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Olympus FE-290 - Test shots - Full-res crops

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.

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The level of detail is extremely poor, even for a 7MP camera. This is really very bad indeed.

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Perversely, the lens actually produces relatively little barrel distortion at wide angle.

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This crop from the centre of the image above shows massive over-sharpening. There aren't supposed to be white lines beside the black edges of the blocks.

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Corner sharpness isn't too dreadful, but only by comparison to the rest of the image quality.

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The same building, but at maximum zoom, showing lots of pincushion distortion.

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