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FE-120

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What are the main features of the FE-120?

Designed with simplicity in mind, the FE-120 is loaded with features that will help you take fantastic photographs even if you have never before used a digital camera.

Its one-touch design puts camera functions at your fingertips. Individual buttons help you shoot, review and delete your images without ever accessing a menu. You’ll also have quick access to flash, exposure and macro settings, a self-timer and zoom controls.

Use the convenient mode dial to choose your preferred shooting mode.  Each is optimized to get the best possible results for the shooting conditions. A built-in guide helps you choose the ideal mode for each situation and purpose.

The FE-120 sports a 6-megapixel CCD and an 12x seamless zoom (3x optical, 4x digital). When using this model with Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media and the included OLYMPUS Master software, you can create stunning panoramic images.

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How can I download images and movies from the camera to a computer?

The simplest method is to use OLYMPUS Master software to transfer the files. 

This model ships with OLYMPUS Master version 1. Complete instructions for transferring files using this version may be downloaded by clicking here.

This model also supports OLYMPUS Master 2. Complete instructions for transferring files using OLYMPUS Master 2 may be downloaded by clicking here.

To request a free download of OLYMPUS Master 2, click here. It is not necessary to uninstall OLYMPUS Master version 1 before installing and using OLYMPUS Master 2.

Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view PDF files. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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What are the benefits of the TruePic TURBO™ image processor?

TruePic TURBO™ is Olympus’ new image-processing engine designed to be approximately 30% faster than the TruePic engine. TruePic TURBO increases the camera’s start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback times and continues to deliver clear, smooth image results every time. The TruePic TURBO engine also has an advanced noise filter for better image quality.

For more information on the TruePic TURBO processor, click here.

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The FE-120 is PictBridge-enabled. What is PictBridge?

PictBridge is a specification that allows for direct printing of photos between various brands of digital still cameras and printers without the use of a computer.

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The FE-120 supports Print Image Matching (PIM3). What is Print Image Matching?

Print Image Matching (PIM3) technology ensures that PIM3-enabled digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify the print-specific information for each image captured, to provide superior color, quality and detail in every print.

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What are the dimensions of the FE-120?

The FE-120 is 4.2” W x 2.2” H x 1.4” D (106mm x 56mm x 36mm).

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What recording modes does the FE-120 support?

The FE-120 records still images in JPEG format and movies in QuickTime motion JPEG format. Each mode has multiple resolution options depending upon which image quality mode is selected.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the FE-120?

Image quality modes dictate the size (pixel resolution) and compression ratio of the digital files created by the camera when it records pictures and movies. As resolution and image quality increase, so does the file size, which means fewer files can be stored.

Image file quality is indicated as SHQ (Super High Quality), HQ (High Quality), SQ1 (Standard Quality) and SQ2 (Standard Quality with greater compression). Movie file quality is indicated as HQ and SQ.

The FE-120 supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 2816 x 2112 (SHQ / HQ); 1600 x 1200 (SQ1); and 640 x 480 (SQ2).

Movies: 320 x 240 (HQ / SQ). Movies shot in HQ mode record at a rate of 30 frames per second. Those shot in SQ mode record at a rate of 15 frames per second.

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Does the FE-120 have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

No.  The FE-120 records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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What recording media does the FE-120 support?

The FE-120 can record data to internal memory and to optional removable media. It has 14MB of internal memory for storage. It will also accept* xD-Picture Cards™ in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. (A 32MB xD-Picture Card comes packaged with the camera.

The FE-120 supports Type M+, Type M, Type H and Standard xD-Picture Card media.

*Certain camera functions require the use of an xD-Picture Card.

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Can the FE-120 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The FE-120 has 14MB of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the FE-120 compatible with Olympus' two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-120 compatible with Olympus' high-speed Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-120 compatible with Olympus' Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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What is the difference between Olympus' Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card™ media?

The Type H card provides improved write speeds (two to three times that of other types of xD-Picture Card media) so images and movies will be saved and formatted to the card more quickly. This means there will be less time to wait between shots.

Each Type H card also comes with a unique authorization code for OLYMPUS Master 1.4 software that, when entered, enables new editing features that can enhance digital photographs with Watercolor, Oil painting, Cartoon Art and 3-D effects.

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How many images can the FE-120 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the FE-120 can hold in its internal memory and in a variety of optional xD-Picture Cards™.  The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Number of storable images
Image quality Image size Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 2816 x 2112 3 3 7 14 29 59 118 236 472
HQ 2816  x 2112 9 10 21 43 86 173 347 695 1,390
SQ1 1600  x 1200 28 32 64 128 257 515 1,030 2,063 4,126
SQ2 640  x  480 144 165 331 664 1,330 2,663 5,324 10,660 21,320

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How many movies can the FE-120 hold?

