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FE-140

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What are the main features of the FE-140?

Designed with simplicity in mind, the FE-140 is loaded with features that will help you capture fantastic images and movies even if you have never before used a digital camera.

Its one-touch design puts camera features 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.

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. As you become more familiar with the features and options available on this model, you can use the convenient mode dial to choose your preferred shooting modes. There are 22 shooting and scene modes in all, and each is optimized to help you get the best possible results for the shooting conditions.

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode minimizes or eliminates the effects of blurring caused by camera shake or moving subjects.

The FE-140 sports a 6.0-megapixel CCD, a TruePic TURBO™ image processor, and a 12x seamless zoom (3x optical, 4x digital). It is PictBridge-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. When using this model with the included Olympus Master software and an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ (sold separately), you can create stunning panoramic images. An on-screen Panorama target mark helps you to compose your shots.

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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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The FE-140 has a Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode. What is it, and how does it work?

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode is designed to reduce the blurring effect that occurs when either the camera or the subject is in motion during image capture. Images taken in low light are particularly susceptible to blurring because the shutter is held open longer in order to expose the CCD to enough light to capture the picture.

When the camera is in Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode, the light sensitivity of the CCD is boosted so that the shutter speed can stay fast enough to freeze motion. The adjustment is made automatically when the level of ambient light would be insufficient to maintain a shutter speed of 1/125 at ISO 64.

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How does Digital Image Stabilization mode compare to Optical Image Stabilization available in other, more expensive cameras?

Digital Image Stabilization mode is more effective than Optical Image Stabilization in three key respects:

  • Capturing subjects in motion: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity combined with a fast shutter speed minimizes blur caused by camera movement (shaky hands) and subject movement. Optical Image Stabilization is incapable of compensating for a moving subject.
  • Taking pictures in low light: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity enables the camera to take brighter pictures in dim light; the same picture taken with Optical Image Stabilization alone will be darker.
  • Consuming less power: Digital Image Stabilization does not require any additional power; Optical Image Stabilization drains batteries more quickly.

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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-140 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-140 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-140?

The FE-140 is 3.8” W x 2.5” H x 1.0” D (96mm x 63mm x 26mm) – perfect for pocket or purse.

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What recording modes does the FE-140 support?

The FE-140 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-140?

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-140 supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 2816 x 2112 (SHQ / HQ); 2048 x 1536 (SQ1); and 640 x 480 (SQ2).

Movies: 320 x 240 (HQ); 160 x 120 (SQ). All movies are recorded at a rate of 15 frames per second.

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Does the FE-140 have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

No. The FE-140 records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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What recording media does the FE-140 support?

The FE-140 can record data to internal memory and to optional removable media. It has 22MB 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.

The FE-140 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-140 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The FE-140 has 22MB of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the FE-140 compatible with Olympus' two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-140 compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-140 compatible with Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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How many images can the FE-140 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the FE-140 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 5 3 7 14 29 59 118 236 472
HQ 2816 x 2112 14 10 21 43 86 173 347 695 1,390
SQ1 2048 x 1536 27 20 40 81 162 326 652 1,305 2,610
SQ2 640 x 480 226 165 331 664 1,330 2,663 5,324 10,658 21,316

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How many movies can the FE-140 hold?

The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the FE-140 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
(15 frames
per second)
Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
HQ 320 x 240 1:05 0:48 1:36 3:13 6:26 12:54 25:48 51:40 1:43:20
SQ 160 x 120 4:49 3:13 7:04 14:09 28:21 56:46 1:53:29 3:47:11 7:34:22

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What shooting modes are available on the FE-140?

Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded 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 red LED light 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-140:

  • 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.
  • Scene mode (Various icons or the letters "SCN"): 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 19 scenes available on the FE-140. The five 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 shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, turn the mode dial to “SCN,” and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Down arrow to select the “SCN” icon, and then press the [OK] button to enter the Scene Select menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll through the available scenes. Finally, press the [OK] button to activate the selection.
  • Digital Image Stabilization mode (Hand icon): The camera automatically boosts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed as necessary in order to capture clear, bright images in low light or when the camera or subject is in motion at the time of image capture.
  • Movie mode (Movie Projector icon): The camera captures video in 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 reduction is automatically enabled when the subject is dark.
  • Guide mode (The word "GUIDE"): The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions you identify via help menus. The changes are made instantly; you do not have to exit the Guide to manually adjust the settings.

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What scenes are available in the FE-140's scene mode?

The FE-140's scene mode features 19 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 five 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 oval LED light 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 "SCN," and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Down arrow to select the "SCN" icon, and then press the [OK] button to enter the Scene Select menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll through the available scenes. Press the [OK] button to activate the desired scene selection.

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

The following scenes are available on the FE-140:

  • 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 photographing 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. By default, the flash is set to "off" in this mode; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • 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 optimum shooting settings.
  • Night Scene (Moon and star over mountains icon): This mode is ideal for shooting 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.
    By default, the flash is set to "off" in this mode; however, you can manually override this setting by using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Sport (Sprinting figure icon): This mode is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
  • Night + Portrait ("SCN"): 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 camera in this mode.
    By default, the flash is set to "Red-Eye Reduction Flash" in this mode; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Indoor ("SCN"): This mode is suitable for shooting indoor gatherings. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly.
  • Candle ("SCN"): This mode is ideal for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. The flash is disabled in this mode.
  • Self-portrait ("SCN"): 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.
  • Available Light Portrait ("SCN"): This mode is suitable for capturing subjects in low-light conditions without a flash. The flash is disabled in this mode.
  • Sunset ("SCN"): In this mode, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for photographing 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. The flash is disabled in this mode.
  • Fireworks ("SCN"): 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. The flash is disabled in this mode.
  • Museum ("SCN"): This mode allows you to shoot without flash and without a beep sound. This is ideal for shooting in an art gallery, museum, etc. The flash is disabled.
  • Behind glass ("SCN"): This mode is ideal for photographing subjects through glass.
  • Cuisine ("SCN"): This mode is ideal for still-life photography. The camera enables Macro mode and increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject.
  • Documents ("SCN"): This mode is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. By default, Macro mode is enabled in this mode; however, the setting can be overridden using the Macro mode button (flower icon). The flash is disabled in this mode.
  • Auction ("SCN"):This mode sequentially captures three images at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions. In this mode, the Macro mode is enabled and the flash is disabled; neither setting can be overridden.
  • Beach ("SCN"): This mode is suitable for capturing images at the beach under blue skies. Blues, greens and whites are reproduced vividly.
  • Snow ("SCN"): This mode is suitable for photographing snowy vistas. Whites, blues and greens are reproduced vividly.

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What playback modes are available in the FE-140?

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-140 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 10 frames ahead (Down arrow) or back (Up arrow). 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.

    Note: Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer to xD-Picture Card™ media and inserted into the camera, can only be displayed as thumbnails.

  • Index: Display thumbnails of your images and movies on the LCD. Push the Zoom Lever toward the Index icon (green grid) to view the index. Continue to hold the Zoom Lever (or push it repeatedly) to change the layout of the index. Initially a 4-up layout, each push will expand the index to show 9, then 16, then 25 images per screen. You can return to an earlier layout by pushing the Zoom Lever toward the Close-up icon (magnifying glass).

    While in Index playback mode, you can use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it.

  • Calendar: Display images and movies captured on a particular shooting date. A calendar interface is presented on the LCD monitor. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select the desired date. Press the [OK] button to display the first image recorded on that date. You can then use the arrow pad as you would in Normal playback mode to review any file from the camera's memory or media card.

    To access the Calendar from the menu, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon) and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Left arrow button to select [CALENDAR], and then press [OK].

    Alternatively, push the Zoom Lever toward the Index icon (green grid) five times. The Calendar appears following the last (25-up) Index mode layout.

