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FE-240

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What are the main features of the FE-240?

Designed with simplicity in mind, the FE-240 is loaded with features that will help you capture fantastic images and movies even if you have never before used a digital camera.

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

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. As you become more familiar with the features and options available on this model, you can use the convenient mode dial to choose your preferred shooting modes. There are 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 Digital Image Stabilization Edit function can correct blurry images right in the camera.

The FE-240 sports a 7.1-megapixel CCD and a 20x seamless zoom (5x optical, 4x digital). 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-240 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. The new My Favorites feature lets you keep up to nine of your favorite shots in the camera’s memory for convenient reference even after you transfer or delete the original digital files.

The FE-240 packs all of this into a sleek, compact body that fits in your pocket.

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

Complete instructions may be downloaded by clicking here.

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The FE-240 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 or eliminate the blurring effect that can occur 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 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 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.
  • 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-240 has a Digital Image Stabilization Edit function? What is it, and how does it work?

Digital Image Stabilization Edit is an in-camera editing tool that corrects for blurring caused by camera movement during image capture, commonly called “camera shake.” A gyro sensor embedded in the camera detects the vertical and horizontal range of the camera shake for every shot, and the information is used to compensate and sharpen the blurred image. The camera actually separates the image into layers and then realigns the layers to fix the blur. The corrected image is saved as a new file.

Although the original image is preserved, the Digital Image Stabilization Edit function can only be applied to that image once. The best possible correction is made, and subsequent applications of the function to the original image will only result in saving multiple identical corrected images. Digital Image Stabilization Edit cannot be applied to a corrected image.

The degree to which Digital Image Stabilization Edit can correct blur is approximately equal to taking the same shot again using a shutter speed that is two steps faster than the original setting. Digital Image Stabilization Edit is most effective on images taken in daylight or outdoors under cloudy conditions. When the shutter speed drops below 1/8 sec., as it may when shooting indoors or when ambient light is scarce, Digital Image Stabilization Edit may not be able to completely stabilize the image. In these conditions, Olympus recommends using a Bright Capture-enabled shooting or scene mode to increase the shutter speed.

Some images cannot be stabilized using Digital Image Stabilization Edit. For example, this function does not remove blur caused by a moving subject.

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The FE-240 features Bright Capture technology. What is it, and how does it work?

Bright Capture technology helps you take better pictures in low-light conditions. It lightens the preview in the LCD monitor by condensing light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels into each pixel of the LCD. This allows you to see on-screen an image that will more closely resemble the final print. The display is 4.5 times brighter than those of other digital cameras, making it easier to compose shots in dark or subdued light.

Certain shooting and scene modes also use Bright Capture technology to improve your digital images. In these modes, light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels is packed into each pixel of the captured digital image file. This results in clearer, brighter images.

In addition, the increased ISO sensitivity that accompanies Bright Capture assists auto-focus in dim lighting. With Bright Capture active, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light, without using a flash. And when you do need the flash, Bright Capture doubles its effective working range to illuminate backgrounds as well as your foreground subject.

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Does Bright Capture technology work always, automatically?

Bright Capture is always automatically working to ensure that images are in focus and viewable on the LCD. In addition, certain shooting and scene modes automatically use Bright Capture when recording images in low light.

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Which shooting modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when shooting in Digital Image Stabilization mode.

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Which scenes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used in the Candle and Indoor scene modes.

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The FE-240 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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What are the benefits of the TruePic TURBO™ image processor?

TruePic TURBO is Olympus’ new image-processing engine, designed to be approximately 30% faster than the TruePic engine. TruePic TURBO provides rapid start-up and shutter response, meaning there is less lag time between shots. The processor enables faster image playback on the LCD and improved battery life. It also has an advanced color-processing technology and noise filter for better overall image quality.

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

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The FE-240 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-240 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-240?

The FE-240 is 3.7” W x 2.2” H x 0.8” D (93.5mm x 56.0mm x 20.0mm).

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What recording modes does the FE-240 support?

The FE-240 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 AVI 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-240?

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 SHQ and HQ.

The FE-240 supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 3072 x 2304 (SHQ / HQ); 2048 x 1536 (SQ1); 640 x 480 (SQ2); and 1920 x 1080 (16:9).

