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Olympus FE-340 / X-855 / C560

alaTest has collected and analyzed 176 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and screen. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the memory and features. Comments about the reliability and image stabilizer are mixed.

usability, portability, image quality, screen, design

battery, flash, lens, features, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus FE-340 / X-855 / C560 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus FE-340 Zoom

 

Great images start with great optics. The new FE-340 and FE-310 have a 5x Optical Zoom made from precision- crafted lenses that put you 60 percent closer to the action than typical 3x lenses. Face Detection, featured in the four new FE cameras, tracks...

Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) is featured in the four new FE cameras for capturing crisp, clear pictures. DIS freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. The FE-320...

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Olympus FE

 

The FE-340 is ideal for anyone looking for an ultra-slim camera that offers a powerful zoom, easy-to-use features and amazing image quality. The super-slim, pocket-size body is easy to carry and comfortable to hold-perfect for taking great pictures on...

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Olympus FE-340 Digital Camera - Express Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Joining in the trend to re-energize the staid, seemingly all-silver world of digital cameras, the Olympus FE-340 offers a fun selection of body colors (pink, red, and blue), though you can also choose more conservative silver and black styles if that's...

Small, slim size ; 5x optical zoom ; Enjoyable to use ; Light weight ; Smile Shot and Face Detection for good, in-focus pictures of kids ; Good selection of useful preset shooting modes ; Good overall color ; Large 2.7-inch LCD is usable in very bright...

High lens distortion at full wide angle ; Distracting image noise at ISOs 400 and up ; Some blurring in corners at both zoom settings, especially the lower left corner ; Slightly soft detail definition overall ; Slow shot-to-shot times

With an initial MSRP of US$199.99, the Olympus FE-340 is an excellent deal. You get a lot of resolution and a good zoom lens, plus a nice array of helpful exposure modes and creative options. The available exposure modes also accommodate a wide range...

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Olympus FE340

 

In the slew of cameras released by Olympus this year, there's the FE340: 8 megapixels with 5X optical zoom. It also features Perfect Shot Preview, a high range of ISO sensitivities and playback image editing. Is it worth it to pick up the Olympus...

Compact design available in five colors and above average 5X zoom ; Easy to use - few buttons and built-in help ; LCD viewable in various conditions (Especially with backlight boost) ; Perfect Shot Preview ; Hands-free smile detection automatically...

No manual controls at all ; Lacks 'real' image stabilization ; Below average battery life ; Burst mode is missing ; Slow overall performance; poor low-light focusing ; Plastic tripod mount, no USB 2.0 High-speed

The Olympus FE340 is a simple 8 megapixel camera for casual point-and-shoot purposes. The camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery (thus the thin design) and packs more zoom than you'll typically find on a camera like this. That'll be 5X optical...

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Olympus FE-340 Review at Photo Today

 

The Olympus FE-340 packs a lot of features in a very small camera at a fair price. It's fully capable of making good basic photos, the type that most families will use the FE-340 for. A few of the newer features like its “Smile” mode need more work,...

Ben – Busted! Thanks for catching that. I've updated the post to show off the FE-340 and not the FE-310.

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Olympus FE-340 Review

 

The Olympus FE-340 is the current mid-range model of the entry-level FE line of digital cameras from Olympus.

Solid metal body with nice styling ; Plenty of resolution in LCD ; Nice lens ; Easy to use

Average image quality ; Average overall performance ; Smeared flash shots, and noise/noise reduction in general

40 has been building interest among buyers looking for something that breaks the "3x zoom" mold without breaking the bank

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Olympus FE-340

 

The Olympus FE-340 (announced 22 January, 2008) is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens (36 mm - 180mm), 'smile shot' technology, face detection, expression edit (for editing facial expressions) and a 2.7 inch LCD. The … Continue...

Choosing the right compact digital camera has never been easier thanks to the new Olympus pocket-size FE-Series cameras that make capturing brilliant images as simple as point and shoot. The FE-310, FE-320, FE-340 and FE-350 deliver high-tech features...

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Fair camera but better & cheaper ones are out there.

 

Don't buy this camera- it's not worth your money. It is possible to get a fair performance out of it, but there are better options out there. I personally recommend the Canon ELPH-100- cheaper, still easy to use, and much much better photo and video...

Easy to use. Some built-in memory

Shutter speed is extremely slow, making it difficult to use, even as a simple point-and-shoot camera. Video quality is terrible and it doesn't record in 16:9. It also uses an XD card instead of an SD card, which is a bit unusual these days

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decent camera but some issues

 

This is a decent camera for most things that I need. However, there are times when the flash just made the photo look worse. So, I would choose no flash, but this would increase the chance of a blurry photo! On occasion, I was able to anchor my arms...

fairly easy to use

if no flash, then you get blurry photos

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Slow, Fuzzy and Broken

 

Cheaper to throw it away than fix it. Get the maintainence plan at best buy, they'll go out of business trying to fix it :)

Mmmmm, Small size with large screen

Everything else... Point, click, everyone moves, you move and the shutter finnaly goes. Fuzzy picture every time. You have to be a statue to get a clear shot. I was always placing it on a solid surface. After maybe 300 shots it's dead for no reason

Product Specifications

Get to where you want to be with the affordable FE-340. Its ultra-slim metal body houses a powerful 5x zoom lens to provide photographers with amazing versatility. Matched with 8.0 megapixel resolution, detailed shots are assured. These can be viewed on the large 6.9cm LCD. This easy-to-use model is available in a choice of four expressive colors.

Audio Input

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:2.3in
Weight:4.1oz
Width:3.8in

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 / Auction / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Smile shutter / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:FE-340
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Max Focal Length:31.5mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Dark blue/Pink/Red/Silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.35"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.8 mm ( 1/2.35 ) / 10.8 mm ( 1/2.35" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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