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Olympus CAMEDIA C 740 Ultra Zoom

alaTest has collected and analyzed 472 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and portability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the reliability. Many are less positive about the memory and focus.

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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 740 Ultra Zoom is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom


Support for add-on lenses ; Long zoom lens ; Saves favorite settings ; Good picture quality ; Full manual controls

Manual only on included CD ; No image stabilization ; Slowest shutter speeds available only in manual mode ; No AF illuminator ; Images a little noisy ; No sound in movie mode

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Olympus Camedia C-740 Camera Review - PCWorld


A good choice for amateur outdoor photographers on a budget, because it has more advanced controls than is typical in a 3-megapixel model. If you want to make prints larger than 8 by 10 inches, consider the very similar 4-megapixel C-750 Ultra Zoom.

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Olympus C-740 UltraZoom


The CAMEDIA C-740 Ultra Zoom is a compact, 10X optical zoom, 3.2 megapixel digital camera. It's ideal for the budget-conscious family photographer who wants the flexibility of a wide focal length range, automatic controls for basic point-and-shoot simplic

The bottom line: Excellent camera, good price, very long focal length zoom, all the exposure and finished image size options you could ever want. It has the "better than average" image quality that we have come to expect from Olympus cameras. The overall

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Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


With its very successful line of Camedia digital cameras, 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...

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Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom


In the "old days", there wasn't much competition in the ultra zoom arena. That is changing, with Fuji, HP, and Panasonic now getting into the act. That's good, because it means that consumers will get better products

10X zoom lens ; Less purple fringing than earlier models ; Full manual controls, including white balance which you can fine tune ; Customizable buttons and menus ; Can store four sets of your settings ; Very good image quality (though a tad noisy) ;...

Noise levels higher than they should be ; No AF illuminator ; Over-sensitive power button ; EVF difficult to see in low light ; No more sound recording, flash sync port (which C-730 had) ; Slowest shutter speeds only available in full manual mode ;...

Most of the new features in the Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom are pretty dull, but there's one that stands out: the extra-low dispersion (ED) lens noticeably reduces purple fringing, which should make owners of the older Ultra Zooms a bit jealous. It...

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Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera


Aesthetically beautiful, internally powerful, and user enjoyable; A few traits that are at the heart of Olympus's C-740. It is a 3.2 MP professional use camera for those who want to test the limits of digital photography. With magnificent 10X optical...

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Review: This Month in Digital Cameras


Pros: Long zoom lens; good picture quality; full manual controls; support for add-on lenses; saves favorite settings. Cons: Images a little noisy; ...

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Olympus C-740 UZ


Great camera overall. I've had it for 4 years now. It was my first digital camera. Near perfect picture quality. For example, when taking live nature shots of birds, you can see the detail of feathers. When taking shots of my son at his various school...

I have never had a problem with this camera. Although it does tend to drain batteries, get a good rechargeable set. That worked best for me ; The only downside to the camera is although its small, its still a bit cumbersome to "whip out" to take a shot...

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Owners Opinion: Olympus C-740 UZ (moxfyre, 7 Jan 08)


(I have had this camera for 4.5 years, and just upgraded to a Pentax K10D digital SLR.) The Olympus C-740 UZ was a great first digital camera (thanks, Grandma :-). But it's hampered by the fact that it has one GREAT feature (a 10X zoom) without much...

The LCD screen cracked. Unlike with most newer/larger cameras, there was no protective hard plastic cover over it. Fortunately, the electronic viewfinder screen is an *exact* duplicate of the main LCD, so this hasn't affected my ability to use the...

Product Specifications

The CAMEDIA C-740 Ultra Zoom is an ideal model for the user looking to explore the world of ultra zoom digital photography. Within its very compact, lightweight body, it combines a 3 megapixel resolution with the power of a high-quality 10x zoom lens. 30x magnification is possible when used with the 3x digital zoom. Operation is easy thanks to automatic focus and exposure settings plus scene programs (portrait, self-portrait, night scene, sports, landscape, landscape plus portrait). For those looking for even greater creative expression, the camera permits manual adjustment of many parameters.


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: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:740 Ultra Zoom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus CAMEDIA C

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
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