Olympus FE-320 Review
|Full model name:||Olympus FE-320|
|Dimensions:||3.6 x 2.2 x 0.7 in.
(91 x 57 x 17 mm)
|Weight:||3.4 oz (95 g)|
Olympus FE-320 Intro
The Olympus FE-320 combines an eight megapixel CCD imager, an Olympus-branded 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD display in a slim, pocket-friendly all-metal body.
Olympus FE-320 Features
The FE-320 aims to keep things simple, with 19 shooting modes that make it easy to get the shot without understanding the subtleties of shutter speeds, apertures and the suchlike. As well as 48MB of built-in memory, images can be stored on xD-Picture cards. The FE-320 also includes advanced features such as Face Detection, Smile Shot to capture a spontaneous smile, and Expression Edit to turn a frown upside down. Power for the FE-320 comes from a proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. There's also USB 2.0 High-Speed computer connectivity, and NTSC / PAL video out to let you see your photos on a television.
Additional Olympus FE-320 features and details (adapted from the press release):
- Face Detection
Face Detection, featured in the FE-320, tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subject is moving, the camera continuously tracks your subject's face without having to press the shutter button.
- Digital Image Stabilization Mode and Edit
Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) is featured in the four new FE cameras for capturing crisp, clear pictures. DIS freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. The FE-320 also features Digital Image Stabilization Edit, which uses a built-in gyro sensor to track camera movement and enables users to fix blurry images right in the camera.
- Pre-Set Shooting Modes Featuring Smile Shot
The FE-320 features Smile Shot, which tracks your subject’s face to detect a smile and automatically fires off three consecutive shots so you never miss that perfect smile. This feature is great for parents hoping to capture babies’ hard-to-predict smiles, for example. The four new FE-Series cameras offer numerous pre-set shooting modes, such as Sports, Fireworks and Night Scene with Portrait. The cameras also offer VGA-quality video and sound, which enable users to shoot and share movies on the big screen or on the Web. The FE-310 and FE-350 offer 17 shooting modes, and the FE-320 and FE-340 offer 19 shooting modes.
- Expression Edit
Now you can really turn a frown upside down! This fun feature uses Face Detection technology to edit a subject’s facial expression after the image is captured. Four different expressions can be previewed in a multi-frame window on the LCD, and users can select their favorite expression at the touch of a button.
- Perfect Shot Preview
The new FE cameras offer Perfect Shot Preview mode, which enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-frame window on the LCD before snapping the shot. This feature allows users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is a great way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as exposure compensation, white balance and metering.
- Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing
Life does not always go according to plan. Olympus helps by providing technology, which enables users to edit images in-camera after the photos have been captured. The FE-320, FE-320 and FE-350 offer Red-Eye Fix and Lighting Fix. The FE-320 and FE-340 also offer Digital Image Stabilization Edit, which sharpens unanticipated blur.
- Expanded Control and Easy Operation
In some situations, consumers may want more creative control when composing images. The four new FE cameras offer Program Auto Mode. Located on the cameras’ mode dial, this option enables consumers to easily adjust ISO and white balance. Additionally, the new FE-Series cameras feature three In-Camera Help Guides, making digital photography simple and fun for users of all ages and skill levels. A tutorial “shooting guide” educates users on tips for achieving specific effects, such as "shooting into backlight" and "brightening subjects." The shooting guide not only provides detailed descriptions for various situations and environments, it also automatically sets the camera with the touch of a button, making the transition from learning to taking great pictures instantaneous.
- TruePic™ III Image Processor
The FE-320 and FE-340 feature Olympus’ exclusive TruePic III image processor, which was developed for the demanding performance of professional Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Olympus’ enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal-clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures crisp, clear images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.
- OLYMPUS Master™ 2 Software
OLYMPUS Master 2 Software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are easily organized by folders or albums and searchable by date in Calendar view. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee™ Theater Pack to create professional quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.
Olympus FE-320 Pricing and Availability
The Olympus FE-320 ships starting January 2008 with an estimated street price of US$180, and will be available in silver, black, pink and blue.
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