PMA 2003: Olympus has today announced the three megapixel C-740 and four megapixel C-750 Ultra Zoom digital cameras. These are direct successors to the C-730 Ultra Zoom. Featuring the now familiar C-7xx body the both cameras feature a 10x optical zoom lens (38 - 380 mm equiv.). Like all newly announced Olympus digital cameras they store images on xD-Picture Card, and are powered by AA batteries. Although the format may be familiar the lens system is new, all elements are glass and we hope this will help to eliminate some purple fringing seen in other C-7xx models.

Press Release - C-750 Ultra Zoom (Olympus UK):

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

40x magnification zooms you in on the action

Olympus announces the launch of its latest Ultra Zoom model, the C-750 UZ. The perfect tool for those who want to get in to the action, this 40x Zoom, 4 million pixel digital camera is available from April, RRP of £499.99 (inc VAT). For stockist information call 0800 072 0070.

Building on the success of the C-730 Ultra Zoom, the new C-750 Ultra Zoom features a redesigned body that is smaller and lighter than the current model, plus an increase in mega pixels. Combined with the introduction of a large 1.8" display this means capturing your digital moments is even easier.

The 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom give users a massive 40x magnification (equivalent to 1520mm on a 35mm camera) zooming you in to any subject with ease. At the other end of the scale the C-750 UZ boasts a macro mode that can get you as close as 3cm away.

The C-750 Ultra Zoom features a bright, high performance f2.8 - f3.7 lens, comprising of 11 elements arranged in seven groups and including two aspherical lenses plus ED elements, which are only found in top-end SLR cameras and significantly help reduce chromatic aberration.

Aperture, shutter priority and aperture and shutter speeds can all be customised, giving the user more time for creative expression. The C-750 Ultra Zoom also offers iESP, spot and AF area autofocus. The user may use digital ESP, spot or mulit-spot exposure metering. A histogram displays brightness distribution of both captured and live images in a graphic form to allow the exposure to be checked.

However, the C-750 Ultra Zoom isn't all about high level customisation and for the novice or intermediate user the camera offers ten scene programs including portrait, self-portrait, night scene, sports, landscape, landscape plus portrait and four programmable "My Mode" settings.

With a built in flash, the C-750 Ultra Zoom offers an intelligent automatic white balance metering system that assures realistic colour reproduction. Pre-set white balance settings for daylight, overcast and tungsten light conditions and three options for fluorescent light are available, as well as one touch white balance. Five Flash modes are included for shooting in darkness or low light. The C-750 Ultra Zoom also incorporates a hot shoe for connecting external flash units (such as the Olympus Camedia FL-40 and FL-20)

Other functions include a sequence shooting mode capable of up to 12 exposures at a rate of 2.6 frames per second, a panorama mode, 2 in 1 shooting, Black & White or Sepia modes and the ability to record short movie sequences in QuickTime Motion JPEG format.

The C-750 Ultra Zoom comes with 16Mb xD-Picture Card and supports the new EXIF 2.2 standard as well as PIM II, enabling compatible printers to apply the saved data to produce optimised image printouts.

The C-750 UZ can be expanded to enhance your photographic skills further with specially-developed tele (TCON-17) and wide-angle (WCON-07) converter lenses. The C-750 Ultra Zoom is also compatible with the FL-40 and FL-20 external flash units via its built-in hot shoe connection to give even greater control over the users flash needs.