The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the FE-120 can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Cards™. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Recording length (h:mm:ss)
Recording quality Resolution Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
HQ 320 x 240
(30 frames
per second)
0:21 0:24 0:48 1:36 3:13 6:27 12:54 25:50 51:40
SQ 320 x 240
(15 frames
per second)
0:42 0:48 1:36 3:13 6:26 12:54 25:48 51:40 1:43:20

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What shooting modes are available on the FE-120?

Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded when the shutter button is pressed and how much control the photographer has over the camera settings. Most shooting modes are selected by pressing the shooting mode button (red camera icon) and turning the mode dial so that the appropriate icon or text is aligned with the gray oval to the left of the dial. Additional or alternate steps, if required, are detailed in the descriptions below.

The following shooting modes are available on the FE-120:

  • Program Auto mode (Capital letter "P"): The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture, shutter speed based and ISO sensitivity for the shooting conditions. The photographer may manipulate other settings via camera menus. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera uses the current values of those settings.
    Because the factory default for some settings is "AUTO," the camera initially retains control of them. For example, the camera will use the same white balance value in Program Auto shooting mode that it will in the Full Auto shooting mode unless you manually change the white balance setting to something other than "AUTO."
  • Full Auto mode (the word "AUTO"): The camera automatically adjusts all camera settings based on current shooting conditions. The camera determines the proper values at the point of image capture, bypassing any values the photographer may have previously changed via the menus for use in Program Auto mode.
  • Scene mode (various icons or the word "Scene"): The camera automatically adjusts settings to produce the optimum results for a particular combination of shooting conditions, or "scene." Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, color saturation, white balance, flash mode, and exposure compensation may be affected. (However, the photographer may manually override some of these settings.) When using this mode, the photographer must select the scene that matches the shooting conditions.
    There are 16 scenes available on the FE-120. The six most commonly used scenes are accessible directly from the mode dial via their respective icons; the others can be activated from the Scene Select menu.
    To access the Scene Select menu, first press the shootingmode button (red camera icon). Next, turn themode dial to "Scene,' and then press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the selection.
  • Movie mode (Movie Projector icon): The camera captures video in QuickTime Motion-JPEG format. The camera automatically maintains the focus and exposure even when the distance to the subject changes. The camera flash is disabled in Movie mode. Noise reductino is automatically enabled when the subject is dark.
  • Sequential Shooting mode: The camera continues to rapidly shoot frames until the shutter button is released. The flash is disabled in this mode. Exposure, focus and white balance are locked at the first frame.
    To enter sequential shooting mode, first press the shootingm ode button (red camera icon). Next, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to enter the next menu. Press the Down arrow to select [ON], and then press the [OK/MENU] button again to activate the mode.
  • 2-in-1 mode: The camera combines two half-frame pictures taken in succession and stores them, side-by-side, as a single file. The first captured image will be positioned on the left half of the frame in the merged picture; the second image will appear on the right. After the 2-in-1 file is saved, the camera will return to the Mode menu.
    To enter 2-in-1 mode, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Press the Right arrow button to access the Mode menu. By default, the [Camera] options menu will be selected. Press the Right arrow button to access the camera options. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll to the [2 in 1] item. Press the Right arrow button to activate the mode. Compose the first shot, and press the shutter button. Compose the second shot, and press the shutter button again. The camera willt hen merge the two images. Finally, press [OK/MENU] to quit the mode.
    2-in-1 mode will be canceled if the mode dial is operated, the camera enters Sleep Mode, or the [OK/MENU] button is pressed before the second image is captured. In such cases, the first image will not be saved.
    When using 2-in-1 mode, panorama and sequential shooting functions are disabled.

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What scenes are available in Scene Mode?

The FE-120's scene mode features 16 scenes. Each is designed to produce optimum results for a specific combination of shooting conditions. Simply identify the current shooting conditions and select the appropriate scene. The camera will then automatically enable and calibrate all the settings necessary to take a great picture. With scene mode, even a novice photographer can become an "instant expert."

The six most commonly used scenes are accessible directly from the mode dial; to choose one, simply press the shooting mode button (red camera icon) and turn the dial so that its associated icon is aligned with the gray plastic oval to the left of the dial.

The remaining scenes are activated from the Scene Select menu. To choose one of these scenes, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, turn the mode dial to "Scene," and then press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Down arrow to enter the Scene Select menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll through the available scenes. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the selection.

To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, first presst he [OK/MENU] button. Press the Down arrow to re-enter the Scene Select menu. Use the arrow pad to select a new scene, and press the [OK/MENU] button a second time to activate the new selection.

