Olympus FE-110 Review

 
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Olympus FE-110 Operation

The FE-110's user interface offers limited exposure control and few external buttons. As a result, learning to use the camera shouldn't take too much time, even for total newbies. Pressing the Power button opens the lens cover, extends the lens, and puts the Olympus FE-110 in Shooting mode. A quick turn of the Mode dial selects from a short range of Scene modes and offers the main Program Auto option. You press the Playback button to review what you've recorded. A multicontroller on the back panel serves several functions (including adjusting Exposure Compensataion and selecting Macro, Self-Timer, and Reset options in Shooting mode), and navigates through on-screen menus. It also scrolls through captured images in Playback mode. The LCD menu system accesses the rest of the camera's limited shooting options. Even first-time beginners should get the gist of it after a few minutes.

Record Mode Display: The FE-110's Shooting mode screen always shows an information overlay that displays the exposure mode, flash mode, image quality, shots remaining on the memory card, memory selection, and a few random exposure variables.
Playback Mode Display: In Playback mode, an information overlay disappears after a few seconds of not touching the controls, so you can always (eventually) see just the photo itself. Using the zoom control, you can zoom out to a thumbnail display showing four or nine images at once, or zoom in up to 2x to check finer details and focus.

 

Olympus FE-110 Modes and Menus

Record Mode: Shooting mode is activated by turning the FE-110 on or pressing the Shooting mode button. The Mode dial offers Program Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Self-Portrait, and Movie modes.

Playback Mode: The Playback button switches to Playback mode from Shooting mode.

Record Menu:
The following menu options are accessible by pressing the Menu button in Shooting mode.

  • Image Size/Quality: Sets the image resolution and JPEG compression level. Available resolutions are SHQ 2,560 x 1,920; HQ 2,560 x 1,920; SQ1 1,600 x 1,200; and SQ2 640 x 480 pixels. Movie mode options are HQ 320 x 240 and SQ 160 x 120 pixels.
  • Backup: Copies pictures recorded to the internal memory to an xD-Picture Card without erasing them.
  • Date/Time: Sets the camera's internal clock and calendar.
  • Language: Sets the menu language to English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

  • Sleep: Sets the period of inactivity before the camera puts itself to sleep. Choices are 30 seconds or 1, 3, or 10 minutes.
  • Video Out: Sets the camera's Video Out signal timing to either NTSC or PAL.
  • Memory Format: Formats the xD-Picture Card or internal memory, erasing all files (even write-protected ones).
  • Pixel Mapping: Checks the camera's CCD and image processing functions, maps out bad pixels. (You shouldn't need to do this more than once a year or so.)

  • Panorama: Activates the Panorama shooting mode. (Available only with Olympus-branded xD-Picture Cards.)

Playback Menu: The following playback options are available through the Olympus FE-110's Playback settings menu:

  • Slide Show: Enables an automated slide show of the images on the memory card or internal memory, with an option to repeat at the end of the cycle.
  • Backup: Copies pictures recorded to the internal memory to a xD-Picture Card without erasing them.
  • Print Tool: Enables direct printing of an image to a connected printer. (This option is only available when connected to an appropriate printer.)
  • Protect: Write-protects (or removes protection) from the currently displayed image. Write-protection locks the image file so you can't accidentally erase it or change the file in any way (except by formatting the card).
  • Rotate: Rotates the displayed image 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.
  • Memory/Card Setup: Allows you to erase all images on the card or internal memory or format either.
  • Date/Time: Sets the camera's internal clock and calendar.
  • Language: Sets the menu language to English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

  • Sleep: Sets the period of inactivity before the camera puts itself to sleep. Choices are 30 seconds or 1, 3, or 10 minutes.
  • Video Out: Sets the camera's Video Out signal timing to either NTSC or PAL.
  • Index: Sets the index display to show either four or nine images.

 

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