This was the worst camera that we saw in 2009 and it seems like Olympus has already abandoned it and moved on to the FE-46. The FE-45's biggest problem was its atrocious battery life—it cut through a fresh set of Duracell AA alkaline batteries in 12 minutes when we tested it. That's unacceptable by itself, and when you toss in a clumsy interface and mediocre pictures, it adds up to the worst camera of the year. Fortunately, this camera is no longer widely available, but steer clear it you do see it. Try the Canon SD1200 instead.
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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