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Olympus FE-3000

Dennis Hissink
CES report
Wednesday 7th, January 2009
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

If two is company and three is a crowd, you’ll want to invite all your friends to the party and capture every enjoyable moment with three crowd-pleasing, smart and stylish FE series digital compact cameras from Olympus that offer something for everyone. The super-slim body of the new Olympus FE-3000 is full of smart digital technology, but offered at an affordable price, so when tucking the camera away in your pocket or purse, you’ll still have some money left for party favors. The Olympus FE-3000 offers outstanding image quality thanks to a plethora of pixels. The Olympus FE3000 features 10 megapixels of resolution - more than enough for extra-large prints or to crop out unwanted party guests.

Olympus FE-3000

Olympus FE-3000 digital camera
The super-slim FE3000 digital camera shares features with the other FE series digital cameras, like easy-to-use Intelligent Auto for quick, hassle-free shooting; Advanced Face Detection for sharp portrait pictures; In-Camera Help Guides for the ultimate learn-as-you-go digital experience; VGA Movie Recording with Sound; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for added convenience; and an LCD backlight boost for viewing images in bright light. The Olympus FE-3000 digital camera is available in a variety of colors so consumers can mix and match their moods and styles. The FE-3000 is available in light blue, black and silver.

Olympus FE-3000 camera features
Intelligent Auto helps the camera automatically identify and select the shooting scene and then adjusts the settings to get the best results depending on the situation; A 3x Optical Zoom is matched with 16 easy-to-use Shooting Modes for virtually every scenario; and Capture and share your fondest memories in full motion on the 2.7-inch, high-resolution LCD or on the Web using VGA Movie mode with sound.

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Olympus FE-3000

Olympus FE3000 with Intelligent Auto
While the new FE-3000 camera cannot file your income tax return for you, it can perform numerous challenging tasks and is as smart as it looks. Thanks to Intelligent Auto, the Olympus FE series camera automatically identifies the scene you are capturing (Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro, Sports) and automatically adjust the camera’s settings to capture the best quality results.

Pre-Set shooting modes on the Olympus FE3000
If you do not want Intelligent Auto to make the decisions for you, the new Olympus FE-3000 camera offers numerous pre-set Shooting Modes, such as Sports, Fireworks and Night + Portrait. The camera also offers VGA-quality video and audio, which enables users to shoot and share movies on their TV or on the Web. Plus, with the Olympus Master 2.0 software, you can easily upload your movies to YouTube to share them with the world. Furthermore, the Olympus FE-3000 offers 16 Shooting Modes. This includes three for underwater shooting with the camera’s optional housing.

Olympus FE-3000

Olympus FE-3000 Face Detection technology
Digital Image Stabilization, offered on the Olympus FE-3000, freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to help prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. Advanced Face Detection 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. The Olympus FE3000 camera can detect up to 16 individual faces in one shot.

xD-Picture Card and microSD memory card support
All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. Starting with products available in August 2008, they also accept microSD memory cards to capture images. The new Olympus FE3000 digital camera offers the flexibility to use either xD-Picture Card or microSD memory cards, which is just one more advantage of Olympus point-and-shoot cameras.

Olympus FE-3000

Olympus FE-3000 a user friendly digital camera
The new Olympus FE-3000 features enhanced In-Camera Help Guides that make digital photography simple and fun for users of all ages and skill levels. In addition to the Help Guide that displays a brief description of camera settings and features on the LCD, the camera allows consumers to easily adjust ISO and white balance settings using the Program Auto mode. Additionally, Exposure Compensation enables users to preview and select various exposure effects on a live, multi-frame window on the LCD before snapping the shot. This smart feature allows users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring the camera captures the exact image desired. Program Auto and Exposure Compensation are great modes that enable novice users to get results like the pros while learning about the effects of different photography techniques.

Olympus FE-3000 accessories
Olympus offers a number of optional accessories, specifically designed for the FE series cameras, including premium cases, available in a variety of colors, including red, black and brown leather as well as various, trendy patterns. A sporty neoprene case is also available and is perfect for outdoor adventures.

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. A direct link makes uploading your images and videos to YouTube easier than ever. Additionally, 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. Additionally, create scrapbooks, greeting cards and other fun prints using the optional ArcSoft Print Creations plug-in.

Olympus FE-3000 price & availability
The Olympus FE-3000 will be available in January 2009. The camera includes the LI-42B Rechargeable Battery and Charger, USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, MASD-1 (microSD Adapter), Wrist Strap, Manual, CD-ROM with Olympus Master 2 Software and Warranty Card. Olympus FE-3000 Estimated Street Price: $139.99 US. As soon as a full production sample will be available you can expect a full Olympus FE-3000 review from us, including our usual test photos.

Olympus FE-3000

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