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Olympus FE-240 review: Olympus FE-240

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MSRP: $249.00

The Good Decent pictures; small and light.

The Bad Very slow performance; no manual settings.

The Bottom Line The Olympus FE-240 is slow and doesn't have any manual settings, but at least it takes good pictures.

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6.6 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 5
  • Image quality 8

Sometimes you just don't want to agonize over whether you should choose the soup or the salad; the Coke or the Pepsi; the PC or the Mac. Olympus realizes just how hard some choices can be, which is why it's made the FE series of digital cameras. They're simple and direct, and they require almost no choices besides when to press the shutter. The Olympus FE-240 is one such camera.

The attractive, compact FE-240 measures 0.8 inch thick and weighs less than five ounces. Its small metal body fits comfortably in most pockets. Despite its small size, the camera's various controls are easy to manipulate, with buttons large enough for big thumbs to use.

The FE-240's most notable feature is its lens. The camera's 38mm-to-190mm-equivalent lens offers a 5x magnification factor over the other FE-cameras' 3x lenses. Besides the increased zoom, the FE-240 sports fairly mundane features, such as a 7-megapixel sensor and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

Like all Olympus FE-series cameras, the FE-240 is almost completely devoid of manual settings. Besides flash and macro shooting, preset scene modes, and exposure compensation, users can't make any image adjustments. White balance, ISO sensitivity, and other factors are completely automated by the camera, giving a very literal sense to the phrase "point-and-shoot." This isn't necessarily a bad thing; automation can be beneficial as long as the images look good in the end.

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