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FE-115

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What are the main features of the FE-115?

Designed with simplicity in mind, the FE-115 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 a dozen 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 one of seven pre-set shooting modes, including Night Scene and Self-portrait. Each is optimized to get the best possible results for the shooting conditions. A handy, built-in guide helps you choose the ideal mode for each situation and purpose.

The FE-115 sports a 5-megapixel CCD and an 11x seamless zoom (2.8x optical, 4x digital). When using this model with an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ and the included Olympus Master software, you can create stunning panoramic images.

Sharing your masterpieces is just as easy. Connect the included USB cable to your computer or a PictBridge-enabled printer, and you can transfer your images with a single touch.

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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-115 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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The FE-115 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-115 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-115?

The FE-115 is 3.5” W x 2.5” H x 1.5” D (87.5mm x 62.5mm x 38.5mm) – perfect for pocket or purse.

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What recording modes does the FE-115 support?

The FE-115 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-115?

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-115 supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 2560 x 1920 (SHQ / HQ); 2048 x 1536 (SQ1); and 640 x 480 (SQ2).

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

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Does the FE-115 have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

No. The FE-115 records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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What recording media does the FE-115 support?

The FE-115 can record data to internal memory and to optional removable media. It has 28MB of internal memory for storage. It will also accept* xD-Picture Cards™ in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1 GB and 2GB.

The FE-115 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-115 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The FE-115 has 28MB of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the FE-115 compatible with Olympus' two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-115 compatible with Olympus' high-speed Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-115 compatible with Olympus' Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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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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How many images can the FE-115 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the FE-115 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 2560 x 1920 7 4 8 17 34 69 139 279 558
HQ 2560 x 1920 22 12 25 51 102 205 411 822 1,644
SQ1 2048 x 1536 34 19 39 79 159 318 636 1,273 2,546
SQ2 640 x 480 160 91 183 366 734 1,468 2,937 5,874 11,748

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How many movies can the FE-115 hold?

The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the FE-115 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 1:25 0:48 1:36 3:13 6:26 12:54 25:48 51:40 1:43:20
SQ 160 x 120 5:40 3:13 6:26 12:54 25:48 51:40 1:43:42 3:27:24 6:54:48

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What shooting modes are available on the FE-115?

Shooting modes allow you to rapidly and conveniently enable multiple complex camera settings all at once and without having to navigate through menus. Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash mode and white balance are automatically adjusted for the selected situation and applied.

To select a shooting mode, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon), located to the right of the LCD monitor. Next, turn the mode dial so that the appropriate icon or text is aligned with the red hash mark to the left of the dial.

The following shooting modes are available on the FE-115:

  • Program Auto mode (P-AUTO): The camera automatically sets the white balance, ISO sensitivity, aperture and shutter speed based on current shooting conditions.
  • Digital Image Stabilization mode (Shaky 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.
  • Portrait (Head icon): Portrait mode is suitable for taking a portrait-style picture 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. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce vivid blues and greens.
  • Night Scene (Moon and star icon): This mode is suitable for shooting 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.
  • Self-portrait (Icon of two people centered in a picture frame): 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 and cannot be changed.
  • Movie mode (Movie Projector icon): The camera captures motion in QuickTime format. The focus and zoom are locked while recording video. If the distance to the subject changes while recording, the focus may be compromised. Additionally, the camera flash is disabled in Movie mode.

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What playback modes are available in the FE-115?

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-115 has the following 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 forward (Right arrow) or backward (Left arrow) one frame, 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 Down and Up 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” icon) toward the green grid icon to view the index. The files will be displayed in a layout of 4 or 9 frames at a time. The number of frames is determined by a setting in the Playback Menu. While in Index Playback mode, you can use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it. Press the [OK] button 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 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 4x 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 the frames after a few moments. A menu setting allows you to set the Slideshow to repeat indefinitely or quit after one cycle. Press the Menu button to access the Playback menu. The top item in the list is the Slideshow tool (icon of three frames, top one features an arrow). Press the Right arrow to access the Slideshow menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose One-time play (straight arrow) or Repeat play (pair of arrows that circle back to one another), then press the [OK] button to activate your selection. Finally, press the Menu button to exit the menu.
  • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction. Press the Menu button to access the Playback menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll through the list to the [ROTATE] tool (icon of a photo frame in landscape layout, overlaid with an arrow), and then press the Right arrow. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired layout and then press the [OK] button again. The camera will present the picture in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press the [OK] button again.

