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Olympus FE-310
Olympus FE-310

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Olympus FE-310

We've given the FE-310 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The FE-310 has been replaced now; we suggest looking at the Olympus FE-47. Here's what we first wrote about the 310:

The Olympus FE-310 is a simple ultracompact camera with a some big features. The 8-megapixel sensor is a good start, but throw in the 5x optical zoom and now you've got some real optical power that's sure to get you some finely detailed shots. We're not happy that the FE-310 only has digital image stabilization as opposed to the more reliable optical IS, but you get what you pay for.


  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • AVI Movie with Sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus with face detection
  • ISO range 80-640
  • 2.5 inch LCD display
  • 20.5MB Internal Memory, takes up to 2GB xD card
  • Power supply: AA Batteries
  • Part Number: 226175
  • UPC: 050332163249
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2008

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Olympus FE-310 Reviews

Olympus FE-310 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
it is a piece of s*** (Steve — 11/15/2010)
The camera takes good pictures and has many good features but the shutter lag is dismal. Also mine has a circuitry problem which i now find out is quite common. After taking just one photo, everything (all the pushbutton controls) freeze up -so pressing anything does not work until the camera is turned off and on again. Then it works for one more photo. However the rotary dial at top-right is not affected. If i give it a thump it may work. i was going to get another Olympus but after reading all these candid reviews, I'm now looking for another brand. I hope Olympus people read these reviews. I might accidentally leave this camera in front of my car tyre.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery Eater (shameel — 09/06/2010)
Please dont buy Olympus FE 310, its a battery eater. i have changed hundreds of batteries for taking a few pics.....really sucks
  • 2.0 out of 5
A Real Disappointment (Vicki Wilson — 09/08/2009)

We bought this camera, the Olympus FE-310, a year ago, took it on vacation and took several hundred pictures with no problems, just overnight charging of the batteries. But when we tried to use it this spring, even with fresh new batteries, it would go dead after 7 or 8 pictures. We even tested the same batteries in another camera and they were OK, so it looks like the problem is the FE-310 itself, not poor batteries. Our past Olympus cameras have been excellent so this one is a major disappointment.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good for casual photo taking, tough on batteries (Emily — 07/21/2009)

I've really loved this camera the whole time I've had it. The only downfalls are that it did not come with a memory card, and like other people have said, it eats up batteries quickly. I was disappointed to have gotten batteries for it, and because they we not the right kind, the camera would not turn on and I missed a day I really wanted to take photos. Other then that, I've had no problems. It takes good photos and good quality.

I'd also like it if the sound for playback on videos was louder, you can't hear it when watching back a video on the camera itself (but this is fine on the computer).

  • 4.0 out of 5
Amazingly i bought this for Battery !!! (Ahmed Bilal — 07/10/2009)

After reading the reviews i just realise that i was ignoring the battery problem, but for a good reason. Two years ago i was on trip to himalayn mountains (Kaghan Valley - Paksitan) where i jsut found a family of Himalayn marmots in the way i got the camera ready and start making the video after taking three or for shots. sadly the battery went out and it needed recharge. in short i lost a beautiful video making opportunity just for the reason that my camera uses some odd shape of battery built for this model only, far more difficult to find on the market and and expensive. i decided to buy a camera only which uses some sort of batteries easily available in the market. then i come to FE-310 , cheap and giving all things i need. and i am using 2300mAh AA batteries (6 pairs in backup). once all charged it works for 3-5 days to my photography requirement. i am not a professional photographer but merely an amateure. one should keep the cost factor in mind too. any other brand offers these features in at least 50% more money. ok what about that xD card and extgra batteries doesnot it compensate ? yes it does. but what about the situation i just describe ( and the situation i know will have to face again and again) i am happy i am not bound to some odd shaped model dependent battery i always have a chance to keep it up when i need it most.

  • 3.0 out of 5
battery lover (Paul Sywassink — 07/06/2009)

The camera seemed to take good pictures but could not afford to keep replacing batteries in less than 50-60 pictures. Replaced with new camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money on this camera (Tim — 07/06/2009)

I got this camera for a christmas present and was pretty excited that i got an olympus camera instead of the kodak easyshare cycle i was in, that excitement lasted all of the five minutes til i openned the box and found out this camera didn't take SD but only took xD cards.
But i eventually bought an xD card despite how grossly overpriced they are in my area.
After two or three days of use with the card i realised it was eating my batteries and set it aside back in March.
Its the fifth of july now and i found the camera and turned it on and attempted to take a picture, but every time i try to take the pictures the camera completely freezes.

