Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ LaptopMag (added on 29 May’07)
The Olympus FE-210 is a 7.1 million effective pixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38-114mm), “One button, one function” design principle, and a 6.4cm/2.5” LCD screen. The camera measures 90 x 62.5 x 30.5 mm (3.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 in), weighs 122g and runs on 2 x AA batteries (alkaline supplied).
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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 29.05.07)
LaptopMag reviews the Olympus FE-210 and writes;
“Details in the shot of a flower arrangement appeared soft, with the edges a bit blurred. When we photographed a colleague, the results were better and had more accurate colors (but a bit yellow). Video recorded with the FE-210 looked pixelated and barely passes for online use. The camera took a few seconds to start up, which was acceptable, but waiting three to four seconds between shots was annoying. ”
Cameras.UK reviews the Olympus FE-210 and writes;
“Stepping indoors into lower light give the FE-210 a real headache. Although the light for the indoor portrait shot was not perfect there was enough light to expect the camera to be able to focus properly….Although the Olympus FE-210 is relatively inexpensive I would not say it offered good value for money. It struggles indoors and also suffers from shutter lag. If you can squeeze a few more pounds into your budget you can find a better camera..”
DigitalCameraReview reviews the Olympus FE-210 and writes;
“Image quality from the FE-210 was pretty average, but good for a camera that you can get for less than $150. Color reproduction was good, exposure was generally good, but details and contrast were just a bit less than you would see from a slightly more expensive camera. … If you’re in the market for a sub-$150 camera, the Olympus FE-210 is a viable option for you. Decent image quality and decent speed of operation are the primary plusses, in my opinion. Another possible selling point, especially for beginning digital camera owners, is Olympus’ built-in guide system that can suggest the settings that you need to get a particular shot. Current competitors to this camera would be the Fujifilm Finepix A700, Nikon Coolpix L10, and Pentax Optio E30.”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus FE-210 and writes;
“..the image quality of our SHQ images was OK for a 7-megapixel consumer camera. This model shows nice exposure and color balance, but I did see moderate edge softness…Bottom line – I was a bit disappointed with the overall performance of this model. Not only is it slow, but the 7-megapixel images it creates are only OK. With a street price of US$199 or less, I feel there are better models out there in this price range. However, if you liked the features found on this camera, take a look at its brother, the FE-230. It’s also 7-megapixels, but features a more compact and durable body, better performance, and is only about $50 more.”
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 29.05.07)
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London, 25 January 2007 – Price, performance and ease of use go hand-in-hand in the slim and smoothly-curved Olympus FE-210. A 3x zoom lens and 7.1 Megapixel resolution ensure that this affordable camera delivers excellent shooting performance, with the results easily appreciated on a large 6.4cm LCD screen. The image quality is excellent – so you are sure to want to keep your precious memories to enjoy for years to come – and even print them out as large format photos to put on show.
With a 7.1 Megapixel CCD, the FE-210 packs lots of imaging power. No matter whether you want to just view your shots on-screen, get them printed to postcard size for your album, or as poster size prints for your walls, the photos come out a treat every time. The 3x zoom lens gives users the flexibility needed to capture outstanding shots no matter whether they’re stood close to the subject or some distance away, and the results can be easily checked and shown around to groups of friends on the big 6.4cm LCD screen.
Incorporating a “one button, one function” design principle, the FE-210 is ready for use straight out of the box and 15 scene modes have been pre-programmed with the best settings for many common shooting situations such as Indoor, Fireworks, and Self Portrait – a handy Movie function has even been included to let users record the action as it happens.
To meet memory needs, the camera’s internal memory is complemented with an xD-Picture Card slot. And for easy photo editing and archiving on a computer, the camera comes with the Olympus Master software. Expect to see the FE-210 in UK stores from February 2007, with an estimated High Street price of around £100.00.
The Olympus FE-210 – main features
• 7.1 Megapixels
• “One button, one function” design principle
• 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 38-114mm on a 35mm model), 1:3.1-5.9
• 6.4cm/2.5” LCD
• 15 scene modes (Indoor, Fireworks, Self Portrait)
• Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
• Movie recording up to card capacity
• Comes with 2 AA batteries
• Supplied with Olympus Master Software
• Multi-language menu with 25 languages