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Olympus FE-230/X-790 Digital Compact Camera

alaTest has collected and analyzed 382 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and image quality are generally positive. The value for money and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the lens and storage. Some have doubts about the features and focus.

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responsiveness, flash, shutter, focus, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus FE-230/X-790 Digital Compact Camera is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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The Olympus FE-230, announced in late January, is one of four slim, pocket-sized cameras that overhauled Olympus' line of entry-level point-and-shoots. This model boasts a 7.1 megapixel 1/2.5-inch CCD, 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5-inch LCD screen, and...

Small and portable ; Easy-to-use external interface and simple menus ; Shooting Guide mode provides useful shooting tips ; Good resolution performance

No room for advancement as users become more comfortable with controls and settings ; Construction quality is questionable, with many parts appearing too delicate to withstand the wear and tear that comes with daily use ; Lack of white balance settings...

Likes - Small and portable - Easy-to-use external interface and simple menus - Shooting Guide mode provides useful shooting tips - Good resolution performance ...

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Olympus FE230 Photo Gallery


Great videos, Sturdy body, Rotating LCD, Accurate colors and white balance, Optical image stabilization, Wide f/2.7 aperture

The Canon PowerShot S5 IS combines a few aged components with some new technology and upgrades. The 8-megapixel ultra-zoom digital camera has a 12x optical zoom lens that has made several appearances on previous S-series models. The 12x lens used to be...

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Olympus FE-230


Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies. Better yet, ask me no questions, and I won't have to think too much about how to take pictures. That's the philosophy behind Olympus' FE-series of cameras. Rather than offering manual settings and...

Excellent indoor white balance; simple to use

Sluggish performance; soft images

If you really want a camera that does the thinking for you, this is a good choice. Otherwise, look for faster, more reliable models.


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Olympus FE-230 Zoom


The FE-230 features a 0.6-inch super-slim and durable metal body that makes this the most compact and portable member of the FE family. An optional underwater housing (PT-038) designed specifically for the FE-230 provides worry-free fun in the pool or...

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...

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Olympus FE-230


Introduced in January, the 7.1-megapixel FE-230 is in the lower half of Olympus's "Fun and Easy" line. It is loaded with typical point-and-shoot features including a 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5-inch LCD screen. Exclusively for fledgling digital...

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Olympus FE-230


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Olympus FE-230 Digital Camera Full Review


The 7.1 megapixel Olympus FE-230 is probably one of the the slimmest and most budget friendly digital camera currently on the market.

Very slim and stylish ; Quality construction ; Quick speed of operation

Grainy LCD (low pixel count) ; Significant pincushion distortion

I was pretty impressed by the very slim Olympus FE-230, given the price point (sub-$200) and its performance.  While it may not meet the needs of every photographer, it's a good fit for someone new to digital photography (with plenty of built-in help...

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"Nice small camera for on the run"


Very good value.

Good quality pictures in a very small footprint. Very easy to use.

Slow focus.

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Olympus FE-230


Very good value.

Good quality pictures in a very small footprint. Very easy to use

Slow focus

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"Great Camera"


I received this camera as a gift and I absoultely love it!!! Its great for teens that want a camera thats thin and can fit in your pockets.

Good for teens

haven't found any yet

Product Specifications

Style and ease of use characterize the affordable Olympus FE-230. At just 16.5mm, its smart stainless metal body cuts a great figure wherever it's taken. Its easy operation makes capturing photos a snap and 7.1 megapixels guarantee top-class pictures that will leave any mobile phone camera in the dust. The large 6.4cm LCD ensures framing becomes an accurate affair and viewing the results a sheer pleasure.

Audio Input



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: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:Auction / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2


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


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:7.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1250
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (50-1250)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None