The following scenes are available on the FE-120:

  • Portrait (Head icon): Portrait mode is suitable for capturing a portrait-style image of a person, such as the head-and-shoulders shot typical of yearbooks. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.
  • Landscape (Mountains icon): This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. Blues and greens are enhanced in order to vividly reproduce natural scenery. Both the foregrond and background will be kept in focus.
  • Night Scene (Moon and star over mountains icon): This mode is ideal for taking pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this mode.
  • Sport (Sprinting figure icon): This mode is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
  • Landscape + Portrait (Icon of a person standing in front of mountains): This mode allows both the foreground subject and a background landscape to be in focus under daylight conditions.  The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
  • Night + Portrait (Icon of person standing beneath moon and star): This mode is suitable for shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camer in this mode.
  • Self-portrait ("Scene"): This mode lets you take a picture of yourself while you are holding the camera. Point the lens toward yourself, and the focus will lock onto you. The camera fixes the zoom in the wide position while in this scene mode.
  • Indoor ("Scene"): This mode is suitable for taking pictures ofindoor gatherings. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly.
  • Beach ("Scene"): This mode is suitable for taking picures at the beach under blue skies. Blues, greens and whites are reproduced vividly.
  • Snow ("Scene"): This mode is suitable for photographing snowy vistas. Whites, blues and greens are reproduced vividly.
  • Fireworks ("Scene"): This mode is suitable for capturing fireworks against a night sky. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod in this mode to prevent blur due to camera shake.
  • Sunset ("Scene"): In this mode, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod to help avoid blur from camera shake.
  • Cuisine ("Scene"): This mode is ideal for still-life photography. The camera increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject.
  • Candle ("Scene"): This mode is ideal for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors.
  • Behind glass ("Scene"): This mode is ideal for photographing subjects through glass.
  • Available Light Portrait ("Scene"): This mode is suitable for capturing subjects in low-light conditions without a flash.

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What Playback modes are available in the FE-120?

Playback modes display captured still images or movies on the LCD monitor so you can review, manipulate, or erase them. To use a playback mode, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), located to the right of the LCD monitor. Next, follow the instructions as noted in the descriptions below.

The FE-120 has the following still-image Playback modes:

  • Single Frame: View the contents of your camera memory or media card one file at a time. Use the arrow pad to advance one frame forward (Right arrow) or backward (Left arrow), or to jump ahead (Down arrow) or back (Up arrow) 10 frames. If the current frame is fewer than 10 frames from the first frame or the last frame, the Up and Down arrows will instead jump to the first or final frame, respectively.
  • Index: Display thumbnails of your images and movies on the LCD. Press the Wide Zoom button (“W”) toward the green grid icon to view the index. The files will be displayed in a layout of 4, 9 or 16 frames at a time. The number of frames is determined by a menu setting.

    While in Index Playback mode, you can use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it. Press the Telephoto Zoom button ("T") toward the magnifying glass icon to return to Single-Frame Playback mode; the selected image or movie file will be displayed on the LCD.
  • Close-up: Enlarge the selected frame for closer inspection. Press the Telephoto Zoom button ("T") toward the magnifying glass icon to increase the size of the image. Each time the button is pressed, the image will get bigger, up to a maximum 5x magnification. While viewing an enlarged image, you can use the arrow pad to move around within the frame.
  • Slideshow: Display all still images from your camera’s internal memory or media card in succession. The camera automatically advances through the frames at a rate of approximately one frame every three seconds.

    To run a Slideshow, press the [OK/MENU] button and then press the Up arrow toward the icon of three stacked photographs, the top one featuring a playback arrow. The show will start immediately and repeat indefinitely. Press the [OK/MENU] button to end the Slideshow.
    Four transition options are available:

    Normal: One image replaces the next.

    Slide: The new image slides into place from the right side of the screen to the left, overlaying the previous image as it arrives.

    Fader: The existing image gradually dissolves, revealing the new image.

    Zoom: The existing image is proportionally reduced in size, shrinking from full-frame until it disappears from the center of the LCD. The new image then appears in the center of the LCD and then rapidly grows, proportionally, until it fills the screen.

  • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction. Press the [OK/MENU] button to access the Playback menu, then press the Right arrow button to access the Mode menu. Press the Right arow again to access the Play menu. The Rotation tool is topmost in the menu, so it will be selected automatically. Press the Right arrow button a third time to reveal the rotation options. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired layout, and then press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the selection. The camera will present the image in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press the [OK/MENU] button again to exit the menu.

The FE-120 has the following movie Playback mode:

  • Normal: Play a movie file on the LCD. Press the [OK/MENU] button, and then press the Up arrow button to select [MOVIE PLAY]. When the movie ends, you will have the choice to restart or cancel the movie. Use the Up or Down arrow to make your selection, and then press the [OK/MENU] button to activate it.

    To pause a movie mid-stream, simply press the [OK/MENU] button. Press it again, and you will be prompted to restart or exit Playback. use the Up or Down arrow button to make your selection, and then press [OK/MENU] to activate it.
  • Reverse: Play the movie backward. During playback, press the Left arrow button to rewind the movie.
  • Frame-by-frame: Play the movie one frame at a time in either direction. During playback, press the [OK/MENU] button to pause the movie. Next, press the Left or Right arrow button to resume playback (backward or forward, respectively) one frame at a time.

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What in-camera editing functions does the FE-120 offer?

