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Olympus Camedia C-730

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the color and portability are on the whole positive. The usability and value for money are also appreciated. Comments about the battery and lens are mixed, while there are some critical reviews about the focus and responsiveness.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Camedia C-730 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus C-730 Ultra Zoom


Full manual controls ; Unlimited movie mode ; Powerful zoom lens ; Support for external flash

Images noisier than other 3-megapixel cameras ; No AF illuminator ; Purple fringing sometimes a problem

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Olympus C-730 Ultra Zoom


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Olympus C-730 UltraZoom


Based on Olympus' popular C-700 and C-720 Ultra Zoom, the C-730 Ultra Zoom is the world's smallest 3.2-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom (38 to 380mm in 35mm photography.) With a fast shutter speed of 1/1000 sec., it's perfect for distant fast acti

Olympus' 10X "Ultra Zoom" cameras (C-2100UZ, E-100RS) used to have image stabilizers to prevent blurry pictures due to camera shake. A 10X zoom is great but you have to have a very steady hand or a fast shutter speed to prevent motion blurring beyond 6X.


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Olympus C-730 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Olympus has long been a dominant player in the digicam marketplace. They currently boast one of the broadest digital camera lineups in the industry, with numerous models ranging from pure entry-level, point-and-shoot digicams to the E-20 high end SLR....

Overall, the C-730 Ultra Zoom performed very well, producing excellent color under the majority of shooting conditions. The C-730's auto white balance system was pretty accurate, introducing only a hint of red into some shots under my studio lights,...

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C-730 Ultra Zoom


Sophisticated, versatile and attractively priced, the Olympus C-730 Ultra Zoom digital camera has everything going for it.

Sophisticated, versatile and attractively priced, the

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Olympus C-730 Ultra Zoom


The C-730UZ is the current king of the jungle when it comes to big zoom lenses. But there is competition, with Nikon, Minolta, and even HP selling digicams with 7X lenses or above. How well does the C-730UZ stack up? Find out now

10X zoom lens ; Full manual controls, including white balance which you can fine tune ; Customizable buttons and menus ; Can store four sets of your settings ; Good job with macro, redeye, night shot tests; generally good image quality ; External flash...

Chromatic aberrations a problem ; Noise levels higher than they should be ; No AF illuminator ; Single xD/SmartMedia slot prevents copying between cards ; Shutter lag when shutter speed isn't fast; Slow autofocus too ; EVF useless in low light or...

The Olympus C-730 Ultra Zoom is a nice improvement over its predecessor, the C-720. I've covered the changes throughout this review. In terms of features, it's an exceptional camera. You get a high resolution CCD, a huge 10X zoom, tons of manual...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus C-730 UZ (john13, 26 Jul 05)


after 12 months of use and over 7,000 photographs i have no hesitation in recommending this camera

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Excellent Pics


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Owners Opinion: Olympus C-730 UZ (dylan86, 24 Jul 04)


I have been using this cam for two years and its my first digicam. I am very satisfied with its colour reproduction which is just nice to my eyes out of the camera. So I don't do much post processing. At the time of purchase I was considering the Fuji...

There are a lot of drawbacks that have been sorted out by Olympus in the future models. Except for two which is the AF assist and also the vulnerability of dust to enter the lens. You have to get a lens tube and put on a UV filter to protect the lens....

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Owners Opinion: Olympus C-730 UZ (johnsm2, 13 Jul 04)


An OK camera for the money, this SLR achieves a resonable compromise on features and is appropriate for moderate spenders or new digital users. I've had this camera for a year now, and am still mostly satisfied. But I will definitely upgrade to a...

The zoom lens has a cheap "loose" feel construction, but it doesn't seem to impare the function ; It has a slow shooting/focusing speed. The camera functioned poorly at both a recent graduation and wedding because of this - I just couldn't get it to...

Product Specifications

The compact, lightweight C-730 Ultra Zoom is the ideal companion for photographing sports events and nature. Thanks to a 10x optical zoom lens and its digital zoom facility, up to 30x magnification is possible, enabling even distant objects to be captured close up. Of course, with its automatic settings and scenes programs it is also suited for everyday use. Photographers looking to experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and white balance, for example, will enjoy its manual control options. This model's three-megapixel resolution and image optimization processes assure the results also impress when printed in large formats. It accepts both the new ultra-compact digital storage standard xD-Picture card as well as SmartMedia.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SmartMedia / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M/xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night mode / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:730 Ultra Zoom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus CAMEDIA C

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.5/F/2.8-8.0
Max Focal Length:59mm
Min Focal Length:5.9mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:3
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / Panorama mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blackboard / Sepia / Whiteboard
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic