Pros Stylish and small
Cons Image contours are not crips; horrible indoors; bad outdoors
Summary I own an old Olympus D-490 2.1 mp which is huge but takes excellent pictures. Looking for a smaller and lighter camera to carry in my purse, purchased the FE-190 which was a brand new camera at the time.
What a disappointment. Every single picture is bad. Even outdoors, the photo look okay but if you look closer the details are blurred as if it was slightly out of focus. Indoors, wow, I lost all my pictures from last XMas! None was usable, the image was terrible and blurred.
I sent the camera to Olympus under warranty. They have excellent customer service but the camera was returned, twice, with a note "no trouble found". I wish they were not so nice on the phone but they would solve the problem, or replace the camera as I had requested.
Even my cell phone, indoors with low light, takes better pictures than this Olympus camera.
I'm shocked to see it among CNET editor's choice.
I'm now shopping for another brand of course.
Pros Small, wall charged battery.. can be a pro or con
Cons can only use XD memory card, many problems with mine
Summary I bought this camera for 200.00 from Target in January 2007. I've only had it for a few months, and I'm already experiencing many problems. The thing you open to get to the battery and memory card won't close and pops off a lot. The battery dies really fast. Pictures are pretty clear, but it takes a minute for the camera to actually take the picture. Some of the buttons don't work... ex. the delete button, you have to press it really hard repeatedly.
"Great until....."on by brian48026
Pros Super small and lightwight
Cons Slow shot speed. Image quality???
Summary I've had this camera for about 4 months now and have taken well over 1000 pics with it. Overall the reasons I bought the camera are still why I like it; its small, its light weight, and it has a good size screen.
I bought the camera 1 day before a friend got married in Las Vegas and I fired off about 400 pics in all sorts of environments (outside, inside, limos, dark nightclubs, etc.) and the majority of them turned out really well. The ones that didn't I'd probably blame on me being a digicam virgin.
The "steady shot" is the best setting for picture quality, IMO. Even better than the "auto"
A few gripes I do have are as follow:
How long it takes to actually snap a pic. From the time you press the button, til the time it actually takes the pic, seems like forever sometims (its like 3 seconds). This can really be terrible if you're trying to capture something spontaneous.
I'm not sure if I dropped it or what (I'm pretty rough with my equipment) but now it only takes good images about 1/2 the time, and only on the "auto" setting. The pics are now all blurry, which is brutal. I'm going to take it back to best buy to see what they say.
I also get an error message on occasion "Card cover open" while taking pics when the cover is clearly NOT open. This is also pretty brutal, and a friend of mine w/ the same camera has experienced the same thing.
It doesn't save the "reduce red eye" setting (or any custom setting for that matter) and its default red eye reduction is noting. Terrible.
It's not a bad little camera, and its smaller and lighter than an elph, but It seems to have too many little problems. I wouldn't recommend it. I'd just spend the extra 50 bucks and get a little better camera.
Pros very handy[shirt pocket], great pictures
Cons Lack of viewer and sophistocated controls
Summary I have a more advanced digital camera, but wanted a small one to carry which takes great pictures[if one takes the time to learn the variables]--hard to see where the stories of such poor quality are coming from; must be something wrong with camera or technique.
Pros Size, battery life,
Cons Poor picture quality, shutter lag, too long between shots, zoom, red-eye
Summary Purchased this camera at Christmas & I've spent the last 10 months wishing I took it back for a refund. There are a few good things about it: it's a very nice looking, sleek camera, very small & lightweight-great for carrying around all the time, awesome battery life. But those things aren't enough to make a decent camera. The main concern is photo quality & I feel the FE190 is really really lacking. I've owned many cameras thru the years, both film & digital & SLR's. I'm not a pro but I know how to take a decent pic, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't user error. The only way I could get a sharp, blur-free picture with good color was outside in sunlight with my subject(s) standing still. Indoor shots had poor color & every one had red-eye, even with the red-eye mode activated. I even told people to not look anywhere near the cameral but it didn't help. The DIS (digital image stabilization) is practically useless. It is a "mode" that you choose, so therefore if you choose the auto mode or portrait or landscape or sport etc, you can't also have the DIS on at the same time. You either have the DIS on or you have it in some other mode, you can't have it both ways. Even with the DIS activated, it barely improved the blur, and because I couldn't have it in the proper mode, the shutter speed, focus, depth of field suffered, ruining the pic. If you have young energetic kids, or kids in sports, this is also not the camera for you. I have 2 kids & one is in karate. I've taken hundreds of photos of her in class, during tests, at tournaments...most of them I've dumped, didn't even bother getting them printed. You don't get close at all using the zoom. Even in sport mode they come out so blurry, grainy & dark, and that was with the optical zoom, not digital. Disappointment doesn't begin to describe how it feels when you get home after an important event & realize none of the pictures are usable. Also the color saturation indoors is horrible & mottled. The shutter lag & time between shots is really bad, not good if you want to capture kids or sports. Knowing what I know now, I would not buy this camera again & definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I know alot of people have given it great reviews but many have had the same complaints that I do, so I can't account for the disparity in opinions. I just know that it doesn't work for me. I've since bought a Kodak camera with 12x zoom & the difference is night & day. The color & clarity are awesome & accurate, zoom is excellent, even with it all the way out the pics are clear & blur free. Shutter lag nonexistent. So unlike the FE 190. Bottom line, save your money on this one!