The Stylus 730 is equipped with an Olympus aspherical glass 3x zoom lens, 6.7 - 20.1mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 10 elements in 8 groups with 3 aspherical lenses and 1 ED lens. It has a 5x digital zoom feature (seamless to 15x.) The maximum aperture is F3.5 (W) / F5.0 (T). The lens does not extend from the camera body during operation and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.
The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system covers from 19.7" (0.5m) to infinity in normal mode,
Macro mode from 7.9" (0.2m) to infinity in Wide angel, 11.8" (0.3m) to infinity in Telephoto,
and from 2.8" - 19.7" (7cm-50cm) in Super Macro mode.
This model features Digital Image Stabilization, which boosts ISO sensitivity to as high as 3200, allowing for faster
shutter speeds in marginal lighting. Thus images remain sharp, free from the blur caused by
camera shake and subject movement.
The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill and Forced Off modes. The maximum flash range is 12.5 ft. (3.8m) Wide / 8.5 ft. (2.6m) in Telephoto.
Two types of Red-eye reduction are offered:
On the top you can see the Zoom control, Shutter release, Power button, Reset button and Image Stabilization/Edit/Print button.
The Zoom control functions as the magnified playback and index mode buttons when in play mode.
There is no optical viewfinder, you frame, review and perform menu operations on this large 3-inch LCD monitor with approx. 230,000 pixels of resolution.
Controls on the back: On top are the Shoot (camera) and Play (right arrow) buttons.
The 4-way selector is used to navigate menu screens and
select images for playback. In record mode the "Up" button changes exposure compensation, "Left"
enables the macro focus modes, "Right" changes the flash mode and "Down" button enables the
selftimer. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system.
The trash can button is used to delete images in playback mode.
An optional AC power adapter, A/V cable, or USB cable can be connected to can be connected the Stylus 730's I/O port. to the DC IN port. The A/V Out sends the audio/video to a television set, the video format is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. Data I/O is via a Mass Storage compliant USB v2.0 port which is also PictBridge compatible for direct printing.
A black rubber O-ring goes around the I/O port door. The camera is "weatherproof and is not damaged by water spray from any direction" as long as the rubber ring is intact and the I/O port door is properly closed.
The Normal/Simple mode switch toggles the camera between normal and simple operating modes.
Still images and movie clips are stored on removable xD-Picture Card flash memory cards. Olympus
brand xD-Picture Cards are required to use the camera's built-in Panorama feature. 16MB to 2GB
xD-Picture cards are now available.
Power is supplied by a LI-42B 3.7v 740mAh Li-ion battery pack; Olympus does not specify the battery runtime. The battery is held securely by a latching mechanism when the battery door is open. The door itself contains a rubber gasket that prevents the intrusion of water. The included AC charger lets you charge one battery while using another. Lithium battery packs can be charged or "topped off" at any time without shortening the service life of the battery.
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