Olympus announces new point-and-shoot models

The FE-360 and FE-370 are the budget models for fall.

Olympus FE-370
Olympus FE-370 Olympus America

Bright colors seem to be the fashion for snapshot cameras this fall; in addition to the staid black and silver and omnipresent pink, like many other manufacturers Olympus is offering this pair in eye-searing red and blue as well.

Both ultracompacts incorporate 8-megapixel CCDs and have similar attractive designs, but quite different feature sets. The FE-360 incorporates a 2.5-inch LCD and a 36-to-108mm-equivalent 3x zoom lens; the FE-370 uses a 2.7-inch LCD and a 36-to-180mm-equivalent 5x zoom lens, plus adds sensor-shift image stabilization. The latter also features a bunch of this year's buzz technologies, including Smile Shot and an intelligent auto mode that automatically chooses from a handful of scene presets. And, though it seems a tad creepy, the FE-370's Expression Edit lets you create a smile on a face that has none.

Olympus FE-360
Olympus FE-360 Olympus America

Both cameras are slated to ship this month. The FE-360 will be priced at $149.99, the FE-370 at $199.99.

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