Olympus C-720 UZ

Announced May 8, 2002 •
3 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 40 – 320 mm (8×)
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My copy had severe focussing problems when the zoom was used to its fullest. As well as foor objects near to me as for those far away. It took quite some time to focus or the camera didn't focus at all. I especially hate those viewfinders. The only good one i think is the one in the Sony DSC-F707. This camera's dots were very big. The best high zoom camera still is the 2100Z by olympus, although the Nikon Coolpix 5700 has astounded me. Great image quality, nice lenses ans ease of use. Problems: ...

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coppertop
 
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Don't buy this camera unless you will be satisfied with a basic "point and shoot" camera. I was looking to replace my Olympus C2100 with a higher pixel camera with at least a 6x zoom. Being very satisfied with the C2100 I gave the 720 a chance expecting the same high quality of camera the C2100 is. Boy was I wrong. The lens tube rattles (which can't be good), the camera is too small to use the buttons with any efficiency, and the quality of the pictures is very poor for a 3mp camera. ...

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djmitch
 
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The Olympus C-720UZ was my first foray into digital photography. I had previously shot with a Canon Elan IIE SLR film camera for 6 years, coupled with a Tamron 28-300 mm zoom lens for the last 3 years. Thus, I didn't want to lose zoom capability and I wanted to view exposure (and other) information in the viewfinder since I was already used to doing so, i.e. I wanted an EVF. The C-720, having these features, seemed like the perfect digital substitute for a great price. I found the overall ...

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Heinrich
 
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I GOT RID OF IT. Sold the C-720UZ and bought a Canon S40. Much much happier.. One word of caution, I purchased a G2 from amphotoworld.com and they did not tell me it was non-US model, their web pages also do not say. Luckily they were back-ordered which they didn't let me know either. Original review follows: Just sold my Canon S20 and bought this one for the extra resolution and extra zoom. I like the picture quality when the picture is carefully planned, colors are vivid both in- and ...

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Leo
 
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I just wanted to point out that there is another error in the specs listed here. The C-720 does NOT have a manual focus WB set. It has Auto, and four presets (daylight, overcast, tungsten and . fluorescent). I think it is a big mistake on the Olympus part to remove a Custom WB set function that exists in C700. I do not use manual focus and would not miss it. Anyway it is very hard to use it with a low-resolution display/EVF. However, I would miss the Custom WB set. I wanted to upgrade my ...

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Joe Robinson
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I just wanted to point out that there is an error in the specs listed here. The C-720 does NOT have a manual focus.

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OFreeman
 
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I've used this camera for two weeks and just getting comfortable. My previous camera was an automatic SLR from 20 years ago. I bought the camera for family pics (eg. kid playing soccer) and general interest nature shots. The zoom is what sold me on the camera and really is sharp (much sharper than the Tamron 80-210 zoom I'm used to). There is some barrelling at wide angles (showed very strongly in macro mode). Long distance closeups work very well with excellent detail. The camera is well ...

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JOHN HENRY
 
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I have used the C-720 for two weeks. This is my first digital camera, and I am surprised and pleased at the photo quality.The telephoto is sharp and convenient. The digital zoom is useful at 2X but questionable at 3X. I have rechargable batteries and am able to use the camera all day before recharging. The download to the computer is quite fast. I am fond of the spotmeter, and the focusing is adequate. Some focus problems and color balance issues should be solved as I get more used to ...

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Its an easy to use camera. Small enough to grip but not so small that it would be hard to handle. It has fast shutter speed for sports photography and red eye reduction for Portraits. The zoom lens seems to focus pretty well. Not to bad on battery life and comes with a 16MB Smart Media card. Images can be downloaded directly from Camera to your PC without card Reader. Funny? My C-720 has Manual focus. How long did you guys have the Camera? Problems: It can make QuickTime movies but there is ...

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