Olympus Stylus FE-280 8MP Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
Olympus Stylus FE-280 8MP Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
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Digital photography made easy! Built-in help guides, one-touch Operations, preset scene modes, and a large LCD are just a few of the features that make using the FE-280 simple and fun. This amazingly slim, sleek, full metal body is so thin that you can fashionably fit it in your pocket, take it anywhere you go, and never miss a photo-op. Prevent and correct blurry images without a computer! Digital Image Stabilization mode freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speed to capture sharp images even if you or your subject is moving, while Digital Image Stabilization Edit uses built-in gyro sensors to track camera movement so you can fix blurry images right in the camera.
|Product Length:||3.15 inches|
|Product Width:||7.4 inches|
|Product Height:||5.51 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.0 pounds|
|Package Length:||7.5 inches|
|Package Width:||5.6 inches|
|Package Height:||3.2 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.7 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 33 reviews|
8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
3x optical zoom; Face Detection technology
2.5-inch LCD; Perfect Shot Preview mode
Bright Capture technology for low-light photos
Captures images to xD memory card (not included)
|Average Customer Review: ( 33 customer reviews )
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71 of 74 found the following review helpful:
Mine Works Great! Oct 14, 2007
By Dustin Williams
Well, my camera works great! :-)
Before I started, I decided to quickly read the owner's manual, as I wanted to make sure that I could get some immediate, good results before I left on my vacation to Canada! (I didn't want to leave with my new toy, not knowing how to use it. )
Over the past several weeks:
- I've snapped sunrises, sunset photos, both in low-light condition and the quality has been great! Nothing to complain about. It's just a simple, point 'n shoot camera that works well!
- During my trip, I took over 300 photos. Not one of them came out blurry, even through some of them (like the picture of the sheep -- see the photo gallery) were taken in a hurry from a slow moving vehicle. I had one chance, and only a couple of seconds to snap the picture -- and I think it came out well!
- This camera captures the vivid colors in the photo. I've taken family photos and it seems to always focus upon their faces, and not upon the background wall, etc, which is a nice feature.
- I've snapped close up pictures of flowers and other items. No problem there either.
Seriously, I love my camera. No, it's not the Rolex of digital cameras, nor is it one of those "pricey" DSLRs -- but for me, it's just a simple, point 'n shoot camera that takes wonderful photos. In fact, I never told my family that I had purchased a new camera, but it didn't take them long to figure it out, as they quickly noticed that the quality of my photos vastly improved.
Just reporting my experience with my camera! Hope this helps.
78 of 85 found the following review helpful:
The Little Point-and-Shoot That Tried To Be Different (Not In a Good Way) Sep 30, 2007
By Alex Dodd
I was originally attracted to the FE-280 because it was A) an Olympus (I've had great success with Olympus digicams before) B) it was small so I could take it anywhere and C) because I tried it in store, and the macro mode was amazing (hard to find on ultra-compacts). I bought it as a supplement to my excellent Olympus C-765, which although is old, still works great. It just was too bulky to take to parties and such. That being said that main purpose of this camera was to take pictures of friends and family and the occasional snapshot of a nice flower or scene along the waY. Considering that this was a point-and-shoot, I expected it to take pictures of people at parties with the flash with minimal problems, and bought it because it could take "that" shot of the flower next to the road on the way to the party. Well I took it to my first party last night, and boy was I disappointed. First off, the camera had to hunt and hunt for the proper focus in medium to low indoor lighting, and then there was a large amount of shutter lag even after it focused. And on top of that I would say about 6 out of 10 of my photos came out blurry. A huge disappointment. I thought maybe it was the AF mode, so I tried each of the three (Spot, iESP, and Face Detection), none of which could produce any better results. Which is really a shame because this camera takes such great pictures in outdoor conditions.
So now that you have heard the bad let me go onto the good.
This camera is unbelievably small and beautiful-I bought it in red (not available on Amazon) and it always catches attention. The screen is bright, and not glossy so it can easily be seen outdoors. And as mentioned before, the supermacro mode is incredible and outdoor performance is outstanding with accurate colors and sharp details. Also the face detection system works well sizing the boxes and detecting the faces, but for some reason can't focus them. The camera powers up quickly, and the menu system is better than most digital cameras these days, but I still prefer Olympus's old menu system. Also, this is a little thing that makes a huge difference: when you go to change the exposure there is a live preview of 4 exposure steps at a time so you can see what changing the exposure will do to the picture before you take it, so you don't have to keep comparing photos. I would really like to see a feature like this on other cameras.
So all of this being said, this camera is incredibly capable at doing things that more advanced cameras do (despite there being very few manual controls), but fails at the most basic task of taking pictures of people-its main function! So I am returning it and probably going to go with the Sony DSC-W80. What a shame, Olympus used to be able to make a camera that took great pictures-no matter the circumstances. Small size is great, but not if it compromises image quality like this!
