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Olympus FE-190
Olympus FE-190

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Olympus FE-190

Editor's Review

The Olympus FE-190 is a decent ultracompact shooter with Digital Image Stabilization, not as good as optical, but better than nothing. Especially when the camera is so small, even the slightest movement of your hand might blur a photo. The FE-190 is a great beginner's camera, completely automatic and equipped with a built in help-guide for selecting the correct modes for the current situation. At 6 megapixels, and with a 2.5-inch LCD, the FE-190 is a nice option for the curious and casual consumer.

Specifications

  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 80-1000
  • xD-Picture Card storage (22MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Part Number: FE-190
  • UPC: 050332158672
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2006

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Olympus FE-190 Reviews

Olympus FE-190 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
i love it (Ashley — 02/22/2009)

lightweight small sleek design.... i love it. perfect pictures for everyday use.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Small & lightweight, but pictures are horrible. (steve — 09/12/2007)

I have had other Olympus cameras in the past and this one doesn't compare. The camera takes good pictures outdoors, but when you're trying to take a picture indoors or in low light, it really struggles to focus and the pictures look VERY bad! I finally broke down and bought a Nikon and the difference in picture quality is amazing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Below Average Camera (Mike — 05/23/2007)

Liked the small size of the camera. Outdoor pictures are decent, indoor pictures are terrible. Taking pictures indoors is painful, shutter takes 3-5 seconds before picture is actually taken.

  • 3.0 out of 5
OKAY camera (Michel'le — 05/13/2007)

It takes great pictures, and i love the big screen. but i dont recommend it, cause with mine when I take pictures sometimes I get an error message saying battery door open,when it isnt.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good features, bad image quality (James — 03/05/2007)

Pros: Very nice, clean, small design. Very large LCD. Good battery life. Easy to use. Well-designed buttons. Excellent beginner features.

Cons: Simply awful image quality, even for beginners. Beware use of the "image stabilization," which is achieved by pumping up the ISO to a level that introduces unacceptable amounts of noise. All four corners are soft. Even the sharpest portions of images are muddy. 6 megapixels is inappropriate for a lens of this size and poor quality. Unpredictable focus, especially indoors.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Olympus FE-190 (John James — 03/04/2007)

Purchased this camera 3 months ago. Took pictures one day outside, and next time I went to use it, there was a burnt image on the screen, and the LCD was snowy. Sent in to Olympus, what a joke. They told me there was a pressure point on the inside of the lcd which made it leak. They would no honor the warrenty, and wanted to charge me 139.00 to fix the camera. I have always taken good care of my equipment. I did noting to this camera. Would never buy anothe olympus camera again...

  • 3.0 out of 5
Decent Camera (Jessica — 02/26/2007)

The camera overall is decent. It has wonderful options and is user-friendly.

Only one fault with this camera. The LCD screen'll crack pretty easy. Good camera, just be careful with it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not too bad! (Ashley — 02/20/2007)

For the most part I really like this little camera. I enjoy how compact it is and how well I can fit it in my pocket and take it anywhere. I have been very pleased with most of the pictures, indoor pictures aren't so good but outdoor or with plenty of light they're fantastic. My favorite mode is definitley the macro and super macro and they are used the most.

  • 3.0 out of 5
The worst purchase of my life (Simon Lanaway — 02/07/2007)

I decided to upgrade from my old Sony 4.1mp cyber-shot on the basis that this camera is very compact and 6mp. I've taken around 50 pictures to date all of which have been appalling. (I've taken better photo's with a disposable) The picture quality both in and out is horrendous, particularly indoors. Reduced from £150 down to £100 in Currys, I thought I was onto a bargain. Instead I'm on my way back to Currys at lunchtime to try and convince them to give me my money back or trade it up to a better camera. I WILL NEVER BUY AN OLYMPUS AGAIN AND IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE DON'T GO NEAR THIS CAMERA WITH A BARGEPOLE!!!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
not bad (aulia — 02/06/2007)

i think, this camera is wonderful

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent little Camera (Jack — 02/03/2007)

Got it for Christmas and have taken excellent quality pics.....Highly Recommend!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
picture quality (Robert Lawson — 02/01/2007)

Very disappointed with this camera, got if for Christmas from my wife as my old camera was the Olympus MJU 3.2 which produced excellent pictures. I am in dispute with the retailer at the moment as i cannot get a decent picture at all and they say that there is nothing wrong with the camera. Every picture regardless of the setting is either blurred or else the colours are mixed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This camera excels at an affordable ultra-compact (BloatedPig — 01/04/2007)

I think people are expecting too much from this camera looking at some of the reviews. This cameras price and ease of use are worth every penny. No fancy controls that only get in the way...just straight forward, no-thinking point and shoot picture taking. I have gotten some fantastic pictures from this camera that I have enlarged to 8x10 and the sharpness is great.