The FE-120 lets you resize your stored still images, add frames (borders) to them and apply black-and-white or sepia filters to them. It allows you to snip clips from your movies and save the excerpts as separate files, and it also lets you create a Frame Index - a still image file consisting of nine separate images excerpted at regular intervals from a movie file. The Frame Index provides a representative look at the content of the entire movie.

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What Auto Focus method does the FE-120 use?

The FE-120 uses iESP (Intelligent Electro Selective Pattern) auto focus. In this mode, the camera determines what subject to give focus. It analyzes the entire image and detects the area of greatest contrast (generally, this will be the border where your subject meets the background) and focuses on that area. For this reason, focusing is possible even when the subject is not in the center of the frame.

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Is it possible to manually focus the FE-120?

Occasionally it is desirable to have the ability to manually focus a digital camera. A good example is shooting through the windows of a tour bus on a rainy day. The camera may choose to focus on the raindrops on the window rather than the actual subject.

Although the FE-120 does not offer a manual focus mode, you can use the Focus Lock feature to force the camera to focus on your intended subject.

First, choose a test subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject. Compose the shot in the LCD monitor. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at this distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

TIP: If you see a blinking green light in the upper left of the LCD monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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Does the FE-120 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-120’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.9” (.2 meters) to 23.6” (.6 meters). This means that your subject must be between 7.9” and 23.6” away from the camera in order to be in focus.

To use Macro mode, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, press the Up arrow toward the icon of the flower. This will launch the Macro mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrows to select the Macro icon (flower), and then press the [OK] button to activate the selection.

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Does the FE-120 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-120’s Super Macro mode has an operating distance of .8” (20mm). The zoom is fixed in Super Macro mode, and the flash is disabled..

To use Super Macro mode, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, press the Up arrow toward the icon of a flower. This will launch the Macro mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrows to select the Super Macro icon (flower preceded by the letter “s”), and then press the [OK] button to activate the selection.

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What metering mode does the FE-120 offer?

The FE-120 supports Digital ESP multi-pattern metering. This approach meters separately the brightness at the center of the frame and that of the surrounding area in order to produce an exposure with balanced brightness.

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Can I change ISO sensitivity in the FE-120?

No. The FE-120 automatically sets ISO sensitivity in all shooting modes. Its range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 50-320.

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Can I change the white balance in the FE-120?

Yes, in Program Auto mode it is possible to manually set the white balance. The FE-120 automatically sets the White Balance in Full Auto mode and in Scene mode.

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What software is bundled with the FE-120? What can it do?

OLYMPUS Master is application software for editing images taken with a digital camera on a computer. Installing it on your computer lets you do the following:

  • Download images from the camera or other media.
  • View images and movies. You can run a slideshow accompanied by background sound.
  • Manage images. You can organize your images using the calendar display. Search for the image you want by date or keyword.
  • Edit images. You can rotate images, trim them and change the size.
  • Enhance and retouch images. Add filters, remove “red eye,” embellish with art and 3-D effects.1
  • Print images. You can print images as is or incorporate them into indexes, calendars and postcards.
  • Make panoramic images. You can make panoramas using images captured on Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media.

For details regarding these and other functions and operations, refer to the application’s “Help” guide and the OLYMPUS Master reference manual.

1Art and 3-D effects require serial number provided with specially marked Olympus brand Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card media. The features are also available in the OLYMPUS Master Plus upgrade.

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What kind of batteries should I use to power my FE-120?

The FE-120 accepts two “AA” nickel metal hydride or alkaline batteries, or one lithium (CR-V3) battery pack. “AA” manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries cannot be used with the FE-120.

NiMH batteries are more economical in the long run because they are rechargeable. If you choose to use alkaline batteries, purchase products with capacity ratings of 2300 mAh (milliamp-hours) or higher and that state on the label they are designed for high-drain electronic devices such as digital cameras.

Olympus brand NiMH batteries are intended for use only with Olympus digital cameras. Do not use these batteries with any other device.

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Does Olympus sell a battery charger compatible with my FE-120?

Olympus offers a NiMH Quick Charger and Battery Set (B-90SU), which includes the BU-400 NiMH Quick Charger and four AA-size 2300mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries. The charger can hold up to four AA or two AA and two AAA batteries and can charge them simultaneously.

The kit (Item #200899) can be purchased from Olympus’ online store. To order, click here.

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How long will it take to recharge my NiMH batteries?

The BU-400 NiMH Quick Charger can recharge two AA NiMH batteries in about two hours, and it can charge four in about 4 ¼ hours. New NiMH batteries come partially charged, so the first time you charge them should take less time than subsequent charges.

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Does Olympus sell an AC adapter compatible with my FE-120?

Olympus offers a 110/120 volt AC adapter (E-7AU). It is ideal for conserving battery life and is especially useful when downloading files to a computer, for extended work in a studio, during printing, or when viewing images while connected to your TV or VCR.

Do not connect or disconnect the AC adapter while the camera is turned on. Doing so could affect the camera’s internal settings or functions. Be sure to read the instruction manual for the AC adapter.

