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FE-200

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What are the main features of the FE-200?

Designed with simplicity in mind, the FE-200 is a wide zoom digital camera loaded with features that will help you capture fantastic images and movies.

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 and macro settings, a self-timer, and print 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 16 shooting 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-200 sports a 6.0-megapixel CCD and a 20x seamless wide zoom (5x wide optical, 4x digital). You’ll be hard-pressed to find a longer, wider zoom in a camera this easy to use. When using this model with the included Olympus Master software and Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media (sold separately), you can create stunning panoramic images. An on-screen Panorama target mark helps you to compose your shots.

Sharing your masterpieces is easy. The FE-200 is PictBridge™-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. You can also use the included USB cable to transfer images to your computer and e-mail them to friends and family.

You won’t have to worry about losing power, either. The included rechargeable, lithium-ion battery can take up to 290 shots per charge.

The FE-200 packs all of this into a sleek, all-metal body that fits in your pocket.

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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-200 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 shot 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 image.

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 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.
  • Shooting in low light: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity enables the camera to take brighter images in dim light; the same image 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-200 offers a Silent Mode. What is it, and how does it work?

In Silent Mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not beep when capturing an image or when making menu selections. This can be a valuable aid when taking pictures of animals or sleeping infants or when shooting ceremonies and performances.

To activate Silent Mode, first place the camera into any shooting mode other than [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow and then the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select SILENT MODE. Press the [OK] button to access the Silent Mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose ON, and then press [OK] to activate Silent Mode.

To disable Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the Silent Mode menu choose OFF instead of ON.

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The FE-200 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-200 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. As the digital camera records an image, it embeds print-specific information into the header of the image file. The parameters incorporated into the image file include gamma level, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow, highlight, and color balance. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify this information and use it to produce superior color, quality and detail in every print.

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What are the dimensions of the FE-200?

The FE-200 is 3.9” W x 2.4” H x 1.1” D (97.5mm x 59mm x 27mm) – perfect for pocket or purse.

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What recording modes does the FE-200 support?

The FE-200 records still images in JPEG format in accordance with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) specifications, supporting the following standards: Exif 2.21, PRINT Image Matching III™ (PIM3), and PictBridge™. It records movies with audio in QuickTime® motion JPEG format.

Each mode has multiple resolution options depending upon which quality mode is selected.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the FE-200?

Image quality modes dictate the size (pixel resolution) and compression ratio of the digital files created by the camera when it records images 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-200 supports the following resolutions:

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

Movies: 320 x 240 at a rate of 30 frames per second (HQ); 160 x 120 at 15 fps (SQ).

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What recording media does the FE-200 support?

The FE-200 can record data to internal memory and to removable flash memory media. It has 24MB of internal memory for storage.

It will also accept* xD-Picture Card™ removable media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. The FE-200 supports Type M+, Type M, Type H and Standard xD-Picture Card media.

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

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Can the FE-200 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The FE-200 has 24MB of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the FE-200 compatible with Olympus’ two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-200 compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-200 compatible with 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 and movies can be recorded in greater resolution.

Each Type H card also comes with a unique authorization code for OLYMPUS Master 1.4 software that, when entered, enables additional 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-200 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of images at each available quality mode that the FE-200 can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™ media. The camera can store images 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™ media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 2816 x 2112 5 3 7 14 29 59 118 237 474
HQ 2816 x 2112 15 10 21 43 86 174 348 697 1,394
SQ1 2048 x 1536 29 20 40 81 162 326 653 1,307 2,614
SQ2 640 x 480 130 90 180 361 725 1,448 2,893 5,792 11,584

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How much movie recording time does the FE-200 have?

In movie mode, the FE-200 can record continuously up to the capacity of the storage medium.

The chart below shows the maximum continuous recording time available to the FE-200 when shooting movies using the camera's internal memory and a variety of optional xD-Picture Card media. The chart assumes that the memory medium has been freshly formatted. All recording times are approximate.

Quality
Mode
Image
Size
Recording length (h:mm:ss)1
Internal
Memory
xD-Picture Card™ media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
HQ 320 x 240
(30 frames
per second)
0:00:33 0:00:23 0:00:47 0:01:35 0:03:12 0:06:25 0:12:51 0:25:44 0:51:28
SQ 160 x 120
(15 frames
per second)
0:04:05 0:02:48 0:05:43 0:11:33 0:23:14 0:46:35 1:33:13 3:06:43 6:41:03

1Recording times are calculated based on storage capacity and are not a guarantee of battery life.

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Does the FE-200 have a “3:2 Resolution” shooting mode?

