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Olympus FE-5010 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Plum)

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  • 12-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
  • 5x optical zoom; Advanced Face Detection
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen; Intelligent Auto and Pre-set Shooting modes
  • VGA movie recording with sound
  • Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
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Color: Plum

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Get superior image quality with a high-resolution 12-megapixel CCD. Make poster-size prints or even crop without sacrificing detail. With 60% more magnification than 3x you can get closer to the action with this ultra-compact precision-crafted Olympus lens. The 2.7" High-Resolution LCD lets you easily shoot and share your images with friends and family. In addition to xD-Picture Card compatibility the FE-5010 comes with an adapter for a microSD memory card an emerging electronic storage media for mobile phones PDAs and HDTVs. Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization combined with High ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds lets you capture crisp clear images even if the subject is moving. Automatically identifies the scene you?re shooting and adjusts the settings to optimize results. Tracks up to 16 faces and automatically focuses and optimizes exposures for sharp brilliant portrait pictures. Detects a smile on your subject?s face and automatically fires off three consecutive shots to ensure you capture that perfect smile. Corrects shooting mistakes instantly by lightening shadows and removing red-eye right in the camera no computer or software necessary. Capture and share your fondest memories in full motion on the big screen or on the web using VGA Movie with Sound. Easily upload your VGA movies with sound to YouTube? and share them with the world using OLYMPUS Master? 2.0 Software. Always get the best shot with easy-to-use Shooting Modes. The preset scene modes optimize your camera's settings for sharp brilliant photos. Modes include Sunset Night Scene Beach and Snow Self Portrait and many more. High ISO lets you minimize blurry images caused by movement and capture clearer brighter images in low light. Learn as you go. The In-Camera Help Guides provide a brief description of camera settings and features conveniently displayed on the LCD at the push of a button. Developed for the professional Digital SLR the TruPic III Image Processor d

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The super-slim FE-5010 is full of smart digital technology: 12 megapixels of resolution and features like easy-to-use Intelligent Auto for quick, hassle-free shooting; Advanced Face Detection for sharp portrait pictures; In-Camera Help Guides for the ultimate learn-as-you-go digital experience; VGA Movie Recording with Sound; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for added convenience; and an LCD backlight boost for viewing images in bright light.

Olympus FE-5010 Highlights

Intelligent Auto Thinks for You
While the new FE-5010 cannot file your income tax return for you, it can perform numerous challenging tasks and is as smart as it looks. Thanks to Intelligent Auto, the FE-5010 automatically identifies the scene you are capturing (Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro, Sports) and automatically adjust the camera’s settings to capture the best quality results.

In Control with Pre-Set Shooting Modes
If you do not want Intelligent Auto to make the decisions for you, the new FE-5010 offers numerous pre-set Shooting Modes, such as Sports, Fireworks and Night + Portrait. The camera also offers VGA-quality video and audio, which enables users to shoot and share movies on their TV or on the Web. Plus, with the Olympus Master 2.0 software, you can easily upload your movies to YouTube to share them with the world. The FE-5010 also features 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 trying to capture hard-to-predict baby smiles. The FE-5010 offers 18 Shooting Modes. This includes three for underwater shooting with the camera’s optional housing.

Image Stabilization for Virtually Blur-Free Photos
Dual Image Stabilization on the FE-5010 adds mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization to Digital Image Stabilization to provide one powerful two-in-one anti-blur solution for capturing great images even if the photographer or the subject is moving. Olympus' mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization keeps images sharp by adjusting the image sensor to compensate for camera movement, which often occurs in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower. By combining the two technologies, FE-5010 users are able to take crystal clear images in virtually any shooting situation.

Advanced Face Detection
Advanced Face Detection 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. The FE series cameras can detect up to 16 individual faces in one shot.

Perfect Fix In-Camera Editing
The FE-5010 camera offers Red-Eye Fix and Lighting Fix, plus in-camera editing features such as resizing and cropping, which enable photographers to edit images after a photo has been captured.

Versatile Memory
All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. Starting with products available in August 2008, they also accept microSD memory cards to capture images. The new FE series cameras offer the flexibility to use either xD-Picture Card or microSD memory cards, which is just one more advantage of Olympus point-and-shoot cameras.

Easy Operation and Help Guides
The new FE series cameras feature enhanced In-Camera Help Guides that make digital photography simple and fun for users of all ages and skill levels. In addition to the Help Guide that displays a brief description of camera settings and features on the LCD, all three cameras allow consumers to easily adjust ISO and white balance settings using the Program Auto mode. Additionally, Exposure Compensation enables users to preview and select various exposure effects on a live, multi-frame window on the LCD before snapping the shot. This smart feature allows users to see precisely what the image will look like when adjustments are made, ensuring they are capturing the exact image desired. Program Auto and Exposure Compensation are great modes that enable novice users to get results like the pros while learning about the effects of different photography techniques.

TruePic III Image Processor
The FE-5010 features 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.