Olympus C-740 / C-750 Ultra Zoom Specifications

  C-750 Ultra Zoom C-740 Ultra Zoom
CCD Imager 4.0 Megapixel Effective
4.1 Megapixel Total
1/2.7 Type CCD
3.18 megapixel effective
3.34 megapixel gross
Lens Olympus aspherical and ED glass 10x zoom lens 5.9-59mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography) Olympus aspherical glass 10x zoom lens 6.3 �63mm (38 � 380mm equivalent in 35mm photography),11 lenses in 7 groups
Seamless Digital Zoom 40x total (10x optical and 4x digital combined) Seamless to 30x (10x optical and 3x digital combined)
Aperture Range F2.8-8.0 W/F3.7-8.0 T f2.8/f3.7 � f8
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. � 16 sec. Automatic, 1/1000 sec. � 16 sec. Manual 1/1000 sec. � 16 sec.
ISO 100/200/400 Auto, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still Image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (design rule for Camera File System), QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie Mode) PIM II. (.wav sound file format) Still image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG,DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), PRINT Image Matching II
Movie mode: QuickTime motion JPEG
Adjustable Resolutions 3,200 x 2,400 SHQ, HQ (Optimum Enlargement Mode)
2288 x 1712 TIFF SHQ, JPEG
2288 x 1520 (3:2 MODE) TIFF, HQ, JPEG
2048 x 1536 SQ1 High JPEG
1600 x 1200 SQ1, Medium JPEG
1280 x 960 SQ1, Normal JPEG
1024 x 768 SQ2, High JPEG
640 x 480 SQ2, Normal JPEG
320 x 240 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
160 x 120 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
3200 x 2400 TIFF,JPEG (SHQ,HQ)Optimum Image Enlargement mode
2048 x 1536 TIFF,JPEG (SHQ,HQ)
2048 x 1360 (3:2 format)JPEG (SHQ,HQ)
1600 x 1200 TIFF,JPEG SQ1 (High,Normal)
1280 x 960 TIFF,JPEG SQ1 (High,Normal)
1024 x 768 TIFF,JPEG SQ2 (High,Normal)
640 x 480 TIFF,JPEG SQ2 (High,Normal)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information Print reserve (single,all,number of copies),Date or time
Optical Image Enlargement Yes Available 3200 x 2400 image size interpolated from maximum optical CCD resolution of 2048 x 1536
Image Adjustment Modes B&W, Sepia, Whiteboard and Blackboard Sharpness,Contrast,Saturation,Each adjustable +/-5 steps
Image Effects Trimming, Resize Black and white, Sepia, White board, Black board, 2-in-1 shooting mode; Still image: Resize, Trimming; Movie: Edit,Index
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand SmartMedia Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequence 2.6fps, up to 12 in HQ mode 2.6 frames per second burst up to 12 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder 0.44" (1.1cm) electric viewfinder, 180,000 pixels with Diopter Adjustment .44" (1.1 cm) electronic viewfinder (approx. 180,000 pixels)
LCD 1.5" (3.8cm) color TFT LCD (110,000 pixels) used for viewing, reviewing or editing images 1.5" (3.8 cm) low-temperature poly-silicon LCD (approx. 110,000 pixels)
Focusing System TTL system (contrast detection) iESP multi-pattern AF (autofocus) TTL system (contrast detection), Spot AF, Selective AF area, Full-Time AF, Manual focusing by gauge
Focusing Ranges Normal:
Wide: 23.6" - Infinity (0.6m - Infinity)
Tele: 6.6 ft - Infinity (2m - Infinity)

Wide: 2.7" - 23.6" (7cm - 60cm)
Tele: 3.93" - 6.6 ft. (1.2m -2.0m)

