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Olympus FE-190

alaTest has collected and analyzed 306 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and usability. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback, whereas the memory and focus get less positive views. There are some mixed views about the viewfinder.

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

shutter, responsiveness, low-light, focus, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus FE-190 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus FE 190


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Olympus FE-190 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-190


Is the the FE-190 a great camera for the money, or did Olympus cut too many corners to keep the price down? Find out now in our review

Remarkably stylish and well built for the price (though see issues below) ; Big 2.5" LCD display; decent outdoor and low light visibility (though see issues below) ; Easy to use, with plenty of scene modes ; Unique shooting guide feature ; Good bundled...

Lots of corner softness; occasional vignetting as well ; Redeye a big problem ; Lacks even the most basic controls (like white balance), which can cause many image quality problems (see examples in review) ; Low LCD resolution ; No optical viewfinder ;...

Unfortunately, the old adage "you get what you pay for" applies to the Olympus FE-190. Despite its nice design and low price, it's just too stripped down for me to recommend. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more on a better camera -- I've listed...


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Olympus FE-190 Digital Camera Review


The 6 megapixel Olympus FE-190 is a slim, affordable, entry-level camera.

Stylish, attractive, 0.7 inch thick body ; Good build quality ; Minimal shutter lag, after doing a partial press of the shutter ; Good battery life ; Nice "guide" feature

Average image quality ; Very stripped down - many "standard" features missing ; No focus assist light - would have proved very useful ; No VGA resolution video mode ; Low resolution LCD

The Olympus FE-190 is an easy to use, good looking, affordable camera.  However, I don't quite agree with all of the decisions that Olympus made to "strip down" the camera.  For instance, you can't adjust the sensitivity (ISO) or white balance, and you...

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Olympus FE-190


Lovers of minimalist design will adore the slender new FE-190 digital camera from Olympus. Measuring just 18.5mm deep, this slim, metal bodied camera can be slipped into a shirt pocket to be taken anywhere. It also features a large 6.4cm LCD screen...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus FE-190 (pfs, 13 Jan 08)


I got this camera a year ago. I was just looking for a little, pocket-sized, walk-around snapshot camera to replace my older and bulkier Minolta point-and-shoot. So expectations were not high. Even so, this camera really disappoints. The Image...

Image Stabilization does not work ; Red eye reduction doesn't work ; Focus and shot set-up is quite slow

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Olympus FE-190


everything incl. the price

nothing I can think of

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Owners Opinion: Olympus FE-190 (gvrdirk, 19 Jul 07)


I bought this camera, because my Canon Powershot S50 had not all features I wanted. For instance, the macro-function (50 cm) could have been better. The Olympus is a nice, very compact camera. It doesn't weigh a lot, and it has lots of possibilities. ...

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horrible inside pictures, decent outside pics


A friend asked me to play wedding photographer at her wedding and i was HORRIBLY dissapointed will almost EVERY inside picture! every picture i took in the chapel was either blurry or almost blurry!!

nice outdoor photo

HORRIBLE inside photos

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Owners Opinion: Olympus FE-190 (Pentax Fan, 12 Jun 07)


Since I was a kid, I've been using the Olympus half frame camera (70's) - you know those compact 135's that made a 36 shot roll into 72+. Good for the all around daily household or family shots whose prints go into an album. The half frame does not...

I can understand the thin rechargeable battery of the FE 190 which should go with the thin and portable construction of the camera. But shouldn't it be more helpful if an SD card is used instead of the xD card? For me, they're just memory storage. So...

Product Specifications

Amazingly slim. Very accessible. The sleek 0.7" thin body of the FE-190 is compact enough to slip in and out of your purse or pocket with ease. You'll be amazed by many features packed into this little camera - like the built-in help guide, Digital Image Stabilization mode and the 2.5" LCD screen. Pull it out of the box and start shooting. It's that easy to take great pictures with the FE-190. Use the built-in help guide to select the right camera settings for all environments. Shooting a moving subject? Experiencing a bit of camera shake? Not a problem with Digital Image Stabilization technology. With this big screen it's even easier to preview, frame, shoot and share pictures, not to mention use the camera's menu when necessary.

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


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


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 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 Type: None