back as a mark of disgust

Product Specifications

Discover how easy digital photography can be - the FE-170 is the best digital camera option for first-time users. The minute you pick up this camera you'll be amazed by its intuitive, easy-to-use design and the convenience of its built-in help guide. Enjoy "manual-free" instructions with the touch of a button. The comprehensive help guide provides brief descriptions and tutorials to help you choose the ideal camera setting every time. Eliminate the blur caused by camera shake or moving subjects. DIS provides a fast shutter speed and an extremely high ISO to improve image quality in challenging situations. The FE-170's LCD is big, bright and beautiful. Easily see what you compose and share what you've captured.

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in/1.2in
Height:2.5in
Weight:4.4oz
Width:3.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Auction / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Document / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset/Landscape / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:FE-170/X-760
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1-5.9
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (64-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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