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Olympus Stylus 230
Olympus Stylus 230

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Olympus Stylus 230

Editor's Review

The Olympus Stylus 230 is all about efficiency; efficiency of cost, size, and time. The stainless metal body is only six-tenths of an inch thick, yet houses a more than capable 7-megapixel sensor, which will provide for exceptionally large and high-quality prints. The FE-230 also features an intuitive, one-touch interface that provides simple, direct access to camera settings and functions in a way that will make beginner or casual users will feel comfortable. The camera has a couple of "Underwater" shooting modes, but be warned: you need a separately sold underwater case (the PT-038 from Olympus) to bring the FE-230 underwater.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 50-1250
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • xD-Picture Card storage (20MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2007

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Olympus Stylus 230 Reviews

Olympus Stylus 230 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good product (Danielle — 07/23/2008)

i would recomend anyone who is looking for a Cool slick phone should get this.

  • 1.0 out of 5
easy to break LCD (Bob Johnson — 09/24/2007)

Carried it in shirt pocket. LCD cracked with in one week. Not covered by warrenty. $110 to repair...and no improvement or accessories to protect. Will try carring in an Altoid box. The camera was not subjected to any rough treatment. Another person at same lodge had same experience with his 230. Neither of us have any idea how it broke.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good (Abigail — 07/13/2007)

First thing that attracted me to this camera is the size. I can bring it everywhere with me without having to carry around a big heavy thing. It takes pretty good videos, but the pictures tend to be a bit blurry especially if the flash is turned off. Still love the slim design and the ease of use, but it doesn't work for anytime you want the pictures to be really high-res. For the price I paid - it's what I'd expect.

  • 1.0 out of 5
More megapixals to really show you how bad the camera takes pictures (Jeff — 06/15/2007)

What a shame. I own a 5 mega pixal Olympus camera that is almost three years old. I bought this new 7.1 mega pixal based on prior experience. Wow, how bad this new camera it takes pictures is really sad. My old Olympus in the default mode takes much better pictures than this new one in the highest supposed 7.1 mega pixel. I have wasted as much time as I want one trying to get this new camera to take better pictures. What really bites is that is I bought this thing the day before leaving for China for a two week trip so not I cannot even return it when I get back to lose 15% restocking fees. The things that sucked me into this deal were the past experience and the thin/slim design. Unfortunately now I am afraid to buy a higher end Olympus when I lose my restock fee and I am stuck taking bad pictures on this once in a lifetime trip. One little last comment of whining. When I go through the slide show on the computer that shows the old camera pictures and then the new camera pictures, it is absolutely noticeable. The new pictures looks as bad as my friends pictures taken with a Kodak easy share I think from this experience I would ask a rep to take pictures with the camera I am interested in and then download the pictures onto the sales floor computer to look at.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad resolution (Cees Rooijackers — 06/07/2007)

Before this camera I used a 4MPixel Olympus. I was hoping the 7.1 MPixel would give me better resolution but the opposite is true. Taking shots of the same scene with both camera's and then watching the result on the PC it looks like the resolution is half/third of the 4MPixel camera.

Will return it to the shop and ask my money back...

  • 3.0 out of 5
di ssapointed (Blanca — 05/10/2007)

i got this camera i liked it because of the design, is very small and it has a 2.5" lcd which i like but this camera is for a beginner. it does the thinking for u!! and is very slow. when i'm taking pictures and press the shutter botton, it take like 5 seconds for it to take the picture. i just wish there weren't any restocking fees. there are better cameras for that same price!! but i have to say that the video is great!! good quality

  • 4.0 out of 5
olympus fe 230 (henry leopold — 05/05/2007)

I bought the fe 230 about 3 weeks ago, and the value is about what you could expect at this price range. As I am an artist and use photos mainly as subjects for painting, my primary interest is that color representation is accurate, especially of color nuances, and that it works well indoors. The only problem areas for me are first, the camera has trouble with reds, either they are too light or seem faded.In indoor work,light colors seem faded, not light, although I must admit this was on the automatic mode, not using the indoor or portrait features. When using the special modes, image quality is noticeably better. I find its ultra small size a bit of a disadvantage, since it tends to slip out of the hands. I like the lithium ion rechargeable battery. No fuss. Overall, its ok for the price, but the reds are disappointing. Thankfully, this doesnt happen to greens, blues, or yellows. Takes some pretty nice nature photos,especially in landscape mode, and seems to handle well in indoors dim light. Too bad with the reds,though.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Eh (Connor — 03/25/2007)

The word "eh" describes how I felt once I turned the thing on and played with if for a bit. I know 200 bucks isn't much to expect out of one of these things but photo taking has been slow going and troublesome from the start. Anything less than florescent or noontime daylight turns out blurry even with the image stabilization and the only thing I really liked about it was the video. "windows vista" or "aol" dummy user settings are very restrictive and the whole system runs slow. I'm going to exchange it today for a similarly priced Sony model.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to Use, Small, Fun ,Great Pictures A Plus! (Anthony — 03/14/2007)

Bought this camera to replace Kodak Easy Share. Totally blows it out of the water. This camera is fun and easy to use. I love the size. Awesome features.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good looking but not much else (Jeff — 03/02/2007)

Impressed by the size and ease of use I bought this at Best Buy. After two days and many hours I'm on my way back to Best Buy to return it. Almost every picture was grainy or had a yellow tint to it. Tried every mode setting etc. diffrent lighting etc. and still no better. My 6 year old 2. megapixel camera takes better pictures. Alot of wasted time trying to get a good picture.

  • 1.0 out of 5
screen? working? (ash — 02/13/2007)

I looked for a review before i bought this camera but had found NOTHING...Today I'm going back to best buy and hoping i can get my money back...At first it worked great...but every once in awhile the screen goes fuzzy and is unable to take pictures....I have not dropped it, and it only does it sometimes....