Well here we go with the big pixel counts. The FE-300 packs 12 miliion of them and ISO settings up to 6400 - albeit with the assistance of pixel-binning so you won't be gettng the sensor's full resolution, ISO 1600 is the limit at 12 MP. The rest of the specs are pretty standard with a 2.5" LCD, 3x zoom starting at 35mm equivalent and the Face-Detection with added Smile Shot mode.

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The feature-packed alternative with 12.0 Megapixels

The Olympus FE-300: High-spec at a low price

London, 23 August 2007 – Get all the ease, flexibility and performance you could ever want from an entry-class camera. The Olympus FE-300 is equipped with an astounding 12.0 Megapixels to let you capture every bit of detail while retaining the ability to crop and resize images later on a computer. Face Detection Technology works intelligently to ensure the accurate depiction of people, while high ISO settings help to prevent blur caused by camera shake.

The Olympus FE-300 will be available from September 2007 at around £200. For further information call 0800 0720070 or visit www.olympus.co.uk.

Want more for less? With a giant 12.0 Megapixels, the Olympus FE-300 is the solution. Encased in a slim, metal body, this model doesn’t compromise functionality for simplicity. A bright 3x optical zoom together with a large 6.4cm LCD make framing shots a breeze. Meanwhile, BrightCapture Technology works to improve results in low-light conditions. The integration of the powerful TruePic III image processor puts unprecedented power and image quality at your fingertips.

To keep things nice and easy, the FE-300 features the “One button, one function” design principle. Together with a built-in guide function, it ensures the greatest of photographic ease and flexibility. With 17 scene modes including Candle, Fireworks or Portrait, you may never have to manually adjust a setting again. And using the integrated Face Detection Technology, the inventive Smile Shot mode even recognises faces in a scene and then automatically releases the shutter when subjects smile. Meanwhile, an eight-step mode dial means you’re never more than a few clicks away from the appropriate camera mode and high ISO settings minimise the chance of blur caused by camera shake.

Equipped with both internal memory and an xD-Picture Card slot, the FE-300 is ready to capture both still shots and movies with sound up to memory capacity. And the Olympus Master software including the Muvee Pack trial version makes it a cinch to transfer, edit and archive images on a personal computer.

The Olympus FE-300 – main features:

  • Maximum detail with 12.0 Megapixel resolution
  • Bright 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera) 1:2.8-4.7
  • High ISO setting for less blur (ISO 1600, or up to 6400 in reduced pixel mode)
  • See and share more on the 6.4cm/2.5” LCD (230,000 pixel resolution)
  • Face Detection Technology for perfectly focused and exposed faces plus correct exposure of other image areas
  • 17 scene modes for best results in different situations (e.g. Candle, Fireworks and Smile Shot)
  • “One button, one function” design principle plus Guide Function for easy operation
  • Better low light shooting thanks to BrightCapture Technology
  • Liven up memories with movie recording with sound
  • TruePic III image processor for faster image handling and higher image quality
  • Perfect Shot Preview
  • Super Macro mode (as close as 10cm)
  • Stylish metal body
  • Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • Supplied with Olympus Master software 2.03 including Muvee Pack trial version plus LI-42B lithium ion battery

Olympus FE-300 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.72" Type CCD
• 12.4 million pixels total
• 12.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 4000 x 3000
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15fps
Maximum clip length • 640 x 480: 10 sec
• 320 x 240: 29 min
File formats • JPEG Exif v2.21
• AVI (Motion JPEG) with WAV audio
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 35-105 mm (35 mm equiv)
• F2.8 - F4.7
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 4x
AF area modes

• TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
• Face Detection Technology

Focus modes Standard, Macro, Super Macro
Focus distance • Standard: 60 cm-infinity (wide), 60 cm-infinity (tele)
• Macro: 30 cm - infinity (wide), 50 cm - infinity (tele)
• Super Macro: 10 cm closest focus distance
Metering ESP light metering
ISO sensitivity • Auto (64 - 3200)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200*
• ISO 6400*
* in reduced pixel mode
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Shutter speed • 1/2 - 1/1000 sec
• Up to 4 sec in Night Scene mode
Scene modes

• Auto
• Programme Automatic
• High ISO setting
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene with portrait
• Sports
• Indoor
• Candle
• Self-portrait
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Behind Glass
• Cuisine
• Documents
• Auction
• Smile Shot

White balance • Auto
• Sunlight
• Overcast
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
Self timer Yes
Flash • Auto
• Red-Eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
• Range (Wide, ISO 400): 0.3 - 6.1 m (11.8 in - 20.0 ft)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity

Combined USB 2.0 Hi-speed and AV output

Print compliance • PictBridge
• Print Image Matching III
• DPOF
Storage • xD-Picture Card (Panorama mode available when using Olympus branded cards)
• 48 MB internal storage
Power • Li-ion battery pack LI-42B
Weight (no batt) 115 g (4.1 oz)
Dimensions

94 x 56.5 x 22.1 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9 in)