Movies: 640 x 480 at a rate of 30 frames per second (SHQ); 320 x 240 at 30 fps (HQ).

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What aspect ratio is used in each image quality mode?

The FE-240 uses a 4:3 aspect ratio in the SHQ, HQ, SQ1 and SQ2 image quality modes. It also offers a separate image quality mode that records images in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

All movies are recorded in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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The FE-240 can shoot images with a 16:9 aspect ratio. What are the benefits of shooting with this aspect ratio?

The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for expressing the broadness of a subject such as a landscape. It is also useful for viewing images on a wide-screen television.

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What is the benefit of shooting images with a 4:3 aspect ratio?

The 4:3 aspect ratio allows photographers to fit their images easily into the standard print sizes used by professionals and commercial printers: 8” x 10”, 11” x 14” and so on. This means that the image can be used as the photographer composed it in the viewfinder without any cropping or loss of image quality.

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What recording media does the FE-240 support?

The FE-240 can record data to internal memory and to removable flash memory media. It has 20MB 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-240 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-240 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The FE-240 has 20MB of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the FE-240 compatible with Olympus’ two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-240 compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the FE-240 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 xD-Picture Cards) 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 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-240 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of images at each available quality mode that the FE-240 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 images1
Image quality Image size Internal Memory xD-Picture Card media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 3072 x 2304 3 3 6 12 24 49 99 199 397
HQ 3072 x 2304 11 9 18 36 73 146 293 586 1,163
SQ1 2048 x 1536 26 20 40 81 162 326 652 1,305 2,558
SQ2 640 x 480 116 90 180 362 725 1,452 2,904 5,814 10,661
16:9 1920 x 1080 29 22 45 90 181 363 726 1,453 2,907

1Capacity will be slightly less than shown if sound is recorded with still images. All figures are approximate.

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How much movie recording time does the FE-240 have?

In movie mode, the FE-240 can, in most cases, record continuously up to the capacity of the storage medium. When using Standard or Type M xD-Picture Card™ media, the maximum recording time per movie in the SHQ quality mode is 15 seconds or the card capacity, whichever is smaller.

The chart below shows the maximum continuous movie recording time available in each quality mode when using the camera's internal memory or Type M+ or Type H xD-Picture Card media. The chart assumes that the medium has been freshly formatted. All figures are approximate.

Quality
Mode
Image
Size
Recording length (h:mm:ss)1
Internal
Memory
20MB
xD-Picture Card media (Type M+ or Type H)
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ2 640 x 480 0:00:11 0:00:08 0:00:172 0:00:352 0:01:102 0:02:212 0:04:422 0:09:252 0:18:502
HQ 320 x 240 0:00:30 0:00:23 0:00:47 0:01:35 0:03:10 0:06:21 0:12:42 0:25:26 0:50:52

1Recording times are calculated based on storage capacity and are not a guarantee of battery life.
2In SHQ mode, movie recording time is limited to 15 seconds per file when the movie is saved to Standard or Type M xD-Picture Card media.

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What shooting modes are available on the FE-240?

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 silver oval to the left of the dial. Additional or alternate steps, if required, are detailed in the descriptions below.

The following shooting modes are available on the FE-240:

  • 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-240. 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 AVI Motion-JPEG format. The flash is disabled in this scene. Noise reduction is automatically applied when the subject is dark.

    The optical zoom is locked while recording movies with sound; however, digital zoom operates normally. To take advantage of optical zoom while recording movies, you must set the optical zoom before pressing the shutter button. Alternatively, set MOVIE W/ SOUND to OFF to enable optical zoom while recording movies.
  • 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-240’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 silver 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-240:

  • 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 scenes. 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 shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this scene.

    By default, the flash mode is set to Red-Eye Reduction Flash (eye icon); however, you can manually override this setting 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.
  • 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 when shooting in this scene to help 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 is 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 enables Macro mode and increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject.
  • 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. In addition, image resolution is restricted to a maximum of 2048 x 1536. PICTURE + SOUND is disabled in this scene.

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What playback modes are available in the FE-240?

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 LCD monitor. Next, follow the instructions as noted in the descriptions below.