    Note: Calendar mode relies upon the camera's date setting in order to organize images. Set the date and time before capturing any images. If in the Calendar display you do not see images that you shot on a particular date, check the camera’s date setting to find out if the camera recorded the image with an offset shooting date.

  • Close-up: Enlarge the selected frame. Push the Zoom Lever toward the Close-up icon (magnifying glass) to increase the size of the image. Each time the button is pressed, the image will get bigger, up to a maximum 10x magnification. Push the Zoom Lever toward the Index icon (green grid) to reduce the size of the image.

    While viewing an enlarged image, you can use the arrow pad to move 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, first press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select the Slideshow icon (three stacked photographs, the top one featuring a playback arrow). Press the [OK] button. Use the Up or Down arrow button to select the transition effect between images. Then press [OK] again to start the Slideshow. The show will repeat indefinitely. Press the [OK] button to end the slideshow.

    Four transition effects are available:
           Normal: One image replaces the next.
           Fader: The existing image gradually dissolves, revealing the new image.
           Slide: The new image slides into place from the right side of the screen to the left, overlaying the previous image as it arrives.
           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.
Note: Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or transferred from a computer to xD-Picture Card media and then inserted into the camera, cannot be displayed during Slideshow.

  • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction. Press the [MENU] button to access the top menu, and then press the [OK] button to access the Playback menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the Rotation tool (icon of print photo with arrow), and then press [OK] again. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired layout, and then press the [OK] button to activate your selection. The camera will present the image in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press the [OK] button to quit the menu.

The FE-140 has the following movie Playback modes:

  • Normal: Play a movie file on the LCD.  Navigate to a movie file. (When a movie file is showing in Playback mode, the LCD shows the first frame of the movie inside a mock filmstrip background.) Simply press the [OK] button to play the movie. 

    To pause a movie mid-stream, press the [OK] button. Press it again to resume playback.

  • Reverse: Play the movie backward. During playback, press the Left arrow button to rewind the movie. Press the Right arrow button to fast-forward through the movie.

  • Frame-by-frame: Play the movie one frame at a time. During playback, press the [OK] 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-140 offer?

The FE-140 lets you resize, rotate and trim your stored still images; adjust brightness and saturation; correct for Red-Eye; apply black-and-white or sepia filters; enhance them with frames (decorative borders) and titles; and import them into a calendar or print layout templates.

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What Auto Focus method does the FE-140 use?

The FE-140 supports iESP autofocus. In this mode, the camera determines what subject to give focus. The camera detects the area of greatest contrast (generally, this will be the border where your subject meets the background) and focuses on that area. Even when the subject is not in the center of the frame, focusing is possible.

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Is it possible to manually focus the FE-140?

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-140 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-140 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-140’s Macro mode has an operating range of 3.9” to infinity (wide) and 23.6” to infinity (telephoto). This means you can focus on a subject as near as 3.9” (.1 meters) when the Zoom is set to its extreme Wide Angle and as near as 23.6” (.6m) when the Zoom is set to its extreme Telephoto.

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

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Does the FE-140 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-140’s Super Macro mode has an operating distance of 2.0” (51mm) to infinity. 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 Macro mode button (flower icon) to 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-140 offer?

The FE-140 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-140?

No. The FE-140 automatically sets ISO sensitivity in all shooting modes. Its range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 80-320. In Digital Image Stabilization mode, the ISO can be boosted as high as 800.

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Can I change the white balance in the FE-140?

No. The FE-140 automatically sets the White Balance in all shooting modes.

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What software is bundled with the FE-140? 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 is the difference between Olympus' Type H and Type M 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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What kind of batteries should I use to power my FE-140?

The FE-140 accepts two “AA” nickel metal hydride or alkaline batteries. Lithium battery packs (such as Olympus’ CR-V3) and “AA” manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries cannot be used with the FE-140.

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-140?

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-140?

