Product Support


Select the topic that best matches your question: 

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

Complete instructions may be downloaded by clicking here.

Adobe Reader® software is required to view the file. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version.

Return to Top

How many images can the FE-250 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of images at each available quality mode that the FE-250 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
20 MB
xD-Picture Card media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 3,264 x 2,448 3 2 5 10 21 43 87 174 347
HQ 3,264 x 2,448 9 7 15 31 62 124 249 499 999
SQ1 2,048 x 1,536 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 1,920 x 1,080 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.

Return to Top

How much movie recording time does the FE-250 have?

In movie mode, the FE-250 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.

Recording length (h:mm:ss)1
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.

Return to Top

How do I charge the lithium-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-250 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.

Return to Top

Must I charge the lithium-ion battery before using it in the FE-250?

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

Return to Top

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?"

Return to Top

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-250 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.

Return to Top
  • Shop the Olympus Store Lifeproof.