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We have collected and analyzed 2 expert reviews and 253 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 64/100. The average review date is Apr 12, 2010. We have compared these reviews to 780620 reviews from other Digital Compact Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 21, 2014.

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Review of the Olympus FE-46 Digital Camera


A detailed camera review of the digital point and shoot camera, the Olympus FE-46. This review covers the camera's specifications, design and box accessories.

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Amazon review summary for OLYMPUS FE-46


alaTest has collected and analyzed 195 user reviews of OLYMPUS FE-46 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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66% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus FE-46 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Light Pink)Olympus FE-46 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Light Blue)Olympus FE-46 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Pearl Black)

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great crayons, bad camera


It had a 90 day warranty, but we tossed the original packaging so we were not able to get it fixed. My daughter got it as her "big Christmas present" and was crushed by disappointment in less than 2 months :( We're getting her a new one this Christmas...

Nice combo pack with the crayons ; Camera is cute (my 5 year old daughter liked it) ; Still pictures and Video

Bad quality camera. The flash stopped working after less than 2 months. Only way to take pictures now is in bright sunshine, anything indoors (even during the day with all the lights on) come out horrible


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It's cute...


Got this cam for wife who doesn't want/need manual exposure settings etc. This looked like the ideal simple camera. Yeah it's a 12MP camera but not all pictures are going to be taken less than 10 feet away or in full daylight. Indoor and night photos...

Uses Alkaline batteries, It's pink, daytime image quality is decent. cost. Decent camera for pre-teen/ teen to snap photos of friends etc. does come with (unlisted) MicroSD - XD adapter so you don't have to purchase XD memory chips. Comes with silver...

Low light images are worthless. If you are going to be using this in low light you have to use a tri-pod. Absolutely no image stabilization, white balance detection is on par with my 7 year old 2MP point n shoot camera (poor)

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For the price, an OK buy.


Does what it's supposed to, point and shoot camera

Unless you tweak the settings every time you turn it on, every single picture taken on auto will be extremely blurry. Even with optimal settings, the picture quality isn't very good for a 12mp camera

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Olympus FE-45


This maybe just this camera. I have to go back to manufacturer because I ordered before Christmas for a Christmas gift and tried using for New Year's Day so it's not eligible because it's after the 30 day returning policy. Won't be ordering gifts from...

Great looking camera. Favorite color. It had all the features needed, small easy to handle. It takes regular AA batteries which I prefer because remembering to charge batteries when a shot is not planned is a pain. For the price, its a good camera

Figering out the right settings was a little complicated ; recevied camera when we took pictures and view screen wasn't clear. It had white lines throught the pictures. The lighting was yellow orange and blurred. Reset the settings and still not clear...

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It's reasonable


Good price

Uses AA batteries, which can be slow money drainer over time

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Nice Little Camera


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Good Camera for Point and Shoot. Olympus Master 2 installs under Win7 Ultimate 64Bit Flawlessly. The software is a little clunky though. I installed a 4Gb MicreSD card and it works perfectly. It shows up as a card reader drive in My Computer, can copy...

Software could be better, a little clunky

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Returned for Refund


I own three other Olympus cameras and hoped this one would solve my need-a-pocket-sized camera dilemma. I got it on sale from NewEgg and disliked the picture quality enough to return it with shipping and restocking fees amounting to more than 30% of...

Inexpensive, pocket-sized, uses AA batteries available anywhere, 5X optical zoom, uses either xD or micro SD cards (includes a nifty micro SD - to - xD adapter), has some built-in memory in case your card gets full, takes decent movies and the digital...

Pretty poor picture quality even outdoors, certainly bad indoors; I own 2 other Olympus cameras and this camera's menu system is a departure from what they have been doing and it's not an improvement; Uses a non-standard USB cable that is different...

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Stay away


I would stay clear of this one - I sent it right back - thanks to Newegg for having a sensible return policy. There are many other <$100 cameras at Newegg - try the Nikon L19 or L20.

Camera is seemingly well made, handles well and looks good

Picture quality is terrible. Just goes to show that more megapixels does not always mean better pictures. In detail, images were washed out, fuzzy and worse than my old 1.3 megapixel Sony

Product Specifications

Don't let its affordability fool you: the FE-46 is loaded with features and functions that make taking pictures as creative as it is fun. A 5x optical zoom and AF Tracking merely head up the list of exciting advances on this full-featured camera. The camera automatically tracks the movements of energetic photo targets like kids and pets and continuously adjusts the focus and brightness to capture them sharply, with ease. The dynamic zoom capability on the FE-46 gets you closer to the action without walking closer to your subject. And all in a sleek, easy-to-use camera. Intelligent Auto + Shadow Adjustment combine to get the job done, which is to identify an intended scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro, Sport) and automatically adjusts the camera's settings to achieve the best results. Add a little extra dimension of drama or enchantment by applying a filter effect, such as Pop Art, Pinhole or Wedding. The camera automatically adjusts focus and exposure for those fun family and friend portraits. Up to 16 faces can be tracked and captured sharply by the camera. That way, all your friends and family members come out looking great. With high ISO and faster shutter speeds you can capture sharp, blur-free images even when your subjects are on the move. Movie with sound lets you capture live action that can then be shared on the big screen or uploaded directly to YouTube. This cameras comes with 64 ct. Crayola Crayons.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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/xD-Picture Card / microSD 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/Landscape / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Pet / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Indoor / Cuisine / Anti shake / Documents / Night scene with portrait / Candle


Model:FE-46/FE-46 Digital Camera Coloring Set
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-6.5
Max Focal Length:31.5mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Cosmic black/Flamingo pink/Light blue/Pure white
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 1/2.33"/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/AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 100-1600
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Pin Hole / Pop Art / Sketch / Wedding/Sketch / Pop Art / Pin Hole / Wedding
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None