Olympus FE-200

Review Date : Mon, 5 Feb 2007

Author :

Olympus FE-200

The 6-megapixel Olympus FE-200 is an entry-level compact that combines point-and-shoot simplicity with a zoom range to give it that little bit extra

Pros: Fully automatic, Impressive zoom.
Cons: Primitive image quality, Feeble flash.

Features
The FE-200’s 6MP resolution is more than reasonable and its 28-140mm optical zoom covers a greater range than most cameras in its class. When it comes to image capture it’s a question of point-and-shoot, with just Automatic or Scene modes provided – you can’t even choose the ISO or white balance.

Design

The FE-200 is a chunky metal camera with a control layout offering few surprises. Despite its large size, your thumb still ends up sitting on a button or dial at all times and the resolution of the 2.5in LCD could be better.

Performance

It’s slow to start up, the AF system needs a few moments to lock on and images take a few moments to clear before you can shoot again, making the FE-200 a camera that gets the job done in a basic fashion.

Image Quality

If you’re happy printing no larger than 5x7in the FE-200 is adequate, but not exceptional. Exposures vary, images contain little detail and fringing is noticeable. In short, images are quite primitive.

Value For Money

A metal body and 5x zoom aren’t often found at this price, which makes it a reasonable value camera in the entry-level stakes.

Verdict

If you just want to point-and-shoot and make 5x7in prints that’s what the FE-200 does, and the zoom range is impressive.


Philip Andrews

Phillip Andrews

Philip is a Senior Lecturer in Photography & Digital Imaging, and an Adobe Alpha tester. However, he is best known as one of the world's leading authorities on Adobe Photoshop Elements. He is also a best-selling author of 18 books on Elements and digital imaging. Philip will be discussing news from Adobe and sharing his Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom techniques. To learn more great Elements techniques from Philip visit his website.

Price as reviewed

£170.00

Scores

Scores
Design 16/20
Image Quality 14/20
Performance 15/20
Value 16/20
Features 15/20
Overall Score 76%