Olympus FE-180 Zoom Review

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Olympus FE-180 Zoom

Features & Controls

The FE-180 features a 3x optical Olympus zoom lens with a 38mm-114mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f3.1-f/5.9. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 6 lenses in 5 groups.

When powered down the lens retracts inside of the body and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.

The contrast detection autofocus system has a normal/macro mode range of 4" (0.1m) - infinity in wide angle and 23.6" (0.6m) - infinity in telephoto. The Macro mode coverage is from 3.9" " Super Macro focuses as close as 2" (5cm).

Olympus FE-180 Zoom

The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in & Red-eye, and Off. The maximum working range in wide angle is 0.7 ft. (0.2m) - 8.9 ft. (2.7m) at wide angle and 2.0 ft. (0.6m) - 4.6 ft. (1.4m) in telephoto.

The 2.5-inch (6.4cm) color LCD has 110,000 pixels and is used for framing, review and accessing the menu system. There is no optical viewfinder.

Controls on the back: Top center is the red camera button for Record mode and the green arrow button for Playback mode. Next are the Zoom lens controls, which also serve as the Magnify and Index options in playback mode. The Mode Dial has positions for: Auto, Movie, GUIDE, SCENE, Night portrait, Landscape, Portrait, and Blur reduction mode (uses Digital Image Stabilization.) The 4-way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. Press "up" to set DPOF settings in Playback mode, press "left" for macro focus, press "down" for the self-timer and press "right" to change flash modes. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system, pressing the OK button in the center of the 4-way accepts selections. The Delete button is used to erase images in playback mode.

Olympus FE-180 Zoom

Located on top are the Power and Shutter release buttons.

Olympus FE-180 Zoom

On the right side is the I/O port: It handles USB 2.0 (full speed, not high speed) data as well as Audio/Video output (NTSC/PAL selectable.)

Olympus FE-180 Zoom

The FE-180 stores its data with an internal memory of approx. 22MB and on xD-Picture Cards. xD cards are currently available up to 2GB in capacity.

Approximate Storage Capacity

Olympus FE-180 Zoom

Olympus FE-180 Zoom

The FE-180 is powered by a pair of standard AA batteries, alkaline, NiMH or lithium type. Olympus supplies a pair of Sanyo eneloop NiMH rechargeable batteries that feature high capacity and a low self-discharge rate. Also included is a compact NiMH charger.

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