The Olympus FE-280

Want a compact digital camera with easy-to-use features, a slim go-anywhere construction, and amazing image quality? If so, the Olympus FE-280 is the camera for you. Twenty-one shooting modes and Digital Image Stabilization Mode and Edit means you’ll get high-quality results in all shooting situations.

The Olympus FE-280 is available in four color options: red, silver, blue, and black.

Features include….

* Superior image quality: 8-mega pixel CCD.
* 3x zoom with a precision-crafted Olympus lens that delivers sharper, clearer images
* 2.5″ High-Resolution LCD (230,000 pixels) view screen with Backlight Boost Button provides easy shooting and sharing of your images with family and friends.
* Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) permits you to freeze action shots and capture sharp, crisp images with high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds. The DIS Edit feature allows you to fix blurry images right in the camera.
* The Face Detection feature tracks peoples› faces within the frame, focusing and optimizing exposure for great portrait pictures.
* Perfect Shot Preview allows you to see the effects of different settings before you shoot by providing a live, multi-frame window on the LCD, letting you pick the perfect setting for that perfect shot.
* Perfect Fix instantly corrects your photos– lighten shadows, remove red-eye and eliminate blur all with the touch of a button, so that less-than-perfect shots can still turn out great.
* Take creative control with Program Auto Mode, allowing you to adjust settings like white balance and ISO.
* Display a clearer, brighter image on the LCD when previewing and capturing pictures or recording video in low light situations using Bright Capture Technology.
* Skip the user manual and learn as you go: at the touch of a button the In-Camera Help Guide provides a brief description of camera settings and features, conveniently displayed on the LCD.
* Use any of 21 preset Shooting Modes, including the new Smile Shot, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, three Underwater shooting modes and more, and optimize the camera’s settings for any shooting situation to ensure the capture of a great shot.
* Shoot TV-quality movies.
* Quickly and easily find your favorite images using My Favorites, an in-camera album that stores your favorite images for easy sharing with family and friends.
* The FE-280’s TruePicTM III Image Processor, initially developed for the professional Digital SLR, delivers fantastic images with true-to-life color and sharp detail.
* The Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included) provides the convenience and cost-savings of long-lasting, economical shooting power.

Technical Specifications Include….

* Size: 3.6” long, 2.2” high, .65” wide
* Weight: 3.8 oz
* Inputs: USB cable (included)
* Outputs: USB cable, RCA (audio/video) cable (also included)
* Display: 2.5” LCD
* Maximum Resolution: 230,000 pixels
* Self-Delay Timer: 12 seconds
* Resolution: 8 mega pixel
* Optical Sensor: CCD
* Total Pixels: 8 million pixels
* Optical Zoom: x3
* Digital Zoom: x4
* Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second – 4 seconds
* Digital Video Format: AVI JPEG
* Still Image Format: JPEG
Video Resolutions: 640 x 480 – 30fps (SHQ), 320 x 240 – 15 fps (HQ), 160 x 120 – 15 fps (SQ)
* Nightshot: Yes
* Date/Time Insert: Yes

Most users love this model, and find it easy to use despite all the features. However, some find the picture quality is not as good as was expected. This camera costs $150-180 US.