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Olympus FE-200 - For a wider view, reach for the Olympus FE-200. This ultra-compact, metal clad camera features an impressive 5x zoom lens that stretches from wide-angle – great for landscapes – all the way to telephoto.
Fitting a high quality 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-140mm on a 35mm camera) into such a small metal body is a remarkable technical achievement. This has resulted in the Olympus FE-200, a camera that is as equally suited to close-ups and telephoto photography, as it is wide angle shots. Being able to take landscapes, close-ups and distant telephoto shots on the same ultra-compact camera gives the photographer a level of performance and flexibility that’s simply unmatched in the entry-level camera class.
With a 6.0 million pixel CCD at its heart, this model gives users the power to take sensationally sharp photos, with enough detail to withstand printing at quite large sizes. And, to ensure that nothing is missed, either when framing shots or when viewing them later, the FE-200 has been equipped with a big 6.4cm LCD screen.
This screen also doubles up as a kind of “built-in instruction book”, as it is used to display simple explanations of what the camera functions do, courtesy of the FE-200’s onboard Help feature. Mind you, even people who have never held a digital camera in their life before should have no problem using the FE-200 due to its straight forward “one button, one function” design. A handy Mode Dial that can be conveniently turned with the thumb has also been included, to make it easy to switch quickly between the camera’s eight different programmes (including Image Stabilisation Mode with ISO 800), relieving users of the chore of having to make their way through countless menus.
To take the fuss out of various situations that photographers might find themselves in, the FE-200 has been blessed with 10 pre-defined Scene modes. These automatically choose the best settings for circumstances such as photographing sports, indoor or fireworks. And, so that nature enthusiasts and film buffs are kept happy, the camera also features a Super Macro mode for pictures from as little as 5cm away and a Movie function with sound, with the duration of the clip only limited by the memory available.
Photos and movie clips created using the FE-200 are saved to either the cameras internal memory or an optional xD-Picture Card. The camera is supplied with Olympus Master Software, which makes easy work of downloading, organising, editing and printing images using a computer.
The FE-200 offers everything expected from an entry-level camera and more – style, simplicity, imaging power, affordability, plus the amazing versatility of a 5x wide-angle zoom. Overall, it’s a tough package to beat. This versatile, ultra-compact camera will hit the shelves of all good camera shops from September 2006, priced at around £200.00.
The Olympus FE-200 – main features:
- 6.0 million pixels in a stylish metal body
- 5x optical zoom (equiv. to 28-140mm on a 35mm model), 1:3.3-4.8
- 6.4cm/2.5” LCD
- One button, one function design principle
- Help function that explains camera features directly on LCD
- 10 scene modes (e.g. Sports, Indoor, Fireworks)
- Movie recording with sound up to card capacity
- Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
- Supplied with Olympus Master Software + LI-12B lithium-ion battery and charger
- Multi-language menu (with 10 languages) plus possibility to download further languages from the internet (25 European languages available)