First Look: Olympus FE Series
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First Look: Olympus FE Series

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The Olympus FE Series of digital cameras includes basic point-and-shoot cameras with little control over manual settings for the budget buyer.

[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Will Greenwald, Assistant Editor at CNET.com and this is our look at the Olympus FE series of digital cameras. None of these cameras really have a lot of manual settings to speak of. You won't be doing a lot of fiddling with things like ISO settings or white balance. You need basic things like flash, exposure compensation, macro, but beyond that you won't be doing a whole lot of changing things with these cameras. It's pretty much point and shoot at the simplest level possible. The FE-210 is the simplest and least expensive member of the family. It takes AA batteries, has a 7 megapixel sensor and a 3X lens and almost no additional features to speak of. You'll be able to take snapshots and actually short movies but not a whole lot else. The FE-220 is pretty much just like the 210 except it comes with a rechargeable battery and charger so you won't be blowing a lot of money on AA batteries when you're using it. It also has a smaller metal form, which is a bit nicer if you want something to stick in your pocket and not stick out. The FE-240 is also 7 megapixels but it has a 5X zoom lens, the strongest lens of the FE cameras. It also has the same basic form as the 220, comes with a rechargeable battery and also doesn't have many features and settings to deal with. The FE-250 is the highest resolution member of the FE family. While the other three cameras are 7 megapixel this is 8 megapixel so you'll be able to produce larger prints, work with larger images, that sort of thing. It only has a 3X zoom lens so it doesn't as strong a lens as the 240 but the extra resolution can help it a little bit. For all four of these cameras if you just want a very simple snapshot camera for a pretty low price, they're a good choice. But if you want any sort of control or reliable quality or speed when shooting you probably want to spend a little extra for a more dependable model. I'm Will Greenwald and these are the Olympus FE-210, 220, 240 and 250. ^M00:02:03 [ Music ]

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