Olympus FE-170 Zoom Review

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Olympus FE-170 Zoom

Posted 2/16/2007

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The FE-170 is one of several additions to Olympus' FE series of entry-level point-n-shoot models. An entry-level camera, which enables new users to shoot clear, crisp images with ease. The FE-170's optional water-resistance case provides worry-free fun at the beach and pool; users can capture photos while swimming to 10 feet below the surface. Other features include a large 2.5-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom lens, and Digital Image Stabilization.

These new FE-series cameras feature an enhanced Help Guide that makes digital photography simple for users of all levels. A tutorial "shooting guide" educates users on tips for achieving specific effects, such as "shooting into backlight" and "adjusting coloration." The shooting guide not only provides detailed descriptions for various photographic scenarios, but also actually sets the camera with the touch of a button, making the transition from learning to doing instantaneous.

They also feature a "One Touch" design with individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images, conveniently located on the top of the cameras with icons so that frequently used functions can be accessed easily. Shooting, playback, zoom and delete options are at your fingertips. Macro mode, flash mode and a self-timer are located on the 4way controller for quick use while setting up the perfect composition.

The inclusion of 16 shooting modes, including QuickTime® Movie, accessed via a rotating dial and menu button on the back of the cameras makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations, such as Sports, Fireworks, and Night Scene with Portrait. The QuickTime® Movie mode enables users to create short movies of events that can be emailed to family and friends.

Connecting any FE Series camera to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects the camera directly via USB 2.0 cable and requires no software. The included OLYMPUS Master software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View.

FE-170 Zoom Features:

  • 6.0 Megapixel CCD imager
  • 3x optical (38-114mm 35mm equiv) zoom, 4x digital zoom
  • Digital Image Stabilization and Built-in Help Guide
  • 2.5" color LCD and 10x playback zoom
  • 16 shooting modes including Quicktime movies
  • Quicktime movie mode w/o sound, 320x240 HQ and 160x120 SQ quality
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • Shutter speeds of 4 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Auto ISO range from 64 - 400
  • Powered by the 2 included AA Alkaline batteries
  • USB Direct-print with any PictBridge compatible printer
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac
  • 10MB internal memory and xD-Picture Card slot

The FE-170 was available in September 2007 with an MSRP of US$149.99. It ships with: AA alkaline battery x2, USB cable, Video cable, Wrist strap, Quick Start guide, basic manual, CD-ROM (includes OLYMPUS Master software and advanced manual) and warranty.

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Olympus FE-170 Zoom

Olympus FE-170 Zoom

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Olympus FE-170 Zoom

Olympus FE-170 Zoom

Olympus FE-170 Zoom

The FE-170 compared to an average CD disc.

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FE-170 Zoom Specifications
Imager 6.0 Megapixel (effective), 6.2 Megapixel gross, 1/2.5" (1.2cm) CCD
Lens 6.3 - 18.9mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 lenses in 5 groups
Zoom 3x Optical + 4x Digital (seamless to 12x)
Aperture Range f3.1 - f5.9
LCD 2.5" (6.4cm) Color LCD, approx. 154,000 pixels
Focus System Autofocus (CCD Contrast Detection, iESP)
Focus Range Normal/Macro Mode:(Wide)
4.0" (0.1m) - infinity (Tele) 23.6" (0.6m) - infinity
Super Macro Mode: 2.0" (5cm)
Shutter Speed Auto (1/2000 sec. - 4 sec.)
ISO Auto (64 - 400)
White Balance Auto (ESP)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes Still Image: DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3 Movie Mode: QuickTime® motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 2,816 x 2,112, SHQ/HQ 2,048 x 1,536, SQ1 640 x 480, SQ2
Shooting Modes 16 Shooting Modes: Program Auto, Scene Presets (Portrait, Landscape, Night & Portrait, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Sunset, Sport, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Behind Glass, Auction), Digital Image Stabilization Mode, Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master Software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Movie Mode QuickTime Movie without Audio: 320x240/15fps (HQ), 160x120/15fps (SQ)
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index (4/9/16/25), Enlargement (up to 10x), Slideshow, Rotation Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-By-Frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize (640x480, 320x240)
Direct Printing Options PictBridgeTM, DPOF
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low-light and backlit conditions), Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Fill-In & Red-Eye, Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.7 ft. (0.2m) - 13.1 ft. (4.0m) Tele: 2.0 ft. (0.6m) - 6.9 ft. (2.1m)
Selftimer 12 Seconds/Auto
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Memory 10MB internal memory
Outer Connectors USB Connector, Video Output, DC Input
Auto-connect USB 2.0 Full Speed (USB mass storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP with USB port, Mac OS® 9.0 - 9.2x/OS X 10.1 - 10.4 with USB port Software: Windows 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP, Mac® 10.2 and higher
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30% - 90% humidity Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10% - 90% humidity
Power Supply (2) AA Batteries, (2) Ni-MH AA Batteries (optional), AC Adapter (E-7AU) (optional)
Size 3.6" W x 2.5" H x 1.2" D (90.0mm x 62.5mm x 30.5mm)
Weight 4.4 oz. (124g) without batteries and media card

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