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.

Note: The FE-140 requires the Digital Camera Power Coupler (CB-MA1) in order to interface with the E-7AU 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-140?

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 B-90SU Quick Charger to charge your NiMH batteries for use in the FE-140.

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Do I need to have a computer to use my FE-140?

No. You can show off your pictures 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 an xD-Picture Car™ 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-140 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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How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode?

Select Digital Image Stabilization mode by turning the mode dial to the icon of a hand. Digital Image Stabilization effects end when you select another shooting or scene mode.

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Should I charge NiMH batteries before using them in the FE-140?

Yes.

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

It depends on the batteries’ manufacturer. Repeatedly recharging 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-140?

The FE-140 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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How do I know if the FE-140 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-140 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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Can I move images from the internal memory to a flash memory card?

Yes, the [BACKUP] feature will transfer files from the camera’s internal memory to an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card. It does not delete those files 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. Press the Right arrow button to select the Setup icon, and then press the [OK] button to enter the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [BACKUP], and then press [OK]. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [YES]. Press the [OK] button to start the file transfer. When it completes, press the [OK] button again to exit the menus.

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

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

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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 pictures in the camera?

By default, the FE-140 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, one 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.
  • Use the Calendar display to jump to images and movies taken on a particular date.

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How can I change the transition effect for my slideshows?

The FE-140 offers four transition effects 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 [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select the [Slideshow] item. Press the [OK] button to access the Slideshow options menu. Use the Up or Down arrows to select the desired transition effect, and then press [OK] again to activate the selection.

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What is the purpose of the Calendar playback mode?

By default, the FE-140 will display the last file recorded when the Playback button is pressed. If you use high-capacity xD-Picture Cards, you are likely over time to amass a large quantity of files that were shot on a wide range of dates. This can, over time, make it inconvenient to select and display image or movie files that are not among the earliest or the most recent files recorded to the card.

The Calendar playback mode lets you jump directly to images and movies captured on a particular shooting date. You simply use the arrow pad to navigate within a calendar interface and select the desired date. Press the [OK] button to display the first image recorded on that date.

All images are available to view in Calendar mode – not just the ones that were captured on the selected date. Think of Calendar mode as a way to “fast-forward” to the images you wish to display rather than as a filter that restricts what you can display.

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How do I access the Calendar playback mode on the FE-140?

To access the Calendar feature from the menu, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon) and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Left arrow button to select [CALENDAR], and then press [OK].

Alternatively, push the Zoom Lever toward the Index icon (green grid) five times. The Calendar appears following the last (25-up) Index mode layout.

Note: Calendar mode relies upon the camera’s date setting in order to organize images. Set the date and time before capturing any images. If in the Calendar display you do not see images that you shot on a particular date, check the camera’s date setting to find out if the camera recorded the image with an offset shooting date.

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How do I set the date and time on the FE-140?

To access the clock controls, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE] and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow button to select the [Setup] icon. Using the Up or Down arrow, navigate to the menu item depicting a clock. Press the [OK] button to access the clock settings feature.

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-140 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK] button to set the values. Press [MENU] twice to 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?

Turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE]. Press the [MENU] button to access the top menu. Use the Right arrow button to select the [SETUP] icon, and then press the [OK] 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 button to enter the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose a new language, and then press the [OK] button to activate the selection. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit the menu.

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

The FE-140 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-140?

First, press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, turn the mode dial to any setting except [GUIDE]. Press the Up arrow in the direction of the exposure compensation icon (“+” and “-” signs against a background split diagonally between white and black). Then use the arrow pad to make the image brighter (Right arrow) or darker (Left arrow). The value can be adjusted +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments. Press the [OK] 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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Will my custom settings be retained after I turn off the power?

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

To restore the factory default settings, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Left arrow button to select the [RESET] icon. Press the [OK] button to access the [RESET] menu. Next, press the Up or Down arrow button to select [YES]. Press the [OK] button to reset the camera defaults.

