Released September, 2008
The Pros:Pictures are consistently good, automatically picks the best settings. Video is great, comes through sharp and gets the action without much blur. Sound recording captures the subject well, pretty sensitive mic.
The Cons:Buttons are a little small, hard to find them sometimes. Menus are a bit complicated to work with when you're looking for a specific setting. Lag between pictures, takes awhile to write to the card.
The FE series from Olympus focuses on slim design, ease of use, and competitive pricing. The FE-360 is a basic model selling at the lowest price point in the FE-3xx line. Even so, it offers a super-slim 0.7" thin body, 3x optical zoom, and 20 different shooting modes.
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A special preview mode splits the LCD into a multi-frame window to display the effect of different settings, so you can select the shot you like best. Combined with various auto-assists and in-camera help, even a beginner can capture great shots. While effective, this model's Digital Image Stabilization ("DIS") amounts to little more than automatic ISO control and fast shutter speeds (contrast this with the built-in gyro sensor and Digital Image Stabilization Edit of the FE-320 or the sensor-shift Dual Image Stabilization of the FE-370). Voice Recording lets you add annotations or sound effects to your photos.
- 8.0 megapixel CCD sensor -- up to 3264 x 2448 resolution
- 3x optical zoom (36 -- 108 mm equivalent)
- 2.5" display
- Digital Image Stabilization
- Face recognition
- 16 scene modes
- 1/2000 sec. -- 1/2 sec. shutter speed (up to 4 sec. in Sunset mode)
- 30 fps video capture
- Sensitivity to ISO 1000
- Supports xD-Picture Card natively; microSD memory with MASD-1 adapter
- Uses LI-42B Li-ion Battery
- Charger, USB cable, A/V cable, wrist strap, MASD-1 adapter, Olympus Master 2 Software included
User Reviews (1)
pictures are consistently good, automatically picks the best settings
video is great, comes through sharp and gets the action without much blur
sound recording captures the subject well, pretty sensitive mic
buttons are a little small, hard to find them sometimes
menus are a bit complicated to work with when you're looking for a specific setting
lag between pictures, takes awhile to write to the card
GUI looks primitive and basic
flash battery wears out after the 5th or 6th picture
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