Olympus C-700 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Features and Controls

The C-700 Ultra Zoom features an Olympus 5.9mm ­ 59mm (38-380mm 35mm equivalent) f2.8/3.5 ­ f8 lens with 27x digital zoom (10x optical, 2.7x digital). It's important to note that this 10x zoom lens is NOT the same as the one found on the Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom, that lens incorporates an image stabilization system. The C-700UZ's lens does is not stabilized.

The iESP multi pattern TTL autofocus system works from 23" to infinity in standard mode or from 4" to 23" in Macro mode both in normal or Spot AF mode. Manual focus (by gauge) is settable from 4" to infinity.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The eyelevel viewfinder is really an 0.55-inch color EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) with full camera and exposure information displayed. It may be used for preview, review or menu operations the same as the large color LCD on the back. It does have a dioptric adjustment.

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The built-in popup flash has Auto (low and backlight), Red-Eye reduction, Fill-In, and Slow shutter sync modes. The working range in Wideangle is 3.9" - 18 ft. and in Telephoto it is 4 ft. - 14.4 ft at ISO 100. The flash charging time is approximately six seconds with fully charged batteries.

The Olympus FL-40 external flash can be attached and controlled via the dedicated TTL connector on the side.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

On the back is a 1.5" color TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels of resolution, like the EVF it can be used for preview, review or menu operations. Control buttons: POWER turns the camera on and off, the AEL is the auto exposure lock or Custom function button in record mode, in Play mode it lets you rotate portrait mode images for proper display on a television set.

The 4-way selector is used to navigate the menus, change the shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation values in record, in play mode it lets you select images for display. The button on the bottom controls the color LCD display, it is also used to quickly go from record to play mode for reviewing pictures. The OK button calls up the onscreen menus (see next 2 pages), accepts menu selections and enables the manual focus option.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

On the top is the Mode Dial (Play, AUTO, Landscape, Sports, Portrait, Program AE, A/S/M, Movie), shutter release with zoom control around it (which also functions as the thumbnail index and zoom control in play mode), on the far left is the microphone and across from that is the release button for the popup flash.

The three buttons across the back are: DRIVE mode (single, sequential, sequential AF, selftimer or AE Bracket) it also serves as the Delete button during play mode. In the center is the Macro / Spot metering button, it functions as the Print Order button in play mode. On the right is the Flash mode button that doubles as the Protect / Unprotect button in playback.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The I/O ports:

DC IN for optional AC power supply

A/V OUT for connection to television set. Video format is NTSC (PAL in European models) with a monoraul audio output.

High-speed USB port for image downloads to the host computer

Dedicated TTL flash connector for FL-40 flash.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

Images and sound files are stored on 3.3v SmartMedia cards. The camera comes with a 8MB card and is compatible with all capacities up to the new 128MB cards. The cards must be physically pulled out, it does not employ any type of ejector mechanism.

Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom

The C-700 UZ is powered by either two of the Olympus CR-V3 lithium batteries (supplied) or by four AA type NiMH or alkaline (not recommended) cells.

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