Trio of new Olympus FE models feature wide-angle lenses

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  1. David Rasnake

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    In an early morning announcement, Olympus has launched a trio of new additions to its FE series of affordably priced ultracompacts today.

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    The Olympus FE-5020, FE-4000, and FE-46 share a common 12 megapixel sensor and incorporate processing-side features from Olympus's DSLRs, including the manufacturer's Art Filter technology.

    FE-5020, FE-4000 offer wide-angle zooms
    The moderately priced FE-5020 and FE-4000 combine thin, sleek exteriors with a feature that still's uncommon in the sub-$200 price class: wide-angle lenses. The FE-4000 packs in a 4x zoom that begins at the equivalent of 26mm, while the more expensive FE-5020 features a 5x zoom with 24-120mm coverage.

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    Olympus FE-5020

    A 2.7 inch, 230,000 dot LCD is common to both models, and both new cameras inherit Olympus's DSLR-derived TruePic III processor as well.

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    Soft features include Olympus's Intelligent Auto automatic scene recognition mode, Shadow Adjustment Technology for maximizing image dynamic range, and a new AF Tracking option for locking focus on moving subjects.

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    Olympus FE-4000

    The newest FE models also include a variant of Olympus's Art Filters technology, an in-camera emulation system that first debuted on the manufacturer's DSLRs. The abbreviated list of three filters - referred to as Magic Filters in their point-and-shoot variant - include the popular high-saturation Pop Art and highly vignetted Pin Hole modes, as well as a new Wedding option (which seems to be similar to the Soft Filter option found on the E-series cameras).

    Additionally, the FE-5020 also gets a fourth Fisheye filter, which processes the captured image in real time to emulate the curving look of a shot taken with a fisheye lens.

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    Both models use proprietary lithium-ion power packs, capture images to either xD or microSD memory types, and come in a range of high-gloss finish colors - including red, blue, and gray for the FE-5020, and gray, white, and magenta for the FE-4000.

    AA powered FE-46 targets budget-minded shoppers
    Using the same 12 megapixel sensor and 2.7 inch LCD as the other new FE launches, the AA-powered FE-46 features a more typical 36-180mm zoom lens.

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    Key technologies from the more expensive models, including the Magic Filters system, face detection technology, and AF Tracking, are incorporated into the FE-46 as well, and while the model lacks the slender form factor of its four-digit FE brethren, it balances this decision with a sub-$100 suggested price.

    Pricing and availability
    All three new FE launches are slated for retail release in September. Suggested pricing for FE-5020 is $159.99, with the FE-4000 coming in $10 cheaper at $149.99. The FE-46 will be tagged around the $99.99 mark.

     
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    Uummm ... nice that the FE-4000 gets an f/2.6 lens
     
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