To purchase the E-7AU AC adapter (Item #200751-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Are my rechargeable batteries being charged when the AC adapter is plugged in to the FE-120?

No. When the AC adapter is connected, power is drawn from the AC current even if there are batteries in the camera. Rechargeable batteries are not recharged when the AC adapter is in use.

Olympus recommends using the BU-400 NiMH Quick Charger to charge your NiMH batteries for use in the FE-120.

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Do I need to have a computer to share my images and movies?

No. You can show off your images and movies by using the LCD monitor. There are also many photo-processing centers that can make traditional photo prints from your digital files.

Note: Any shots recorded to the camera’s internal memory must first be transferred to a supported memory card in order to be printed at a commercial photo-processing center. Use the BACKUP feature to transfer data from internal memory to a media card.

To realize the full capabilities of your digital camera, a computer is recommended.

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Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

The FE-120 is packaged with a printed Quick Start Guide, a Basic Manual and an Advanced Manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a basic manual that introduces the camera’s features and offers an overview of care and usage tips. The Advanced Manual is in PDF format; it can be found on the CD-ROM included with the camera. Adobe Acrobat software, which is also provided on CD-ROM, is necessary to view the PDF file.

The manuals can also be downloaded from the product support page for this model on the Olympus web site.

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Should I charge NiMH batteries before using them in the FE-120?

Yes.

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Must my NiMH batteries be completely drained before I re-charge them?

It depends on the batteries' manufacturer. Repeatedly re-charging Olympus brand NiMH batteries before using up their capacity will shorten the life of the batteries per charge.

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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in the FE-120?

The FE-120 will accept third-party xD-Picture Card media. However, Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media are required to use the [PANORAMA] camera function and certain image-enhancing effects available in the included Olympus Master software.

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Can I move images from the internal memory to a flash memory card?

Yes, the [BACK UP] feature will transfer images from the camera’s internal memory to an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card.  It does not, however, delete those images from the internal memory.

To perform a backup, insert an xD-Picture Card flash memory card into the camera and then turn the camera on. Press the [MENU] button, located beneath the LCD monitor. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [BACK UP]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [YES]. Press the [OK] button to start the file transfer.

The backup procedure takes some time. It is recommended that you fully charge your battery before performing a backup.

Note: It is not possible to copy images from the media card to the camera’s internal memory.

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How do I know if the FE-120 is recording to its internal memory or to my flash memory card?

The internal memory and a removable memory card cannot be used at the same time. When a supported memory card is inserted into the camera, captured images and movies are no longer written to the internal memory. To use the internal memory, you must remove the memory card.

The FE-120 indicates which memory mode is active by displaying a memory status icon on the LCD screen. It will show [IN] when it is using internal memory and [xD] when it is working with xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media.

In all shooting modes, the memory status icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD screen, just above the remaining capacity value. In Playback mode, the icon will appear along the top of the LCD screen.

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Which image quality mode should I use when I shoot my images?

The best way to determine which image quality mode is best for any shot is to decide – before you shoot – how you will use the captured image.

The default HQ mode is ideal if you plan to print your images in the standard 4” x 6” snapshot size. It’s great for scrapbooking or for printing from the kiosks often found at drugstores, camera stores or retailers with on-site photo-processing labs.

If you are planning to e-mail your images or post them to a web site, use an image quality mode with a lower resolution, such as SQ1. The images will still look great when viewed on a computer, and their smaller file sizes will allow you to store more images on your media card.

Generally speaking, you should only use the highest-quality option if you are planning to print the images larger than 4” x 6” or if you intend to use them for professional or commercial purposes.

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How can I review my images in the camera?

By default, the FE-120 will briefly display the last image taken after the shutter button is released. If you would like a longer look, press the playback mode button (green arrow icon). You will then have three options:

  • Use the Single-Frame playback mode to scroll through all the images in your internal memory or on your memory card, a single frame at a time. Use the arrow pad to navigate through your files.
  • Use the Index playback mode to view thumbnails of several images at once.
  • Use the Slide Show feature to view all of your still images in succession.

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How can I change the number of images displayed at one time in Index playback mode?

The number of images displayed in Index mode is determined by the Index setting on the Playback menu. To change this value, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and then press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to access the Mode Menu. Press the Down arrow repeatedly to reach the Setup menu. Press the Right arrow button to access the Setup menu settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll through the menu to the Index item (grid icon). Press the Right arrow to activate the Index options submenu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired number of frames. Then press the [OK/MENU] button twice to exit the menus.

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How can I change the transition format of my slideshows?

The FE-120 offers four transition options for its slideshows: [Normal], [Slide], [Fader], and [Zoom]. The default is [Normal.] To select a different transition option, press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and then press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to access the Mode menu. Press the Down arrow repeatedly to select the Setup menu. Next, press the Right arrow button to access the Setup menu options. Press the Up arrow to select the Slideshow Setup item (icon of three photographs beside the word “Setup”). Press the Right arrow button to reveal the transition options. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired transition. Finally, press the [OK/MENU] button twice to activate the selection and exit the menu.

