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Olympus FE-100

A one-touch design, Built-in Help Guide, and an easy to use shooting mode dial will make you feel like you've been taking fantastic pictures with a di...

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Review of "Olympus FE-100"

published 03/05/2012 | Gingerkitty
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Pro You can probably pick these up cheap second hand these days
Cons Not the best quality, cheap looking, chunky to carry, slow processing
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"My mobile takes better photos than this"

Well, as promised, here is the second camera review from me in a week! Apologies for any repetition, but I must explain to anyone who thinks I'm making stuff up that I currently own two cameras, and this one is my back-up camera which wasn't high enough quality to keep for holidays but is good enough for things like nights out where you're not too bothered if it gets scratched or lost.

I received this camera many years ago, it was actually a Christmas present from an ex-boyfriend. At the time, I didn't own a digital camera so I thought it was amazing, but as with all things technical, it soon began to look really dated and poor quality. At the time I remember thinking it was "compact", but looking at it now next to my more recent camera, it actually made me smile because it's so chunky it's unreal. The dimensions are 87.5mm x 62.5mm x 38.5mm. To be honest, in terms of height and length it's reasonably normal, but the width is so large it makes it a little on the chunky side. The weight is 140g, which is surprising to be honest because it looks so big and clumsy it's actually lighter than it looks.

Personally, I find this camera a little awkward to hold as it's so chunky it doesn't rest in the hand nicely like some other cameras do. It's not too heavy to carry round, although it is a little heavier than other cameras, it's more the size it will take up in your bag than the weight.

The front of the camera looks quite sleek, but the back looks really "busy" and cluttered. There are a lot of large buttons, and also a sort of wheel/cog which is used to choose settings. This makes it look a little cheap, and reminds me of those disposable wind-on cameras. The buttons are so big they take up a lot of space on the back of the camera, so the screen on which you view the photo you are taking is very small, around 1 inch x 1.5 inches. In my opinion, this makes it difficult to get a good quality picture, as it's not very easy to see what you're taking a picture of.

It's difficult to believe this camera only has 4.0 megapixels. These days, most mobile phones take better quality photos than this camera, and they're smaller to carry around! The camera has a 2.8 optical zoom which isn't great but is better than nothing. It takes 2 AA batteries which I only remember changing a couple of times so it never really bothered me that the battery wasn't rechargeable as this is just one extra thing to have to remember to do.

As a starting point, this camera was quite useful for introducing me to the world of digital cameras. It literally is as simple as pointing and shooting. The quality of the pictures isn't bad, it's not as sharp as more modern cameras, but is perfectly adequate for things like family photos and general snaps. It does have a few different modes which are useful such as "Portrait" or "Night" mode. I had a play with these and found that you actually can't go far wrong with the "Auto" mode. There is also a self-timer function but I've never used this.

This camera also has the ability to take small video footage, I remember using this a couple of times when I first got my cat as a kitten, and it was perfectly adequate to give you the general gist without being overly clear on detail. I've just checked online and apparently it can record for up to 1 minute 22 seconds.

The processing of this camera in between pictures is very very slow. This means you'll have to wait a while before taking your next photograph, which can get frustrating if you're trying to take a group shot, or catch something in action. Also, it pays to be careful when deleting photos, as there is a similar time delay which means sometimes you might think it hasn't registered you want to delete a photo, press the button again, and end up deleting a photo you didn't intend to delete.

I'm not sure if I'm being a bit harsh giving this camera two stars, but it's just so outdated I really can't recommend a camera which takes lower quality pictures than the average mobile phone. This camera only seems to be available second hand from places like Ebay, for as little as £20. Even at this price, unless it's to introduce a child to cameras, I couldn't recommend it.

(This review also appears on Dooyoo under the username Holland1)

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Product Information : Olympus FE-100

Manufacturer's product description

A one-touch design, Built-in Help Guide, and an easy to use shooting mode dial will make you feel like you've been taking fantastic pictures with a digital camera for as long as you can remember.

Product Details

Product Description: Olympus FE-100 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 2.8 x zoom lens - 6.2 - 17.4 mm - f/3.0-5.0

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 2 x AA NiCd rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.8 cm x 3.9 cm x 6.3 cm

Weight: 0.1 kg


MPN: 003418, FE-100, 225695

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 4.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 4,230,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 4,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 2.8 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: QuickTime

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO auto (64-400)

Exposure Metering: Spot, Centre-weighted

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, self-portrait, night scene

White Balance: Automatic

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 2 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 2.8 x zoom lens - 6.2 - 17.4 mm - f/3.0-5.0

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 38 - 106mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 2-50cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 6 groups / 7 elements

Features: Aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 7

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Effective Flash Range: 0.2 m - 3.8 m

Additional Features

Self Timer Delay: 12sec

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support


Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 130,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x DC power input


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Master 1.2

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later


Included Accessories: USB cable, wrist strap, video cable


Battery Type: AA

Details: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included ) ¦ 2 x AA NiCd rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 28 MB

Supported Memory Cards: xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 9 - with 28MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 28 - with 28MB built-in memory ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 42 - with 28MB built-in memory ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 : 160 - with 28MB built-in memory

Video Capture: QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 82 sec - with 28MB built-in memory

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.8 cm

Depth: 3.9 cm

Height: 6.3 cm

Weight: 0.1 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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