PS - The "Dual Image Stabilization" is really quite the scam - It leads you to believe that you are getting both digital (ISO boost and high shutter speed) and optical (such as gyro-counteracted lens/CCD shift) stabilization, but really you are just getting the two (hence dual) digital modes, so all you wind up getting is an unusable, grainy photo. Digital image stabilization sometimes called DSP or similar, is a waste. Optical (lens shift or CCD shift) are the only kinds of stabilization that are worthwhile.
31 of 31 found the following review helpful:
Great camera Nov 19, 2007
By Carl A. Curtice
I just bought an FE-280 to replace another FE-280 that I've been using in Iraq for a very long time. Because I've had so much success with my previous camera, it was an easy decision to replace it with a new one. The only reason my old camera failed was because I use it every day in an incedibly dusty environment, and it finally just choked on dust.
This camera has served me very well over the past year, and the only complaint that I can think of is that the power button is far to close to the shutter button. I use my camera often at night and it's very easy to press the wrong button, turn off the camera, and miss the shot...and we don't get alot of chances at a second attmept at a shot here in Iraq.
This is a great camera. It's very light, takes great quality pictures, has a very easy menu to navigate through and set up your preferences, and many other features. I especially like the very big screen on the back because I usually take my pictures while I'm moving, and a big screen makes it much easier to ensure that you're geting what you intend to get.
You'll be happy with this camera. I am.
18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Poor People Skills Nov 28, 2007
In camera shopping, I was looking for a small camera that could easily fit into a small pack when sightseeing. Our other camera was a 5 MP Sony Mavica, and while it's still a great camera, it is big and bulky, and we were looking for something smaller.
On the advice of someone who said the two brands with the best picture quality were Canon and Olympus, I bought the Olympus FE-280. I have to agree with the other poor review about the ability of this camera to focus on people. I could take a picture of my son's stuffed animal with such amazing clarity that I could tell whether or not the dog had shed on the sofa, but when taking pictures of people, my 4 year old, 5 MP Sony Mavica could take a picture with better focus every single time. Details of people taken with the Olympus were fuzzy at best. As a mom, I was looking to take pictures of my kids - if I can't accomplish that, then I've wasted my money. I returned the Olympus and bought a Canon SD850.
Any picture that didn't involve a person turned out fairly well. The camera was very small, and if you are looking for a portable camera to use primarily for scenery, this may be a good fit for you. However, if you plan on taking lots of pictures of friends and family, this probably isn't the camera for you.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Excellent little Olympus Mar 23, 2008
By C. Lyon
I own two other Olympuses, an E-volt 500 and a C-3000. Both are simple to use and take excellent photos. I wanted a super compact camera, and since I know Olympus cameras, they seemed the obvious choice. At first I was put off by some of the reviews, but decided to take a chance. Especially since I found this model at Radio Shack for a mere $139.95!! After just a month I have found none of the problems reported by other users. I suspect others simply weren't familiar with the controls, or purchased faulty cameras. For what the camera is for, I give it top marks. It's extremely small, in fact so tiny I'm afraid I'm going to drop it. The complaint that it doesn't take good pictures indoors just doesn't fly. It is possible to change the ISO as well as the exposure, and I have gotten fine pictures both outdoors at night and in a dark, fire lit room. The complaint that it shoots slowly is also user error. By holding the shutter button down halfway, you set the focus and exposure. Then when you push it the rest of the way it takes the image almost instantly. So people need to learn how to use their cameras. I found the user manual simple to read and understand. The USB cable is a bit tricky to insert into the camera, but certainly not worth mentioning, or knocking the camera for. I found it to transfer images to the computer at least as fast as my other two cameras. So I really like this unit. It has all the features you could want in a camera so portable, in fact I was surprised. I like the large size of the display, and the ability to brighten it. A feature I haven't even used yet. I also like the Panorama setting that allows images to be stitched into a 360 degree Quicktime VR movie. Very cool for places where you want to capture the atmosphere of a large area, or even your backyard. The video quality is good. My only complaint with the entire camera is the 10 second limit of video in 640x480 mode. And it even has a speaker to play back video and sound clips. So again, my bottom line is that this is an excellent camera, especially when you can buy it for $140. Absolutely simple to use and fun! Even my 5 year old can take good pictures with it. I also wouldn't worry about the quality or durability as one reviewer suggested. I believe it actually feels sturdy, especially compared to other brands. I dropped my C-3000 on to cement from 5 feet, and besides the scrapes on the corner it didn't affect it's operation at all. So don't be put off by the reviewers that couldn't take a good picture or who were annoyed by the image info displayed on the LCD. All of those things can be adjusted for, if you read the owners manual and learn how to use the camera's settings. Olympus makes outstanding cameras that continue to be HIGHLY underrated.
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