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FE-280

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

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The FE-280 features Face Detection. What is it, and how does it work?

Olympus' Face Detection is designed to help you achieve sharp, brilliant portrait pictures by using your subject's face to set focus and calculate optimum exposure.  Place the camera into FACE DETECT AF mode, and it will search for up to three faces within the vieiwing area and focus on them.  The camera will determine the best exposure by metering a subject face.  Among other benefits, this prevents a subject's face from being too dark when the subject is backlit.

If more than one face is present in the frame, the one with a dominant share of the viewing area will be used to set focus and exposure.

Face Detection is also incorporated into the Smile Shot scene in Scene mode.  Here, it works as a kind of hybrid of the self-timer and the high-speed sequential shooting functions.  Through the use of Face Detection, Smile Shot is able to discern changes in facial expression.  It will automatically shoot a high-speed burst of three images when the subject smiles.  Among other uses, this allows the photographer to step into a shot without having to rush into the frame.  It is also helpful for photographing young children.

When Smile Shot is selected, the self-timer lamp lights. After shooting the burst of images, the self-timer lamp will blink briefly as the camera writes the images to the internal memory or (optional) memory card. Shooting is not possible while the self-timer lamp is blinking.

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The FE-280 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.

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The FE-280 features PERFECT FIX. What is it, and how does it work?

PERFECT FIX is an in-camera editing function available in Playback mode that combines three popular tools that correct common shooting mistakes. These tools can be applied individually or in concert. Use PERFECT FIX to lighten up shadows, remove red-eye, reduce or eliminate blur, or all of the above.

To apply PERFECT FIX, place the camera into Playback mode and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Left Arrow on the arrow pad to select PERFECT FIX. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the option you wish to apply. The choices are:

  • DIS EDIT: Use this tool to retouch blur caused by camera shake.
  • LIGHTING FIX: Use this tool to brighten underexposed areas of an image.
  • REDEYE FIX: Use this tool to remove the effects of "red-eye," caused when light from the flash reflects off a subject's eye back into the lens.
  • ALL: Apply DIS EDIT, LIGHTING FIX, and REDEYE FIX all together.
Once your have made your selection, press the [OK] button.

Next, use the arrow pad to select the image you wish to edit. Finally, press [OK] again to apply the edit.

Note: PERFECT FIX cannot be applied to movies, images shot by another camera, and images that have been previously fixed or edited. Not all blur can be removed from all images. Editing an image may cause it to incur a minor loss in quality.

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The FE-280 has a DIS Edit function. What is it, and how does it work?

DIS EDIT, or 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.

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-280 features Perfect Shot Preview. What is it, and how does it work?

Perfect Shot Preview is a GUIDE mode function that eliminates the need to take several test shots and then choose the best one to keep. Using a live, multi-frame window on the LCD, you can preview the effects of various settings and then select the best one to use when shooting. The camera then adjusts the necessary settings automatically; there is no need to enter the menu system and make the changes.

To use the preview, turn the Mode dial to GUIDE. The Shooting Guide menu is displayed. Shoot w/ effects preview. is selected by default. Press the Right Arrow or the [OK] button to view the preview options. The LCD screen will be split into four frames, each using different settings to display a live view of the subject. Use the arrow pad to select the one that looks most pleasing to your eye, and then press [OK] to activate the selection. The camera will shoot images with these settings until new selections are made or the Mode Dial is turned to another shooting mode.

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The FE-280 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-280 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-280 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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How many images can the FE-280 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of images at each available quality mode that the FE-280 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
48 MB
xD-Picture Card media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 3,264 x 2,448 12 3 7 15 31 63 127 255 511
HQ 3,264 x 2,448 24 7 15 31 62 124 249 499 999
SQ1 2,048 x 1,536 62 20 40 81 162 326 652 1,305 2,558
SQ2 640 x 480 280 90 180 362 725 1,452 2,904 5,814 10,661
16:9 1,920 x 1,080 70 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 recording time does the FE-280 have?

The amount of available movie recording time depends on the quality mode used to shoot the movies and the length of each shot. 

Two factors comprise a quality mode: image size (that is, the resolution of each frame in the movie) and frame rate (the number of frames that are stored per second of recording time). The SHQ quality mode uses the largest image size and fastest frame rate, so it produces the highest-quality movie files; however, the files will be larger than recordings of equal duration that were shot using the other quality modes. Therefore, SHQ mode will exhaust storage capacity more quickly.

