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      26.06.2010 00:09
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      A handy camera for use when yoi're out and about

      I have owned the Olympus FE-340 for about eighteen months now and am very pleased with it. Although of late it has fulfilled the role of a secondary camera. That is it's the one you can throw in your pocket and have it ready to take pictures quickly and easily. I also have a Nikon DSLR which as you would expect, blow this out of the water for picture quality, but is completely impractical for taking out with you if photography isn't your main raison d'etre.

      Anyway the technical stuff. It has a 5x optical zoom, image stabilisation, a 2.7" LCD screen which displays the view or can playback images, 8 megapixels, an inbuilt flash and video recording. It is small measuring only 97mm x 58mm x 23mm and weighs 116g without a memory card or battery, although the addition of these items will not significantly weigh it down. Including in the box are the battery along with a charger, USB cable, CD for PC software, but there is no memory card, so make sure you get one of these at the same time. Not like me. Other accessories include the usual faves such as wrist straps and carry cases.

      Its price compares well with those of its competitors and when you add the name Olympus to the bargain, you can rest assured that you are on to a winner. However, i've had this for over a year now which means that the great price is not enough when you compare what you can purchase in terms of the competition. They for perhaps an extra £20 or £30 have similar sized items packed with features and capabilities that put this in the shade. Sure the quality of the images is excellent, and the reliability is almost bullet proof but make sure that if you are buying it for the right reasons. As a secondary camera, or just one for convenience at parties you can't go wrong. If you demand a lot from your camera, then you want to look elsewhere.

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      15.07.2009 19:06
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      I'll be honest I knew nothing about photography and cameras - and to be brutally honest I probably still don't now but a few months back I decided I wanted a digital camera to be able to take half decent photos of my twin boys as I was always snap happy with a crappy disposable camera. One thing I was told to look out for by friends and family was the MP - Megapixels - I was told the higher the number the better quality of the picture but I wouldn't need one too high as I was no professional photographer. Well I've had the camera a good few months now and feel I am worthy enough to write a basic yet honest review about my experience with it.

      I read about loads of digital cameras and couldn't for the life of me decide which one to buy until I seen this one the Olympus FE-340 reduced to £60 online at the time and it was 8mp - I read nothing more about it and emptied my bank account for it.

      I so far absolutely LOVE this camera - I don't know all of the features it has but what I have used has landed me some fabulous photos of my sons and provided me with many photographic memories so clear and precise.

      The camera itself is fairly small, although slightly chunky it is not as bulky as some cameras I've seen. I have found it light, compact and extremely convenient. It has a large screen at the back, a few buttons which are pretty self explanatory without even reading through the instructions booklet and a handy dial too. Not only is it an 8mp camera it also has a 5x optical zoom. Now by self explanatory I mean each button or dial has a small but easily recognisable picture on it or writing even so you know what the button 'stands for'. The screen although I said is large it is just the right size and it shows your pictures clearly and bright - I love the screen as it lets me see the quality of my photos after I've taken them so I can delete them if need be.

      It is simple to switch on with a button at the top telling you it's the power button - a perfect example of being self explanatory.

      Next to this you have a circular dial with a small tab that you can either push left or right. This dial allows for quick and convenient zooming in and out when taking a photo - it saves you having to keep pressing a button to zoom in when you need too instead all you need to do is give a gentle and quick glide of this tab to whichever side you like and the camera instantly zooms in our out until you stop putting pressure on it. To take an actual photo all I need to do is press the button above this gliding tab - this for me is easy to use and allows quick actions when need be.

      Above the screen - which is where you can see images or videos - there are two buttons one with a red camera next to it and the other with a square with an arrow inside. These buttons are what enables you to switch from your camera when taking a photo to your photos that you have already taken.

