The Olympus FE-280 is mostly gets compared to travel zooms and compacts. The Olympus FE-280's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS3) and Olympus (such as the Stylus 780)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-280 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (ultra compact (92×56×19 mm) vs compact (103×60×33 mm)), is thinner (0.7" vs 1.3") and is much lighter (108 g vs 229 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (august 2007 vs january 2009).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the FE-280)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS3 (vs the FE-280)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Ultra compact (92×56×19 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.7"
  • Much heavier: 229 g vs 108 g

common strengths of the DMC-ZS3 and FE-280

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Ultra compact (92×56×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.7"
  • Light weight: 229 g vs 108 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-280 compared to compact competitors include: it is thinner (0.7" vs 0.9") and is slightly lighter (108 g vs 195 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 26 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen and is older (august 2007 vs february 2011).

Olympus Stylus 780

Olympus Stylus 780
5 months older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 780 (vs the FE-280)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 780 (vs the FE-280)

  • Significantly heavier: 195 g vs 108 g
  • Thicker: 0.9" vs 0.7"

common strengths of the Stylus 780 and FE-280

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×55×24 mm) vs Ultra compact (92×56×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"

Nikon Coolpix S4100

Nikon Coolpix S4100
3 years newer
$135

Significant advantages of the S4100 (vs the FE-280)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 36 mm
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S4100 (vs the FE-280)

  • None found

common strengths of the S4100 and FE-280

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Super compact (95×57×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (92×56×19 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.7"