Olympus has announced a third camera into the FE range. The FE-120 is a six megapixel beginner camera that is easy to use and offer 16 scene modes, a 1.8-inch LCD screen, 2 cm macro mode for super close ups and movie function. Images are recorded on to Olympus's proprietary xD-Picure Card and powered by two AA batteries. The Olympus FE-120 will be priced $249.99 (€203).

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The Olympus FE-120

Beginners luck

London, 29 August 2005 – Your first car may have been an old heap and your first place more a hovel than a home, but there is no reason for your first camera not to live up to expectation if you purchase an Olympus FE-120.

This first rate camera for beginners is packed full of the kind of features your more experienced digital camera using friends will be impressed by. Its 6.0 mega pixel resolution makes sure pictures have pinpoint clarity even while the camera gets close up with a 3x zoom lens. Its Super Macro technology allows even the tiniest detail to be captured up close, from just 2cms away. So if you are honing your photographic skills on the British countryside you will be able to capture close up every petal and leaf.

For new photographers the smart FE-120 can predict the ideal exposure for your picture taking scenarios. Or for tailor made image taking choose from 16 scene modes to suit your scenario including ‘Portrait’, ‘Candle light’ and ‘Night scene’. The FE-120 also records videos so you can make movie memories too.

Although it’s packed with special functions there’s no need to worry about fiddling around with complicated controls. The FE-120 is simple to use with menus clearly displayed and simple button functions. The camera also takes standard or rechargeable AA batteries.

The Olympus FE-120 – main features:

  • 6.0 million pixels
  • 3x zoom lens
  • 4.6cm/1.8” LCD
  • 16 scene modes (e.g. Candle, Portrait, Landscape)
  • Super Macro shooting from 2cm
  • Movie recording function
  • 14MB internal memory plus removable xD-Picture Cards
  • Uses standard or rechargeable AA-size batteries

For more information and where to buy Olympus products please go to www.olympus.com or call free on 0800 072 0070 (UK only).

Olympus FE-120 specifications


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

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips 320 x 240 @ 15/30 fps
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Lens • 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 4.9
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus TTL system iESP auto focus with contrast detection
AF area modes iESP auto focus
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 0.5 m / 0.9 m– infinity
• Macro: 0.2 m - 0.5 m (wide) / 0.6 m – 0.9 m (tele)
• Telemacro: 2 cm
Metering ESP metering
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50 - 320
Exposure compensation

• +/- 2EV
• 1/2 EV steps

Shutter speed 4 -1/2000th sec
Modes Programme AE
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Self-portrait
• Night Scene
• Night Scene with Portrait
• Landscape
• Landscape with Portrait
• Sports
• Beach
• Snow
• Indoor
• Fireworks
• Sunset
• Cuisine
• Candle
• Behind Glass
• Available light portrai t

White balance iESP auto
Continuous shooting 3 fps up to 7 images
Self timer Yes
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in, off
• Range: 0.2 m - 3.7 m (wide) / 0.2 m - 2.1 (tele)
• Guide number: 7 .6
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT LCD
• 85,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• DC in
Print compliance • DPOF
• EXIF 2.2
• PictBridge
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 14 MB internal memory
Power • 2x AA battery (NiMH, NiCd, alkaline)
• Adapter optional
Weight (no batt) 140 g (4.9 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 56 x 36 mm (Ai x Bi x Ci in)