Olympus Stylus 230 Brief Review


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  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 50-1250
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • xD-Picture Card storage (20MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-01-29
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 230
7.1 megapixels; 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; JPEG file format; Movie mode with sound; Auto focus and exposure; ISO 50-1250; 2.5-inch LCD; xD-Picture Card storage (20MB internal); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Olympus Stylus 230 is all about efficiency; efficiency of cost, size, and time. The stainless metal body is only six-tenths of an inch thick, yet houses a more than capable 7-megapixel sensor, which will provide for exceptionally large and high-quality prints. The FE-230 also features an intuitive, one-touch interface that provides simple, direct access to camera settings and functions in a way that will make beginner or casual users will feel comfortable. The camera has a couple of "Underwater" shooting modes, but be warned: you need a separately sold underwater case (the PT-038 from Olympus) to bring the FE-230 underwater.

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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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