No. The FE-200 records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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What shooting modes are available on the FE-200?

Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded and how much control the photographer has over the camera settings. 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 black oval to the left of the dial. Additional steps, if required, are detailed in the descriptions below.

The following shooting modes are available on the FE-200:

  • 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 word “SCENE”): The camera automatically adjusts settings to produce the optimum results for a particular combination of shooting conditions, or “scene.” Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, color saturation, white balance, flash mode, and exposure compensation may be affected. (However, the photographer may manually override some of these settings.) When using this mode, the photographer must select the scene that matches the shooting conditions.

    There are 13 scenes available on the FE-200. The three 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 [SCENE]. The Scene Select menu will appear. Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the [OK] button to activate the selection.

    To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, turn the mode dial to any other setting and then return it to [SCENE]. The Scene Select menu will be displayed. Use the arrow pad to select a new scene. Press the [OK] button to activate the new 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 and audio in Motion-JPEG format. The optical zoom is disabled in Movie mode, although Digital Zoom is possible. Press the shutter button half way to lock the focus. Press it all the way down to begin recording, and press it again to stop recording. The camera flash is disabled in Movie mode. Noise reduction is automatically enabled when the subject is dark.
  • Guide mode (“GUIDE”): The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions you identify via help menus. The changes are made instantly; it is not necessary to exit the Guide to manually adjust the settings.

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What scenes are available in scene mode?

The FE-200’s scene mode features 13 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 shot. With scene mode, even a novice photographer can become an “instant expert.”

The three 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 black oval to the left of the dial.

The remaining scenes are 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 [SCENE]. The Scene Select menu will appear. Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the [OK] button to activate the selection.

To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, turn the mode dial to any other setting and then return it to [SCENE]. The Scene Select menu will be displayed. Use the arrow pad to select a new scene. Press the [OK] button to activate the new selection.

The following scenes are available on the FE-200:

  • Portrait (Head icon): Portrait scene is suitable for capturing a portrait-style image of a subject, 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 scene is suitable for shooting landscapes and other outdoor subjects. Blues and greens are enhanced in order to vividly reproduce natural scenery. Both the foreground and background will be kept in focus. By default, the flash is set to “off” in this scene; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Night + Portrait (Icon of person standing beneath moon and stars): This scene is suitable for capturing 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 scene.

    By default, the flash setting is set to “Red-Eye Reduction Flash” in this scene; however, you can manually override this setting by using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Sport (“SCENE”): This scene is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
  • Indoor (“SCENE”): This scene is suitable for taking pictures of indoor gatherings. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly.
  • Candle (“SCENE”): This scene is ideal for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. The flash is disabled in this scene.
  • Self-portrait (“SCENE”): This scene 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. Macro mode is disabled in this scene.
  • Sunset (“SCENE”): In this scene, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod to avoid blur from camera shake. The flash and Macro modes are disabled in this scene.
  • Fireworks (“SCENE”): This scene is suitable for capturing fireworks against a night sky. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod when shooting in this scene to prevent blur due to camera shake. The flash and Macro modes are disabled in this scene.
  • Behind Glass (“SCENE”): This scene is ideal for photographing subjects through glass.
  • Cuisine (“SCENE”): This scene is ideal for still life photography. The camera increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject. It also enables Macro mode automatically, although the setting can be changed – for example, to Super Macro mode – using the Macro button (flower icon) on the arrow pad.
  • Documents (“SCENE”): This scene is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. By default, Macro mode is enabled in this scene; however, the setting can be overridden using the Macro mode button (flower icon). The flash is disabled in this scene. The flash setting cannot be overridden.
  • Auction (“SCENE”): This scene sequentially captures three images at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions. In this scene, the Macro mode is enabled and the flash is disabled; neither setting can be overridden.

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What playback modes are available in the FE-200?

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 above the Mode Dial. Next, follow the instructions as noted in the descriptions below.

The FE-200 has the following still image Playback modes:

  • Single: View the contents of your camera memory or memory card one file at a time. Use the arrow pad to advance forward (Right arrow) or backward (Left arrow), or to jump ahead (Down arrow) or back (Up arrow) 10 files. If the image or movie currently displayed in the LCD monitor is fewer than 10 files from the first file or the final file, the Down and Up arrows will instead jump to the first or final file, 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 a memory card 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 counterclockwise (toward “W”) to view the index. Pushing the lever repeatedly will change the layout of the index. Initially a 4-up layout, the index will expand with each push to show 9, then 16, then 25 images per screen. You can return to an earlier layout by pulling the Zoom Lever clockwise toward the “T.”

