Sunday, 6 September 2009

Olympus Outs New FE Series Cameras Olympus FE-5020, FE-4000 & FE-26 Point & Shoot Compacts

Having issued you with a heads up concerning Panasonic's new Lumix
DMC-ZR1 compact point and shoot camera we felt obliged to confirm that
Olympus are set to offer a new set of compact cameras in its FE Series -
namely the FE-5020, FE-4000 FE-26 - which, like the aforementioned
DMC-ZR1 come with 12 megapixel sensors and movies recording capabilities.
Boasting all the features you'd expect from compacts - meaning that the
camera will happily work on auto leaving you free to just 'point and
shoot' - the new Olympus FE Series cameras come with Olympus's new AF
Tracking technology as well as i-Auto modes (the former serving to keep
moving targets in focus, the latter acting to chose the best scene mode
for a number of 'commonly encountered' shooting scenarios) on top of
advanced face detection capable of locking onto up to 16 faces and, od
course, image stabilisation (digital, not optical).
Olympus FE-5020 Key Features:

Super-wide 5x miniature optical zoom (24-120mm) in an ultra-slim body to
capture great scenes through to exciting close-ups
High-precision Digital Image Stabilisation for less blur
The easy way to perfect images - Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) mode
detects the five most commonly used scenes and adjusts settings, focus
and exposure automatically
Advanced Face Detection of up to 16 persons for perfectly focused and
exposed faces plus correct exposure of other image areas
12 Megapixels to make poster-size prints
See and share images on the 6.9cm/ 2.7 LCD
Sharp photos wherever your subject moves thanks to AF tracking
Spice up your pictures with built-in Magic Filters
Sleek unique look thanks to Double-Layered Crystal Shell finish
Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound
xD-Picture Card and microSD Card compatible
Olympus FE-4000 Key Features:

Miniature 4x wide optical zoom (26-105mm) in an ultra-slim body to
capture great scenes through to stunning portraits
12 Megapixels to make poster-size prints
The easy way to perfect images - Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) detects
the five most commonly used scenes and adjusts settings, focus and
exposure automatically
Advanced Face Detection of up to 16 persons for perfectly focused and
exposed faces
Digital Image Stabilisation for less blur
See and share images on the 6.9cm/ 2.7 LCD
Sharp photos wherever your subject moves thanks to AF tracking
Spice up your pictures with built-in Magic Filters
Sleek unique look thanks to Double-Layered Crystal Shell finish
Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound
xD-Picture Card and microSD Card compatible
Olympus FE-26 Key Features:

12 Megapixels to make poster-size prints if you want to
Precision 3x optical zoom (36-108mm) in a compact body to capture great
scenes through to stunning portraits
The easy way to perfect images - Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) detects
the five most commonly used scenes and adjusts settings, focus and
exposure automatically
Advanced Face Detection of up to 16 persons for perfectly focused and
exposed faces
Digital Image Stabilisation for less blur
See and share images on the 6.9cm/ 2.7 LCD
Sharp photos wherever your subject moves thanks to AF tracking
Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound (up to VGA
resolution at 30fps)
xD-Picture Card and microSD Card compatible
Set to release sometime in August, Olympus are yet to get official
concerning US pricing, however, based on Canadian pricing (which has
been stated) you can expect the FE-5020, FE-4000 and FE-26 to come in at
around $175, $166 and $120 respectively (or thereabouts).

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