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Press Release - August 23, 2006
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New Olympus FE-Series Digital Cameras Deliver Features And Functionality At Affordable Prices
"The Olympus FE-Series cameras are designed for effortless picture taking and provide a variety of user-friendly features to easily navigate the cameras’ capabilities," said Naoki Tai, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "Features ranging from the Help Guide to the large LCD screen will provide an enjoyable digital experience to first-time users. Beyond their affordable price, the cameras also offer incredible image quality without a large learning curve."
Unique Features of The New FE-Series Cameras
While the FE-Series digital cameras offer many of the same great features, each camera also has an impressive function of its own to lend an air of distinction, this includes:
Features Shared By the New FE-Series Cameras
The 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.
The FE-Series cameras 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 an arrow pad for quick use while setting up the perfect composition.
Digital Image Stabilization Mode
The new FE cameras feature Digital Image Stabilization Mode for capturing crisp, clear pictures – free from the blur sometimes caused by camera shake or moving subjects – with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speed.
Large LCD Provides Clear Images
The large 2.5-inch LCD screens make it easier to see clear images when composing shots, as well as when gathering friends and family around to view the results, all without having to lug a laptop around to present your portable photo gallery exhibit.
Pre-Set Shooting Modes Make It Easy to Capture Great Images
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 FE-180, FE-190 and FE-200 models offer QuickTime® Movie mode, which enables users to create short movies of events that can be emailed to family and friends.
Simple Connection to PC
Linking 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.
OLYMPUS Master Software
Back at the Windows® PC or Mac®, OLYMPUS Master software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple. Images are searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. With one-click editing tools, such as red-eye reduction, images can be touched-up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates and other user services are just a mouse-click away.
Accessory Neoprene Carrying Case
Olympus’ optional Neoprene Carrying Case offers the camera protection from the elements and other items in your backpack. The case is made of soft, flexible neoprene fabric with a modern, sporty design.
The FE-170, 180, 190 and 200 will be available in September 2006.
The FE-170 includes: 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.
The FE-180/190/200 include: Rechargeable battery (FE-180 – Ni-MH, FE-190/200- Lithium-Ion) and Charger, USB cable, Audio/Video cable, Wrist strap, Quick Start guide, Basic manual, CD-ROM (including OLYMPUS Master software and advanced manual) and warranty.
FE-170 Estimated Street Price: .99 (U.S.)
ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC
Olympus Imaging America Inc is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.
Olympus Imaging America works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples lives every day. These include:
Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.
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