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Olympus µ 780 / Stylus 780

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and image quality. The performance and design are also appreciated, whereas the shutter and flash get less positive reviews.

portability, design, performance, image quality, usability

screen, viewfinder, features, flash, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 780 / Stylus 780 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus 780


Olympus's Stylus 780 packs a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom, a crisp 2.5-inch LCD, and face-detection technology into a weatherproof camera body that is slightly larger but more stylish than the Sony DSC-W80's.

Image quality not as good as FujiFilm's F40FD

Image quality not as good as FujiFilm's F40FD

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Olympus Stylus 780


Olympus bridges the gap between casual user and semi-serious amateur with this high-quality, full-featured point-and-shoot.

Bright Capture LCD makes framing shots in low-light easy ; Guide feature explains how to get the best photos ; Lightweight and durable body ; Impressive Shadow Adjustment Technology

Control dial isn’t backlit ; Memory card isn't included ; Long startup

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Olympus Stylus 780 Review


I saw the Olympus Stylus 780 at the 2007 PMA tradeshow in Las Vegas and couldn't wait to try it. It's got all the makings of a great pocket-sized, outdoor and travel camera. The weatherproof body, Dual iS image stabilization, new TruePic III processor,...

Weatherproof, Pocket-sized, 5x optical zoom, Real mechanical image stabilization!, Live histogram display, Great high-ISO performance, Excellent macro options

No optical viewfinder, Weak flash, No aperture or shutter speed display, Soft spots in lens, Slow shot-to-shot time

There are so many good things about the Olympus Stylus 780. It fits in your pocket, it's quick, it's weatherproof, the image stabilization works great, and the high ISO performance is amazing for a compact digital camera. But no matter how much I want...


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Olympus Stylus 780 Digital Camera Review


Olympus Stylus 780 is a point and shoot digital camera built within a brushed metal body (silver and black). Like the rest of the Stylus line, this Stylus 780 is weatherproof. The most important features are: Dual Image Stabilisation anti-blur...

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Olympus Stylus 780


This camera is our "ugly duckling": used in rain or spray conditions. So it gets the worst weather and the shiveriest users. Despite this negative bias, its images are rather good, often excellent. It has rescued many vacation moments when more...

All these are minor carps. I don't like non-viewfinder cameras as they force "hands out" shooting (much less steady) and eyeglasses-on composition. Olympus's "pick the focus point" is sufficiently weird in use that it is not the default; centre (sic in...

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Olympus Stylus 780


Very good picture quality Fast startup 5x Zoom in compact case Bright sharp display Image stabilizer works well down to 1/4s exposures Perfectly built metal casing

Autofocus could be a bit faster for a modern camera ; No manual controls

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Olympus Stylus 780


The Mju780 is a very good, well built, point and shoot camera. It is ultra compact and weatherproof. The dual stabilisation systems work well, reducing shake and unwanted blur. The combined Shadow adjusting and Face recognition is also very effective....

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Olympus Stylus 780


I have been using my olympus mju780 for a week (including some test shots around where i live and a weekend trip to Rotorua). I find this camera overall a pretty good performer. Night photos are great and I do think the bright capture technology makes...

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Olympus Stylus 780


I had waited for the Olympus 780 to be released as I wanted the auto face recognition feature (as opposed to the 760). Now the camera arrives and it doesn't have the feature. I check the Olympus website and they have changed the specified features to...

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Amazon review summary for Olympus µ 780 / Stylus 780


alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Olympus µ 780 / Stylus 780 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

design, image quality, performance, stabilizer , usability

portability, screen, color

62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus Stylus 780 7.1MP Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 5x Optical Zoom (Black)Olympus Stylus 780 7.1MP Digital Camera with Dual Image Stabilized 5x Optical Zoom (Silver)Olympus Stylus 780 7.1 Megapixel All-Weather Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom + Olympus M-1GB xD-Picture Card + Olympus xD-Picture Card Reader/Wri

Product Specifications

Blur-free images with amazing clarity and color. Olympus' Stylus line of cameras has always pushed the boundaries of digital technology, and the Stylus 780 takes it to the next level. Get in close to your subject with the ultra compact 5x optical zoom. Take crisp shots with Dual Image Stabilization, Olympus' advanced 2-in-1 anti-blur technology. The sleek 780 also packs Shadow Adjustment Technology and Perfect Shot Preview into its brushed metal, All-Weather body. The 2-in-1 anti-blur technology lets you capture crisp, clear images in any situation. Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization is ideal for low-light shooting and zooming in on your subject. And Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds. Easily compose, view and share your images indoors and outdoors - even in direct sunlight! The 780's large, high-resolution LCD features a wider viewing angle (140 degrees, left to right or up and down) and anti-glare technology that uses natural light to brighten the LCD. Shadow Adjustment Technology will help you capture amazing detail in difficult lighting conditions. You'll capture smiles, even in backlight scenes. You'll pick up detail, even in the shadows cast by bright sunlight. The new Face Detection Auto Focus (AF) and Auto Exposure (AE) detects faces in a scene and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for brilliant, sharp results. Preview and capture the perfect shot! An addition to the Shooting Guide displays a live, multi-frame window on the LCD so you can preview the effects of various settings including zoom, exposure, white balance and metering. Simply select the frame with the setting you want, point and shoot!

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auction / Available light portrait / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2/Auction / Available light portrait / Beach/snow / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Shoot & select 1 / Shoot & select 2 / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus /Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:6.4mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5.6
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Frames / Sepia/Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None