|5.00x zoom||2.7 inch
Joining in the trend to re-energize the staid, seemingly all-silver world of digital cameras, the Olympus FE-340 offers a fun selection of body colors (pink, red, and blue), though you can also choose more conservative silver and black styles if that’s more to your liking. But the Olympus FE-340 is more than just colorful fun, the camera also offers 5x optical zoom, 8.0 megapixels, Face Detection, Smile Shot, Digital Image Stabilization, and a large LCD screen. It’s also very trim and compact, perfect for pockets.
Everything about the Olympus FE-340 says it is meant to be fun and carefree, from its selection of 15 preset Scene modes to its available auto functions and aesthetic design. Offering more than the typical digital camera’s optical zoom, the Olympus FE-340’s 5x optical zoom lens covers a range equivalent to 36-180mm on a 35mm camera, with an additional maximum 4x digital zoom available. Face Detection helps you get better portrait shots, as the camera seeks out faces in compositions and automatically bases exposure and focus on them. Olympus takes this a bit further with their Smile Shot mode, which automatically seeks out smiling faces. An amazingly useful mode, especially for photographing children. Other fun and unique features on the Olympus FE-340 include a Perfect Shot Preview mode, in-camera help guides, a large 2.7-inch LCD monitor, in-camera editing options, and Digital Image Stabilization.
With an initial MSRP of US$199.99, the Olympus FE-340 is an excellent deal. You get a lot of resolution and a good zoom lens, plus a nice array of helpful exposure modes and creative options. The available exposure modes also accommodate a wide range of user experience levels, making the Olympus FE-340 an attractive option for novices as well as more advanced users.