In movie mode, the FE-280 can, in most cases, record continuously for 29 minutes or until the capacity of the storage medium is exhausted, whichever occurs first. When using Standard or Type M xD-Picture Card media™ or the camera's internal memory, the maximum recording time per movie in the SHQ quality mode is 10 seconds.

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.

Image Size Frame
Rate
(frames
per
second)
Recording Time Per Movie (h:mm:ss) with Sound1
Internal
Memory
48MB
xD-Picture Card™ (Type M+ and Type H)
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 640 x 480 30 0:00:272 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 15 0:02:24 0:00:46 0:01:33 0:03:07 0:06:15 0:12:31 0:25:02 0:29:003 0:29:003
SQ 160 x 120 15 0:09:38 0:03:06 0:06:13 0:12:27 0:24:56 0:29:003 0:29:003 0:29:003 0:29:003

1Recording times are approximate and are calculated based on storage capacity; they are not a guarantee of battery life.
2In SHQ mode, movie recording time is limited to 10 seconds per file when the movie is saved to Standard or Type M xD-Picture Card media or the camera's internal memory.
3Using any size/type xD-Picture Card media, the maximum length per movie is 29 minutes.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the FE-280?

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, HQ, and SQ.

The FE-280 supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 3264 x 2448 (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 15 fps (HQ); and 160 x 120 at 15 fps (SQ).

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What aspect ratio is used in each image quality mode?

The FE-280 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-280 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-280 support?

The FE-280 can record data to internal memory and to removable flash memory media. It has 48MB 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-280 supports Type H and Type M xD-Picture Card media as well as the Standard xD-Picture Card format.

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

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What shooting modes are available on the FE-280?

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-280:

  • 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.
  • Program Auto mode (The letter “P"): The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed for the shooting conditions. The photographer may manipulate other settings via camera menus. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera uses the current value of those menu settings.
  • 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 17 scenes available on the FE-280. The two most commonly used scenes, Portrait and Landscape, 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, disable sound recording for movies to enable optical zoom while shooting 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-280’s scene mode features 17 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 two most commonly used scenes, Portrait and Landscape, 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-280:

  • 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 640 x 480. Sound cannot be recorded to images shot while Auction is selected.
  • Smile Shot (“SCENE”): This scene uses Olympus' Face Detection technology to locate subject faces in the viewing area and snap the shutter when the dominant subject face smiles. Smile Shot is able to discern changes in facial expression and will automatically shoot a sequence of three images in high-speed sequential shooting mode when the subject's smile is at its peak. It is also possible to shoot pictures manually by pressing the shutter button.

    When Smile Shot is selected, the self-timer lamp lights. After shooting the burst of images, the self-timer will blink briefly as the camera writes the images to the memory card. Shooting is not possible while the self-timer lamp is blinking.

    The Image Quality mode is restricted to a maximum of 2048 x 1536. The AUTO and Redeye Reduction flash modes are not available in this scene.
  • Under Water Wide 1 (“SCENE”): This scene is suitable for taking pictures of underwater landscapes. Face Detect AF mode is not available in this scene. When using the FE-280 for underwater photography, the PT-038 Underwater Housing, sold separately, is required.
  • Under Water Wide 2 (“SCENE”): This scene is also suited to taking pictures of underwater scenery. In this scene, the focus is locked to allow for quicker shutter release. When using the FE-280 for underwater photography, the PT-038 Underwater Housing, sold separately, is required.
  • Under Water Macro (“SCENE”): This scene is suitable for taking close-up photographs underwater. Face Detect AF mode is not available in this scene. When using this model for underwater photography, the PT-038 Underwater Housing, sold separately, is required.

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Is it possible to manually focus the FE-280?

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-280 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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Do I need to have a computer to use my FE-280?

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-280 is packaged with a comprehensive, hard-copy Instruction Manual. A PDF version of the manual is also available for download from the product support page for the FE-280 on the Olympus America web site.

Adobe Reader® is required to view the PDF file.  The software is available as a free download from Adobe's web site.

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How do I set the date and time on the FE-280?

