Product Type: Olympus digital cameras
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A Happy Snapper
Member Name: Zmugzy
Date: 12/06/07, updated on 29/05/09 (185 review reads)
Advantages: Highly portable with plenty of features and pre - set modes .
Disadvantages: No view finder
The FE-250 features a large 6.4cm LCD screen that does make it easy for you to frame your pictures before shooting. The screen is very bright with a contrast level 4x brighter than conventional most LCD's, something that is an advantage in subdued lighting conditions. However, the screen does tend to be rather reflective, especially in bright sunlight and this can be a bit of a hindrance. One handy feature that can be accessed on the LCD screen that might be a bonus for some is a help guide that gives handy tips and advice on achieving various effect and shooting in various conditions such as shooting into backlight and adjusting colouration. One particular gripe I do have with this camera though is that there is no optical viewfinder of any type so you are relying solely on the screen, maybe it's just something one has to get used to as it seems this is the way camera technology is heading.
I always feel that a movie mode on small cameras and phones is more of a gimmick than anything else and because I have a digital video camera for making movies, it is not something that I make much use of or pay much attention to. However, this camera does have movie mode and the recording format of the camera for movies is AVI Motion JPEG and you can also make sound recordings via internal microphones to accompany your video recording, but this can only be made in WAV format which might be a bit of a limitation for some. Movie quality is a reasonable 640 x 480 resolution at 30 fps although you can also record at the smaller capacity of 320 x 240 / 30 fps.
Despite some minor negative points this is still a great camera with lots of functions and useful features. I would recommend it for anyone who simply wants a highly portable camera that takes excellent shots along with a decent movie capture facility. At present the camera can be purchased at Amazon for around £190.
8.0 Megapixel CCD imager
3x optical (35 - 105mm 35mm equiv) zoom, 4x digital zoom
Digital Image Stabilization and Built-in Help Guide
TruePic TURBO Image Processor
2.5" color LCD and 10x playback zoom
16 shooting modes including AVI Motion JPEG movies with sound
Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
Shutter speeds of 4 seconds to 1/2000 second
User selectable ISO range from 64 - 10000 (6400 and 10000 in SQ mode only)
Powered by the included LI-42B Li-ion battery
USB Direct-print with any PictBridge compatible printer
USB connectivity for PC and Mac
Other Box Contents:
LI-42B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Olympus Master Software
CB-USB7 USB Cable
CB-AVC5 Video Cable
Summary: Value for money 8mg digital compact
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