Olympus FE-340 Review

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Olympus FE-340 Ease of Use 8
Features 7
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 8
Macro 8
Value for Money 9
8 Megapixels
5x Zoom
2.7 inch LCD Screen
96.9 x 57.5 x 22.6 m
116g

Overview

The Olympus FE-340 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens that is small enough to slip into a pocket. In terms of both design and features the FE-340 is a simple, unfussy camera. It offers a bit of extra zoom power when compared to typical pocket cameras. This camera is likely to be attractive to someone looking for an easy to use slim line, snapshot camera and who does not want to pay a fortune.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

8
5x
2.7 inches
96.9 x 57.5 x 22.6 m
116g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

3cm
No
No
Lithium ion
xD

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Looking through all my outdoor test shots taken with the FE-340 they are of a similar quality. Homing in on the brickwork in the first test shot the picture shows above average sharpness. As you move out towards the edges of the shot most of the sharpness is retained.

I like the colours and brightness in the shot. The FE-340 also copes well enough with sun glare.

There is plenty of colour in the shot with the sky being quite a deep shade of blue. Focusing is at a similar level to that of the first test shot.

Here we can see the advantage of that bit of extra zoom in a small digital camera. Again the picture is not quite pin sharp, but focusing is certainly good enough to produce some pleasing snapshots.

With all the brickwork in this picture it is a big help for me when grading the digital camera for picture sharpness. This confirms my earlier view of this Olympus digital camera being above average, while not hitting the heights that some other cameras have managed. This is another photo where I like the depth of colour in the shot.

Portraits

I used face detection focusing and white balance to boost the colour for this shot. The end result is very pleasing.

The flash unit manages to emit just the right levels of light. Focusing is very good and once again there is plenty of colour in the shot.

This is another good effort. It is brighter than many digital cameras manage and there is also more detail in the shot. The overall sharpness of the photo is also worth mentioning.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Taking into account the price tag of this camera I think the macro shot is very good indeed. I am impressed by the sharpness. This is also another bright photo.

As you will have noticed I like the balance of colour produced by the FE-340 digital camera. This bodes well for general scenic shots in particular.

I always look on shooting at higher ISO levels with compact digitals as something I would only do in an emergency. This would normally be if my subject was out of the range of the flash unit. Picture quality with the FE-340 holds up well. Noise levels are controlled and colours remain more or less true. Even at this higher level a good degree of picture quality is retained. Although I would not recommend using this setting unless you really had to it can help to capture a picture when there is not very much light around.

Summary

I am impressed by the results produced by the FE-340. As I mentioned above this is one of the less expensive pocket cameras and the photo quality is very good.

See sample images link arrow

Style

Like many other digital cameras Olympus has produced the FE-340 in a range of colours. These are silver, black, pink and blue. The front of the camera has a clean, uncluttered look. You should have no problem slipping this camera into a pocket.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash

0.39 seconds
10.18 seconds
0.43 seconds
11.69 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par This is a very simple digital camera. It is very easy to find your way around.

Points I Like

Extra zoom on a pocket camera - simple and easy to use - overall picture quality

Where it Could Improve

Nothing really stands out

Verdict

There are a number of points I like about the Olympus FE-340 digital camera. First up I was impressed by the quality of the photos I was able to produce with the camera. Next I liked the ease of use of the camera. I also found that the extra length of the zoom lens can come in handy. Finally I like the price tag and feel the camera offers a very good option for someone looking for a cheaper pocket sized digital camera.

Product Shots

Front View

Olympus FE-340 Front View

Back View

Olympus FE-340 Back View

Top View

Olympus FE-340 Top View

Sample Menus

main menu night portait

camera menu shooting guide

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Related Pages

Olympus FE-340 Review Olympus FE-340 Specification Olympus FE-340 Sample Images Olympus FE-340 Features Olympus Digital Cameras

Review Date

March 2008

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