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Olympus FE-140
Olympus FE-140

Olympus FE-140

We've given the FE-140 a grade of D+.

Editor's Review

The Olympus FE-140 gives novice photographers everything they need to take pictures that won't disappoint. The FE-140 features a comfortable in-camera help guide, which gives users a step-by-step explanation of each of the camera's functions. In essence, it serves as a digital manual that's always just a button away. The large, 2.5" LCD screen gives a great preview for easy framing and cropping, and at a low price point of around $220, the FE-140 is a superlative choice for casual users.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-320
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode
  • 2.5" LCD
  • Part Number: FE-140
  • UPC: 050332157910
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2006

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Olympus FE-140 Reviews

Olympus FE-140 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Meh (John — 04/15/2008)

I enjoyed the camera while I had it. I dropped it on my tile floor and it won't turn on anymore. I don't like the AA batteries, plus it has no audio with the videos. Other than that, no real complaints.

  • 3.0 out of 5
well.. (������ me — 04/03/2007)

this camera is ok and takes good pictures but if you need a shot to be taken exactly when you press the button...well lets just say if your kid is sliding onto home base for the first time ever you might get the picture when he's walking back to the bench. It's sooo slow I couldn't even believe it! A kodak throwaway is better at taking pictures! Try again next time olympus..

  • 2.0 out of 5
booooooooooo (JES — 04/03/2007)

i own the 130 model and it sucks. I had it for three month and one little drop and thats it!! it won't turn on. but even b4 that it didn't really focus well on small thing and stablizing sucks. over all not very good

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Buy!!! (Shannon — 03/18/2007)

I don't know why this camera has gotten anything but a 5 star review... I love the LCD screen, although a bit grainy, the pictures come out crystal clear! This camera is extremely easy to use... The only drawback and I didn't really know before I purchased it... But Olympus has special memory cards that can only be used in their cameras, so the $80 one I purchased for my old camera was no good in this one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Olympic results from Olympus (Peter Polfuss — 01/30/2007)

I purchased this camera 3 weeks ago in order to take a low cost small camera with me on vacation in order to take snapshots. On prior trips I have taken too much camera gear and spent too much time taking photographs and not enough time enjoying the scenery. The Olympus FE-140 came at a cost of $119.00 and used the same cards as my Fuji gear. What a deal for what I considered a simple snapshot camera.
It turned out the Olympus was far more able then I expected and the photographer in me emerged immediately. On a couple of occasions I wished for my bigger gear however in general this small camera produced some very big results.
In looking over the prints from my trip the overall impression I have is that the results do not match the price tag. Small price with great results.
1. Ease of use. Point it, focus it and shoot. Great scenery shots and people pictures. Good colors and sharpness. Very nice. Produced photos I'm proud to show off. Enough manual adjustments to tweek this or that.
2. Battery life was great. It lasted so long I became paranoid that it must run out on every "next" picture. (see CONS)
3. Well built. This is a very solid camera for the money.
Great feel. It feels very well engineered. Very tight with a great hand feel. Does not feel like $119.00.
4. It's 2.5 inch viewing screen was more then adequate. Good viewing in nearly all conditions.
5. Picture noise was quite acceptable even in dark situations. Not perfect but again this is not a $500 camera.
1. Flash was extremely weak. Outside of about 8 feet it was rather useless. Solution was to turn flash off and let the camera setting take over. Pictures at night became more acceptable without the flash.
2. Close up macro and super macro produced very inconsistent results. I took about 6 pictures of a very nice flower. Of the 6 pictures I took 1 is nearly perfect, another is close and 4 are totally out of focus. This type of result was consistant over several attempts at close ups. These where the moments I wished for my other camera gear. Perhaps a weakness in this model or just the one I purchased.
3. Great battery life however no notice when it dies. The battery symbol on the screen goes from good to dead instantly. No indication that the battery is getting weak. Have an extra set of batteries in your pocket!
4. No eye viewfinder. Not really a problem as the LCD screen worked well. I suppose to make the camera small this was one of the sacrifices.
Great results for the money. (This is a review for a $100 camera) I highly recommend this camera for the novice photographer or as a second camera for the pro.
It spoiled my plan to only take snapshots on this trip because results were much more then I expected. It is now in my main camera bag as a good solid back-up.
5 star value for the cost.

  • 4.0 out of 5
awesome (Ashley — 11/27/2006)

I absolutely love this can take your pictures add frames...titles...make it black and white or sepia and the pictures are absolutely amazing...except for the fact that i cant figure out how to reverse the reset mode

  • 4.0 out of 5
Big Bang for Buck (BPrince — 05/27/2006)

My first digital camera. Decent size LCD screen, user friendly built-in operations guide, quick and easy to use, good battery life and 6MP for under $200 CDN. So far, no complaints.

  • 5.0 out of 5
takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a nice little camera that takes great pictures,and simple to operate. It has great in camera functions such as red eye fix,auto focus, a built in help menu to help walk you through areas where you may get stuck.The camera has a nice size LCD viewer 2.5 inches that make viewing a snap.The pictures that it take are sharp and crisp, the view sceen image is sharp with good accurate color saturation. Over all i'm pleased with this little camera and for the price I paid $149.00 at Fry's I got alot of bang for the buck for a 6 mega pixel camera that take excellent photos.

  • 2.0 out of 5
My 6-Year Old 1.3 megapixel Camera Sans Macro Takes Better Closeups! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own a six-year-old Panasonic PV-SD4090, which writes to a SuperDisk. I've had nothing but good results, but its main drawbacks as a point-and shoot digital camera is its slow speed and large size. Unfortunately, its battery began to die. As a result, I decided to replace it when I noticed an ad in the paper featuring the new Olympus FE-140 for just $149.

Having used the camera for only a few hours since yesterday�s purchase, I'm wondering whether I purchased a dud. In macro mode, the autofocus is terrible. After struggling in vain to capture my test item � an engagement ring that my Panasonic has no problem focusing on � I discovered that the Olympus manual states that it may not be capable of capturing macro images of small items with reflective surfaces, such as jewelry! As far as I�m concerned, this is a direct contradiction to advertising claims that the FE-140 can focus on objects as close as 5cm away. Not to mention that the blurred results makes a mockery of "image stabilization" mode, too.

Most of the close-up pictures I shot look as if you snapped the photo while throwing the camera up into the air. I haven't even been able to duplicate this severity of blur using my Panasonic while shooting out of a car moving 80mph � and my Panasonic does not have any image stabilization whatsoever! Moreover, even though my Panasonic does not have a macro mode � or much else for that matter � I can obtain images that look more nuanced and detailed, even when I print them out at 5x7 or larger!

I haven't gotten to the point of printing the pics I've obtained from the FE 140, but from looking at them on-screen they are a bit soft, probably to cut down on noise. By contrast, my Panasonic maintains detail with little noise or softening.

I haven't been in the market for six years, but from the looks of things there's more hype than substance to the FE-140. This is quite a disappointment because Olympus has traditionally been a name associated with quality. I would expect more from this camera, even considering its low price, than I would from Casio, Sanyo or some other low-end digital camera. Either I was wrong to assume Olympus stood for quality � hovering just below the likes of Nikon, Canon, Fuji and Sony � or my Olympus FE-140 is defective. Bummer. I was really looking forward to having a PIC-Bridge compatible camera with 22 shooting modes that was small enough to fit in a pocket. Oh, and the two AA batteries? They died after roughly 40 shots (with flash) in high quality mode.