Pre-Photokina 2006: Olympus has also beefed up its affordable FE range with four new models. First up is the metal-bodied FE-200, which boasts a 5x optical zoom (covering a useful 28-140mm equiv. range), 6.0 megapixel CCD, 2.5-inch screen and Lithium-Ion battery. Just goes to show how far we've come when a camera like this is described as 'entry-level'!

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The wide angle zoom FE-200 from Olympus

London, 23 August 2006 – 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. So, no matter where the photographers are, they can zoom in on the action. And with an intuitive “one button, one function” design and an onboard Help function, the FE-200 is simplicity itself to use. Photographers using the FE-200 will be able to tackle pretty much anything using its 5x zoom lens (28-140mm equiv. on 35mm camera), from breathtaking panoramas to stunning close-ups. Photos are captured in crystal clarity by the camera’s 6.0 million pixel CCD and, with several special scene modes to choose from and no-nonsense “one button, one function” controls, great results are all but guaranteed. There’s even a handy Help function that clearly displays explanations of what camera features do on the large 6.4cm LCD screen. Today’s entry-level cameras need to be small, powerful and easy to use. The FE-200 ticks all these boxes.

Expect to see it in all good UK camera stores from September 2006, priced at around £200.00. For stockist information call 0800 0720070 or visit www.olympus.co.uk.

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
  • 24MB 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).

Olympus FE-200 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 6.4 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps
• QuickTime M otion JPEG with sound
File formats • JPEG
• EXIF 2.21
• PIM III
• DPS
• DPOF
Lens • 28-140mm (35mm equiv)
• F3.3/4.8
• 5x optical zoom
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus TTL iESP AF with contrast detection
AF area modes n/a
AF assist lamp n/a
Focus distance • Standard: 0.6m - infinity (wide) 1.0m - infinity (tele)
• Macro: 0.25m - infinity (wide) 1.0m - infinity (tele)
• Super Macro: from 5cm
Metering ESP
ISO sensitivity Auto (ISO 80-320)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Shuttter speed 2-1/2000 sec
Aperture F3.3/4.8
Scene modes • Sports
• Indoor
• Candle
• Self portrait
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Behind Glass
• Cuisine
• Documents
• Auction
White balance n/a
Self timer Yes
Flash • Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Off
• Range: 0.2m - 2.5m (wide) 0.6m - 1.7m (tele)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 150,000 pixels
Connectivity • Combined AV & USB output
• DC in
Storage • 24MB Internal memory
• xD-Picture Card compatible
Power • LI-12B battery
• LI-10C Charger included
Weight (no batt) 155 g
Dimensions 97.5 x 59 x 27 mm

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