Olympus C-720 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom



Record Screens & Menus


(Note that all of the screens shown here can be displayed on either the EVF or the color LCD. The color LCD has more resolution but it also uses more battery power and may be difficult to see in bright outdoor lighting.)


Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

Record screen in "P" mode after the shutter is half-pressed, green dot indicates the autofocus is locked, the red lightning bolt means the flash is charged and will go off. "P"rogram AE exposure mode, aperture is F2.8, shutter speed is 1/30 second and the 0.0 indicates exposure compensation. The "[   ]" in the center is where the autofocus performs its calculations. SHQ is the image quality and there's sufficient memory for another 56 pictures.



Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

The Mode Dial on top selects the recording mode:

    AUTO - Fully automatic "point-n-shoot" mode. The camera sets optimal focusing and exposure, no special functions or manual adjustments can be made.

    Landscape - Camera automatically sets for optimal scenic background type shots with maximum depth of field (range of focus.)

    Sports - Camera uses faster shutter speeds to stop fast-moving subjects without blurring.

    Portrait - Camera uses large aperture to make centered subject sharp but intentionally blurs the background

    P/A/S/M - The real "creative" exposure mode. Allows you to use "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or full "M"anual mode depending on which you have selected in the menu.

      Program AE - Camera selects optimum shutter speed and aperture for the shot but the user can manually adjust exposure compensation, flash compensation and use special functions.

      Aperture priority is used to control depth of field, you set the desired aperture and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed.

      Shutter speed priority lets you use fast shutter speeds to stop movement or use a slow shutter speed to intentionally blur a fast moving subject to give it that "look" of speed.

      Manual mode lets you adjust both the shutter speed and aperture values, the camera will not insure proper exposure. The exposure value is shown and will be indicated as over or under (i.e. -0.6).

    MyMode - User-configurable exposure mode, you "build" your own custom profile of settings which are memorized for easy recall with the Mode Dial.

    Movie - Capture motion video clips without sound. The HQ mode is 320 x 240 and up to 16 seconds may be recorded. The SQ mode is 160 x 120 and up to 70 seconds may be recorded. In Movie mode the camera adjusts the shutter and aperture automatically and continually autofocuses. The optical zoom can not be used during recording but it can be preset to a given focal length beforehand. The digital zoom can be used but as with all digital zooms, image degradation occurs so it is not recommended.





Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

Screen display in Movie record mode. Flash is always disabled. Recording size is HQ (320x240), there is sufficient memory for a total of 383 seconds of recording at this quality level. (HQ is 16 secs maximum per movie clip, SQ is 70 secs.)



Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the DRIVE button when in still recording modes other than AUTO will cycle you through: Single, Sequential (focus and exposure are locked on the first frame), AF Sequential (focus and exposure is calculated for each frame captured), Selftimer and AE Bracketing modes.



Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the Spot/Macro button cycles through: Spot metering, Macro focus, Macro focus with Spot metering or normal focus mode.



Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the FLASH button cycles through: Auto, Fill flash, Red-Eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction or Slow-sync.



Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any still recording mode brings up the Top Menu screen. Using the Up, Down or Left buttons accesses the Shortcut menus to quickly change those settings. These are user-selectable and can be changed to suit your needs. You can access the full menu by pressing the Right button to go to the Mode Menu.



Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

The Mode Menu consists of four sections, the first is the CAMERA menu:
    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400

    P/A/S/M - Set the function of the P/A/S/M position on the Mode Dial for "P"rogram AE, "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or "M"anual.

    Flash Exposure Compensation - Adjust the flash output

    BKT - Set the AE Bracketing options, 3 or 5 frames and 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0EV

    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option





Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

The second section is the PICTURE menu:
    Quality - Image size and quality; SQ2, SQ1, HQ, SHQ or TIFF

      SQ2 - Set SQ2 size at 1280x960, 1024x768 or 640x480

    WB - White balance options; Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent

    Sharpness - Image sharpness; Hard, Normal or Soft

    Contrast - Image contrast; High, Normal or Low





Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

The third section is for formatting the SmartMedia card




Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

The fourth section is the SETUP menu:
    All Reset - On resets all camera settings to default when camera is turned off. Off will retain all settings.

    Info - If ON then the exposure data is displayed on the images during Play

    Sound - If ON then make a beep sound when buttons are pressed

    Rec View - If ON then show last image captured on LCD for several seconds

    MyMode - Set the parameters used in MyMode

      P/A/S/M - Set the exposure mode

      F no. - Start at this aperture value

      Shutter - Start at this shutter speed

      +/- - Start with this exposure compensation

      ZOOM - Start at this focal length

      Flash Mode - Start with this flash mode

      Focus Mode - Start with this focus mode

      DRIVE - Start with this drive mode

      ISO - Start with this ISO speed

      Flash +/- - Start with this flash compensation

      Digital Zoom - Start with digital zoom on or off

      Resolution - Start with this image size/quality

      WB - Start with this white balance setting

      Sharpness - Start with this sharpness setting

      Contrast - Start with this contrast setting

      LCD - Start with LCD on or off







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