    While in Index playback mode, you can use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it.
  • Close-up: Enlarge the selected frame for closer inspection. Pull the Zoom Lever clockwise (toward “T”) to increase the size of the image. Pulling the lever repeatedly will further enlarge the image – up to a maximum 10x magnification. Push the Zoom Lever counterclockwise toward “W” to reduce the size of the image.

    While viewing an enlarged image, use the arrow pad to move around within the frame.
  • Slideshow: Display all still images and movies from your camera’s internal memory or memory card in succession. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) 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. The [Slideshow] icon is selected by default. Press the [OK] button to start the Slideshow. The show will start immediately and repeat indefinitely. Press the [OK] button to end the slideshow.
  • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction. After selecting an image, press the [MENU] button to access the top menu. Use the arrow pad to select the [ROTATE] icon, and then press the [OK] button to access the Rotate menu. Press Up or Down on the arrow pad to select the desired layout. The camera will present the picture in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press the [OK] button to activate the selection and exit the menu.

The FE-200 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 on the arrow pad to rewind the movie. Press the Right arrow 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 on the arrow pad to resume playback (backward or forward, respectively) one frame at a time.

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What in-camera editing functions does the FE-200 offer?

The FE-200 lets you reduce the size of still images in the camera. Available resolutions are 640 x 480 and 320 x 240. Resized images are saved as separate files; the original file is preserved. An image reduced to 640 x 320 resolution can be further reduced to 320 x 240; however, images cannot be enlarged with this tool. Movie files cannot be resized.

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What Auto Focus method does the FE-200 use?

The FE-200 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-200?

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-200 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-200 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-200’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.8” to infinity (wide) and 19.7” to infinity (telephoto). This means you can focus on a subject as near as 7.8” (.2 meters) when the Zoom is set to its extreme Wide Angle and as near as 19.7” (.5m) 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 on the arrow pad) 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. The Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Macro mode is active.

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Does the FE-200 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-200’s Super Macro mode has an operating distance of 2.0” (50mm) to 7.8” (.2 meters). 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. The Super Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Super Macro mode is active.

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What metering mode does the FE-200 offer?

This model 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-200?

No. The FE-200 automatically sets ISO sensitivity in all shooting modes. When shooting in Full Auto mode, its range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 80-400. The camera can shoot as high as ISO 640 equivalent in Digital Image Stabilization mode.

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Can I change the white balance in the FE-200?

No. The FE-200 automatically sets the White Balance in all shooting modes.

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What software is bundled with the FE-200? 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™ flash memory 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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How does the FE-200 interface with a computer?

The USB cable (CB-USB6) that comes packaged with this model is required to connect the camera to the computer.

To purchase a replacement cable (Item # 200372-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in the FE-200?

The FE-200 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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What kind of batteries should I use to power my FE-200?

The FE-200 accepts one rechargeable Olympus lithium-ion battery (LI-12B). No other type of batteries can be used with the FE-200. Olympus brand batteries are intended for use only with Olympus digital cameras. Do not use these batteries with any other device.

The included battery is not fully charged at the time of purchase. Charge the battery fully with the included charger (LI-10C) before use. Using an exhausted or underpowered battery may cause the camera to turn off without displaying the battery level warning.

Always use the battery charger specified by Olympus for this product. Do not use any other type of charger. Do not use travel voltage converters, as they may damage your charger.

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Does Olympus sell a battery charger compatible with my FE-200?

Olympus packages a lithium-ion battery charger (LI-10C) with the FE-200. Do not use any other type of charger with this camera.

An additional or replacement charger (Item # 200846) can be purchased from Olympus’ online store. To order, click here.

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How long will it take to recharge my battery?

The Lithium-ion Battery Charger (LI-10C) can recharge the LI-12B battery in about two hours. New lithium-ion batteries come partially charged, so the first time you charge them should take less time than subsequent charges.

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Should I charge the lithium-ion battery before using it in the FE-200?

Yes.

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Must the lithium-ion battery be completely drained before I recharge it?

Lithium-ion batteries in general do not need to be fully drained before they are recharged. However, it is recommended that you fully drain the lithium-ion battery before charging it the first few times that it is used.

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Does Olympus sell an AC adapter compatible with my FE-200?

Olympus offers an optional Digital Camera AC adapter (D-7AC). 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 D-7AC AC adapter (Item # 200850-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Are my rechargeable batteries being charged when the AC adapter is plugged in to this model?

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

Only use the battery charger bundled with this camera to charge the LI-12B lithium-ion battery for use in this model.

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

No. You can show off your images and movies by using the LCD monitor or by connecting the camera to a television with the included audio/video output cable. There are also many photo-processing labs that can make traditional prints from your digital files.

