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Olympus FE-110 Review

Review Date: Dec 19, 2005

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Olympus FE-110


The Olympus FE-110 is a digital camera targeted to novice snapshooters. It has 5.0 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/2.5 in. image sensor. The Olympus lens is a 38-106 mm (35mm format equivalent) F3.0(W)-F5.0(T), 2.8x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Olympus FE-110 to be average. Colours are saturated. As always, best thing is to check out the images for yourself in the Olympus FE-110 Photo Gallery and see if they are good enough for you.

2.8x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 38mm Tele 106mm
Wide-angle 6.2mm
(38mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 17.4mm
(106mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 38mm and 106mm. It's not much zoom, but 106mm is a nice focal length to use for portraits.

Super Macro
Super Macro
38mm, Program Auto, Center-Weighted Average, AWB
1/8 sec., F3.0, ISO 125, Super Macro

The Olympus FE-110 can focus in Super Macro mode to as close as 2 cm (0.8 in.). The camera has difficulty focusing in low-light. For the above picture, we had to shine an extra light source to obtain accurate focus lock.

Auto White Balance Indoors

As the above picture shows, the Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a slight colour cast under fluorescent artificial light. There is no Custom (manual) White Balance so you can expect that colour cast in all your indoors shots. AWB works quite well in natural light and when using flash, but there are no preset settings.

ISO Auto
ISO Auto (Camera chose ISO 125)

The 100% crop above (area delimited by the white rectangle) demonstrates that noise is low at ISO 125, though visible in the shadows. Even though ISO ranges from 64 to 320, the Olympus FE-110 is a "sunny outdoors" camera. Since the AF has difficulty locking focus in low-light, you will not find an opportunity to use those higher ISOs.

Chromatic Aberrations

CA is visible in strong highlights situations. In the shot above, CA is visible in the area delimited by the red square at centre (reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right).

Long Shutter Speed
Long Exposure
38mm, P-Auto, CWA, 1 sec., F3.0 ISO 125
Macro, Self-Timer (12 sec.), Tripod Used

The Olympus FE-110 provides a maximum long shutter speed of 2 sec. in Night Scene mode. Here I'm checking out the presence of noise at long exposure (noise usually increases the longer the shutter is left open). As usual, I place Bamm-Bamm under my office desk, in the shadows. However, the AF hunts and locks at the wrong focus point because of the lack of contrast in low-light, so I am forced to shine some light on it. After many out-of-focus shots, I eventually obtain an exposure of 1 sec. at F3.0 in P-Auto. To eliminate camera shake, I place the camera on a tripod and use the self-timer (set to fire after 12 sec.).

The pictures in the Olympus FE-110 Photo Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 2560 x 1920 pixels original size (click on the image for the original version).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!


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