      There is a dial on the right of the screen which allows you to change the settings and styles of your pictures depending on where you are, the light you are in, if you are taking a photo of scenery of if you are taking a photo of people. I hardly use these but have had a quick look through - for the more advanced photographers you can change your scenes, these include;

      Night and Portrait - For when you are taking a photo of something and an illuminated background in an evening or night or dimmed lighting.
      Night Scene - For taking a photo in the nights or evenings.
      Sports - To use when taking a photo of something fast moving or something in action without blurring.
      Indoor - This can be used when taking a photo of something/somebody including a background indoors.
      Candle - For taking photos under candlelight
      Self Portrait - This allows you to take photos of yourself while holding the camera.
      Sunset - For taking photos of the sunset or sunrise.
      Fireworks - This is for taking photos of fireworks at night.
      Behind Glass - If you want to take a photo through glass then this is the option you can chooe.
      Cuisine - For still life photography.
      Documents - To take photos of documents

      I tend not to use any of these really as I feel they are meant for people more confident and advanced in their photography - so long as I knew how to use the flash that was all that mattered to me and the flash can be turned on/off or left on auto accordingly so I am happy with that. I tend to leave the dial on Auto and have found that the quality of my images have been brilliant so I am more than pleased.

      If buying online you can purchase this camera in other colours including black and metallic pink - but the silver was enough for me.

      Overall I have loved this camera - I wanted something basic and easy to use which would produce 'decent' photos as well as having that stylish look! Well I am a woman and we don't want much now do we!

      It met every one of my needs and wants perfectly.

      It is stylish, compact and looks far from cheap having a silver alluminium body it didnt even feel cheap or gimmicky either. It is simple and easy for me to use - the buttons and dials are laid out in a way that everything is within fingers reach whilst taking a photo.

      Another bonus for me was the fact that it came with a Li-on battery - so I can recharge the battery myself - I personally believe this is cheaper and more convenient in the long run. The battery seems to last me quite a while too once charged and I don't charge it for a specific amount of time either - I take quite alot of photos and play around quite a bit so this has impressed me.

      I liked the fact it was rather discreet when taking photos - it didnt have some loud, brash noise to attract everybodies attention so if I wanted to take a photo on the sly I could lol! After taking a photo the screen quickly refreshes so if I am trying to take a few photos within a short space of time I can do so without having to become frustrated and impatient waiting for my screen to load and be ready for me to take another photo. Deleting the photos is easy too and I can delete unwanted or disliked photos within seconds leaving more room on my memory card.

      To be honest there are more features on the camera than what I need and I havnt used them all but the ones I have used have left me with some fabulous photos. I find the camera focuses really well and quickly too which is a bonus - I was worried that the camera would be slow at zooming and focusing stopping me from taking some real stunning photos.

      I did purchase a one gig memory card when I bought the camera so I don't know how many photos the camera alone can hold - with this memory card though it can hold 500 photos which I have found more than enough so far as it is so simple for me to delete unwanted pictures or transfer them straight to my computer using the USB lead provided.

      I have only used the video recently and I am pleased with how clear the videos come out and the audio too - it is clear and so far impressive. I am given 30minutes for a video recording but I only tend to record for a few minutes. It is again easy to switch to video and then back to camera again.

      I don't know much about cameras but I would reccomend this one to anybody who is just joining the digital camera world or does not know much about photography. It is quite basic and easy to use yet takes some lovely photos and the image quality has been better than expected. I think it is roughly £100 to buy now online and I personally feel it is definitely worth the money for somebody just starting off like I was.

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        29.06.2009 07:00

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        great quality .reasonably priced camera..

        I have bought olympus FE - 340 cameras before and this camera is by for the best i 've owned.I absolutely love the simplicity of these cameras. It is very easy to use-all the different features are easy to find.I use my camera to take some picture which i post in my blog.It is only a small camera yet it produces clear, crisp images.It is great for taking indoor pictures,useful if you've got children.some times you may get a touch of red eye,but the macro shots are very detailed - more than i expected.It is brilliant in so many ways.There are also variety of modes and you can use an external flash for even batter pictures in dark surroundings.The exisiting flash is also pretty good.I have also enjoyed playing around with fstops and shutter speds to ereate differing effects.If you are looking for a digital camea with flexibility ,ease of use and high quality photographs this has to be within you to top.However i think you would be well advised to spend your money else where as you can get a better model for much tess money.

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        11.10.2008 09:24
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        Love it!

        This is the best camera ive ever had. I got the pink version. 8 mega pixels 5 x optical zoom. Its got a massive screen compared to any other camera ive had. Its such a clear picture, the battery is the best too, rechargable and really easy and fast to charge, no need for extra batteries or anything. The cards are pretty cheap to buy on ebay too. Its very affordable aswell, i got it from amazon. Flicks through the pictures really quickly. Video function, timer, battery seems to last for ages before needing charging. Theres a perfect fix option to take away redeye and fix the lighting. Quick and easy to get your pictures onto your computer and edit the pics. Very ultra slim. Fits easily into your pocket or handbag, i got really great pink case for mine. Overall its the best camera and pick the best colour!

