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Olympus FE-45
Olympus FE-45

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Ultra Compact Digital Cameras category.

Olympus FE-45

We've given the FE-45 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

This was the worst camera that we saw in 2009 and it seems like Olympus has already abandoned it and moved on to the FE-46. The FE-45's biggest problem was its atrocious battery life—it cut through a fresh set of Duracell AA alkaline batteries in 12 minutes when we tested it. That's unacceptable by itself, and when you toss in a clumsy interface and mediocre pictures, it adds up to the worst camera of the year. Fortunately, this camera is no longer widely available, but steer clear it you do see it. Try the Canon SD1200 instead.


  • 10-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
  • Part Number: 226616
  • UPC: 4545350021054
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2009

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Olympus FE-45 Reviews

Olympus FE-45 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very disapointing - battery life; useless (Simona Motnikar — 12/29/2010)
We bought this camera as a present for our son - his first camera. At first we thought that he left it on, emptying the batteries. The incredibly short battery life has caused him to lose all interest in photograhy as the battery life renders the camera useless. It is unrealistic to be expected to change batteries after 8 to 10 pictures - especially as they are still fully functional in other equipement. Has anyone been able to receive a refund or replacement from Olympus - as the problem seems to be widespread? Is this possible after owning the camera for a year?
  • 1.0 out of 5
Absolutely useless (Kapten Miki — 12/16/2010)
This camera eats batteries. Hardly ever used the camera because of the consumption of batteries.Worst buy ever!
  • 1.0 out of 5
How to Tackle the Battery Problem (Shirish — 10/15/2010)
Its been clearly proved beyond doubt that there is a terrible problem of any batteries getting discharged in no time. Even I am facing the same problem with my FE-45. Can somebody suggest remedy for resolving the problem please? I have spent a lot of money on this.
  • 1.0 out of 5
battery problems (John — 12/31/2009)

I bought this camera because the screen on my Fujifilm finepix went while on holiday. With fully charged batteries I could only take a few pictures until the battery empty sign flashed. I put the same batteries into the Fujifilm and took over 100 pictures with the same batteries!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery killer (Stanley Williams Jr — 12/21/2009)

This is just horrible cannot carry enough batteries to feed this thing. I will try for a refund if possible, but not hopeful as I am traveling at the moment.. do not buy this camera

  • 1.0 out of 5
terrible (makubex — 09/16/2009)

I canot use this camera since the day two I bought it, because of the battery issue.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It is very bad, fresh new battery report as empty (John Danielson — 09/03/2009)

This camera is very bad,
fresh new battery report as empty,
camera doesnt work with reachargable batteries that come in package with camera!
I also installed their battery patch but didnt change much
ridicolous, I never buy olympus again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Low battery Life (Khawar Shahzad — 07/20/2009)

This Camera has very short battery life.I am using Camelion NiMh 2700mAh batteries with this camera and these fully charged batteries donot even last for 10-15 pictures.
There is some serious problem with this Camera, regarding the battery life.
I would suggest that no one should get this camera, as this will just be a waste of money.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problems (larry — 06/14/2009)

I, too, have had problems with the battery situation with this model. I got one and overnight my batteries would show "battery empty". I returned the camera after trying new batteries and the replacement camera does the same thing....VERY short battery life.

  • 3.0 out of 5
something is wrong (marie — 04/30/2009)

i am not sure what us going on but cam will not stay on and the light in the back is yellow..lens come out and back in like 3 times and then shut off

  • 1.0 out of 5
Stay away from it (Vince — 04/20/2009)

My son wanted a simple point-and-shoot digital camera. Olympus Fe-45 seemed like a good choice: brand name manufacturer of cameras, price ok, picture quality ok, product quality: squeaky plastics (as compared to my thrustworthy and old Pentax Optio 33 WR). But the "Battery empty" sign will drive you crazy! Put freshly chared NiMH 2400 batteries inside and it will still display battery empty. Stway away from this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Floored, completely amazed (roy — 04/18/2009)

This is my first digital camera. I am a purist and have always used film. But I got lucky when i bought this camera. It is amazing. When i post pics on the net, people ask me what kind of camera I have first off. Then when i tell them what i paid for it and the features and the megapixels, they are also amazed.

I have not needed to use and of the tools on the program because the shot alone is so good! When using film to get the same results I would carry at least 5kilo gear around. This camera weighs next to nothing and delivers the quality i like.

I guess an old dog can leran some new tricks and this is the camera to do it with!!!