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      02.05.2011 11:06
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      A great little camera thats easy to use

      To be totally honest with you, I have no idea about cameras or anything connected with them. I only know that when every thing went digital and computerized I knew I needed a digital camera to keep up with technology. I didn't buy this camera, it was a gift so I didn't get to choose it, however I wouldn't know what to look for anyway. So if your anything like me with a lack of knowledge of cameras, then I'll try to explain the inn's and out's of this one as best I can, in a way that may have helped me had I been looking to buy for myself.


      Olympus FE-280

      In the box there is the camera itself, a strap to attach to the camera, a lithium ion battery (LI-42 B), battery charger (LI-40 C), a USB cable, an AV cable, an Olympus Master 2 CD-ROM and of course the manual.

      The camera has a slim stainless metal body, you can choose from four different colors, black, blue, red or silver.
      It is a 8 megapixel camera which is good for poster prints.
      With a 3 x optical zoom to enable you to capture great scenes and beautiful portraits.
      It has the power of the new truepic 111 image processor, and it has a large LCD screen which is 6.4 cm, this makes viewing easy.
      One button, one function design made to make using the camera easy.
      It has face detection for perfectly focused and exposed faces, and with thanks to bright capture technology you get better low light shooting.
      You also have the option to record with complete sound.
      Automatic built in flash, that takes care of itself.

      An XD memory card can be used with the camera, but you don't get one with the camera, however, you don't need to use one as your pictures are recorded in the internal memory.
      The Lithium ion battery life is approx, 300 full charges, this does vary on usage. To charge completely it takes around 5 hours.

      The software included with the camera, is used for downloading pictures from your camera, view and organize, retouch, email and print your digital pictures and lots more. The system requirements are:
      Operating system: Windows 2000 professional/XP Home edition/XP Professional/vista or Mac OS (V 10.3 or later)

      The manual explains everything you need to know and do, very well, in 5 different languages. It is very easy to follow and understand. If you want to know the specifications they are listed here:

      http://www.olympus.com/ along with anything else I may have missed that you wish to know.

      I didn't know the actual price of the camera and I have had it a while now, but have searched for the price of it and sadly I think this model may be discontinued, but you can grab one from EBay, currently going for the price of £70.00.


      My opinion

      The camera was easy to set up, with the help of the manual, which I might add is very useful and easy to follow, which I thought made a change for a product such as this.

      Like I said, this camera was a gift, I have to say I have been really happy with the results from using it. I really don't have the first idea about cameras, all I know is you point it at something, you push a button and "voila" you have taken a photograph.

      This camera is very easy to use, it does exactly what I want it to do. I don't use a memory card with it, but then I don't take that many pictures anyway. My main purpose for the camera at the moment, is for taking pictures for my review's, and since it's the camera I'm reviewing I'm afraid I've not posted a picture of my own camera.
      I think the quality of the pictures is quite good, I am more than happy with my pictures once they are uploaded onto my computer and although I don't really use the recording facility, I have had a play and it records well, with very good sound, it picks up every little sound possible.

      The camera holds about 35 pictures which may not sound a lot, obviously if your a photographer it's going to be no good for you, but if like me, you only take a few pictures at a time, then this camera is ideal. I usually erase the pictures from the camera as they finish uploading onto the computer.

      The camera can be connected up to the TV, so you can view your pictures on a big screen but I haven't used this feature so cannot really report on it. The pictures I've taken outdoors as well as indoors have turned out equally as good, and I love the zoom feature, I use this a lot and it is extremely easy to use. I keep the flash set to automatic so the camera can decide if a flash is needed or not. You can print directly from the camera, again the manual tells you what you need to do for this, I can't comment on this feature because I don't print directly from the camera. The self timer is an easy thing to use and has come in handy when I want everyone on the picture.

      I have printed photographs out that I have taken with the camera, from the computer and they have turned out well, I don't know whether this is down to the photographs I've taken with the camera or the printer, or a mixture of both, but either way I am usually happy with the results.

      It's a shame that it looks like this camera has been discontinued, as it's a real handy little thing and very easy to use. I would definitely recommend it to someone like me who isn't really up on cameras and the like, but you may have to search long and hard in order to find one, unless you can grab one from EBay. I'm giving this camera 5 stars because I've been delighted with it from day one and it still performs as good as it used to.

      Thank you for reading my review which is also posted on Ciao

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      Smart technology packed into a slim design. If you want a compact digital camera that offers easy-to-use features, amazing image quality and a slim go-anywhere design, the FE-280 is the camera for you. Digital Image Stabilization Mode and Edit, coupled with 21 Shooting Modes, means you'll get high-quality results in all shooting situations.