Olympus FE-5040

Olympus FE-5040 is a 12 Megapixels digital camera features 5x optical zoom, 4.7 – 23.5mm, (26 – 130mm 35mm equiv.); ISO100 – 1600; 2.7in LCD monitor size. The camera measures (w x d x l) 96.0 x 57.8 x 20.1mm and weighs 130g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Olympus FE-5040 Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus FE-5040 and writes;
“Colours are reproduced well by the camera, but at both ends of the lens the detail isn’t great and worsens the further away an object is from the camera. At the telephoto length, the detail in the nearest lock and the red building is OK, but the rest of the image does not look sharp at all. Overall, the images produced by the Olympus FE-5040 are more likely to be suitable for websites such as Facebook and Flickr..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus FE-5040 Features

The camera that goes everywhere you go. With a 5x wide optical zoom (26-130mm*), a 6.9cm/2.7” LCD and 12 Megapixels, the FE-5040 is as innovative and easy-to-use as it is stylish and elegant. AF tracking, i-Auto mode, six Magic Filters (Fish Eye, Pop Art, Sketch, Pin Hole, and the new Wedding and Rock), Face Detection (for up to 12 faces) and Digital Image Stabilisation are all on board to help you easily capture images from challenging distance shots to memorable events. Its unrivalled combination of high-tech and usability includes an SD** card slot, a USB charger and a range of practical options. Available in Starry Silver, Classic Black, Raspberry Red, Copper Orange, make a statement wherever you go with the FE-5040.

• Wide 5x miniature optical zoom (26-130mm*)
• 12 Megapixels
• Digital Image Stabilisation
• Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF tracking
• Face Detection
• 6.9cm/2.7” LCD (230,000 dots)
• Magic Filters
• Movie recording with sound
• SD** card compatible
• In-Camera Help Guide
• USB battery charge


AF tracking
This system tracks the moving subject automatically and keeps it continually in focus for pictures that are optimally focused and exposed. It also memorises subject data even when the subject goes out of frame and resumes tracking when it reappears.

Digital Image Stabilisation
A special shooting mode, where the camera automatically increases ISO sensitivity to allow shorter shutter speeds – which helps to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or by fast-moving objects.

Digital Image Stabilisation Plus
An advanced noise reduction technology providing better image quality by using higher ISO sensitivities than regular Digital Image Stabilisation. It allows for the use of faster shutter speeds, reducing camera movement and subject blur.

Dual Image Stabilisation
Providing two-fold protection, this special function helps to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or fast-moving subjects. It combines high ISO values with a CCD-based mechanical image stabiliser, where a built-in gyro sensor detects camera movement and adjusts the CCD accordingly.

Face Detection Technology
A technology that searches for faces in a composition and recognises them as the main subject. It then automatically puts them in focus and optimally adjusts exposure to create an image that’s sharp in the right places and ideally exposed. Face Detection Technology can detect up to 12 faces, Advanced Face Detection Technology even up to 16 faces.

i-Auto mode
This “intelligent-Auto” mode uses advanced automatic detection technology to allow the camera to recognise the five most commonly used scenes automatically. They enable the capture of perfect photos without any need for manual settings.

[ib] software
Olympus now offers [ib], an integrated photo browsing and organising software. Using the software on a PC, images can be organised by person, by place or by event. The information tagged in each photo allows selected pictures to be viewed on a PC.

Magic Filters
Enables special artistic effects to be created directly in the camera.
Pop Art: Enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid to create high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
Fish-Eye: Reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish eye lens, lending a new perspective to the whole scene with a “round” effect.
Sketch: Gives the impression that subjects have been sketched by an artist by transforming images into line drawings.
Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
Wedding: Creates a soft tone which gives pictures an ethereal, otherworldly quality, as if veiled in heavenly light, without obscuring details such as hair or flower petals.
Rock: Creates a mismatch of colours for striking contrasts and effects, such as an image of people dancing with skin coloured pink and the background and clothing all in black.

“One button, one function” design principle
Controlling the camera becomes child’s play. All essential functions like shooting, playback and viewing on the LCD, as well as erasing, are easily activated via a single button.

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