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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.