The FE-240 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 displayed on 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.
  • 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 file. Pressing the [OK] button will return the camera to Single view, and the selected file will be displayed on the LCD monitor.
  • Close-up: Enlarge the selected frame for closer inspection. To increase the size of the selected image, pull the Zoom Lever clockwise toward “T.” (The notch on the rear of the Zoom Lever will be pushed toward the magnifying glass icon.) Each time the Lever is pulled, the image will get bigger, up to a maximum 10x magnification. Push the Zoom Lever toward the “W” at any time to reduce the size of the image.

    While viewing an enlarged image, you can use the arrow pad to move around within the image.
  • Slideshow: Displays in succession all images and movies from your camera’s internal memory or (optional) xD-Picture Card™ media, sold separately. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) The camera automatically advances through the files at a rate of approximately one every three seconds.

    To run a Slideshow, first press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SLIDESHOW. Press the [OK] button. The slideshow will start immediately and repeat indefinitely. Press [OK] to end the slideshow.
  • Rotation: Select an image 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 PLAYBACK MENU, and then press the [OK] button to advance to the next screen. Press the Up or Down arrow to select the Rotate icon (landscape-oriented print with curved arrow at top left corner). Press [OK]. Press the Up or Down arrow to select the desired orientation. The camera will present the rotated image for your review. When satisfied, press the [OK] button to activate the selection and exit the menu.
  • My Favorite: Register up to nine of your favorite still images for quick review while using a minimum of camera memory. The images are stored in a separate memory space and do not reduce the number of images and movies that can be stored in the camera’s internal memory for shooting. Registered images cannot be edited, printed, copied to a card, transferred to a computer, or viewed on a computer. Registered files cannot be erased by formatting. However, the original files used to register the images are affected normally by these operations.

The FE-240 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 [OK]. 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.
  • 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-240 offer?

The FE-240 offers the following in-camera editing functions:

  • DIS Edit: Corrects blurry images. Gyro sensors track the movement of the camera during image capture. This function uses the movement data to break a blurry image into layers, realign them, and produce a clearer image. The corrected image is saved as a new file; the original is preserved.
  • Resize: Reduces 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 files are 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.

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What Auto Focus method does the FE-240 use?

The FE-240 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-240?

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-240 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-240 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-240’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.9” to infinity (wide) and 23.6” to infinity (telephoto). This means you can focus on a subject as near as 7.9” (.2 meters) when the Zoom is set to its extreme Wide Angle and as near as 23.6” (.6m) when the Zoom is set to its extreme Telephoto.

To use Macro mode, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE]. 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-240 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The FE-240’s Super Macro mode has an operating distance of 2.0” (50mm) to infinity. The zoom is fixed in Super Macro mode, and the flash is disabled.

To use Super Macro mode, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE]. 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-240 offer?

The FE-240 supports Digital ESP multi-pattern metering. This approach meters separately the brightness at the center of the image 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-240?

No. The FE-240 automatically sets ISO sensitivity in all shooting modes. When shooting in Full Auto mode, its range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 50-400. The camera can shoot as high as ISO 1000 equivalent in Digital Image Stabilization mode.

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Can I change the white balance in the FE-240?

No. The FE-240 automatically sets the White Balance in all shooting modes.

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What accessories are available for the FE-240?

A complete list of accessories that are currently available for the FE-240 can be found here.

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What software is bundled with the FE-240? What can it do?

OLYMPUS Master 2.0 is application software for managing your digital images 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 and play back sound.
  • Manage images. Organize your images into albums or folders. Downloaded images are automatically sorted by shooting date1, allowing you to search for images and find them quickly.
  • Edit images. You can rotate, trim, and resize images.
  • Enhance and retouch images. Add filters, remove “red eye,” correct lighting and exposure problems.
  • Print images. You can easily print images.
  • Make panoramic images. You can make panoramic images using shots taken in PANORAMA mode2.
  • Update your camera’s firmware. Check for new versions, and apply them.

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

1 The shooting date is embedded in the digital file as Exif data and is based on the camera’s date and time settings. Files captured when the date and time are not set will be registered in Olympus Master 2.0 with a shooting date that defaults to the computer’s date and time settings at the time of transfer.

2 The PANORAMA function requires Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media.

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How does the FE-240 interface with a computer?

The USB cable (CB-USB7) that comes packaged with the FE-240 is required to connect the camera to the computer.

To purchase a replacement cable (Item # 202059-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in the FE-240?

