Yes, the FE has aperture-priority automation. But it can be used as a manual camera if you choose to do so since it has all of the settings you'll find on a full-manual camera. I believe the only difference will be that with a FE the shutter will require a battery in place to operate, whereas the FM-series will need the battery only to operate the meter. I use a FE and find it to be a fully satisfactory camera.