Olympus FE-200 Zoom Review
Features & Controls
The FE-200 features a 5x optical Olympus zoom lens with a 28mm-140mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f3.3-f/4.8. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 9 lenses in 7 groups.
When powered down the lens retract inside of the body and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.
Equipped with a low-light AF-assist lamp, the contrast detection autofocus system has a range
of 7.8" (0.2m) - Infinity Normal/Macro (Wide), 19.7" (0.5m) - Infinity Normal/Macro (Tele),
and 2.0" (5cm ) - 7.8" (20cm) Super Macro (Wide.)
The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto (for low-light and backlit conditions), Red-Eye
Reduction, Fill-In, and Off. The maximum working range in wide angle is 0.7 ft. (0.2m) - 8.2
ft. (2.5m) at wide angle and 2.0 ft. (0.6m) - 5.6 ft. (1.7m) in telephoto.
Controls on the back: At the top is the red camera button for Record mode and the green arrow
button for 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 4way accepts
selections. The Delete button is used to erase images in playback mode.
Located on top is the built-in speaker for playing back audio from movies of memos, the Power
button, and the Shutter release with the Zoom lens controls mounted around it. They also
serve as the Magnify and Index options in playback mode.
On the right side are the I/O ports: The DC IN accepts the optional D-7AC
external AC Adapter. The lower port handles USB 2.0 (full speed, not high speed) data as well
as Audio/Video output (NTSC/PAL selectable.)
The FE-200 stores its data with an internal memory of approx. 24MB and on xD-Picture Cards. xD cards are currently available up to 2GB in capacity.
Approx. Still Image Capacity
Approx. Movie Capacity
The FE-200 is powered by a LI-12B 3.7v 1230mAh Li-ion battery pack. Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. The included AC charger lets you charge one battery while using another, to charge a fully depleted pack takes approx. 120 minutes. Lithium battery packs can be charged or "topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.
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