The features affected by [RESET] and their default values are: Flash mode (AUTO), Macro (off), Exposure Value (0.0), Image Quality (HQ), and Digital Zoom (OFF).

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-140 capture audio along with my still images and movies?

No. The FE-140 does not have a microphone, so it cannot record audio with your still images or movies.

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How can 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] 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 of my images at once?

The FE-140 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 [MENU] button. Press the Down arrow button to select the [ERASE] icon, and press the [OK] button to access the [ERASE] menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ALL ERASE], and then press the [OK] button. All unprotected image 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 [MENU] button. Press the [OK] button to access the Playback menu. The Protect icon (a key) is selected by default. Press the [OK] button. Use the Up or Down arrow button to select [ON], then press [OK] again. The selected image or movie file will be protected. To remove the protection, simply repeat the procedure, choosing [OFF] instead of [ON].

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-140, 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-140 doesn’t have a flash memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The FE-140 has 22MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept xD-Picture Card media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.

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The FE-140 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-140 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 an 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 and movies that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see those that were saved to my flash memory card. How can I see my other files?

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 [RESET] value to [OFF].

To do so, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Left arrow button to select the [RESET] icon, and then press the [OK] button to access the [RESET] menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [OFF]. Press the [OK] button to activate the selection.

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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I just put a {new | fully charged} battery in my FE-140. I have noticed that sometimes the screen goes dark while I am setting up my subject. Why is this happening?

If you are setting up a still life or panorama portrait or are otherwise delayed while composing your picture, you may encounter Sleep Mode. The FE-140 includes a power save feature to prolong battery life. The camera will automatically enter Sleep Mode and stop operating after three minutes of inactivity. If the camera is not used for several hours after entering Sleep mode, the camera retracts the lens and shuts off.

To “wake” the camera and resume shooting, press the shooting mode button (red camera icon), the playback mode button (green arrow icon) or the Zoom Lever.

The camera will not enter Sleep mode while it is connected to a printer via the included USB cable. This is a safeguard to prevent the camera entering Sleep mode during data transfer, which could result in loss of data or damage to the camera or media card.

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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 CardTM is inserted into the camera’s media slot: [BACKUP], [FORMAT], [PANORAMA], and [PRINT ORDER].

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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-140 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-140 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’t rotate some of my images in Playback mode. 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-130 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 icon that appears 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 pictures 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 still image shooting mode except [GUIDE] and then press the Right arrow button toward the flash mode button (lightning bolt icon). Press the Down arrow button to select the button with the eye icon. Press the [OK] button to activate the mode.

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

The FE-140 has a built-in Red-Eye Correction tool. To access it, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Up arrow button to select the [EDIT] menu, and then press the [OK] button to access the [EDIT] menu. Use the Up or Down arrows to select [REDEYE FIX], and then press [OK]. You will see a modified Playback window. Use the arrow pad to navigate to an image to which you wish to apply red-eye correction. Press [OK].

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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-140 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-140 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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When playing a movie file, the FE-140 turns itself off after three minutes. What’s going on?

This behavior is the result of a conflict between movie playback and Sleep Mode, a battery-saving feature that shuts off the camera after three minutes of inactivity. When you play a movie file on the camera’s LCD, typically you are watching the movie and you are not interacting with the camera controls. As a result, after three minutes of playback, the camera will determine that it is “idle,” terminate the movie and turn itself off.

By definition, this only occurs when playing movie files of greater than three minutes in length.

In addition, this behavior only occurs when the camera has been powered on into Playback mode. The FE-140 can be powered on in either Shooting mode (by pressing the [POWER] button) or in Playback mode (by pressing the Playback button). If you power the camera on into Shooting mode and subsequently place the camera into Playback mode by pressing the Playback button (green arrow icon), the behavior will not occur.

A firmware update has been released to address this issue.  FE-140 owners may download the update through the Olympus Master software that came packaged with the camera. For instructions, click here.

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