Olympus Master 2 Software
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. A direct link makes uploading your images and videos to YouTube easier than ever. Additionally, 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. Additionally, create scrapbooks, greeting cards and other fun prints using the optional ArcSoft Print Creations plug-in.


Product Information

Color:Plum
Product Dimensions 3.8 x 0.8 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 4.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
ASIN B001P06OKY
Item model number FE5010 Plum
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3.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #49,101 in Camera & Photo
#4,788 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 7, 2008

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By George Chenarides on April 27, 2009
Color: Black
I recently damaged my Nikon S6 digital camera while on vacation and wanted to have another to continue taking easy spontaneous shots for the remainder of my vacation. I looked at several Olympus models along with a Casio, Lumix, and a new Sony with stereo recording capability. All were in the 8-12 MP range and small compact size. I spent a couple of hours trying different features, focusing, still or moving conditions, and lighting and decided on the new FE-5010.
I charged the battery and "briefly" scanned the operational manual. I personally want to have a camera that is easy to navigate without having to constantly review the manual and the FE-5010 was exactly that... easy!
I have taken over two hundred photos with it during my remaining three days of vacation. Outdoors, indoors, with and without flash, a video of approximately (5) minutes in length, and almost all of the photo modes, (i.e. PHOTO, iA, SCN in several conditions, PORTRAIT,and SMILE).
In my experimentation of the different modes when I had the chance I took a couple of the same picture in a different mode so I could evaluate which were best for most of my shooting. I found the most valuable settings for me were "P", "iA", "SCN-Sport" "SCN-Landscape", and "SCN-INDOORS" with "P" being the most predominant. This was determined by me because most of the shots I had been taking in "iA" mode were automatically being set to "P". I assumed that if the "iA" mode thought that was best for most pictures it would be the best general setting for me as well and when in "iA" mode some feature changes I might want to make were not available to me but in "P" mode I could change the flash or other settings at will, that clinched it.
I often used zoom as well as a few at Super zoom (digital).
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I have an advanced camera Sony Cybershot DSCR1 10.3MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom. I wanted a light substitute for occasional photos. Olympus FE-5010 fits the bill. Using the two cameras, I took pictures outdoors under the same good lighting conditions, and the difference was barely noticeable. Almost the same resolution (with 7 MP) and almost the same color quality. Of course, under low light the output from Olympus can't compare to that from Sony (horrible noise). Another thing that I don't like is that xD cards are limited to 2GB. You can use larger microSD but then the movies are limited to 10 sec. Olympus has two things missing from Sony: the movie mode and ability to take macros. And the image stabilization really works!
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Thought it was time to upgrade from my Olympus Camedia 4000. The 4000 is a great camera, but wanted the stabilization feature of a new camera, if nothing else. Also wanted higher MPs and smaller size. Also figured I would use it more if it wasn't so bulky. Will one day get a DSLR to replace my 35mm SLR for really good photography, so wanted a point and shoot automatic camera for right now. A lot of cameras will meet all those requirements, but I looked mainly at Olympus because I've been using that brand for over 40 years and never been disappointed yet. I compared this to similar Nikon and Cannon models and it looked to me like the price/feature break was better on the Olympus.

So I narrowed it down to the FE 3010 and FE 5010. As near as I can tell, the only real difference is 3x optical zoom vs 5x optical zoom. And price of course. Wanted the 5010, but was leaning to the 3010 until I found that right now, anyway, the price for the 5010, is actually *lower* than the 3010 here on Amazon. That's a no brainer even for me.

So I bought it right before I left for a week in San Francisco. After a week of use, I'm extremely happy with it. On my way to Alcatraz Island, I was able to take a picture of the warning sign on the island at full zoom, on the bow of the very much moving ferry, among a jostling crowd of other tourists, and got a perfect close up picture of the sign from about a half mile away. With everything on auto. Stabilization worked great, as not only was the ferry moving, but my hand wasn't very stable holding the camera one handed above everyone's head to get the shot.

Took about 400 pictures during the week and most turned out great. I found it *is* possible to get a blurry picture, but it takes work.
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Great camera, love the compact size. It fits into a shirt pocket perfectly,which makes it ideal for the field. The large LCD screen makes it easy to see what your about to photograph. Worth the price.
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I had a hard time buying a camera because I was overwhelmed with all the different cameras and reviews. I finally took the leap and purchased this and so far I am happy with the purchase. I have not explored all its options yet, but it was easy to start using, the basic automatic mode seems great so far, and I love that I can crop and correct red eye on the camera (before I was loading pics on my computer, fixing them, then putting them on a storage device to take them for printing). So this camera will save me a lot of work. Also, even though the power button is near the shutter button, the power button does not depress easily which is great (with my old digital, it was really easy to turn it off accidently while taking a photo. Needless to say, it was really irritating to my husband and me). So far, so good, and the price here was better than other sites.
Dec 2009 update - We had an issue with the lens, but it was still under warranty and Olympus fixed it quickly. I wish it was a little faster at taking pictures, but maybe I haven't set some setting.
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