The FE-240 will accept third-party xD-Picture Card media. However, Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media are required to use the [PANORAMA] camera function.

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What kind of battery should I use to power my FE-240?

The FE-240 accepts one rechargeable Olympus lithium-ion battery (LI-42B/LI-40B). No other type of battery can be used with the FE-240. 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-40C) 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 the FE-240?

Olympus packages a lithium-ion battery charger (LI-40C) with the FE-240. Do not use any other type of charger with this camera.

An additional or replacement charger (Item # 200346) 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-40C) can recharge the LI-42B and LI-40B batteries in about five 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-240?

Yes.  Please see "How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?"

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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-240?

No.

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Does Olympus sell an underwater housing compatible with the FE-240?

No.

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Do I need to have a computer to use my FE-240?

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 CardTM 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-240 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 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-240 is recording to its internal memory or to my 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, images and movies are written to the card, not to internal memory. To use the internal memory, remove the card.

The FE-240 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 CardTM flash memory media.

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

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

Yes, the BACKUP function 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 SETUP, 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 [OK] 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 files from a memory card to the camera’s internal memory.

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

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

The default HQ mode is ideal if you plan to print photographs 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.

The 16:9 image quality mode is ideal for expressing the broadness of a subject, such as a landscape. It’s also useful if you plan to view the images on a widescreen-format television.

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-240 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 view to scroll through all the images and movies in the camera’s internal memory or (an optional) memory card, one at a time. Use the arrow pad to navigate through your files.
  • Use the INDEX playback mode to view thumbnails of multiple images and movies at once. Only the first frame of a movie file will be displayed.
  • Use the MY FAVORITE mode to view up to nine registered images. These favorites can be viewed one at a time or in a slideshow. MY FAVORITE mode excludes all but the registered images, making it a convenient showplace for your most treasured images.
  • Use the SLIDESHOW mode to view all of your still images and movies in succession. Only the first frame of a movie file will be displayed.

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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 (landscape-oriented print with curved arrow at top left corner), and press the [OK] button. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the desired orientation. The camera will present the rotated image 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 MY FAVORITE images?

Once you have registered an image in the MY FAVORITE tool, you can access it independently of the other images and movies you may have stored in the camera’s memory or (an optional) memory card. In this way, the MY FAVORITE function helps you quickly and conveniently display your most treasured images.

First, press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon), and then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed. Use the arrow pad to navigate to MY FAVORITE, and press the [OK] button. VIEW FAVORITE is selected by default. Press [OK]. You can then use the arrow pad to navigate through your registered images just as you would in Single playback view, except that only the registered images are displayed.

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How can I register an image in MY FAVORITE?

To register an image, first press the Playback button (green arrow icon) and then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed. Use the arrow pad to navigate to MY FAVORITE, and press the [OK] button. VIEW FAVORITE is selected by default. Press the Down arrow to select SET, and then press [OK]. Use the arrow pad to scroll through your images and select one you wish to register. Press [OK] to register the image. A confirmation message will be displayed briefly on the LCD monitor.

Alternatively, after at least one image has been registered, you may register additional images by doing the following: Access the MY FAVORITE menu as above. When VIEW FAVORITE is selected, press [OK]. The first registered image is displayed. Press [MENU]. On the next screen, press the Left arrow to select ADD FAVORITE, and then press [OK]. The ADD FAVORITE screen is displayed. Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll to and select an image to register. Press [OK] to register the image. A confirmation message will be displayed briefly on the LCD monitor.

Images captured at resolutions not supported by the FE-240, such as those transferred to the camera from a computer (via the included USB cable) or another camera (via a memory card), cannot be registered in MY FAVORITE. Instead, a warning message will be displayed, and the image will not be added.

Registering an image does not affect the original image file. A registered image cannot be edited, printed, copied to a memory card or transferred to a computer, although the original image file will be affected by these operations. The registered image cannot be erased by the FORMAT function, although the original image file would be deleted.

Up to nine still images may be registered in MY FAVORITE. Once nine images have been registered, you must erase a registered image in order to register a new image.

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How can I erase an image registered in MY FAVORITE?

