Last updated: Review & Sample Photos @ CamerasUK (added on 17.02.07)
Olympus FE-170 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (announced on 22.08.06) with 6.0 effective megapixels, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 mm – 114 mm), 10 scene modes (e.g. Sports, Fireworks, Self-portrait) and 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 90 x 63 x 31 mm (3.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 in), weighing around 175 g (6.2 oz) and is running on two AA batteries.
>> REVIEWS (last updated: 17.02.07)
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Olympus FE-170 and wrote;
“Like we have seen with some other FE models, the quality of our SHQ images isn’t quite up to par with similar 6-megapixel entry-level models… Bottom line – Available at a street price of under $150, the Olympus FE-170 is a good fit for children and beginners. But its relatively slow performance and below average image quality will disappoint more experienced users. That said, if you’re in the market for an ultra-compact 6-megapixel model with an appealing price tag, check out some other manufactures’ models like the Sony Cyber-Shot DCS-W30 or Canon PowerShot A540 just to name two. “
CamerasUK have reviewed the Olympus FE-170 where they rate the camera 73/100 and write;
“I like the colours the FE-170 manages to produce. They are deep and many of the pictures take on a warm glow. The dedicated test for colours underlines the strength of the colours the camera is able to capture. Although blues are strong I would not go as far as to say this or any other colour is overly dominant…The Olympus FE-170 is priced about right. It can take decent pictures when the light is good, but struggles more in lowlight. Shutter lag is also an issue with the camera. If you can pay more there are better cameras to be found, but if this camera fits into your budget then I would say go ahead and buy as long as you are prepared to accept its limitations. “
CNET have reviewed the Olympus FE-170 where they rate the camera 5.6/10 (Average) and write;
“Image quality was similarly disappointing. While the FE-180 displayed very good white balance with tungsten lights, the FE-170’s tungsten shots looked almost like old-timey sepia prints. Beyond the severe yellowing, processing artifacts obscured and softened fine details. Noise wasn’t very noticeable, but we couldn’t run our full gamut of noise tests because of the camera’s total lack of ISO control. Also, the FE-170 has a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to ISO 400, though since the ISO isn’t recorded in EXIF data, there’s no way of actually telling what sensitivity setting the camera chooses for a given shot…The bottom line: The Olympus FE 170’s price is hard to beat; its performance, not so much.”
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 17.02.07)
>> PRESS RELEASE
London, 23 August 2006 – Olympus introduces the FE-170 and FE-180, cameras with 3x zooms that prove that photography is fun. With a no-nonsense “one button, one function” design and a 6.0 million pixel CCD, the FE-170 and FE-180 make taking – and printing – even larger size photos a cinch. There’s even an on-screen Help function included, to give easy-to-understand descriptions of camera settings. Life couldn’t be any easier! With these cameras, once a shot has been taken you’ll want to show it off. This can be done either on their large 6.4cm LCD screens, or by printing copies to pass around. Prints can be made either at home, by connecting the cameras directly to a suitable printer (no fussing around with a PC needed here!), or at countless High Street photo labs. As you’d expect from Olympus, both models look the business. The FE-180 features a metal front and, if your family occasions stretch to water based activities such as sailing or snorkelling, an optional Outdoor Case will soon be available for the FE-170. With the FE-170 and FE-180, you don’t have to be a technical whiz, or even own a computer to enjoy producing great quality photos.
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