The Good Compact; great white balance; solid images.
The Bad Few features; no manual controls.
The Bottom Line If you don't mind the lack of features, Olympus's FE-190 offers pretty pictures and a slim body at a low price.
With a small frame and a smaller price tag, Olympus's FE-190 hopes to attract the fashionably frugal. This 6-megapixel shooter doesn't offer the manual controls more advanced photographers desire, but its other aspects make up for its automation.
The FE-190's metal body is thin and pretty. It doesn't have the stylish curves of Olympus's Stylus or Canon's PowerShot SD cameras, but it's still fairly attractive. At less than an inch thick and weighing just 4.5 ounces, the camera is small enough to squeeze into most pockets. Despite its small size, the FE-190's controls are large and tactile enough, even for large thumbs.
Its list of features is quite short, but the FE-190 still has enough useful settings to please most casual shooters. The camera's 6-megapixel sensor and 38-to-114mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens are identical to its slightly less expensive little brother, the FE-180. The two cameras share the same scene presets, helpful guide mode, and 30 frame-per-second VGA movie mode. Functionally, the only difference between the two is the FE-190's slim size. The FE-190 also uses a proprietary battery, but since the FE-180 comes with rechargeable AAs, that point is somewhat moot.
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