The FE-350 Wide boasts a 4x wide-angle optical zoom and a generous 3-inch LCD, making it a sure crowd pleaser.
Olympus FE-350 Features
The Olympus FE-350 couples an eight megapixel CCD with a 4x optical zoom lens featuring an effective focal length of 28 – 112mm. Along with the wide-angle lens, the FE350 sports a large 3.0-inch LCD display with 234,044 pixels, perfect for sharing your group shot with, well, the entire group. The FE-350 has a rather low maximum ISO sensitivity of 640, and it’s 15 frames-per-second VGA movie mode with sound is a bit on the slow side these days. Power for the FE-350 comes from a proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. There’s also USB 2.0 Full-Speed computer connectivity, and NTSC / PAL video out to let you see your photos on a television.
Additional Olympus FE-350 features and details (adapted from the press release):
- Powerful Optics
Great images start with great optics. The FE-350 has a 4x Wide-Angle Lens (28-112mm equivalent; f2.7-5.4), which brings subjects closer when the zoom is used, and the wide-angle capability fits more of the subject in each frame – capturing incredible scenic shots and large group portraits, even indoors!
- Face Detection
Face Detection, featured in the FE-350, tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subject is moving, the camera continuously tracks your subject’s face without having to press the shutter button.
- Digital Image Stabilization Mode and Edit
Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) is featured in the FE-350 for capturing crisp, clear pictures. DIS freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject.
- Pre-Set Shooting Modes Featuring Smile Shot
The new FE-Series cameras offer numerous pre-set shooting modes, such as Sports, Fireworks and Night Scene with Portrait. The cameras also offer VGA-quality video and sound, which enable users to shoot and share movies on the big screen or on the Web. The FE-310 and FE-350 offer 17 shooting modes, and the FE-320 and FE-340 offer 19 shooting modes.
- Expression Edit
Now you can really turn a frown upside down! This fun feature uses Face Detection technology to edit a subject’s facial expression after the image is captured. Four different expressions can be previewed in a multi-frame window on the LCD, and users can select their favorite expression at the touch of a button.
- Perfect Shot Preview
The new FE cameras offer Perfect Shot Preview mode, which enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-frame window on the LCD before snapping the shot. This feature allows users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring users are capturing the exact image they want. It is a great way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as exposure compensation, white balance and metering.
- Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing
Life does not always go according to plan. Olympus helps by providing technology, which enables users to edit images in-camera after the photos have been captured. The FE-320, FE-340 and FE-350 offer Red-Eye Fix and Lighting Fix.
- Expanded Control and Easy Operation
In some situations, consumers may want more creative control when composing images. The new FE cameras offer Program Auto Mode. Located on the cameras’ mode dial, this option enables consumers to easily adjust ISO and white balance. Additionally, the new FE-Series cameras feature three In-Camera Help Guides, making digital photography simple and fun for users of all ages and skill levels. A tutorial “shooting guide” educates users on tips for achieving specific effects, such as “shooting into backlight” and “brightening subjects.” The shooting guide not only provides detailed descriptions for various situations and environments, it also automatically sets the camera with the touch of a button, making the transition from learning to taking great pictures instantaneous.
- OLYMPUS Master™ 2 Software
OLYMPUS Master 2 Software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are easily organized by folders or albums and searchable by date in Calendar view. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee™ Theater Pack to create professional quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.
- Olympus Premium Cases and Silicone Skin
Olympus also offers premium cases in various colors, including black, pink and red leather, and a sporty neoprene case perfect for active or outdoor situations.
Olympus FE-350 Pricing and Availability
The Olympus FE-350 Wide ships from January 2008 with an estimated street price of US$250