Olympus FE-300

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog (26 November’07)

The Olympus FE-300 is a 12-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 23 August’07) features 3x Optical Zoom (35 – 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), TruePic III Image Processor, ISO 50-6400 (equivalent), and a 2.5 LCD Screen.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Olympus FE-300 Reviews

Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“Picture quality is roughly above average when compared to other pocket sized cameras. There are no major disaster areas and the camera performs well in the majority of my tests… If the number of megapixels is important to you then it does offer more pixels than most cameras. Picture quality is good and the camera is easy to use.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“If you’ve vast expanses of blue sky in your shots the results are vivid, but colours overall are less than realistic. In short you have to work harder than you should – given its snapshot status – to get an image from the Olympus FE-300 you’ll be truly pleased with. Still, metering is adequate and exposures commendably even, with an acceptable to good handling of pixel fringing.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“Now, if you are looking for a quality built, slim, entry level, easy to use camera, then consider this camera, but realize that you’ll get average image quality. There are a lot of good things about the camera – battery life, good macro shots, the built-in guide system, and the styling. You’ll need to balance the good things with the bad – soft details, noisy flash shots, and so on.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“The fact that image quality is good at ISO 50 and 100 hardly makes up for the difficulty you will have at higher ISO speeds or when you want to display a large photo. Additionally, the FE-300 has no full resolution Burst mode and takes longer than four seconds to process one photo.”
Rating: N/A

Megapxiel reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“The Olympus FE-300 offers a lot of value for the money. The image quality the camera is capable of producing is, so far, the best we have seen in a 12-megapixel compact. Moreover, when so many compact cameras are equipped with only a tiny flash that barely throws light out to 2 m (6 ft), the FE-300’s flash is actually effective. The FE-300 deserves to become quite popular.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“the FE-300 is a very simple to use camera with 18 “best shot” modes, face recognition, and a 12-megapixel imaging sensor. As nice as the features are, the picture quality and shooting performance are slightly under par for a camera with a price near US$300.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“The good: Slim, light design; Perfect Shot Preview is a handy feature. The bad: performance; poor picture quality, especially at high ISOs. The bottom line: The Olympus FE-300 stands out as a surprisingly small, inexpensive 12-megapixel shooter, though its pictures aren’t as impressive as its price. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

InfoSync reviews the Olympus FE-300 and writes;
“The FE-300 doesn’t do anything poorly, unfortunately it doesn’t do anything spectacular, either. We found it to be a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. The beefy stats and the slim metal design helped, but a few quirks that seem to span across all Olympus models still bother us. We’re also not sure about the matte screen, and it will be interesting to see if/when Olympus uses it in the future.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Olympus FE-300 Sample Photos

Olympus FE-300 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
Olympus FE-300 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Olympus FE-300 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
Olympus FE-300 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Olympus FE-300 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Olympus FE-300 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus FE-300 Press Release

London, 23 August 2007 – Get all the ease, flexibility and performance you could ever want from an entry-class camera. The Olympus FE-300 is equipped with an astounding 12.0 Megapixels to let you capture every bit of detail while retaining the ability to crop and resize images later on a computer. Face Detection Technology works intelligently to ensure the accurate depiction of people, while high ISO settings help to prevent blur caused by camera shake.

Want more for less? With a giant 12.0 Megapixels, the Olympus FE-300 is the solution. Encased in a slim, metal body, this model doesn’t compromise functionality for simplicity. A bright 3x optical zoom together with a large 6.4cm LCD make framing shots a breeze. Meanwhile, BrightCapture Technology works to improve results in low-light conditions. The integration of the powerful TruePic III image processor puts unprecedented power and image quality at your fingertips.

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