  • 3.0 out of 5
not what i hoped for (Gretchen — 12/28/2006)

i had higher hopes for this camera. I, too, can get better image quality from a camera with less megapixels (sony and panasonic). I am disappointed because I do like the feel and size of this camera and the easy to use design. Even at the highest resolution the images are fuzzy. The shutter lag is also disappointing. Most of the newer cameras available now have improved on this problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best camera in its class. (David Broadbent — 12/21/2006)

The Olympus FE-190, is possibly the best digital camera that I have owned, over the last ten years I have used & owned a lot of digital cameras, my biggest gripe was the Macro mode, with the FE-190, the Macro & super Macro is the best that I have seen, the one and only negative I have, is that to recharge the Lithium battery, is that the battery has to be removed from the camera to charge in a (supplied) cradle, a bit of a pain, but otherwise, in my eyes, a excellent camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
waste of money (betty brown — 12/20/2006)

what a waste of money, never an olympus for me, i will stay with a cannon.
had to send it back before the warranty for repair and after not hearing from them for 2 weeks called and was told it had been damage by hot or cold weather, having a heart problem i was able to take the heat and cold but the camera wasn't. $102.00 after $48.00 shipping the camera back they told me they could repair it. Now i have to buy a new scanner and all the accessories to go with a new camera, not an olympus.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry pictures (Joe — 12/12/2006)

Almost all pictures turned out blurry especially indoor with flash. No matter what setting I used, pictures are of very poor quality, even with tripod. I took comparison pictures with a Sony (5 meg) and a Canon (3.2 meg). There is no comparison, Sony and Canon won by a mile.
And I can't find any photo shop that can print the date on. This camera got to be a poor choice for anybody.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Olympus FE-190 (Tammy — 12/08/2006)

Not a BAD camera. I bought it for its size. The lack of functions i found to be a pro as it makes it easier to use, but more then a few photos have turned out a bit noisy or blurry due to this.
I scored mine for AU$240 so can't really complain!

  • 4.0 out of 5
excellent (Jess — 12/06/2006)

i love this camera!

  • 4.0 out of 5
descent camera.....good price (Ray — 11/16/2006)

I purchased this camera about a week ago (Nov-'06)and have been experimenting with it daily. This is my 3rd digital camera purchase and have been into 35mm film and 120mm for 30 years. I read on another site - "Chromatic aberration" from this camera. Simply put - color fringes (blurring) around image. I could NOT find or see this with my FE-190. This camera is fully automatic so you can't get too creative. On the plus side - it is a great point and shoot if you want a camera with you all the time, this is a good choice....fits well in pocket or small camera case. In my opinion - it is a good inexpensive camera for beginner or expert alike.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hate with a passion! (Trevor Ellis — 11/15/2006)

Wanting a new camera days before an overseas holiday I took no chances (or so I thought!) and bought a top brand. Our holiday photos are terrible. Most are unsharp and many flash shots are pathetic. It was clear during the holiday that we had problems and every photo we took had to be checked by zooming in on the image on the screen and deciding to keep or delete and re-take! Using a tripod made little difference. I have been a keen photographer for 30 years and exchanged my bulky SLR equipment when compacts became so good. I have had Canon, Konica, Vivitar, Sony (to name a few!) and although I may at times have been disapointed with certain features have never, until now, had a camera that did not produce the expected photo quality. I am taking the camera back for repair (if it is actually faulty) or replacement.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great digital camera (Beginner — 11/06/2006)

Night vision impressed to me the most. It has excellent flash, the picture taken in dark looks good. Easy to use. Bit sensitive and handling become difficult at times because of its small and sleek design. Good looking stuff.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible Camera (Mary Ann — 11/01/2006)

