Saturday, August 25, 2007

Olympus Raise the FE Series Bar with the FE 300 FE290 and FE 280 Digital Cameras

August is certainly the month for new cameras. Olympus this week announced the addition of 3 more cameras to their Stylus FE-series; the 12 megapixel FE 300, 7 megapixel FE 290 and the 8 megapixel FE 280.

All three cameras get the new Stylus ultra-slim design with prices ranging from $199 - $299.

The FE-300 and FE 280 come with a 2.5 inch LCD screen, while the FE 290 gets a boost up to a 3 inch LCD screen. These screens include a backlight boost that increases the brightness of the screen in challenging environments (direct sunlight / low light situations).

Like most new digital cameras that are being released this year, all three get Face Detection Technology. They are also get Olympus’s Digital Image Stabilization (DIS), that freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. In addition the FE-280 and FE-300 also feature Digital Image Stabilization Edit, which uses a built-in gyro sensor to track camera movement and enables users to fix blurry images right in the camera.

The FE-280 and FE-300 feature Perfect Fix, which allows you to modify pictures on the camera rather than waiting until you transfer the photos to your PC.

The FE 280 and FE 300 also come with the new TruePic III image processor, which was developed for the demanding performance of professional Digital SLR

All three cameras offer VGA-quality video and sound; the FE 290 offers 17 shooting modes, while the FE 300 offers 18, and the FE 280 offers 21, including three underwater scene modes.

Expected Retail Price:
FE 280: $199.99
FE 290: $249.99
FE 300: $299.99

Source: Olympus Press Release