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The Olympus FE-290 combines an seven megapixel CCD imager, an Olympus-branded 4x optical zoom lens starting at a useful 28mm wide angle equivalent, and a generous 3-inch LCD display in a pocket-friendly body. The FE290 aims to keep things simple, with thirteen scene modes that make it easy to get the shot without understanding the subtleties of shutter speeds, apertures and the suchlike. You'll want to get an xD-Picture card right away, as the FE-290 has only 6.9MB of built-in memory.

The FE-290 offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 640, has a 15 frames-per-second VGA movie mode with sound and includes a Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) mode, which freezes action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to help prevent blurry images caused by a moving subject.

Power for the FE-290 comes from a proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery or optional AC adapter. There's also USB 2.0 High-Speed computer connectivity, and NTSC / PAL video out to let you see your photos on a television. The FE290 product bundle includes a LI-42B Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger, USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, Wrist Strap, Manual, CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master 2 Software and Warranty Card.

The Olympus FE-290 ships from August 2007 with a price of about US$250.