I bought this camera the afternoon before I was catching a plane for the Cook Islands. I had dropped and broken by Fuji Finepix f700 and had to have a camera before I left for vacation, but didn't have time to research it. I bought this camera on the advice of the salesman at Best Buy. What a waste of money! It doesn't even come close to my Fuji f700 and I can't even return it because I got it at Best Buy and the time limit was up before I even got back into the country. I hate this camera! The photos are always blurry no matter what setting you use. The movies are in .mov format which is not a Windows supported format, so you can't import them into editing software without software to convert the files first. I hate this camera! Can't wait to buy another Fuji! Finepix!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible (Sajith — 10/30/2006)

Bought a fe-190 for its looks and price. Not suitable for taking pictures. Image quality is poor. I began crying when compared with pictures taken with other cameras (Sony and Canon - both having less than 6 mega pixels)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry photos (Jeff — 10/22/2006)

I love this camera for the price and the size but the photo quality is lacking. Like the earlier reviewer I'm going to take my back to Office Max and exchange it in hopes that this camera is defective. I've tried different settings for higher quality photos but they all come out looking the same... blurry. If anyone knows how to fix this, I would greatly appreciate them letting me know. The camera is SUPER easy to use, a plus for me but I get MUCH better photos with my 8 year old Canon 3 meg camera. I'll re post after I exchange and let you know the results.

  • 1.0 out of 5
anything more than 6 feet is blurry (JB — 10/20/2006)

This is my first digital camera. I I chose this camera for its ease of use. It is very simple. It takes great pictures of people in average / normal lighting situations within about 6 feet but beyond that its all blur. We took it on a hiking and sight seeing trip and came home to find most pictures blurry. I tried all the settings and same results. I'm taking it back.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not sure about this camera (Lucky — 10/18/2006)

I love the sleek and modern look of the camera but i just cant seem to take good picutures with this cam. They all turn out blurry or the quality is just lacking compared to other lesse Mp camera such as my brothers 3.2 MP Nikon. It frustrates me a little since his shots seem to be clearer than from my fe-190. what's up with it?!?! from all the reviews i've read it seems everyone else is having a splendid time with theirs. why can't i? unless i have a defective one. which i certainly hope. i will be exchanging mine for the same model and hopefully it's because i have a defective one. otherwise if all are the same and spit out the same quality images i would not recommend this cam.

also, the night vision was a horible experience for me. when i put it on night mode and would try to point and click the camera would lag and spend about 5-10 seconds trying to take the shot. and the image would turn out blurred like a crappy disposbale camera shot.

i pray i have a defective fe-190 cuz i love the look of it. i will comment back after i exchange this little bugger and try it out once again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fantastic choice (JoeBob — 10/17/2006)

After a small amount of research, I decided to pick up this camera to replace my bulky 3MP Olympus.
It's incredibly portable. Fits fine without a huge bulge in my jeans pocket. I'm using a box from a deck of cards as a case. It's that small.
I've used this camera in situations ranging from a moving car, the zoo, outside at night, and inside a bar. Image quality is very good.
Easy to use, simple, ultracompact, excellent pictures.
For under $200, what more could you ask for?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pocket digital for the money (Paul Shaffer — 10/03/2006)

I have only owned the camera for a week but I've taken allot of pictures in this short time. I have been very pleased with the results. The picture quality is great. The camera functions are simple to understand and use. A nice camera for both the casual and experienced photographer. I like the movie with sound feature too! The FE 190 is a great value for the money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Point & Shoot Camera Under $200 I Could Find (Neil Manning — 09/23/2006)

I think it would be hard to find a entry level point & shoot camera as good this one for the money. It does fall short in some areas like massive amounts of custom settings, no view finder, the more expensive xD memory, but does constantly take clear pictures. The very simple digital stabilization does sharpen-up every day photos. You can set most cameras on a tripod and get at least fair pictures, but I don't really want to pack one. To me, the idea of a pocket camera is to have it in my pocket ready to capture images on a whim. I was especially impressed with the landscape results that I did not expect. The LCD seems quite visible in sunlight which is necessary due to the lack of a viewfinder. I would be surprised if the casual user did not like the 190. I would usally not post a review after only using the camera for one week, but I have not seen any on the 190 and thought it might be helpful as it just hit the market.

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