Note: Any shots recorded to the camera’s internal memory must first be transferred to xD-Picture Card™ media in order to be printed at a commercial photo-processing center. Use the BACKUP feature to transfer data from internal memory to a memory 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-200 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. The Advanced Manual is in PDF format; it can be found on a CD-ROM included with the camera. Adobe Reader software, which is also provided on the 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 update the firmware of the FE-200?

Digital cameras are controlled by internal software called “firmware.” Firmware dictates the functionality of the product and the features that are available. Some digital cameras have the flexibility to change, improve or add functionality by downloading and applying firmware updates.

Olympus digital cameras are thoroughly tested for full functionality prior to shipment. Updated Olympus firmware versions offer little or no functionality changes; they are typically offered due to changes in electronic components during camera production.

To upgrade your camera’s firmware, you must use the Update Camera function in the Olympus Master software packaged with the camera. Complete instructions can be found here.

Note: Please follow the steps carefully. Do not operate any camera controls during the update procedure. If the firmware update is not performed properly, the camera will need to be serviced in order to return it to an operational state. If this becomes necessary, click here for information on sending your camera to an authorized Olympus service center.

The firmware update will fail if the connection to the computer is severed during the procedure. It is strongly advised that you have freshly charged batteries in the camera, or that you connect the camera to a power outlet using the optional AC adapter, before beginning the firmware update. A wired Internet connection (as opposed to a wireless connection) is also recommended.

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How do I transfer images from my camera to my computer?

Download complete instructions here.

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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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How do I know if the FE-200 is recording to its internal memory or to my memory card?

The internal memory and a removable flash memory card cannot be used at the same time. When a supported memory card is inserted into the camera, images and movies are written to the card, not to internal memory. To use the internal memory, remove the card.

The FE-200 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 media card?

Yes, the [BACKUP] feature will transfer files from the camera’s internal memory to removable xD-Picture Card™ media (sold separately). It does not delete those files from the internal memory.

To perform a backup, insert a supported xD-Picture Card flash memory card into the camera and then turn the camera on. Press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad 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.

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 a 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 photographs in the standard 4” x 6” snapshot size. It’s great for scrapbooking or for printing from the kiosks often found at camera stores, drugstores, or retailers with on-site photo-processing labs.

If you plan 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 allow you to store more images on your memory card.

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

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How can I review my images in the camera?

By default, the FE-200 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 the following options:

  • Use the Single playback mode to scroll through all the images in your internal memory or on your memory card, one 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 Slideshow feature to view all of your still images and movies in succession. Only the first frame of a movie file will be displayed in a slideshow.

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How can I rotate an image in Playback mode?

To rotate an image, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon) and then use the arrow pad to navigate to the desired image. Then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed. Use the arrow pad to navigate to the ROTATE icon, and press the [OK] button. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the desired layout. The camera will present the picture in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press [OK] to activate the selection and exit the menu.

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

First, place the camera in Playback mode by pushing the Playback button (green arrow icon). Push the Zoom Lever counterclockwise (toward “W”) to view the index. Pushing the lever repeatedly will change the layout of the index. Initially a 4-up layout, the index will expand with each push to show 9, then 16, then 25 images per screen. You can return to an earlier layout by pulling the Zoom Lever clockwise toward the “T.”

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How can I view a Slideshow of my images?

To run a Slideshow, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and then press the [MENU] button. The Playback menu is displayed, and SLIDESHOW is selected by default. Press the [OK] button.

The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Only the first frame of a movie file will be displayed. Press [OK] to end the slideshow.

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How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the FE-200?

First, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE]. Press the [MENU] button, and then press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select EXPOSURE COMP.. Press the [OK] button to access the EV controls. 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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How can I change the brightness setting of the LCD monitor?

You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor from the Setup menu. With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the [OK] button to access the Setup menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the LCD monitor. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to toggle between [NORMAL] and [BRIGHT]. The brightness of the display will change to demonstrate the effect the selection will have. Select the desired brightness setting, and then press [OK] to activate it. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit the menu.

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How do I set the date and time on the FE-200?

With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the [OK] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the clock settings.

Set the year, month, day, hour, minutes and date format 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-200 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.

To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press the [OK] button as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.

The date and time settings will be returned to the factory defaults if the camera is left without battery power for approximately one day. Custom settings may be canceled more quickly if the battery was only loaded into the camera for a short time before being removed. Before taking important shots, 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 on the arrow pad to select the SETUP icon, and then press the [OK] button to access the Setup menu. Next, press the Down arrow to scroll to the icon of the head and word balloon. Press the Right arrow to enter the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to choose a new language, and then press [OK] to activate the selection. Press [MENU] twice to exit the menu.