Normal mode: 24"(60 cm)� infinity
Macro mode: 2.8"�24" (7 cm � 60 cm)
Super Macro mode: 1.2"�2.8" (3 cm � 7 cm)
Exposure Control Program Auto F2.8-8.0 Program auto/Aperture priority/Shutter priority: f2.8 �f8, 1/1000 sec.�1/2 sec.
Manual: f2.8 �f8,1/1000 sec.�16 sec.
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot Meter, Multi-point averaged, AE Lock, Histogram Digital ESP multi-pattern, Spot, Multi-spot, AE lock, Histogram
White Balance System IESP2 Multi-pattern auto TTL Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten & 3 Fluorescent settings, One Touch, Fine WB adjustment in 14 steps iESP multi-pattern auto TTL, One-touch,Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, 3 Fluorescent settings), Manual (-7 red to +7 blue)
Flash Built-in Flash; Built-in Hot-shoe (TTL for FL-40 and FL-20) Built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain)
Flash Off (built-in or external flash)
Auto for low and backlight
Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Shutter Synchronized (1st curtain and 1st curtain with Red Eye Reduction)
Flash Working Range Wide: 23"�16.7' (0.6 m � 5.1 m), Tele: 23"�12.4' (0.6 m � 3.8 m)
Flash Charging Time Less than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries) Approx. 6 seconds at normal temperature with fully charged battery
Removable Media Card XD-Picture Card,(16,32,128 & 256 MB) 16MB included 3V (3.3V) xD-Picture Card, 16MB card included
Selftimer/Remote 12 sec. delay with built in self-timer 12-second delay
Setting Memorization Reset or Hold certain camera settings after power on/power off On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Outer Connectors USB Connector (Auto-Connect), NTSC Video Out, DC input USB connector (Auto-Connect),Video out,DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP-MacOS 8.6-9.22/OSX Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP and Mac OS 8.6 �OS X 10 and higher
Windows 98 rev2 driver provided on CD
Mac OS 8.6 requires USB mass storage driver 1.3.5
Downloading to computer without USB port possible with optional card reader
Image Playback Index display, up to 3X enlargement, Slide-show Still image:Single frame,Index display,up to 4x enlargement,Slide show,Scene rotation,Histogram
Operating Environment Operation: 32�F - 104�F (0�C- 40�C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4�F - 104�F (-20�C - 60�C) 10-90% Humidity
Operation:32 ��104 �F (0 ��40 �C)30 �90% humidity
Storage:-4 ��140 �F (-20 ��60 �C)10 �90% humidity
Power Supply Main Power Source
(4) AA- Alkaline
(4) Ni-MH Rechargeable
(4) Ni-Cad Rechargeable
(2) CR-3V (LB-01) Lithium Batteries
AC Power Source
C-7AU 6 Volt AC adapter (optional)
2 x LB-01 (CR-V3)lithium batteries (included)
4 x AA alkaline batteries
4 x AA NiMH rechargeable batteries
4 x AA lithium batteries
C-7AU AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date Simultaneous recording into image data,Automatic up to year 2099
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.2" W x 2.6" H x 2.7" D (107.5mm W x 66mm H x 68.5 mm D) 4.2"W x 2.6"H x 2.7"D (107.5 x 66 x 68.5 mm) excluding protrusions
Weight 10.4 oz./295 grams without batteries and xD-Picture Card 10.4 oz.(295 g)without battery and xD-Picture Card
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 256MB xD-Picture Card
OIE: SHQ, HQ 3200 x 2400 2, 8 shots 45, 136 shots
3:2 TIFF, SHQ, HQ 2288 x 1520 1, 8, 16 shots 25, 100, 290 shots
TIFF 2288 x 1712 to 640 x 480 1 - 16 shots 22 - 270 shots
SHQ, HQ 2288 x 1712 5, 16 shots 89, 261 shots
SQ1 (High, Normal) 2048 x 1536 to 1280 x 960 8 - 49 shots 140 - 799 shots
SQ2 (High, Normal) 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 26 - 165 shots 431 - 2663 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps 16 sec. max per sound movie 16 sec. max per sound movie
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 30 sec. max per sound movie 30 sec. max per sound movie
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 256MB xD-Picture Card
OIE: SHQ, HQ 3200 x 2400 2, 8 shots 45, 136 shots
3:2 TIFF, SHQ, HQ 2048 x 1360 1, 8, 22 shots 31, 138, 363 shots
TIFF 2048 x 1536 to 640 x 480 1 - 16 shots 27 - 270 shots
SHQ, HQ 2048 x 1536 8, 20 shots 140, 326 shots
SQ1 (High, Normal) 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 11 - 49 shots 181 - 799 shots
SQ2 (High, Normal) 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 26 - 165 shots 431 - 2663 shots
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps 33 sec. max per movie 33 sec. max per movie
SQ 160 x 120 15 fps movie 148 sec. max per movie 148 sec. max per movie
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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