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How do I set the date and time on the FE-120?

The easiest way to access the clock controls is to turn the mode dial to [AUTO], press the [OK/MENU] button, and then press the Down arrow button to select the clock icon.

Use the Up and Down arrow to select a date format, and then press the Right arrow. Set the month, day, year, hour and minutes using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The FE-120 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK/MENU] button to set the values and exit the menu.

The date and time settings will be returned to the factory defaults if the camera is left without batteries for approximately three days. Custom settings may be canceled more quickly if the batteries were only loaded into the camera for a short time before being removed. Before taking important pictures, check that the date and time are correct.

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How do I change the display language of the menus?

The easiest way to change the language of the display menus is to turn the mode dial to [AUTO], press the [OK/MENU] button and then press the Right arrow button to access the Setup menu. Next, use the Down arrow button to navigate to the icon of the head and word balloon. Press the Right arrow to enter the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose a new language, and then press the [OK/MENU] button twice to activate the new setting and exit the menu.

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Is there a way to add additional display languages to my camera?

The FE-120 has built-in support for four languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. A fifth language of your choice can be added via a firmware download. There is no charge associated with this download.

To add a language, you must first install onto a computer the Olympus Master software that was packaged with your camera. After installation, use the included USB cable to connect the camera to the computer. Launch Olympus Master, click on the “Update Camera” icon, and follow the on-screen prompts. (An Internet connection is required for this function.)

The following warning will appear during the installation of the additional language: “Once the firmware is updated, it cannot be returned to the previous menu.”

The original languages will remain in the camera, and the new one will be appended to the bottom of the menu. Once added, the new language can be enabled just as you would choose any other supported language. If you later wish to add another language, you may exchange the fifth language for any one of the other languages available via the firmware download by repeating this process.

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How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the FE-120?

First, press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, turn the mode dial to any setting except [AUTO]. Press the Down arrow in the direction of the exposure compensation icon (“+” and “-” signs against a background split diagonally between black and white). Then use the arrow pad to make the image brighter (Up arrow) or darker (Down arrow). The value can be adjusted +/- 2 EV in 1/2 EV increments. Press the [OK/MENU] button to apply the setting.

Note: Exposure compensation may not produce the desired brightness on the subject if the area in the frame surrounding the subject is extremely bright or extremely dark.

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How do I adjust the white balance in the FE-120?

With the mode dial set to Program Auto mode (“P”), press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to access the Mode menu. Use the Down arrow to choose the [Picture] menu, and then press the Right arrow button to select [WB]. Press the Right arrow button again to view the available white balance options. Use the Up or Down arrow button to select the desired setting, and then press the [OK/MENU] button again to activate the selection.

Note: In scene mode, some scenes will automatically adjust the White Balance, ignoring the setting defined on this menu.

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Will my custom settings be retained after I turn off the power?

The [ALL RESET] feature gives you the flexibility to decide. When [ALL RESET] is set to [OFF], your custom settings will be retained when the power is turned off. When [ALL RESET] is set to [ON], the factory default settings will be restored each time the power is turned off.

To restore the factory default settings, turn the mode dial to [AUTO] and then press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to access the [SETUP] menu. Next, press the Down arrow button to reach [ALL RESET]. Press the Right arrow button to access the reset options, and use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON]. Press the [OK/MENU] button twice to activate the setting and exit the menu. The next time the camera is powered off, the factory default settings will be enabled.

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored.

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Can the FE-120 capture audio along with my still images and movies?

No. The FE-120 does not have a microphone, so it cannot record audio with your still images or movies.

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How do I erase an image that I do not wish to keep?

First, press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to scroll through your saved images and select the one you wish to delete. Then press the Erase button (red trashcan icon). Next, use the Up or Down arrow to select “Yes.” Finally, press the [OK/MENU] button to erase the selected image or movie file.

Erased files cannot be retrieved, so use this feature carefully.

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How can I erase all my images at once?

The FE-120 includes an [ALL ERASE] function to quickly and conveniently remove all files saved to the internal memory or to a media card. To use this feature, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Next, press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to access the Mode menu. Use the Down arrow button to navigate to [CARD]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the CARD options submenu. By default, [ALL ERASE] will already be selected. Press the Right arrow button to advance to the next screen. Use the Up arrow button to select [YES], and then press the [OK/MENU] button. All unprotected images and movie files will be removed.

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What can I do to prevent accidental file deletion?

The Protect feature prevents selected files from being deleted even when an [ERASE] or [ALL ERASE] function is performed. However, protected files will be deleted by a [FORMAT] operation.

To protect a file, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to scroll through your saved files and find the one you wish to protect. Press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Down arrow to select the Protect button (key icon). The selected image or movie file will be protected. To remove the protection, simply repeat the procedure.

