Olympus unveils three new FE digital camerasFE-5050, FE-5040 and FE-4050 arriving in September

19 August 2010

Olympus FE-5050

The Olympus FE-5050 had a broad focal range, from a wide 26mm to a zoomed in 130mm

Olympus has announced the FE-5050, the FE-5040 and the FE-4050 compact digital cameras. All three models are due to launch in September.

The three Olympus FE cameras all feature Olympus' selection of Magic Filters, a series of effects that can be applied to pictures to give them a quirky look. Pop Art, Grainy Film and Soft Focus filters (among others) have featured on previous Olympus cameras, but these new models feature two new filters: Wedding and Rock. We'll bring you an example picture of all of these filters in use when we get our hands on one of these new models.

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Olympus FE-5050

The Olympus FE-5050 has a 14Mp sensor and a 5x optical zoom ranging from 26mm to 130mm. The camera has a 2.7-inch LCD and is fitted with a digital image stabiliser. In our tests, we have found optical image stabilisers to be more effective than digital stabilisers, so we are keen to see if the new Olympus technology changes our view.

The FE-5050 will be available in Gold and Dusty Pink colours.

Olympus FE-5040

The Olympus 5040 features the same 26-130mm (5x) optics as the FE-5050. It also has a 2.7-inch LCD, however the resolution is lower than that of the FE-5050 at 12Mp, rather than 14Mp.

The FE-5040 will be available in Starry Silver, Classic Black, Raspberry Red and Copper Orange colours.

Olympus FE-4050

The Olympus FE-4050 has a 12Mp sensor and a 4x optical zoom, with a focal range between 27-108mm. Like the other two models this camera has Olympus' newly-developed digital image stabilisation and a 2.7-inch LCD.

The FE-4050 will be available in Starry Silver, Classic Black, Wine Red and Pure White colours.

All three of the new Olympus cameras feature USB charging, an SD memory card slot and a range of automatic settings.

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