Olympus FE-115

Review Date : Mon, 7 Aug 2006

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Olympus FE-115

The 5-megapixel Olympus FE-115 is specifically designed to be simple to operate, yet it fails to inspire

Pros: Very simple to use.
Cons: Purple fringing, Slow performance, Tiny LCD.

Features
The Olympus FE-115, released in 2006, benefits from a 2.8x zoom, and offers 28MB of internal memory as well as xD card compatibility.

Design
This chunky camera has a plastic body with quite nice curves. The 1.5-in LCD looks tiny in comparison to more expensive models, and yet it’s the only way to compose and view your images. Button placement is simple, with a mode dial on the right, that can be easily knocked.

Performance

Using some low-end cameras like this is like going back in time. The FE-115 is slow to take a picture and slower to write it to a card. This certainly isn’t a high-speed shooter, though it’s not the worst we’ve used either. Some features are useful, such as the digital image stabilisation, which works to a point.

Image Quality

Exposure is pretty good and colour is not bad. But are you the kind of person who goes to the hairdresser for a bit off the fringe? Then you won’t like the pictures, as fringing is pretty bad throughout the images.

Value For Money

Entry-level cameras like this are disappointing. Really – save up a little bit longer to avoid disappointment.

Verdict

Ignore the promise of high resolution – this isn’t even as good as 2005’s 3MP models.


Printer Reviews

Price as reviewed

£120.00

Scores

Scores
Design 15/20
Image Quality 12/20
Performance 15/20
Value 13/20
Features 16/20
Overall Score 71%