To erase a registered image, first press the Playback button (green arrow icon) and then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed. Use the arrow pad to navigate to MY FAVORITE, and press the [OK] button. VIEW FAVORITE is selected by default. Press [OK]. The first registered image is displayed. Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll to the registered image that you wish to erase. Once selected on the LCD monitor, press the ERASE button (red trash can icon), located beneath the arrow pad. Use the Up or Down arrow to select YES, and then press [OK]. The registered image will be deleted.

This procedure does not erase the original image file in the camera’s memory or (an optional) memory card. If the original file was not previously erased via the ERASE, ALL ERASE, or FORMAT function, then it will continue to be available in other playback modes.

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How can I view a Slideshow of MY FAVORITE images?

Once you have registered at least two images in the MY FAVORITE tool, you can view a slideshow of the registered images. First, press the Playback button (green arrow icon), and then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed. Use the arrow pad to navigate to MY FAVORITE, and press the [OK] button. VIEW FAVORITE is selected by default. Press [OK] and then [MENU]. On the next screen, SLIDESHOW is selected by default. Press [OK]. The slideshow will begin immediately and loop indefinitely. Press [OK] again to end the slideshow.

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How can I view a Slideshow of all my images and movies?

Once you have at least two images and/or movies in the camera’s internal memory or on (an optional) memory card, you can view a slideshow of the files. First, press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon) and then use the arrow pad to navigate to any still image. Then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the [OK] button. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press [OK] again to end the slideshow.

Note: Only the first frame of each movie file will be displayed. Images captured at resolutions not supported by the FE-240, such as those transferred to the camera from a computer (via the included USB cable) or another camera (via a memory card), will be displayed as thumbnail images. MY FAVORITE images are not supported by SLIDESHOW, although their original source files may be. MY FAVORITE images may be viewed in a slideshow format via the MY FAVORITE function.

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How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the FE-240?

First, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE]. Press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to access the exposure compensation 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 an LCD monitor resting atop an ascending scale of vertical bars. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the Up or Down arrow to toggle between BRIGHT and NORMAL. 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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Will my custom settings be retained after I turn off the power?

The RESET function gives you the flexibility to decide. When RESET is set to NO, your custom settings will be retained when the power is turned off. When RESET is set to YES, the factory default settings will be restored each time the power is turned off.

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

The functions affected by RESET and their default values are: Flash mode (AUTO), Macro mode (off), Exposure Value (0.0), Self-Timer (OFF), Image Quality (HQ), Scene Menu (Sport), MOVIE W/ SOUND (ON), and PICTURE + SOUND (OFF).

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored. If the battery is in the camera for a short period of time, the date and time settings will be reset earlier than this. Before taking important pictures, check that the date and time settings are correct.

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How do I set the date and time on the FE-240?

The first time the camera is powered on, you will be presented with the clock settings screen and asked to set the date and time for the camera. After this, you can access the settings as follows:

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. 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-240 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press [OK] to set the values. Press [MENU] twice to exit.

To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press [OK] as the source 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 three days. They 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 language of the display menus?

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

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

The FE-240 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 2.0 software that was packaged with your camera. After installation, use the included USB cable to connect the camera to the computer. Launch Olympus Master 2.0, click on the Update/Language icon on the toolbar, and follow the on-screen prompts. (An Internet connection is required.) You will be asked to click on the Add Language button, to select a language from a drop menu, and then click Add to download the new language.

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. Do you want to continue?”. Click OK. When the license agreement is presented, click Agree.

The original languages will remain in the camera, and the new one will be appended to the bottom of the language menu. When the download is completed, the LCD monitor will display OK. Click Next in the software. Then disconnect the USB cable from the camera, turn off the camera, and click Close in the software.

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 and choosing the new language from the drop menu.

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Can the FE-240 capture audio along with my still images and movies?

The FE-240 can record brief audio notes along with your still images. Audio cues can be added during image capture, or they can be spliced into a file after capture. The default setting is OFF.

The FE-240 can record audio along with your movies. Sound is recorded during movie capture; audio cannot be added or edited after capture. The default setting is ON.

Audio becomes an embedded part of the digital file and cannot be separated from the image or movie once it has been recorded. When audio recording is enabled, sound is recorded even if SILENT MODE is set to ON, although in this situation the audio would be disabled during playback.

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How do I enable audio recording while shooting still images?

