Olympus FE-5050, FE-5040 and FE-4050: 50/50 snappers

Olympus is playing the odds with three new compact cameras, the FE-5050, FE-5040 and FE-4050

Olympus is playing the odds with three new compact cameras, the FE-5050, FE-5040 and FE-4050. Let's take a look at the specs to see if there's more than a 50/50 chance of them being any good.

All three are point-and-shoot snappers with 69mm (2.7-inch) LCD screens and USB chargers, for juicing up when you've got a laptop but aren't near a plug socket.

They also include two new special-effects filters, called wedding and rock, alongside fish eye, colourful pop art, pencil sketch and pin hole. Wedding gives a soft focus, dreamy effect for that special day -- and hopefully banishes evidence of terrible dancing -- while the rock effect rocks out with its photo stock out, adding vivid colours to snaps.

Let's start with the 12-megapixel FE-5040, pictured above. It boasts a 5x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 26-130mm on a 35mm camera, with face detection for up to 12 faces. It costs £120 and will be available in silver, black, raspberry red and copper orange.

The 12-megapixel FE-4050 is the budget model, clocking in at a penny shy of £100. It has a 4x optical zoom, equivalent to 27-108mm. You'll be able to pick it up in silver, black, wine red or pure white.

The leader of the pack is the 14-megapixel FE-5050, packing another 26mm, 5x zoom. Face detection spots up to 16 faces. It comes in starry silver, black, champagne gold or dusty pink. It'll set you back £130 when the three models arrive in shops at the end of this month.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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