Olympus C-740 UZ

Announced Mar 2, 2003 •
3 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 380 mm (10×)
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Nice optics. 10x Optical Zoom f/2.8/3.7 - f/8.0 1/1000-16secs shutter speed Useful Macro Mode Run on AA batteries Built in Flash Panorama mode (requires Olympus branded xD cards) Video (but no sound) No hotshoe Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program modes, as well as the usual dummy modes 3.2 Mega Pixels Takes in my opinion very nice photos. I bought this camera in around 2003 as I had just got a job where I would be working overseas in London, for several months, so I though ...

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BeatleFan
 
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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 events, the zoom comes in handy. I like being able to switch from the LCD view to the view finder with a press of a button. LCD is small at 1 1/2" but I believe that was the standard size when I bought the camera in 2003. The flash works super. ...

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moxfyre
 
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(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 else to back it up. The zoom is great, but the autofocus is way too slow to use it for action or wildlife shots at a distance. The shutter lag is pretty bad even with focus locked in. The flash is weak, but the white balance invariably comes ...

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pruhnke
 
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I have had this camera for 3 years now. I don't think anyone will be looking to pick one up, but I have loved it so much for so long I had to write something. I have had no physical porblems with it. However if you have one of these make sure not to drop it on the viewfinder. My wife did and the LCD in the viewfinder went a bit blurry. Besides that it gave me thousands of great images of my little gril the frist 3 years of her life. Just now I have moved up to a new camera. I picked ...

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PegK
 
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I love this little camera! This was my first foray into digital and I didn't want to spend much money until I had at least a working knowledge of a digital camera. Three years later and I'm only now looking for a more advanced digital camera. Earlier this year I bought a C-750 as a second camera for my trip to London in case something went wrong with the C-740 - it didn't. My 8x10 home-prints are crisp and clear. Metal body, attached lens cap, couldn't be easier to use. Problems: I'm ...

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yochau
 
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I am a little bit late of giving my comments as I have this camera for years. It's still running well and I still like its 10x zoom and its picture quality. I bought a few new DC afterwards but It is still one of the best.

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sirtuckerman
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Image quality is good, especially on macro where it is stellar (which is interesting given the touted 10x optical zoom). Full telephoto can be hard in low light due to camera/hand shake, but you can get good shots. There's some shutter delay and the auto-focus isn't quick, but if you learn to press half-way for focus, and then take the photo, you get very good results. The 10x zoom, extra-low dispersion lens is the reason to buy this camera. When it came out last summer, it was the only ...

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Ned Hopkins
 
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The C740Z is my fourth digital camera. The first three were all Kodaks. The Olympus is far superior to the last of those, it being the DC215Z. Combined with its included Camedia software, downloading, editing, and printing pictures is a snap. For more precision in editing, however, I also use three other editing programs. Though DPR's "full review" says 5x7" is the largest size for a print, I've done many 8x10s. Some of those are close to art-prints. Problems: The 10x zoom -- what I mainly ...

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climer
 
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I've been using this camera for a few months now and it's been with me on many hikes, scrambles, climbs, mountain biking trips, etc. and has performed admirably. The picture quality is very good and the zoom is amazing ! I've taken pictures of black bears from safe distances with great resolution... even without a tripod. And I've even ditched my binoculars since this camera more than makes up for it. (The digital zoom is very good as well.) Problems: I found the lens to be a little ...

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