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Olympus FE-290

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and usability. The lens and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the battery and 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-290 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus FE-290

 

The FE-290 was built to let you capture more of all your favorite people and places. The wide-angle lens combines with 4x optical zoom and an extra large 3.0" LCD to fit more in every photo you frame. It's ideal for shooting everything from panoramic...

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Olympus FE-290

 

With hundreds of compatible Olympus accessories this Olympus FE-290 has what it takes to take a beginner photographer to the professional world through the user-friendly navigational tools and effects anyone can take professional looking photos at an...

sleek and extremely slim digital camera4x (28mm equivalent) wide optical zoom7.1 megapixelseveral fashionable colours

Olympus FE-290, 7.1 megapixel digital still camera has created...

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Olympus FE-290

 

The FE-290, part of Olympus' Summer 2007 introduction of nine new consumer cameras, presents an interesting proposition. You get a bit less resolution (though still plenty enough), but some other goodies that are more important to many hobby...

Elegant ultra-compact with large and bright high-res LCD display, 4X optical zoom gets you that much closer, Wide angle lens comes in handy in many situations, Digital image stabilization with gyro assist, PreSet Shooting Mode lets you select best setting

Can't have sound and optical zoom together in movie mode, and only 15 fps, No voice recording mode, xD-Picture card harder to fnd and more expensive, No face detection mode, TruePic III processor, and only 7MB onboard memory, We prefer zoom rocker to a...

The ultra-compact FE-290 is for those who value its 4X optical zoom, its terrific 3-inch LCD, and its wide angle lens above all else. If that is the sole focus, the FE-290 definitely hits the mark. In fact, we'd buy the FE-290 for the screen alone. We...

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Olympus FE-290

 

The FE-290, part of Olympus' Summer 2007 introduction of nine new consumer cameras, presents an interesting proposition. You get a bit less resolution (though still plenty enough), but some other goodies that are more important to many hobby...

Elegant ultra-compact with large and bright high-res LCD display, 4X optical zoom gets you that much closer, Wide angle lens comes in handy in many situations, Digital image stabilization with gyro assist, PreSet Shooting Mode lets you select best setting

Can't have sound and optical zoom together in movie mode, and only 15 fps, No voice recording mode, xD-Picture card harder to fnd and more expensive, No face detection mode, TruePic III processor, and only 7MB onboard memory, We prefer zoom rocker to a...

descriptionThe FE-290 may look almost identical to the FE-280, but it is definitely a larger camera. The footprint is still small at 3.9 x 2.2 inches, but it's an inch thick, and that is making it an ultra-compact rather than an ultra-slim. It's still...

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Amazon review summary for Olympus FE-290

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Olympus FE-290 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Olympus Stylus FE-290 7MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Zoom (Black)

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Olympus FE-290

 

With the 4x wide zoom Olympus FE-290. It delivers the greatest versatility in its class - all in a pocket-sized silver or black housing. With a powerful 7.1 Megapixels and giant 7.6cm LCD, it's a cinch to quickly frame and capture high-resolution shots...

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Olympus FE-290

 

I love this camera. I was in the market for a digital camera for a while. I've been searching and testing for a long time. While, I'm not a professional photographer, I'm very picky about the things that I purchase. One of the important things that I...

4x wide-angle zoom lens

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Olympus has a hit on its hands!!!!

 

If you've read any of my digital camera reviews, you'll know that I haven't been that kind to Olympus cameras. Well, I've had a change to try out the FE-290 digital camera and I must admit that I actually liked it! I really liked it! The photos from ...

Great photos, super clear LCD, well built

Wish it used standard AA sized batteries, but you can't have everything

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A camera user-friendly and very good

 

The earlier era was the Olympus 210, but had had enough of bear batteries, charger ... In addition, they lasted little, but was happy with the quality of photos and ease of use of the camera. So I decided to buy one of the same brand, but with lithium...

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Olympus FE-290

 
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Product Specifications

Expand your view of the world. The FE-290 was built to let you capture more of all your favorite people and places. The wide-angle lens combines with 4x optical zoom and an extra large 3.0" LCD to fit more in every photo you frame. It's ideal for shooting everything from panoramic landscapes to indoor group shots where there isn't much room to back up.

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:1.1in
Height:2.2in
Weight:5oz
Width:3.9in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Action / Auction / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:FE-290
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.4
Max Focal Length:18.2mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Silver
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

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):640
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 640 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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