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Olympus FE-280 / C-520 / X-820

alaTest has collected and analyzed 297 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the screen and image quality are on the whole positive. The value for money and usability also get good comments, but the features and viewfinder get negative opinions. There are some mixed comments about the flash.

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

memory, shutter, low-light, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus FE-280 / C-520 / X-820 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus FE-280

 

The 8-megapixel Olympus FE-280 costs $200--a pretty low price. It comes with a good user guide for beginners but offers few manual settings. Image quality was merely average.

Can show multi-frame preview of effects ; Slim and lightweight

Smile Shot feature doesn't always work ; Only-average image quality

The lightest camera on the chart and one of the least expensive, the FE-280's images scored about average in our tests.

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Olympus FE-280 Zoom

 

The FE-280 and FE-300 both feature a 2.5-inch LCD screen. Composing shots and sharing images with friends and family is easier than ever thanks to these high-resolution displays. Additionally, the backlight boost button increases the LCD from bright to...

Face Detection Technology tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subjects are moving, the camera continuously tracks...

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Olympus FE-280

 

If you want a compact digital camera that offers easy-to-use features, amazing image quality and a slim go-anywhere design, the FE-280 is the camera for you. Digital Image Stabilization Mode and Edit, coupled with 21 Shooting Modes, means you'll get...

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A close look at the $200, 8-megapixel Olympus FE-280 digital pocket camera, with 21 scene modes, Smile Shot, video capability and more.

 

It has 21 scene modes, Smile Shot, video capability and more

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Olympus FE-280

 

The FE-280 is part of Olympus' Summer 2007 introduction of no fewer than nine consumer cameras. It is a super-slim design that offers a bit of everything to appeal to a wide variety of consumers. And an attractive 8-megapixel camera with a list price...

Ultra-slim 8-megapixel camera in four cool colors, Bright hi-res 2.5-inch LCD with backlight boost, 640 x 480 movies at a full 30 fps, Advanced face detection mode, Digital image stabilization with gyro assist, 48MB onboard memory, PreSet Shooting Mode...

Can't have sound and optical zoom together in movie mode, No voice recording mode, xD-Picture card harder to fnd and more expensive, We prefer zoom rocker to a zoom ring around the shutter

descriptionThe FE-280 has a small footprint of just 3.6 x 2.4 inches -- barely larger than a credit card -- and it is only 0.65 inches thick. It also weighs less than four ounces without the battery and a bit more with it. You can take it anywhere and...

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Olympus FE-280

 

The FE-280 is part of Olympus' Summer 2007 introduction of no fewer than nine consumer cameras. It is a super-slim design that offers a bit of everything to appeal to a wide variety of consumers. And an attractive 8-megapixel camera with a list price...

Ultra-slim 8-megapixel camera in four cool colors, Bright hi-res 2.5-inch LCD with backlight boost, 640 x 480 movies at a full 30 fps, Advanced face detection mode, Digital image stabilization with gyro assist, 48MB onboard memory, PreSet Shooting Mode...

Can't have sound and optical zoom together in movie mode, No voice recording mode, xD-Picture card harder to fnd and more expensive, We prefer zoom rocker to a zoom ring around the shutter

The ultra-slim, ultra-light FE-280 is an impressive, economical 8-megapixel camera that has a lot going for it. We like the large, bright high resolution LCD, the full-speed VGA movie mode, the image stabilization, the face recognition mode and just...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus FE-280 (g13msj3w3j7bnf78, 24 Jan 08)

 

Purchased in Jan 2008. My requirements were size and weight. The camera fits inside a deck of playing cards, it's so small, but the listed weight is incorrect. The camera is NOT 108g w/ the battery, it's 124g w/ the battery. Everything else about the...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus FE-280 (userbosco, 2 Jan 08)

 

Bought this for travel when the DSLR isn't a good option. Fun camera with lots of features. i looked at Sony, Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Casio.... none offered 8MP with the features in the form factor at this price point. I've always been satisfied with...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus FE-280 (Francis Sawyer, 15 Dec 07)

 

POST A REVIEW OF THE CAMERA, not an empty page, not half-sentences, not complaints about software. Abject stupidity has rendered the feedback sections of this site WORTHLESS. If you own a camera, tell us about noise levels, shutter-release lag,...

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Olympus FE-280

 

I notice that Cannon make a similar one called the Elph. I don't know why it gets so much attention. I think the Olympus has it beat hands down.

I like the style, size, quality, and features this camera has

I understand the memory card is only average. It would be nice if they put in a higher quality one so I don't have to go out and buy another

Product Specifications

Smart technology packed into a slim design. If you want a compact digital camera that offers easy-to-use features, amazing image quality and a slim go-anywhere design, the FE-280 is the camera for you. Digital Image Stabilization Mode and Edit, coupled with 21 Shooting Modes, means you'll get high-quality results in all shooting situations.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:2.2in
Weight:3.8oz
Width:3.6in

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:512MB

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:FE-280
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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Red
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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