When a file is protected, a green key icon appears atop its preview whenever that file is displayed on the camera’s LCD screen. The key is displayed even when the camera is set to Index mode.

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I purchased the FE-120, and the box was missing a component. How do I get a replacement?

Please visit the Olympus Customer Service web site to report the missing component. Click here, fill out the requested fields, and then click Send to submit your request for assistance form. Please allow up to 48 hours for our Customer Service Representatives to respond via e-mail to your question.

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The FE-120 does not recognize my flash memory card. What can I do?

First, refer to the xD-Picture Card™ Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

The FE-120 may not recognize a non-Olympus brand memory card or a card that has been formatted on another device, such as a card reader or personal computer. As a general rule, xD-Picture Card media should only be formatted in the camera. Card readers should only be used to copy files from the memory card to an external device.

You may be able to use the card with this camera if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a memory card will delete all content on the card.

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When I put my xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card into my camera and turn it on, I get a “Card Error” message. What can I do?

This message occurs when the camera is unable to recognize the memory card or when an attempt to format a card fails.

If you see this message after inserting a brand new card, refer to the xD-Picture Card Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

If the card is supported, it may need to be cleaned. Wipe the gold contacts of the card with alcohol using a soft cloth or tissue. When the contacts are dry, insert the card and turn the camera on.

If the Card Error message still appears, remove the card and insert a different (supported) card into the camera. If the camera reads the second card, then the camera is working properly and the problem lies with the original card.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a memory card will delete all content on the card.

If you receive this error message after a failed attempt to format the memory card, the card may be defective. For assistance, contact Olympus’ Customer Service and Repair Center using any of the following methods:

Phone: 800-622-6372

E-mail: cpgwebmail@olympus.com

URL: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_servicerepair.asp

Note: Olympus does not offer a service to recover data from corrupted memory cards; however, a number of companies do offer this service. In addition, commercial software now exists that may help you to retrieve files from a corrupt card. Olympus does not endorse any particular brand, but you can find many applicable products by searching the Internet for “Digital image recovery.”

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I am no longer able to display images that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see images that were saved to my memory card. How can I see my other images?

When a memory card has been inserted into the camera, the pictures in the internal memory cannot be played back. Turn off the camera. Pull out the memory card. Then you will be able to view images in your camera’s internal memory.

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Every time I turn off my camera, my custom settings are discarded. How can I retain them for use the next time I turn on the camera?

Change the [ALL RESET] value to [OFF].

To do so, turn the mode dial to [AUTO] and then press the [OK/MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to access the [SETUP] menu. Next, press the Down arrow button to reach [ALL RESET]. Press the Right arrow button to access the reset options, and use the Up or Down arrow to select [OFF]. Press the [OK/MENU] button twice to activate the setting and exit the menu.

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored.

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What should I do if I cannot focus on a particular subject?

Try the FOCUS LOCK feature. This feature allows you to focus on a subject roughly the same distance away from you as the intended subject and then re-compose your picture without losing that focus.

First, choose a subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject. Compose the shot using the LCD monitor. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at the appropriate distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

TIP: If you see a blinking green light on the monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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A small, bright dot always appears in the same spot on all my downloaded images. What can I do?

This is caused by the failure of one or more pixels on the CCD. Run the Pixel Mapping feature to check and adjust the CCD sensor and image-processing functions. Wait about one minute after taking or viewing pictures to allow the Pixel Mapping function to perform properly. If the camera is turned off during pixel mapping, you must start over.

To do so, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, press the [Menu] button. Use the arrow pad to select [PIXEL MAPPING], then press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [START]. Press the [OK] button to activate pixel mapping.

Once the process has completed, the bright dot should no longer appear in images you subsequently capture and download.

To learn more about how Pixel Mapping works, click here.

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I want to use a camera function, but it is not accessible from the menu. What is wrong?

The following functions are disabled unless an xD-Picture Card™ is inserted into the camera’s media slot: [BACKUP], [FORMAT], [PANORAMA].

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When I print images on my printer or take them to my local photo lab for 4”x6” prints, the top and bottom of my pictures are cut off. Why is this happening?

The FE-120 shoots in a default aspect ratio of 4:3. A 4”x6” print has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Therefore, an image taken with the FE-120 contains more information than can fit in a 4”x6” frame. When the image is enlarged and centered in the 3:2 frame, a little bit of the image is cut off the top and bottom.

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I can rotate some of my pictures in Playback mode, but not all of them. Why not?

The images that cannot be rotated may be Protected, or they may not have been taken by this camera.

The [ROTATE] tool alters a digital file by modifying its layout. However, the Protect tool prohibits changes to Protected digital files. Therefore, Protected files cannot be rotated.

If you wish to rotate a Protected image, you must first remove the Protection. Then you can use the [ROTATE] tool to turn the image. You can re-apply the Protection to the file after it has been rotated.

