Olympus FE-340 Zoom Review

Review posted 4/7/2008

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Olympus' new FE-340 is available in five metal, super-slim bodies (silver, red, blue, black and pink). Each model offers 8.0 megapixels of resolution, a 5x optical zoom lens, Face Detection, Digital Image Stabilization, Perfect Shot Preview and three In-Camera Help Guides so you can learn on the go and capture all of life's special moments with the touch of a button.

Great images start with great optics. The new FE-340 and FE-310 have a 5x Optical Zoom made from precision- crafted lenses that put you 60 percent closer to the action than typical 3x lenses. Face Detection, featured in the four new FE cameras, tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses (Face Detection AF) and optimizes exposure (Face Detection AE) for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subject is moving, the camera continuously tracks your subject's face without having to press the shutter button.

Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) is featured in the four new FE cameras for capturing crisp, clear pictures. DIS freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject. The FE-320 and FE-340 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-320 and the FE-340 feature Smile Shot, which tracks your subject's face to detect a smile and automatically fires off three consecutive shots so you never miss that perfect smile. This feature is great for parents hoping to capture babies' hard-to-predict smiles, for example. The cameras also offer VGA-quality video and sound, which enable users to shoot and share movies on the big screen or on the Web. The FE-320 and FE-340 have a total of 19 shooting modes.

The FE-320 and FE-340 feature Olympus' exclusive TruePic III image processor, which was developed for the demanding performance of professional Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Olympus' enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal-clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to deliver superior picture quality with more accurate colors, true-to-life flesh tones and faster processing speeds. TruePic III also captures crisp, clear images at high ISO settings, which are traditionally associated with increasing image noise or producing grainy photos.

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 2 Software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are easily organized by folders or albums and searchable by date in Calendar view. And with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee™ Theater Pack to create professional quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates.

FE-340 Zoom Features:

  • 8.0 Megapixel CCD imager for 3264x2448 size photos
  • 5x optical (36 - 180mm 35mm equiv) zoom, 4x digital zoom
  • Digital Image Stabilization and Built-in Help Guide
  • TruePic III Image Processor
  • Olympus' Bright Capture, Perfect Shot Preview, and Perfect Fix technologies
  • 2.7" color LCD and 10x playback zoom
  • 19 shooting modes including 15 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • AVI Movie mode with sound (640x480 or 320x240, 30/15fps)
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • Shutter speeds of 1/2 seconds to 1/2000 second (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
  • User selectable ISO range from 64 - 3200
  • Powered by the included LI-42B Li-ion battery
  • USB Direct-print with any PictBridge compatible printer
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac
  • 48MB of internal memory
  • Card slot supports xD-Picture cards up to 2GB

The FE-340 is available in five stylish colors (silver, red, blue, black and pink) with an MSRP of US$199. It ships with: LI-42B Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery and Charger, USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable, Wrist Strap, Manual, CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master™ 2 Software and Warranty Card.

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Olympus FE-340 Zoom

Olympus FE-340 Zoom

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Olympus FE-340 Zoom

Olympus FE-340 Zoom

Olympus FE-340 Zoom

The FE-340 compared to an average CD disc.

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FE-340 Zoom Specifications
Imager 8.0 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.35" CCD (1.1cm)
Lens 6.3 - 31.5 mm (36 - 180 mm equivalent in 35mm photography),8 Lenses in 6 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 20x)
Maximum Aperture f3.5 - f5.6
LCD 2.7" (6.9cm) LCD with Backlight Boost Button, approx. 230,000 dots 2 Steps Brightness Adjustment
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal mode: Wide: 23.6" - infinity (0.6m - infinity) Tele: 39.4" - infinity (1.0m - infinity) Macro mode: Wide: 3.9" - infinity (0.1m - infinity) Tele: 23.6" - infinity (0.6m - infinity)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Face Detection AF
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. -1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance iESP2 Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents)
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 8MP (3,264 x 2,448) 5MP (2,560 x 1,920) 3MP (2,048 x 1,536) 2MP (1,600 x 1,200) 1MP (1,280 x 960) VGA (640 x 480) 16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)
Shooting Modes 19 Shooting Modes; Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 4. NIGHT SCENE, 5. SPORT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SELF PORTRAIT, 9. SUNSET, 10. FIREWORKS, 11. CUISINE, 12. BEHIND GLASS, 13. DOCUMENTS, 14.AUCTION, 15. SMILE SHOT), Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Shooting Assist Functions Shooting Guide, Perfect Shot Preview, Voice Recording
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound; 640x480 (30/15fps) 320x240 (30/15fps)
Image Processing TruePic™ III Image Processor
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, My Favorites Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Digital Image Stabilization Edit, Expression Edit, Face Focus, Resize, Rotation, Cropping
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions) Red-Eye Reduction Fill-in Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.33ft (0.1m) - 12.8ft (3.9m) at ISO 800
Self-timer 12 Seconds
Memory 48MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output)
Auto-connect USB USB 2.0 Full-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 or later
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30% - 90% humidity Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10% - 90% humidity
Power Supply Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
Battery Life 240 shots
Size 3.8"W x 2.3"H x 0.7" D (96.9mm x 57.5mm x 17.8mm)
Weight 4.1oz (116g) without battery and media card

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