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-280 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 does the FE-280 interface with a computer?

The USB cable (CB-USB7) that comes packaged with the FE-280 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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How do I update the firmware of the FE-280?

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, use the Update Camera function in the OLYMPUS Master 2 software packaged with the camera.  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, click on the Camera menu and select Update Camera/Add Display Language.

Follow the on-screen instructions to access the Olympus server. Once connected to the server, the Update Camera dialog box appears.  Carefully read the prerequisites for updating firmware.  When all are met, click OK to continue.

If newer firmware is available for your camera, it will be listed in the dialog box.  To view a description of a firmware update before downloading it, select the update and then click the Detail button.  The details of the firmware update will be displayed in a new web browser window.

Be aware that it is not possible to return to a previous firmware version once a newer version has been applied.  When you are ready to apply the new firmware, select the update and then click the Update button.

When the license agreement is displayed, click Agree.  The selected firmware is downloaded and transferred to the digital camera.  The camera then performs the update.  When the update is completed, the camera will display OK.  Click Next.  Finally, disconnect the USB cable.  The firmware update is complete.

Note: Please follow these 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 a freshly charged battery in the camera 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 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-280 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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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 whether the FE-280 is recording images 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-280 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 memory card?

Yes, the BACKUP feature will transfer files from the camera’s internal memory to a removable flash memory card (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 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 memory card to the camera’s internal memory.

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Which image quality mode should I use to capture 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 change the number of thumbnail images displayed at one time in the 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 T.

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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. The first time this operation is performed, SET will be selected by default.  (After the first image is registered, VIEW FAVORITE will be selected by default. Press the Down arrow to select SET.) 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, use the arrow pad 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-280, 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 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 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 on 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-280, 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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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: AF mode (iESP), Flash mode (AUTO), Macro mode (off), Exposure Compensation Value (0.0), Fine Zoom (OFF), Image Quality (HQ), ISO (AUTO), Movie + Sound (ON), Picture + Sound (OFF), Scene Menu (Night + Portrait), Self-Timer (OFF), and WB (AUTO).

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 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 display languages to my camera?

The FE-280 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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What is the difference between the Under Water Wide1 scene and the Under Water Wide2 scene?

Under Water Wide1 scene is ideal for capturing underwater landscapes. The photographer retains control of the optical zoom. (Digital zoom is disabled.)

In the Under Water Wide2 scene, the focus and zoom are locked for quicker shutter release. The focus distance is fixed at approximately 5.0 meters.

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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 can I delete all of my images and movies at once?

The FE-280 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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What accessories are available for the FE-280?

Olympus accessories are available from authorized Olympus dealers, many of whom maintain online storefronts.  If your local dealer does not stock a particular item, you may be able to purchase it directly from The Olympus Store.

For a current list of compatible accessories available through the Olympus Store, click here.

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What software is bundled with the FE-280? What can it do?

OLYMPUS Master 2 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,” and 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, click the Help icon in the application's main menu bar to view the OLYMPUS Master 2 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 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 and a camera that supports the Panorama shooting assist function.

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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in the FE-190?

The FE-280 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 2 software.

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What kind of batteries should I use to power my FE-280?

The FE-280 accepts one rechargeable Olympus lithium-ion battery (LI-42B/LI-40B). No other type of batteries can be used with the FE-280. 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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I lost the battery charger bundled with my FE-280. Where can I get a replacement?

Olympus packages a lithium-ion battery charger (LI-40C) with the FE-190. Do not use any other type of charger with this camera. An additional or replacement charger (Item # 200346) can be purchased online from The Olympus 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-280?

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-280?

No.

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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-280, 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-280 doesn't have a memory card packaged in its box. Why not?

The FE-280 has 48MB 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-280 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-280 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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When recording movies in the SHQ image quality mode, I am restricted to 10 seconds of recording time per movie. Why?

In SHQ mode, the FE-280 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 10 seconds when using media other than Type M+ or Type H cards. The 10-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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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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I just put a {new / fully charged} battery in my FE-280. 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-280 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 images?

The FE-280 includes a Redeye Fix edit feature in the Playback menu that will reduce or eliminate the effects of "red-eye" from most images.

Also, the Olympus Master 2.0 software bundled with the FE-280 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-280’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-280 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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The camera no longer powers 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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