Olympus C-730 UltraZoom Review
Features and Controls
The C-730UZ employs a newly designed Olympus multivariator 2 aspherical glass 10x zoom lens 5.9-59 mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography). It features a seamless Digital Zoom of 30x (10x optical and 3x digital combined). The aperture range is f2.8 - f8 (Wide angle) and f3.5 - f8 (Telephoto) and is adjustable in 1/3 EV steps.
The focusing system is an iESP AF (autofocus) TTL system using contrast detection. The default mode is a Multi area AF with a user-selectable spot AF option. Super Macro Mode: Up to 1.6" (4cm) no optical
Manual Focus: 3.9" - Infinity (0.1m - Infinity) (W); 47.2" - Infinity (1.2m -Infinity) (T)
Super Macro Mode: Up to 1.6" (4cm) no optical zoom available
Macro Mode 3.9" - 23.6" (0.1m - 0.6m) (W); 47.2" - 78" (1.2m -2m) (T)
On the back is a WideView 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.
DC IN for optional AC power supply
Audio-Video Out for connection to television set. Video format is NTSC (PAL in European models).
USB 1.1 port for image downloads to the host computer
TTL external flash connector for FL40
Images and movie files are stored on either 3.3v SmartMedia cards or the new xD-Picture
Card. The camera comes with a 16MB xD-Picture card and is compatible with all capacity xD
and SM cards. The card slot is a dual-media design but only one type of card can be
used at a time.
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