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

The FE-200 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.)

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

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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Can the FE-200 capture audio along with my still images and movies?

The FE-200 is able to record sound when shooting in Movie Mode. However, it does not capture audio when shooting still images.

Sound data becomes an embedded part of a movie file, and it cannot be separated from the file once it has been recorded. The data is captured even when the camera is in Silent Mode, although in that situation the sound will be disabled during playback.

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How can I disable audio recording when shooting movies?

To capture movies without sound, you must disable audio recording. To do so, first turn the mode dial to the movie projector icon and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP and then press the [OK] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the microphone icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select OFF. Press [OK] to activate the setting. Press [MENU] twice to exit the menus.

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How do I erase an image or movie 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 movies. 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 do I erase all my images at once?

The FE-200 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 on the arrow pad to select the ERASE icon, and then press the [OK] button to access the ERASE menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ALL ERASE, and then press [OK]. 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 navigate to the image or movie file to be protected. Press the [MENU] button. Press the Left arrow on the arrow pad to select the PROTECT icon, and then press the [OK] button to access the Protect menu. Use the Up or Down arrow 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 visible even when the camera’s Playback mode is set to Index display.

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Are any firmware updates available for my digital camera?

Use the [Update Camera] function in the Olympus Master software packaged with your camera to find out whether firmware updates are available for your digital camera. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

After installing the software onto a computer, connect your camera to the computer using the USB cable packaged with the camera. Next, launch Olympus Master and click on the Update Camera icon in the lower right of the main window. You can also access this tool from the Browse Images window by selecting Update Camera from the Online Services menu.

On the resulting dialog, under Select Device, you will see the name of your camera. Highlight it, and press the [Check for latest version] button. If a firmware update is available for your model, it will then be listed in the Select Firmware section of the dialog.

Click here for complete instructions on how to update the camera’s firmware.

Note: If multiple firmware updates are available for your model, it may not always be possible to update directly from the current firmware version in your camera to the latest available version. In such cases, updates must be applied in stages. For this reason, it is recommended that, after updating the camera firmware, you immediately check again for additional updates. Simply repeat the update procedure to apply subsequent updates.

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I purchased the FE-200, 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-200 doesn’t have a memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The FE-200 has 24MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.

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The FE-200 does not recognize my 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-200 may not recognize non-Olympus brand media 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 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 removable memory card has been inserted into the camera, the images 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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I just put a {new | fully charged} battery in my FE-200. 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-200 includes a power-saving feature to prolong battery life. The camera will automatically enter Sleep Mode and stop operating after three minutes of inactivity. The LCD screen will be turned off; however, the LED light between the Shooting Mode and Playback Mode buttons will remain on. If the camera is not used for 15 minutes after entering Sleep mode, the camera will retract the lens and power off.

To “wake” the camera and resume shooting, operate any of the camera’s controls.

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 memory card.

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

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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 shooting or viewing images to allow the Pixel Mapping function to perform properly. If the camera is turned off during pixel mapping, you must start over.

To run Pixel Mapping, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE]. Next, press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow button to select the SETUP icon, and then press the [OK] button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrows on the arrow pad to select PIXEL MAPPING, and then press [OK] to access the PIXEL MAPPING menu. The START option will be selected by default. Press [OK] to begin pixel mapping. To exit without pixel mapping, press the [MENU] button.

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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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-200 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-200 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 captured at resolutions not supported by this model, such as those taken with other cameras and transferred to the FE-200 via removable memory media, may not be able to be rotated. Such images can be identified by their size when displayed in Single Image Playback mode. The images will appear smaller in the LCD monitor (e.g. not full-screen) and will be surrounded by a black border.

Movie files cannot be rotated.

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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 additional suggestions on how to prevent blurry images.

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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 flash 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 flash mode, first put the camera in any still image shooting mode except [GUIDE] and then press the Right arrow on the arrow pad. It has a lightning bolt icon on the pad. Press the Down arrow to select the eye icon. Press the [OK] button to activate the mode. The eye icon will appear on the LCD when Red-Eye Reduction flash mode is active.

Note: Some scene modes automatically set the flash mode to a different setting or disable the flash entirely. If this happens, choose a different scene or shoot in Full Auto mode.

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

The Olympus Master software bundled with the FE-200 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 images look so gray?

The FE-200’s exposure system evaluates light reflecting from the subject and selects an aperture and shutter speed combination that will represent the 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 shooting situations except when the subject happens to be darker or lighter than an average tone.

The FE-200 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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