To record sound while shooting still images, first press the Shooting mode button (red camera icon) and then turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE] or [MOVIE]. Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select PICTURE + SOUND, and then press the [OK] button. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to select ON, and then press [OK] again. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit.

Audio recording will then be enabled. A microphone icon will appear on the LCD to remind you that audio capture is active. Audio capture will remain in effect until it is turned off.

When PICTURE + SOUND is ON, the camera will capture four seconds of sound beginning about .5 seconds after the shutter button is released. For best results, point the camera’s microphone toward the sound source.

Note: Audio recording is disabled in the AUCTION scene mode.

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How do I disable audio recording while shooting still images?

To disable audio recording for still images, first press the Shooting mode button (red camera icon) and then turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE] or [MOVIE]. Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select PICTURE + SOUND, and then press the [OK] button. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to select OFF, and then press [OK] again. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit.

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How can I add audio to previously captured images?

To add sound to a previously captured image, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to select the image to which you wish to add audio, and then press the [MENU] button. PLAYBACK MENU will be selected by default. Press the [OK] button. Use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to navigate to the microphone icon, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select YES. The camera will then record four seconds of sound and embed the audio information into the selected image file.

Sound may be recorded and re-recorded to any still image; however, it is not possible to edit the audio track. Sound is recorded even if SILENT MODE is set to ON, although in this case the audio would be disabled during playback.

An icon of a green musical note will accompany images with embedded audio when they are displayed on the LCD monitor. If an image with a musical note icon does not play audio when displayed on the LCD, make sure that [SILENT MODE] is OFF.

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How do I delete the sound from a still image with embedded audio?

The sound in an audio-enabled still image is embedded in the digital file and cannot be separated from the image data. However, you can disable the audio track when you review the image in Playback mode. There are two ways to do this:

  • Enable Silent Mode. – When the camera is in Silent Mode, all operational sounds are muted during shooting and playback. The camera will not play audio embedded in any image file. To enable Silent Mode, turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SILENT MODE, and then press the [OK] button to access the Silent Mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON. Press [OK] to activate the setting.
  • Mute the playback VOLUME. – Turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE], and then 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 VOLUME. Press the Right arrow. The next screen shows stacked horizontal bars, some or all of which may be full (yellow). Each bar represents a volume level; the loudest setting is at the top. Press the Down arrow repeatedly until all of the bars are empty. Press [OK] to activate the setting, and press [MENU] twice to exit.

    Muting the playback volume does not affect other camera audio output such as warning beeps and the shutter release sound. These features have their own audio controls on the SETUP menu.

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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 press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Turn the mode dial to the movie projector icon, and then press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select MOVIE W/ SOUND. Press the [OK] button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select OFF. Press [OK] to activate the setting.

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How can I add audio to previously captured movies?

The FE-240 does not support this operation.

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How can I delete the sound from a movie with embedded audio?

When audio recording is enabled, the sound becomes an embedded part of the digital file and cannot be separated from the movie. However, you can disable the audio portion of a movie file when you review it in Playback mode. There are two ways to do this:

  • Enable Silent Mode. – When the camera is in Silent Mode, all operational sounds are muted during shooting and playback. To enable Silent Mode, turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SILENT MODE, and then press the [OK] button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON. Press [OK] to activate the setting.
  • Mute the playback VOLUME. – Turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE], and then 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 VOLUME. Press the Right arrow. The next screen shows stacked horizontal bars, some or all of which may be full (yellow). Each bar represents a volume level; the loudest setting is at the top. Press the Down arrow repeatedly until all of the bars are empty. Press [OK] to activate the setting, and press [MENU] twice to exit.

    Muting VOLUME does not affect other audio output such as warning beeps and the shutter release sound. These features have their own controls on the SETUP menu.

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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 images and movies, and select the one you wish to delete. Then press the Erase button (red trash can 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 and movies at once?

The FE-240 includes an ALL ERASE function to quickly and conveniently remove all files saved to the internal memory or (an optional) memory card. To use this feature, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Next, press the [MENU] button. Press the Down arrow to select ERASE, 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.

Note: Images registered in MY FAVORITE will not be erased.

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What can I do to prevent accidental file deletion?

