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My parents bought this camera for me about four years ago. I'm not particularly technologically savvy, so they were after something easy to use that still gave me great quality pictures, and happy to say that this is the case. Because of its age, I don't think it's available new anymore, but there are second-hand cameras available on ebay.
The camera is incredibly easy to use. Most of the back of the camera is taken up with a large screen, and you take photos by simply pointing and clicking. I've found that it is quite difficult to tell what the picture's like on the screen though, so I would always upload the photos to a computer and check them on there before deleting any.
The picture quality is excellent, and you are able to choose different resolutions, depending on how good a quality you want. The lowest quality is 640x480, though I'm not sure what that is measured in. The highest is 3072x2304. However, I'm not sure what the difference is between high quality and super high quality, as they both have this same highest figure by them! I've used the camera for photos for my university work, and the quality is excellent for this. The camera's own internal memory is very small, so if you choose to take the highest quality pictures, you won't be able to store many. However, this is easily solved with an SD card. It has an excellent zoom, although the image quality does deteriorate when zoomed in to the maximum. This shouldn't matter too much for holiday snaps, but if you're after more professional shots, this won't be much use.
The camera has many different settings to maximise the quality of photos you can take. I tend to just leave the setting on auto, and I get perfectly good images on this. However, I have recently started being a bit more adventurous and investigating the other settings. Some of these are useful, some aren't. There are options for portrait, landscape, self-portrait, sport, indoor, sunset, fireworks, behind glass, and cuisine, and I'll admit, I can't see the difference with any of them. I was particularly disappointed with behind glass, as it did nothing to reduce the glare of the glass. There are also settings for candle and auction, but I haven't had the need to try these. The settings that are useful are night and motion, and the difference in picture quality is definitely noticeable.
The flash on the camera can be leave the subjects looking quite washed out, so I tend not to use it unless it's really dark. The flash can be set to always off, always on, or auto. However, using it without the flash gives quite yellow images, and they are also blurred unless you use the motion function rather than normal shooting.
It is possible to manually adjust the exposure, and I've had good results using this setting in low light, rather than the flash. You do need something to steady the hand with long exposures, though, as otherwise the image can be quite blurred. You can also manually adjust the camera for taking close ups, and again, I've had very good results with this.
The camera is incredibly sturdy. I've taken it on archaeological excavations with me, and as such it's gotten rather bashed about! I wouldn't use it for professional purposes, but as a private record, it's fine. It's so far been dropped down a Roman drain in Sicily, and into a medieval grave in Spain, but has survived none the worse for wear!
The main issue I have with the camera is its battery life, which is appalling. When you're constantly taking photos, with the flash on, the batteries will last about an hour, and that's two AA batteries. It will last much longer without the flash, and if you let it rest between taking photos, but I've found on holidays, it will only just cover a fortnight. As such, I always have to carry extra batteries around with me, which is a hassle, and I'm always worried that they'll run out, leaving my camera unusable. My biggest frustration was in a Roman villa in Sicily. It had the most incredible mosaics I've ever seen, but even without the flash, my battery ran dry halfway through, and I'd only been using the camera sporadically throughout the past week.
The camera is small and compact, and looks very sleek. It is easy to carry around, and comes with a wrist strap that minimises your chances of dropping it, though as I said, that hasn't stopped me in the past!
It's really easy to get the photos on a computer, just by connecting it with a USB cable, and the photos will upload without any extra software. My laptop is Windows 7, and I'm not sure how this would compare with other models, especially macs, so it's probably best to check first.
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this camera, it's perfect for most people's needs. It won't get you professional quality photos, but it will be just fine for holiday and family snaps. The only downside is the appalling battery life; you'll have to carry lots of batteries around with you!
I own an Olympus FE-210 and the resolution on this little device is just outstanding. My profile pic is just one example of the superb quality any newbie will experience while using this product. Forget about all the specifications for a minute and just look at what the average Joe wants, something that is easy to use period. The OLYMPUS FE-210 is a must-have Digital Camera. I have been using mine for some time now. It's so easy to use. I allow my 3 year old to take pics...and she does one excellent job. Go purchase one today! You wouldn't regret spending that money. My Olympus fell once and it still works just like the day that I bought it. I reckon that this is the best brand, model if you want to capture and treasure funny moments, especially those days when you want to have something to look at and laugh your head off.
We bought this camera a couple of years ago when we were about to go on our honeymoon. The camera was reasonably cheap back then and looked stylish and compact.
One of the main reasons we bought this camera was because of the size of it and the fact that it was relatively easy to use. The camera will easily fit into your pocket or handbag and doesn't take a genius to work out how to use it.
The camera has a 3x optical zoom which is handy when taking close ups of things. Although it is not a huge zoom we have found it large enough for most of the things that we have wanted to photograph.It is a 7.1 megapixel camera.
The camera uses 2 aa batteries, but as we have found out, battery life is extremely poor. At first we thought this was a fault with the camera itself but apparently it is just how the model is. We have found that the best thing to do is use rechargeable batteries.
So what features does the camera have?
On the top of the camera is a small power button and also the zoom wheel. Atound the back of the camera there is the screenwhich is 2.5 inches and the menu wheen as well as other buttons to review the pictures you have taken and to navigate the menus.
The menu wheel has 8 different settings.
*Auto - a setting that allows you to just take normal pictures and let the camera adjust everything for you. The most basic setting and the one we use most of the time.
*The video camera setting - this is a very simple setting and just allows you to start and stop videoing whenever you want. Unfortunately the camera does not seem to record sound.
*The guide setting - this gives you some usefull tips and suggestions for taking the best pictures in different cicumstances. For instance - shooting into bright light.
*Scene setting - this setting allows you to adjust the settings depending on where or what you are shooting. For instance - sport, indoor, or behind glass.
*Night and portrait setting - This settintg resets the camera so that you can take the best possible pictures of your subject at night time.
*Landscape setting - for taking the best possible pictures of landscapes.
*DIS mode - This mode is extrememly helpful if you are taking photos of something that is moving as it reduces the amount of blur you will see on the photo and gives you a blur free finish.
The camera is a great camera for someone who is not totally confident with photography but would like to have a few simple features in a camera. It comes with a usb lead and makes it extremely easy to download your photographs onto the computer. Unfortunately the camera is not sold with a case or any protective cover and this must be bought seperately.
The camera retails for around £100 on amazon.
Digital ease starts here. The FE-210 makes digital photography so easy, anyone can take great photos. The Built-in Help Guides, 16 Shooting Modes and the new My Favorites feature make this camera easy and fun - it's an ideal camera for first-time digital users.