  • 4.0 out of 5
High quality pictures, batt life sux (Pokester — 06/13/2009)

This much maligned little camera actually takes better pictures than models costing twice as much from other mfr's.

There ARE battery issues that can be overcome with QUALITY rechargeable batt's.

I just took over 250 pics on a single pair of AA's (2650 maH duracell NiMH) last week... plus the time it took friends to browse through them... and even a couple of videos.

With cheaper batteries, I've found it can report dead in as few as ten pix.

Image stabilization is good and in-spite of my very bad jitter, 95% of my shots are usable (compared to 50% with a $350 sony cybershot).

At the price point, it takes great pix and you're not as-worried if it disappears as a more expensive camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of junk (Steve — 05/09/2009)

Batteries left in camera simply do not hold charge, even overnight. Battery charge was good for 2 or 3 pictures. Focus was poor. Colors were terrible. I have never had a problem like this with a digital camera. I had to return this to Olympus for repair TWICE. I am SO SO sorry I bought this!

  • 1.0 out of 5
eat batteries (L. Gale — 05/08/2009)

I have the same problem as everyone else, the battery life sucks!! I'm getting another camera! Don't buy this one

  • 2.0 out of 5
battery empty and slow motion (AlinaM — 04/16/2009)

at the beginning, brand new batteries went dead after 10 photos. I could not believe it. after 2 months, I could take about 150 photos with fully charged batteries. still, very often it goes dead after just few pictures, it's very annoying. and it needs like for ever till the moment you want to take a photo till the camera actually decides to do so. i tried to adjust all that i thought might eat the baterries and increase the time needed for taking a picture, but nothing changed. i will send it to service, and see what they have to say about it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Are you looking for a crappy camera? Buy the Olympus FE-310 (Basil Bryan — 03/29/2009)

Arm yourself witha zillion batteries, and you are good to go!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery sucker (tom — 03/04/2009)

At first I was happy with this camera till it needed new batteries. Then it just stuck in open mode, shutter wide open and that's it.

How stupid can a camera get? Oh, if you put the wrong kind of battery, one particular kind only lets you take one picture and then it just sits there. If you zoom it zooms and then gives you a black screen.

Have to open the battery case, pop the batteries out, then put them back in to take another picture.

Don't buy this crappy product!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great at first (Sherrie — 02/23/2009)

I have 2 kids under the age of 3 so im a big photo taker and at first the camera was pretty good, battery life wasnt the best but it still was alright but now it seems the more you own/use the camera the worse the battery issue gets. I cant get semi used batteries to do anythin but say battery empty. They must be new batteries and ive even used ones made for cameras an even they dont last at all. The part i dont get is brand new batteries suddenly go dead then maybe they next day it says you have a full battery only to turn it on again and have it say battery overall the camera sucks

  • 1.0 out of 5
Olympus FE-310 (michael Todd — 01/20/2009)

Battery life on this unit makes it not worth owning. Batteries last less then 2,5 hours

  • 2.0 out of 5
I agree with the others... (Carolyn — 12/22/2008)

My first digital camera bit the dust, so my husband bought me this one as a replacement. It eats batteries like there is no tomorrow.. and even tells me new betteries are empty. Takes a few seconds to actually take the picture and in the meantime the shot is over. I wouldn't buy another one.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Real disappointment, not worth using (Suse — 12/04/2008)

For the days when I've been using this model for specific events (the day it snowed, birthday party, nights out etc.) I've had to replace the two AA batteries daily. Quite an ordinary camera, nice design and good zoom facility, but quality of photos once they have been printed is really poor.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery Life - What battery life?? (Carol — 11/08/2008)

Awful, Awful, Awful. As a repeat Olympus camera user, this one is a LEMON! After back and forth to Olympus repair twice, just exchanged 1st FE-310 due to consistent battery problem & the second one is doing the exact same thing. This camera doesn't work correctly with any batteries- alkaline, rechargeable, etc. Run fast, run far from this one.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Garbage (Joel — 10/28/2008)

ordinary photo quality, terrible battery life, not particularly compact, lengthy shutter lag makes shooting moving objects next to impossible. It's only redeeming feature is the 5 x optical zoom but when you place this camera against my similarly priced Canon Ixus 7, the olympus is not in the same ball park for image quality. Very frustrated that I now have to live with it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not the camera for me! (Nancy Tafoya — 10/22/2008)

I am not at all happy with the Olympus FE-310. I was taking pictures at a baseball game and it went thru two sets of AA batteries for just the few pictures I took. I am now looking at getting another camera with a viewfinder, so the battery life will last a lot longer. Good luck if you purchse this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Marketing ve Practical (Paul Mitchell — 09/07/2008)