The PROTECT feature prevents 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. The top menu is displayed, and PLAYBACK MENU is selected by default. Press the [OK] button. On the next screen, the PROTECT icon (a key) is selected by default. Press [OK]. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON, and 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/LANGUAGE function in the Olympus Master 2.0 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 2.0 and click on UPDATE/LANGUAGE in the toolbar above the main window.

Read the instructions on the dialog that is displayed, and then click on OK. Follow the on-screen prompts to update your firmware, if necessary.

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-240, 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-240 doesn’t have a memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The FE-240 has 20MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will also 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-240 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-240 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 media 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 media 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 media cards; however, a number of companies do offer this service. In addition, commercial software now exists that may help you to retrieve files from a corrupt card. Olympus does not endorse any particular brand, but you can find many applicable products by searching the Internet for “Digital image recovery.”

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

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. Turn the camera on. You will be able to view images in your camera’s internal memory.

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

Change the RESET value to NO.

To do so, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Left arrow on the arrow pad to select RESET, and then press the [OK] button to access the RESET menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select NO. Press [OK] to activate the selection.

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored. The DATE and TIME 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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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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I just put a {new fully charged} battery in my FE-240. 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 shot, you may encounter Sleep mode. The FE-240 includes a power-saving feature to prolong battery life. The camera will automatically enter Sleep Mode and stop operating after three minutes of inactivity. If the camera is not used for 12 minutes after entering Sleep mode, the camera retracts the lens and shuts off.

To “wake” the camera and resume shooting, press any button on the back of the camera.

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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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, first press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Turn the mode dial to any 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 the [OK] button to access the PIXEL MAPPING menu. The START option will be selected by default. Press the [OK] button 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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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 press the shooting mode button (red camera icon). Turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE], and then press the Right arrow on the arrow pad. It has a lightning bolt icon. 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 2.0 software bundled with the FE-240 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, refer to the application’s online Help manual, which you can access by clicking on the HELP icon in the toolbar.

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

The FE-240’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-240 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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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.

Movie files cannot be rotated. Images registered in MY FAVORITE cannot be rotated. If you would like to rotate an image in MY FAVORITE and have not yet erased the original source image, rotate the source file and then register it in MY FAVORITE.

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When recording movies in the SHQ image quality mode, I am restricted to 15 seconds of recording time per movie. Why?

In SHQ mode, the FE-240 records movies with VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Recording this much data, this quickly, requires a large amount of camera memory and a very quick write time.

Olympus’ Type M+ and Type H xD-Picture Card media are high-speed cards and are able to process this volume of information with no loss in quality. Other commercially available media, including Type M and Standard type xD-Picture Card media, are not able to do so. For this reason, this model limits movie recording in SHQ mode to 15 seconds when using media other than Type M+ or Type H cards. The 15-second restriction guarantees that the camera will be able to process the data properly and produce a smooth, error-free movie during playback.

Keep in mind that there is no restriction on movie recording length, other than the capacity of the storage media, when recording in the HQ (320 x 240 pixels) mode.

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The camera no longer turns on. What could be wrong?

The battery may be dead or underpowered.

If the battery is completely drained, the camera will not power on when the Power button is pressed. If the battery is nearly drained, the camera may briefly display a Battery Empty error message and then power off, or it may power on and then quickly power off without displaying the error.  In either case, charge the battery using the LI-40C battery charger bundled with the camera.

Be sure to properly align the arrow on the bundled battery with the arrow on the bundled battery charger.  It is possible to force the battery into the charger so that the arrows are not aligned.  This is an improper orientation, and the battery will not be charged.  For instructions on how to properly inset the battery into the charger, please see "How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?"

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How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?

Load the LI-42B battery into the LI-40C Lithium-ion Battery Charger bundled with the camera.  Be sure to align the arrow on the battery with the arrow on the charger, as shown in Fig. A.

Fig. A

When the battery is properly inserted into the charger, the red charge indicator light will be lit.  The light will turn off when the battery is fully charged.  The approximate charging time is five hours.

Note: The FE-240 monitors its own power consumption and displays a battery level warning icon on the LCD monitor, in both shooting and playback modes, to alert the photographer as power wanes. Fig. B, below, shows the icon that is displayed when a fully charged battery is loaded. Fig. C is displayed when the battery power is low.

   
Fig. B Fig. C

When the Low Battery icon is displayed, recharge the battery.

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