FE-300 Zoom

FE-300 Zoom

Olympus FE-300 Zoom Review

By Movable Type Admin


Click for our main menu

Olympus FE-300 Zoom




Features & Controls



Olympus FE-300 Zoom

The FE-300 features a 3x optical Olympus zoom lens with a 35mm - 105mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f2.8-f/4.7. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 6 lenses in 4 groups.

When powered down the lens retract inside of the body and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.

The contrast detection autofocus system has a range of:

Normal Mode: (Wide): 23.6" (0.6m) - infinity; (Tele): 23.6" (0.6m) - infinity
Macro Mode: (Wide): 11.8" (0.3m) - infinity; (Tele): 19.7" (0.5m) - infinity
Super Macro Mode: 3.9" (0.1m) - infinity




Olympus FE-300 Zoom

The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, and Off. The maximum working range is:

Wide: 0.98 ft. (0.3m) - 20.0 ft. (6.1m)
Tele: 1.6 ft. (0.5m) - 11.8 ft. (3.6m), using ISO 800.



Olympus FE-300 Zoom

The 2.5-inch (6.4cm) color LCD has 230,000 pixels and is used for framing, review and accessing the menu system. There is no optical viewfinder.

Controls on the back: At the top is the red camera button for Record mode and the green arrow button for Playback mode. The Mode Dial has positions for: Auto, Program, Blur reduction mode (uses Digital Image Stabilization), Portrait, Landscape, Scene, GUIDE, and Movie. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. Press "up" to adjust Exposure compensation or set DPOF settings in Playback mode, press "left" for macro focus, press "down" for the self-timer and press "right" to change flash modes. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system, pressing the OK button in the center of the 4way accepts selections. The "Backlight Boost" button raises the brightness of the LCD's backlight for help in framing under severe lighting (harsh sunlight, etc.), and also acts as the Delete button in playback mode.



Olympus FE-300 Zoom

Located on top is the Power button, and the Shutter release with the Zoom lens controls mounted around it. They also serve as the Magnify and Index options in playback mode.




Olympus FE-300 Zoom

On the right side are the I/O ports: The Multi-terminal handles USB 2.0 (full speed, not high speed) data as well as Audio/Video output (NTSC/PAL selectable.)



Olympus FE-300 Zoom

The FE-300 stores its data on 48MB of internal memory or on an optional xD-Picture Card. xD cards are currently available up to 2GB in capacity.


Approx. Still Image Capacity

Olympus FE-300 Zoom

Approx. Movie Capacity

Olympus FE-300 Zoom





Olympus FE-300 Zoom

The FE-300 is powered by a LI-42B 3.7v 740mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. The included AC charger lets you charge one battery while using another, to charge a fully depleted pack takes approx. 120 minutes. Lithium battery packs can be charged or "topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.





Continue on to
Record Features



Return To Our
Reviews Menu


Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Kodak Easyshare Z1015IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 15xOptical Image Stabilized Zoom Kodak Easyshare Z1015IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 15xOptical Image Stabilized Zoom $279.95
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Pink) Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 16.1 MP Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Pink) $159.00
1 - 15.0 Megapixel S30HDZ Slim Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Pink), 15.0 megapixel, HD video resolution, S30HDZ-PK 1 - 15.0 Megapixel S30HDZ Slim Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Pink), 15.0 megapixel, HD video resolution, S30HDZ-PK $149.99
BG-E6 Battery Grip for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 2 DECODED LP-E6 Batteries (Made with Info-Chip, Fully Decoded, Use same as original OEM. Shows time on LCD and charges by Canon Charger!)+ Charger + LCD Protectors + Cleaning Kit BG-E6 Battery Grip for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 2 DECODED LP-E6 Batteries (Made with Info-Chip, Fully Decoded, Use same as original OEM. Shows time on LCD and charges by Canon Charger!)+ Charger + LCD Protectors + Cleaning Kit $97.99
2.8 Screen 3X Digital Zoom Door Peephole Viewer w 2.8 Screen 3X Digital Zoom Door Peephole Viewer w $97.99
[3.70V,700mAh,Li-ion],Replacement Digital Camera Battery for Olympus FE Series, FE-150 Zoom, FE-150, FE-160, FE-190, FE-20, FE-220, FE-220D, FE-230, FE-240, FE-250, FE-280, FE-290, FE-300, FE-3000, FE-3010, FE-320, FE-330, FE-340, FE-350 Grand Angle, FE-350 Wide, FE-350, FE-360, FE-4000, FE-4010, FE-4030, FE-4050, FE-5000, FE-5010, FE-5020, FE-5030, FE-5035, FE-5050, FE-5500, [3.70V,700mAh,Li-ion],Replacement Digital Camera Battery for Olympus FE Series, FE-150 Zoom, FE-150, FE-160, FE-190, FE-20, FE-220, FE-220D, FE-230, FE-240, FE-250, FE-280, FE-290, FE-300, FE-3000, FE-3010, FE-320, FE-330, FE-340, FE-350 Grand Angle, FE-350 Wide, FE-350, FE-360, FE-4000, FE-4010, FE-4030, FE-4050, FE-5000, FE-5010, FE-5020, FE-5030, FE-5035, FE-5050, FE-5500, $20.12
STK's Olympus LI-10B LI-12B Battery Charger - for Olympus Stylus 600, Stylus 300, Stylus 800, Stylus 1000, Stylus 410, Stylus 500, Stylus 400, IR-500, FE 200, Camedia C-50 Zoom, Camedia C-60 Zoom, Camedia C-765 Ultra Zoom, Camedia C-5000 Zoom, Camedia C-770 Ultra Zoom, Olympus LI-10C Battery Charger STK's Olympus LI-10B LI-12B Battery Charger - for Olympus Stylus 600, Stylus 300, Stylus 800, Stylus 1000, Stylus 410, Stylus 500, Stylus 400, IR-500, FE 200, Camedia C-50 Zoom, Camedia C-60 Zoom, Camedia C-765 Ultra Zoom, Camedia C-5000 Zoom, Camedia C-770 Ultra Zoom, Olympus LI-10C Battery Charger $9.99
Read More