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alaTest has collected and analyzed 123 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and image quality. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but the lens and memory get less positive opinions.

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

battery, low-light, storage, memory, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the OLYMPUS FE-26 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon review summary for OLYMPUS FE-26


alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of OLYMPUS FE-26 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, usability, portability, size

image quality, memory, features, performance, low-light

58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus FE-26 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Silver)Olympus FE-26 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Pink)Olympus FE-26 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Pink)

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Cheap, not the best thing around


I wanted the cheapest NEW camera available, so I took a chance with this. This is a cheap camera and that is what you get with it. CHEAP images. The picture quality is acceptable in brightly lit areas, but it performs very poorly at night or in...

Cheap, Lightweight, Basic Point and Shoot

Battery hog, VERY POOR image quality, horrible in low-light conditions, does not use standard SD card

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Decent Cam, Bad Vids


Great for children if you don't need video with sound.

Compact, easy to use (once you figure it out), price/performance

Video DOES NOT HAVE SOUND. Pictures get a little grainy, IS is really just an ISO booster. Uses xd Picture cards or microSD, but not regular SD/SDHC


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I like this


The best camera for the $$$$$ I am happy with this ^^ i love Newegg

dont have memory card

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great little camera. . .for cheap


For the money its really a good deal.

Cheap. . .from Newegg, offered at Walmart for over 100.00 large LED viewfinder, easy to use. takes clear pictures. Immediately recognized by my PC. Came with a Olympus sd adpater and batteries. Small size Good battery life. Video switch is in the...

The battery door is a bit flimsy, must be used with care of it will fail. Didn't come with a SD card. A bit flimsy and for sure needs a camera case for safety in a pocket

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Sorry Olympus, you won't be getting any of my money any longer.

It worked for a period of time

Drains life out of batteries even in off mode. Always resets to default settings after powering off. Lens sometimes jams - wait, always jams ; Camera has now joined the fireplace. Good riddance

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Excellent camera for the money


Here we are at a point where you can buy a major name brand digital camera for a dirt cheap price. Sure it has some compromises, but overall it takes a good picture in conditions most people use a camera for. Low light performance is poor due to...

Compact size, large screen, flexible settings with over-rides possible, good macro modes, respectable auto-focus, MicroSD to XD adapter( included) overcomes the issues with XD cards. Does have panorama mode. Unlike many Olympus cameras, this one DOES...

Poor overall low light performance due to video noise, useless video option due to very short time and no audio, lackluster IS in lower light situations. In trying to make this camera idiot proof, they've made it frustrating for a knowledgeable user to...

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happy buyer


fat vrs fat32? This camera's instructions seem to indicate that 2G is max memory. Thats still 550 twelve megapixel shots for about $10 more.

A very good deal on a quality camera. My old camera eats batteries but this one is efficient. Very compact, nice looking, easy to use

doesn't have video out. Not a necessity but i use this feature on my other cameras to sit back and evaluate shots on my tv. It's not a high-end feature so I forgot to check for it when i purchased

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Very Satisfied


great camera would buy again

none as of right now

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XD card limited to 2GB storage?


I have a number of Micro Sd and SD high capacity cards and now I have to buy an XD card that costs as much for a 2GB card as the 8 GB card class 6 I just bought. I hate proprietary cards make you pay more and get less small capacity

Nice compact package, big screen, I figured the other reviews can cover the quality and features fo the camera

You are forced to use XD cards and they are only available with a max size of 2 GB! this is a big deal breaker for me. I just bought 2 ea 8GB micro SD cards and they were the same price each as the tiny 2 GB card

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. This model 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.


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:microSD Card / xD-Picture Card

Dimensions & Weight


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:Anti shake / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Pet / 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


Color:Cornflower blue/Pink/Silver
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 100-1600 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Pin Hole / Pop Art / Sketch / Wedding
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None