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          05.09.2008 12:36
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          Now this is my first technical type review, so please bear with me...!

          For my birthday a few days ago, my mum gave me a digital camera, which I have wanted one of for aaaaages. Mine is the pink model which I would have chosen anyway.

          It's a tiny camera, or using the shop talk, it's "ultra slim". There are 8 mega pixels, which I found is great compared to others. It also has 5 x optical zoom. There are several modes for taking pictures in, some of which are self explanatory, some sent me scurrying for the instruction book:

          Auto: is where the camera finds the optimum settings for shooting the picture.

          P: the camera sets the shutter speed

          Anti shake: reduces the blur on a moving object

          There are then settings for taking pictures of people, a separate setting for taking pictures on landscapes. Then are the next two, which confused me most!

          Scene: gives you several situations for taking pictures in the most appropriate way:

          1. Night and portrait shoots the main subject and illuminated
          background at night where the shutter speed is slowed.
          2. Night scene shoots illuminated scenes in the evening or at night.
          3. The sport mode shoots fast moving subjects without blurring the image.
          4. The indoor mode is for shooting the main subject and background indoors, where the background is pictured clearly. 5. 5. The candle mode is for shooting under candlelight where warm colours are reproduced. I haven't tested out this mode, but it seems like quite an odd mode to have!
          6. Self portrait mode is self explanatory! Where you can take a picture of yourself while holding the camera.
          7. There is a separate sunset mode for taking pictures of the setting and rising sun, which inlcudes "vivid reproduction of reds and yellows". The fireworks mode is clearly for shooting fireworks at night, using a lower shutter speed.
          8. "Behind glass" is a separate function which is obviously self explanatory for shooting a subject through glass. This is a good function for me as I once couldn't decide between two dresses so I sent pictures to my mum, only on my phone they didn't come out too well!
          9. The next mode is "cuisine" for still life photography of food, flowers etc Well that's not something I was expecting!
          10. Document mode: for shooting documents, increasing the contrast between letters and background. Hmm, not heard of that before, but I'm sure it could be very useful!
          11. Auction mode: "captures 3 pictures sequentially at different exposures in the appropriate size for e-auction." So I'm thinking this technical sounding sentence is ebay mode!
          12. Smile shot: the camera automatically takes a picture when your subject smiles. I tried to test this mode out, but my sister was in a non smiling mood full stop. Pah. I'll try and test it out on my mum at some point.

          When you first unpack it, it comes with a battery, a battery charger and installation disks. You charge the battery out of the camera, and slide it into the charger and plug it into the wall, with a red light on the charger that goes off when the battery is charged.

          When I first turned it on, I had to set the date and time which was easy to do, but I did have to check the intruction book to work out how to set it to dd/mm/yyyy rather than the US format. You can also change the language, however the automatic setting is English, so I didn't change it! To take a picture, you press the shutter button half way and the target mark flashes green it is in focus, if it flashes red, the camera can't focus. It is easy to review the pictures, as there are buttons at the top of the camera for taking pictures or playing back the pictures.

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            28.05.2008 13:30
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            Blue one looks the best!

            I just got this camera for my birthday in navy blue and I love it! It has 8.0 megapixels and 5x optical zoom with a massive screen on the back. Also such a relief to have a rechargeable battery- I hated having to keep replacing them in my old camera and with this one it only takes 5 hours to fully recharge so pretty efficient. I usually leave it on over night so no hassle. Other than the obvious features it has face recognition software which makes for a much clearer and more defined picture. It's a very comfortable size, not too small but thin so it doesn't feel at all bulky. Looks-wise it's great and I recommend the blue as it looks really flash and definitely stands out more than the ordinary silver or black. The red and pink ones looked really nice as well if blue's not your colour!

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            Get to where you want to be with the affordable FE-340. Its ultra-slim metal body houses a powerful 5x zoom lens to provide photographers with amazing versatility. Matched with 8.0 megapixel resolution, detailed shots are assured. These can be viewed on the large 6.9cm LCD. This easy-to-use model is available in a choice of four expressive colors.