Images taken by other cameras can be input to the FE-120 via removable media cards. Such pictures can be identified by their Playback size. The images will appear smaller in the LCD monitor (e.g. not full-screen) and will be surrounded by a black border. These images may not be able to be rotated.

Movie files cannot be rotated. Movies are identified by the green movie projector icons that appear over the files when the camera is in Playback mode.

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Why do I get blurry images?

Blurry images are often the result of movement during image capture. Either the camera was not held still – a phenomenon called “camera shake” – or the subject was moving and the camera did not fire with a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

Click here for tips on how to prevent blurry pictures.

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Why are my images blurry when I shoot in "Night Scene" mode?

Night Scene mode is designed to help you capture better exposures outdoors in low-light conditions. The camera holds the shutter open longer than it would in other situations, allowing more light to reach the CCD. Because the shutter is open longer, it is very important to keep both the camera and the subject still. Camera motion during image capture will result in blurry pictures.

Click here for more information on Night Scene mode.

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In portraits taken indoors or in low light, my subject’s eyes are unnaturally red. How can I prevent this from happening?

The effect known as “red-eye” occurs when the light emitted from the camera flash bounces off the back of the subject’s retina. The red color is picked up from the blood vessels behind the eyes and displayed in the resulting image.

To avoid or minimize red-eye when shooting in low light with the flash, use Red-Eye Reduction mode. In this mode, the flash fires a few bursts before the shot is actually taken. The bursts of light cause the pupils of your subject’s eyes to contract, providing a smaller angle through which the reflected light can escape. The result is that the effect of the reflected light is less noticeable in your captured images.

To enable Red-Eye Reduction mode, first put the camera in any shooting mode and then press the Right arrow button toward the jagged arrow icon. Press the Down arrow button to select the button with the eye icon. Press the [OK/MENU] button to activate the mode.

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How can I correct “red-eye” in my existing images?

The Olympus Master software bundled with the FE-120 has a feature that can remove or minimize the effects of “red-eye” in existing images. It can even be used to remove or minimize green or blue reflections commonly seen in the eyes of wildlife.

To use the tool, launch Olympus Master and click on the “Browse Images” icon. Select a picture to edit and then press the Edit button on the menu. (A dialog will appear; click on the [OK] button to close it.) Press the Red-Eye icon on the toolbar. A window will open on the right side of the application. Follow the instructions in this window to correct the red-eye in your selected image. When finished, press the “Apply” button.

Press the Back button to return to the Browse view.

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Why do the whites (or blacks) in my pictures look so gray?

Your camera's exposure system evaluates light reflecting from your subject and selects an aperture and shutter speed combination that will represent your subject in an approximate average tone (not too bright and not too dark). Pros refer to this as “18% gray.” This works well for almost all your shooting situations except when your subject happens to be darker or lighter than an average tone.

The FE-120 allows you to override the exposure value in order to intentionally brighten or darken your images. Click here for more information on when and how to manually adjust the camera’s exposure value.

Additionally, the FE-120 gives you another option for capturing images that contain lots of white space. The “Snow” shooting mode is calibrated to amplify bright whites in order to make pictures taken in snowy conditions more vibrant. You may be able to use the Snow scene mode to achieve better results capturing images whose foregrounds or backgrounds are dominated by whites.

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All of the shots I take indoors have a {yellowish | greenish | etc.} tint. Why is that?

Possibly, the light source used to illuminate the subjects of your pictures was different from what the camera expected.

All light has a particular wavelength, which is associated with a specific color and temperature (measured in degrees Kelvin). The flash on the FE-120 is balanced to the temperature of midday sunlight – about 5500 degrees K. Tungsten light bulbs such as are found in common household lamps have a color temperature of about 3200 degrees K; these emit a yellowish aura. Fluorescent bulbs, often found in offices, tend to be more in the range of 4000 degrees K and generate light in the green spectrum.

The human eye automatically adjusts so that, for example, the color white always looks white regardless of the light source. However, a digital camera’s CCD can detect subtle variations in temperature; these gradations are most visible on a white subject.

By default, the FE-120 will attempt to correctly determine what white should look like for any given light source via Auto White Balance. It does this by determining how strongly the light deviates from neutral white light and then calibrating all color temperatures to scale so that white looks white on your images. However, sometimes it will be necessary to “tell” the camera what type of light source your are shooting under to achieve better color reproduction.

In Program Auto mode, the FE-120 lets you set the white balance to one of four pre-set color temperatures – that of sunny daylight, cloudy daylight, tungsten lamp, or fluorescent lamp. Choosing a specific white balance setting optimizes the camera to reproduce colors correctly under that light source rather then relying on a comparative calibration process such as Auto White Balance. Keep in mind; if you manually change the white balance setting from the default (AUTO) and take new images in Program Auto mode, the camera will use the pre-set white balance value you chose previously, even if it is not appropriate for the current shot. Simply change White Balance back to Auto.

If your prints consistently show an unnatural tint, check to see that the white balance setting is appropriate for your shooting conditions.

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