PMA 2004: Olympus today announced what they claim to be the worlds smallest 10x Zoom digital camera, the new C-765 Ultra Zoom. This camera has a four megapixel CCD sensor and ten times optical zoom lens (38 - 380 mm equiv.). Other features of interest will be the high resolution EVF (electronic viewfinder), live view histogram, a wide range of manual controls and adjustments as well as USB 2.0 connectivity. Expected street price for the C-765 UZ in the US is $499.

Press Release (Olympus UK):

The World’s Smallest 10x Zoom Camera -
The Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom

Designed for sporting events, travel, nature hikes or any occasion where a more detailed view is necessary, the new C-765 Ultra Zoom model, is the smallest digital camera in the world featuring an optical 10x zoom. Weighing a mere 280g, the new Olympus Ultra Zoom is more than just a digital camera it has a Movie Mode, enabling you to capture video with sound as well. Available from May 2004, the RRP is £399.99 [inc VAT]. For stockist information call 0800 072 0070 or go to www.olympus.co.uk.

The camera is light-weight, easy-to-handle and perfect for capturing shots from a distance. However this 4.0 million pixel model is equally practical for shooting subjects in extreme close-up, as the Super Macro mode lets you shoot from just 3cm away.

Outstanding results are guaranteed through the first class optical system and optimised image processor, TruePic Turbo, which boosts both image quality and image processing capabilities even further.

The very bright (f2.8 – 3.7) optical system of the C-765 Ultra Zoom comprises eleven elements arranged in seven groups and includes two aspherical lenses to reduce distortion as well as an ED element. This is normally only found in pro-level SLR cameras and significantly helps reduce chromatic aberration.

The new C-765 Ultra Zoom model is versatile enough to match every photographer’s demands. In auto mode, it offers point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For those times when creativity is desired, the aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual settings allow greater control.

The optimised electronic viewfinder – unlike many optical viewfinders – enables precise framing of the shot. Also you don’t have to take your eye from the subject when shooting as all activated settings are displayed in the electronic viewfinder. The USB 2.0 AutoConnect interface also ensures that file transfer to the computer is now even quicker.

The C-765 Ultra Zoom – main features

  • 4.0 million pixels
  • 10x optical zoom, f2.8 – 3.7 (equiv. 38 – 380mm on 35mm camera)
  • TruePic Turbo image processor
  • Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual modes
  • 4 scene programs (Portrait, Sports, Night Scene, Landscape)
  • Super macro mode: shooting from as close as 3cm
  • Movie recording function with sound
  • 240,000 pixel electronic viewfinder
  • 1.8 inch LCD monitor with 110,00 pixels
  • PictBridge compatible
  • USB 2.0 (AutoConnect)
  • CAMEDIA Master 4.2 software provided

Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom specifications


Sensor • 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 2288 x 1712
• 2288 x 1512 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 3200 x 2400 (interpolated)
File formats • TIFF
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• MOV (Motion JPEG)
Movie clips • 640 x 480, 30 fps
• 320 x 240, 30 fps
• Limited only by storage (streaming)
• With audio
Lens • 10x optical zoom
• 38 - 380 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F3.7
• 11 elements in 7 groups, 2aspherical elements, ED lens
Digital zoom Up to 3x
Auto focus • TTL contrast detect
• ESP AF
• AF area selectable
Manual focus Yes
Focus range • Normal: W 0.6 m - Infinity, T 2.0 m - Infinity
• Macro: W 7 - 60 cm, T 1.2 - 2.0 m
• Super macro: 3 cm
Shooting modes • Program AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• Scene
Scene modes • Portrait
• Sports
• Night scene
• Landscape
Metering • Digital ESP
• Spot
• Multi-spot
Sensitivity equiv. • Auto (ISO 50 - 400)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compen. • -2.0 to +2.0 EV
• 0.3 EV steps
Shutter speed 16 - 1/1000 sec
Exposure bracketing • Up to 5 images
• 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent 1 2 3
• Manual one-touch
WB adjustment -7 to +7
Image parameters • Sharpness (-5 to +5)
• Contrast (-5 to +5)
• Saturation (-5 to +5)
Image processing • TruePic Turbo
• Pixel mapping
• Noise reduction
User memories 4 memories
Histogram • Shooting mode
• Playback mode
Viewfinder • Electronic viewfinder (EVF)
• 240,000 pixels
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT LCD
• 114,000 pixels
Self-timer 10 sec
Flash • Pop-up (electronic release)
• Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-In, Slow sync, Off
• Range: Wide 4.5 m, Tele 3.5 m
Sequence shooting • 2.7 fps
• 12 images (HQ mode)
Direct print PictBridge compatible
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Power • Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Charger supplied
• Optional AC adapter
Storage • xD-Picture Card
• 16 MB card supplied
Dimensions 105 x 60 x 69 mm
Weight (no batt) 280 g