Olympus FE-130 Brief Review


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  • 5.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-320
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • 2.0" LCD
  • Release Date: 2006-02-01
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus FE-130
5.1 megapixels; 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; autofocus; auto exposure; JPEG file format; ISO 80-320; 2 AA batteries; movie mode (no sound); 2.0" LCD
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Olympus FE-130 does everything it can to make things easy on novice users. The FE-130 features a comfortable in-camera help guide, which gives users a step-by-step explanation of each of the camera's functions. In essence, it serves as a digital manual that's always just a button away. The large, 2.0" LCD screen gives an adequate preview for framing and cropping, and at a very low price point of around $179, the FE-130 is a good choice for casual users. We suggest you also consider the FE-140, which is virtually identical except for a larger, 6.1 megapixel sensor.

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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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