Introducing myself so you may compensate for my biases. Am accomplished film photographer who's given college lectures on zone system, contrast control etc. Wanted a snapshot camera to give to a friend for her trip abroad and did not want to force my preferences on her. I read no reviews or advice before purchasing. I am techy, and reasoned that moderately powered compact zooms should be sharper at the edges, and the difference between 3 megapixels and 12 megapixels is only twice (not 4x) as far as linear resolution is concerned, and probably unnoticable in normal prints. Went to Radio Shack where they have (through this weekend) an $89 special with a free 1 Gig xD card on a 310 with 8 megapixels and 5x zoom. Despite my often saying that brand names are increasingly meaningless in today's global economy, I have had a fondness for Olympus since their 1970's OM-1, which was smaller with more massive parts than its piers (repairmen still attest to their ruggedness), and the designer refused to put LEDs in them claiming excess battery drain. Everything practical.

Got home and on web and read that more pixels mean more "noise", the 5x zoom is indeed crumby at the edges, long shutter delay, returns to factory defaults when off, and by far the worse, drains batteries like no tomorrow. Back to Radio Shack and talked to saleswoman. As camera was a "good deal", I got 8 lithium batteries for $23, nearly $6 for required pair, decided that a 5x zoom would have advantages even if not razor sharp, and she could live with the other problems. Returned home to unpack and examine. It does have clear and easy to use controls.

Still want to scream at Olympus design staff as they could have easily made it correctly. Digital cameras should be virtually free to operate until printing. Assuming reviews are correct, the power drain is unacceptable, and it should have an (admittedly pricey) rechargable system. Retaining settings when off is common and cheap. They could reduce resolution and zoom to save money. Add an external hardware switch for FLASH (on-off-auto), and Olympus would have a virtually idea snapshot camera. As it is, decisions were made for marketing rather than practical purposes. They have betrayed their heritage, and I have betrayed my initial sensibilities.

  • 1.0 out of 5
disappointed (Sarah — 09/01/2008)

I bought this camera a month ago and used it extensively for the past two weeks on a vacation in Europe. I downgraded from a Sony Cyber-Shot to save some money, but I'm disappointed that I traded the Sony in for this Olympus. The biggest problem is focus. Pictures come out blurred too easily, especially in low-light situations. The flash is too concentrated, making a small area extremely bright, making the light uneven over the picture, and sacrificing light at farther distances. This camera eats batteries. The zoom knob is difficult to use. The fact that you have to use a scene menu instead of just turn the main knob to a scene adds an inconvenient step to the process of adjustment. The turn-around time to take another picture is slow (relative to Sony, which is tough competition, understandably). I'm going to sell it and move onto a Sony or Canon, disappointed in this brief foray into Olympus.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera except for one thing (R. Martinez — 07/30/2008)

I got this camera for my birthday. I love taking pictures so I wanted a camera that had pretty good zoom and a fair amount of mega pixels. So far, it has been great. The pictures when seen on the computer are on the whole, good but not always perfect. Unless their is good light and you are using the right setting, the pictures are sometimes blurry or dim.
The battery life isn't the best unless you use lithiums. I went on a trip and used one pair of rechargeable alkaline. They didn't last extremely long but are okay. I got a pair of lithiums and have used them to take many movies and lots of pictures. I've used the pair of lithiums for more than a week and still going strong!
The time between taking a shot and being ready for the next is a bit long but otherwise good.
The movie taking is really good; much better that I expected, but to get a good amount of recording the 2GB chip is recommended. I get 1/2 hour of continual recording with it. I also get about 874 pictures on the highest resolution.
The only weird thing is that the zoom thingie is in a weird position, making it a bit challenging to use the camera with one hand.
On the whole this is a pretty good camera and I hope to use it for a good long while.
P.S. Keep at least one spare pair of batteries on hand when using extensively.

  • 5.0 out of 5
a very nice camera (christian — 07/22/2008)

i mean sure it needs an sd card but come onnnnnn... you got to love it! cheap price, great zoom, and really great features!

  • 2.0 out of 5
FE-310 sort of a disappointment (Kim — 07/06/2008)

We wanted to replace our Olympus C700 2.1 MP 10xOpitcal zoom. Great camera but not compact. The FE 310 is compact and does great outside in full sun but has not so great pics inside with flash. They are very grainy and I have tried all the settings. The fireworks setting did not work at all and I see no significant difference with the other misc. settings. We got it for $150 so I am ok with that, but would not recommend if you want good indoor pics you can print. I am keeping my 2.1 MP for now.