The FE-115 has the following movie Playback mode:

  • Normal: Play a movie file on the LCD by selecting it and pressing the [OK] button. Press the [OK] button a second time to pause a movie mid-stream. You will then have to use the Up or Down arrow to resume or cancel playback. Press [OK] to activate your selection.

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What Auto Focus method does the FE-115 use?

The FE-115 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-115?

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-115 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-115 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-115’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.9” (.2 meters) to 19.7” (.5 meters). This means that your subject must be between 7.9” and 19.7” 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 Right 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-115 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-115’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 Right 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-115 offer?

The FE-115 supports metering by center-weighted average. This mode provides the average metering between the subject and the background lighting, placing more weight on the subject at the center of the frame.

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Can I change ISO sensitivity in the FE-115?

No. The FE-115 automatically sets ISO sensitivity in all shooting modes. Its range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 64-320.

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Can I change the white balance in the FE-115?

No. The FE-115 automatically sets the White Balance in all shooting modes.

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What software is bundled with the FE-115? 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-115?

The FE-115 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-115.

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-115?

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 115 minutes, and it can charge four in about 4 ¼ hours. Brand 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-115?

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-115?

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-115.

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Do I need to have a computer to use my FE-115?

No. You can show off your pictures and movies by using the LCD monitor or by connecting the camera to a television with the included video output cable. 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 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-115 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-115?

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-115?

The FE-115 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-115 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-115 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 FE-115’s 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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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-115 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 is determined by the Index setting on the Playback menu. To change this value, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), located between the LCD monitor and the mode dial. Next, press the Menu button (centered beneath the LCD). Use the Up or Down arrows 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 either 4 or 9 images, and then press the [OK] button to activate your selection. Finally, press the Menu button to exit the menu.

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How do I set the date and time on the FE-115?

Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. 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-115 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK] button to set the values. Press the [MENU] button once more to exit the menu.

The date and time settings will be returned to the factory default settings if the camera is left without batteries for approximately one day. 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 settings are correct.

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How do I change the display language of the menus?

Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad 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] button to enable the new language. Press the [MENU] button once more to exit the menu.

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

The FE-115 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 and click on the “Browse Images” icon. Next, select “Update Camera” from the “Online Services” menu. (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-115?

First, press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Next, press the Up 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 (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?

Yes. The camera holds current settings, including any changes you have made, when the power is turned off. In the absence of battery power, the settings will be retained for approximately one day. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored.

If you prefer the original factory default settings, you can use the [RESET] function to restore them. To do so, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Then press the Down arrow in the direction of the word “RESET.” The [RESET] menu appears. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose the [RESET] button, and then press the [OK] button. This will cause the factory default settings to be restored.

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Can the FE-115 capture audio along with my still images and movies?

No. The FE-115 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). Use the arrow pad to scroll through your saved images and select the one you wish to delete. Then press the Erase button. It is the leftmost button beneath the LCD monitor, and it features an icon of a trashcan in red ink. 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 do I erase all my images at once?

The FE-115 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). Next, press the [MENU] button. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [CARD SETUP]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ALL ERASE], and then press the [OK] 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 Left and Right arrows to scroll through your saved files and find the one you wish to protect. Press the [MENU] button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the Protect icon (key). Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON], and then press the [OK] button to apply protection to the selected file. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [EXIT], and then press the [OK] button again. Finally, press the [MENU] button to exit the playback menu.

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-115, 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-115 doesn’t have a memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The FE-115 has 28MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept xD-Picture Cards in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.

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The FE-115 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-115 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 pictures that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see photos that were saved to my flash memory card. How can I see my other photos?

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 photos in your camera’s internal memory.

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I just put a {new / fully charged} battery in my FE-115. Periodically, I have noticed that 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-115 includes a power save feature to prolong battery life. The camera will automatically enter Sleep Mode and stop operating if not used after a specified amount of time passes.

To set the time period after which the camera will enter Sleep Mode, press the [MENU] button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the [SLEEP] menu item, and then press the Right arrow to view its menu options. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the time period (30 seconds, or 1, 3, or 10 minutes). Press the [OK] button to apply the setting. Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.

If the camera is not used for 15 minutes after entering Sleep mode, the camera automatically 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 shutter button.

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 to the printer, 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 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 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: [BACK UP], [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-115 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-115 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 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-115 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 press the shooting mode button (red camera icon), and then press 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 Olympus Master software bundled with the FE-100 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-115 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.

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