Just in case you didn't think Olympus already offered you enough choice in the affordable, slim, 7MP category here's another one. The FE-240 is actually pretty nice; 17.6mm thick and boasting a 5x zoom and 2.5-inch LCD for around £180. Thanks to its 1/2.5 inch sensor this one 'only' manages ISO 1000.

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Big zoom, tiny dimensions

The 5x zoom Olympus FE-240

London, 25 January 2007 – With the new FE-240, Olympus has successfully packed extraordinary magnification power into a surprisingly compact camera body. A 5x zoom lens enables users to close-in dramatically on the action from afar. Yet, despite having to incorporate this high-performance lens, the slim and stylish metal body – available in either silver or black – easily slips into any pocket. A straightforward “one button, one function” design and a big 6.4cm LCD screen make using the FE-240 a pleasure – and a 7.1 Megapixel CCD means that the photos are brilliant too! The Olympus FE-240 will be available in UK camera shops from February 2007 with an estimated price of £180. For further information call 0800 0720070 or visit www.olympus.co.uk.

The FE-240 has a lot to boast about – a 5x zoom lens (equiv. to 38-190mm on a 35mm camera) matched with 7.1 Megapixel resolution, all housed in a metal body that, at just 17.6mm thick, is so slim that the camera is the perfect constant companion for those who demand power, compactness and quality.

Like all FE series cameras, this model is wonderfully easy to use due to its “one button, one function” design. Even beginners can achieve great results when shooting in a variety of familiar situations thanks to 15 special scene modes, such as Fireworks or Self Portraits. All main functions are conveniently controlled using a mode dial that allows users to choose quickly between eight different programmes including a High ISO Setting mode with ISO 1000 and Movies with sound.

A slot for optional xD-Picture Cards complements the internal memory, allowing virtually limitless recording capacity. Finally, the Olympus Master software included with the camera makes editing and archiving pictures on the computer a cinch.

The Olympus FE-240 – main features:

  • 7.1 Megapixels in a stylish metal body available in silver or black
  • 5x optical zoom (equiv. to 38-190mm on a 35mm model), 1:3.3-5.0
  • 6.4cm/2.5” LCD
  • “One button, one function” design principle
  • Super Macro mode from 3cm
  • TruePic TURBO
  • 15 scene modes (e.g. Cuisine, Fireworks, Self Portrait)
  • High ISO Setting mode (ISO 1000)
  • Internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • Movie recording with sound up to card capacity
  • Supplied with Olympus Master software + LI-42B lithium ion battery
  • Multi-language menu with 25 languages

Olympus FE-240 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 7.1 million pixels total
• 7.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 30 fp sup to capacity of card
• 320 x 240 30fps
File formats

• Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
• Movie: AVI motion JPEG
• Sound: Wave format

Lens • 38-190 (equiv) 5x optical zoom
• F3.3-5.0
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
AF assist lamp Yes/No
Focus distance • 0.7m-∞ (standard wide)
• 0.2m-∞ (macro wide), 0.6m-∞ (macro tele)
• 3cm closest focus (super macro)
Metering • ESP multi-pattern
ISO sensitivity • Auto ISO (50-400)
• ISO 50-1000
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1/2-1/2000 sec
Scene modes • Sports
• Indoor
• Candle
• Self portrait
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Behind glass
• Cuisine
• Documents
• Auction
Self timer Yes
Flash • Built-in
• Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
• Working range up to 3.8m
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity Combined USB and AV output
Print compliance • PIM III
• DPOF
Storage • xD Picture Card
• 20 MB internal memory
Power • LI-42B Lithium-Ion cell
• Charger included
Weight (no batt) 105g (3.7 oz)
Dimensions 90.5 x 55 x 16.5 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)

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