Last Update: Review by DigitalCameraReview (added on 15.12.06)
Olympus FE-190 is a 6.0 effective Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera featuring 2x optical zoom lens (36-114mm equivalent), 10 scenes mode, and 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring in at 2.3″x3.6″x0.7″ and weighing only at 3.9oz. You can buy the camera for around US$200.
>> REVIEWS (last updated: 15.12.06)
DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Olympus FE-190 and wrote;
“The camera is stylish – the slim body and nice finish give the camera a look that is more expensive then it really is. Build quality is also very good and the controls are fairly comfortable…Bottom line, I think the Olympus FE-190 is a fine camera, especially if you’re looking for an ultra-compact camera under $200. However, I think that if you’re willing to spend just a bit more ($20-50 more), you’ll find much better cameras (or ones with similar results but more features), like the Canon Powershot SD600 or Casio Exilim EX-Z70“
Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Olympus FE-190 and wrote;
“Bottom line – While the Olympus FE-190 does offer some appealing features at an affordable price of US$200 or less, the below average image quality of its 6-megapixel SHQ images and poor 320×240 movie mode really bring it down. 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-W50, Casio Exilim EX-Z600, or Canon PowerShot SD600 just to name a few.”
DCRP reviewed the Olympus FE-190 and wrote;
“Photo quality on the FE-190 was not great. The good news is that photos were well-exposed, with minimal purple fringing. If you’re in “normal light” that the camera’s auto white balance system can figure out, then colors should be very nice as well. However, I took quite a few shots in what I’d call standard indoor lighting and ended up with a strong color cast. Since there’s no way to adjust white balance on the camera, you’re out of luck when this happens. You can’t control the ISO either, and noise levels can be pretty high when the camera cranks it up automatically. The FE-190’s lens creates quite a bit of blurring around the corners of the frame, as well. Last but not least, redeye appears to be a significant (but unsurprising) problem on this ultra-compact camera.”
CNET reviewed the Olympus FE-190 where they rated the camera 7.2/10 and wrote;
“Colors were rich and saturated and stayed accurate even in indoor lighting. Some automatic white balances yielded severely yellow photos under incandescent light, but the FE-190 managed to produce a very neutral and even image in our tungsten-lit lab. We noticed some lens distortion at the widest end of the zoom lens, but nothing that would seriously damage an image….The bottom line: If you don’t mind the lack of features, Olympus’s FE-190 offers pretty pictures and a slim body at a low price.”
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 07.12.06)
>> PRESS RELEASE
Hamburg, 23 August 2006 – Lovers of minimalist design will adore the slender new FE-190 digital camera from Olympus. Measuring just 18.5mm deep, this slim, metal bodied camera can be slipped into a shirt pocket to be taken anywhere. It also features a large 6.4cm LCD screen that makes framing subjects, and viewing shots already taken, a delight. More good news is that the FE-190 has an equally tiny price tag, so it’s easy on the purse as well as the eye! The ultra-compact FE-190 will draw envious glances wherever it is taken and brings a welcome injection of style to the affordable, entry-level class of digital cameras. Hobby photographers will have everything they need to start shooting and, as the FE-190 has a simple “one button, one function” design, they won’t be hampered by a complicated series of menus to work through to find the functions they desire. Equipped with a high quality 3x zoom lens and a 6.0 million pixel CCD, this tiny Olympus possesses enough clout to deliver outstanding photos – even in large formats.
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