Olympus Stylus FE-230

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ePhotozine (17 August’07)

The Olympus Stylus FE-230 is a 7.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 25.01.07) features 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38-114mm), ISO auto (50-1250), 20 MB Internal memory, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera measures 91 x 55 x 17 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 0.7 in) and weighs 145 g (5.1 oz)

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

Olympus Stylus FE-230 Reviews

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
“ISO160 has little difference from ISO125 with the exception of a little more noise on the grey card. ISO200 and ISO250 also have little change except a mild increase in noise…. I have mixed feelings about the FE-230. It is a nice design and has a good layout. The lack of ISO ratings annoys me as does the lack of White balance overrides. The picture results are good for the price, but I have seen cheaper models with more features.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
“The good: it’s skinny jeans pocket-friendly, and has some impressive specs that include a 7.1-megapixel CCD, all-metal construction, a 2.5-inch LCD screen with Bright Capture technology, in-camera help guides, and 19 Shooting modes. But for almost every good there is a bad. While it is constructed of metal, the camera isn’t any sturdier or more ready for rugged use than its plastic counterparts.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
“Although a big improvement on some earlier FE models, the Olympus FE-230 is still far from perfect. Build quality, design and handling are very good, and the all-automatic operation is extremely easy to use for the novice or technophobe. Image quality is also reasonably good under most conditions, but the poor quality lens, sluggish performance and limited low light ability mean that there are other cameras with similar specifications that are a better choice.”
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Cameras.UK reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
“Ease of use rating: Very Good – This camera has less features than most of it’s rivals… If you really want a pocket sized digital camera and saving money is important too then the Olympus FE-230 is likely to be worth a look. At the lower end of the price scale you need to be realistic about what a camera can deliver and this one certainly offers fair value for money.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
“The Olympus FE-230 is an extremely simple, relatively decent point-and-shoot camera. It doesn’t have any significant manual settings to fiddle with, but its automatic mode is pleasantly reliable, even in indoor light… The bottom line: If you really want a camera that does the thinking for you, this is a good choice. Otherwise, look for faster, more reliable models.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
” was pretty impressed by the very slim Olympus FE-230, given the price point (sub-$200) and its performance. While it may not meet the needs of every photographer, it’s a good fit for someone new to digital photography (with plenty of built-in help features) who wants a slim, pocketable camera. The 7 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, 2.5 inch screen and 30fps movie mode provide a good set of specs for beginning photographers.”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus Stylus FE-230 and writes;
“The FE-230 is even smaller than the FE-240, measuring just 0.65-inches thick! This will allow you to hide it away in almost any size pocket or purse…With this in mind along with better performance and a slightly slimmer body, I actually prefer this model over the other. That said, with a street price of US$199 or less, I feel the FE-230 offers a good “bang for your buck” in the 7-megapixel ultra-compact category. ”
Rating: N/A

Olympus Stylus FE-230 Samples

Olympus Stylus FE-230 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Olympus Stylus FE-230 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Olympus Stylus FE-230 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Olympus Stylus FE-230 Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK
Olympus Stylus FE-230 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview

Olympus Stylus FE-230 User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Olympus Stylus FE-230 Advanced Manual in English (PDF – 7.84 MB)
– Download Olympus Stylus FE-230 Basic Manual in English (PDF – 9.44 MB)
– Download Olympus Stylus FE-230 Quick Start Guide in English (PDF – 1.68 MB)

Olympus Stylus FE-230 Press Release

London, 25 January 2007 – If there are three things that characterize the Olympus FE-230 they are style, ease of use and a great price. Measuring just 16.5 mm thick, this supermodel’s slim stainless metal body cuts a great figure wherever it’s taken. Its easy operation and 7.1 Megapixel CCD makes capturing first rate photos a cinch. A large and roomy 6.4cm LCD screen means that framing shots is effortless and viewing results an absolute pleasure.

The FE-230 makes a big impact thanks to a diminutive slim-line stainless metal body that’s just 16.5mm thick. Image quality is second to none thanks to the TruePic TURBO image processor and 7.1 Megapixel resolution. Proving that its beauty is more than skin deep, a 3x zoom lens and a big 6.4cm LCD screen allow users frame their shots with ease, and makes viewing results a joy too.

Handling the FE-230 is genuinely intuitive, with the camera incorporating a “one button, one function” design principle. A mode dial lets users conveniently choose between the camera’s eight different shooting programmes, which include High ISO Setting mode with ISO 1250, Super Macro and Movie recording with sound. Ideal for happy snappers, 18 preset scene modes are on board to make easy work of familiar photo situations. These include special Underwater modes which (when used with the optional Underwater Case PT-038) give the freedom to take fun shots up to 40m below the water’s surface.

An xD-Picture Card slot and the internal memory make for plenty of storage space, so the photo shoot can continue as long as you wish. And, the Olympus Master software included with the camera means that editing and archiving pictures on the computer is refreshingly uncomplicated. Expect to see the ultra-slim FE-230 in stores from February 2007, with an estimated High Street price of just £150.00

The Olympus FE-230 – main features:

• 7.1 Megapixels in a stainless metal body
• Only 16.5mm thin
• 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 38-114mm on a 35mm model), 1:3.1-5.9
• 6.4cm/2.5” LCD
• Super Macro mode from 5cm
• “One button, one function” design principle
• 18 scene modes (including Underwater Wide and Macro) • High ISO Setting mode (ISO 1250)
• Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
• Movie recording with sound up to card capacity
• TruePic TURBO
• Supplied with Olympus Master software + LI-42B lithium ion battery
• Multi-language menu with 25 languages
• Underwater case (40m) PT-038 optionally available

3 Responses to “Olympus Stylus FE-230”

  1. Alex says:


    Can you please suggest a very good slim camera to buy that work excellently for long Video, Digital shorts (note. I have young kids that won’t stay still and pictures should be fast no delay), and excellent picture quality at most environments. … my budget is up-to $500.

    Thanks in advance


  2. Hi Alex,

    I’d recommend either the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100 or Canon PowerShot SD850. Both are 8 megapixel, with relatively fast performance and they’re priced nicely at around $400.

  3. Nicky Petrutz says:

    Can you send me info.About this digital camera?
    Olympus FE-230 , 7,1 megapixel
    I lost the Manual Book,I will like to know how to download the photos from the Camera to the Computer or lop Top and how can i take the photo smaller so will not use too much memmory for the camera and the computer. I know some cameras have the “Pc”sign to take the photos for the Computer.
    I really apraciate this and Thank you,Nicky

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