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I bought the Olympus FE-160 at the beginning of Summer in a very good deal by Dixons and so far I'm really pleased with it.
The size is very good. Quite compact although I have found that if you have anything to slim in your pocket you can't feel it, especially if you are a tourist (pick pockets do my head in). So having a camera that i can feel is still there is important to me.
The screen is one of the main things i look for when I buy a camera so that i can look and delete pictures rather than getting them on the computer first. This one is 2.5 inches with 230,000 mega pixels which is a really good size. It's also got picture zoom so that you can zoom into the areas of the picture that you can't seem very well. It has a 2.8x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom so you can get quite close to the subject too.
The camera is also 6 million mega pixels which is really good compared to some of the other cameras on the market.
Within the camera there are 6 scene functions: Self portrait, night scene, landscape, portrait, image stabilisation, and automatic. Night scene is the most important out of these. Due to the fact that this mode uses a slower shutter speed, the camera needs to be very still in order not to get a blurred photo. In this mode, it is often better to rest it against something or put it on a tripod although the wind can still cause problems. The image stabilisation is also a favourite of mine because it reduces blurring when taking pictures where the subject is moving.
There is the option of 4 types of image quality, 640x480, 2048x1536, 2816x2112 and then super high quality 2816x2112. I don't tend to notice the difference much so i keep mine on 2048x1536 so as to be able to take more photos with the limited amount of space that you have. The video function has two image quality settings: 320x240 and 160x120. The highest is much better quality obviously but its much more noticeable than in normal pictures.
The settings on the camera allow the user to change languages, turn up and down the volume, turn on and off the shutter and beep sounds and change the date and time on the camera. When viewing pictures, you can view them through the slideshow function or through the index function (allowing the user to see more than one photo).
The flash and timer functions as with pretty much all cameras are as standard with the normal features. The battery is rechargeable and compared to other cameras that i have had, has lasted much longer (this also depends on how much you use the viewing and playback functions.
It's only 125g without the battery so it's very light too. Linking the camera to the computer is simple as pie. You simply connect the lead, choose the computer option and saves the pictures to your computer.
I got this camera at a bargain and if you can too, do it.
Anyone opting for the new Olympus FE-160 will find themselves snapping away like a pro within minutes of opening the box. The new 2.8x zoom, 6 million pixel camera has been designed very much with trouble-free photography in mind, but not at the expense of picture quality.
The camera's lightweight, slim metal body exudes style and is compact enough to be slipped into a bag or pocket ready for use at a moments notice. At 6.4cm, the large LCD makes taking photos and viewing the results dead easy. Most of all, beginners will really appreciate the camera controls that are virtually self explanatory. The attractively-priced FE-160 is the perfect solution for all beginners and hobby photographers alike.
Having 6.0 million pixel resolution and a choice of Scene modes, the FE-160 delivers extraordinarily detailed pictures in pretty much any given situation. Its precision 2.8x optical zoom lens give the photographer the freedom to decide exactly how much of the subject to focus on, as it extends from 35mm wide angle through to 98mm telephoto (equivalent 35mm camera focal lengths), making it suitable for landscapes, interiors and portraits. An additional 4x digital zoom boosts magnification power even further, great for sports. And the big 6.4cm LCD screen with 230, 000 pixels means there's plenty of scope for admiring the results as well.
Even complete beginners will be amazed (and relieved!) by straightforward camera controls. Most functions are accessible via a single button and the menus, easily viewed on the large LCD, employ easy-to-understand symbols which are supported by brief explanations of each function so that shooting in just about any situation becomes child's play. Five different Scene modes including Portrait, Landscape and Night Scene are on hand, each preset with the optimal camera settings for each situation. Just select the appropriate scene mode and perfect results are delivered - automatically.
On top of the Scene modes, a Super Macro mode enables extreme close-up photography from as little as just 6cm away, and Movie recording with sound captures action at 30 frames per second, in QVGA quality, right up to the limit of memory available. The FE-160 has 12MB of internal memory which can be simply and inexpensively upgraded by purchasing xD-Picture Cards (currently available to a maximum of 1GB capacity). The latest generation of Olympus High-Speed xD-Picture Cards now offer data transfer rates 2-3 times faster than previous cards and also enable various art and 3D functions be applied to recorded images when used in conjunction with Olympus Master 1.4 image-editing software, which is included free with each camera.
Finally, to help ensure that the FE-160 never runs out of juice just at that crucial moment, the camera is powered by a new, longer-lasting LI-42B rechargeable battery. Hobbyists and newcomers to digital photography will have hours of fun with the FE-160.