Olympus FE-20 Brief Review


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  • 8 Megapixels
  • 3x Optical Zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Records movies with sound
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Technology
  • Release Date: 2008-10-31
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus FE-20
8 Megapixels; 3x Optical Zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display; Records movies with sound; Digital Image Stabilization; Face Detection Technology
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The FE-20 is the most basic model in Olympus' FE series. Aimed at casual and first-time users, it has all the necessities: face detection, image stabilization, and movie mode with sound. In addition, the plethora of scene modes makes shooting in different environments as easy as picking the most applicable option in the scene selection menu. While the absence of manual features may scare away more experienced users, the high image quality and ease of use will satisfy casual photographers.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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