Olympus C-750 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Features and Controls

The C-750UZ employs an Olympus 10x zoom lens (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography), it is comprised of 11 elements in 7 groups using ED (extra dispersion) glass lens to evenly distribute light across the camera's CCD sensor. It features a seamless Digital Zoom of 40x (10x optical and 4x 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.

    Standard AF 24" - Infinity (60cm - Infinity)

    Macro Mode 2.8" - 24" (7cm - 60cm)

    Super Macro Mode: 1.2" - 2.8" (3cm - 7cm) no optical zoom available

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

My favorite non-Olympus accessory is the OLYCAP, a spring-loaded slip-on lens cap that sells for just $9.50. You'll never have to deal with a "dangling" or lost lens cap again! It also protects the lens.

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The eyelevel viewfinder is a 0.44-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 has a dioptric adjustment.

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The manual popup flash has Auto (low and backlight), Red-Eye reduction, Fill-In, and Slow shutter sync modes. The working range in Wideangle is 23 in. - 16.7 ft. and in Telephoto it's 23 in. - 12.4 ft at ISO 100. The flash charging time is approximately six seconds with fresh CR-V3 batteries.

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Thanks to the TTL hot shoe you can easily attach an external flash like the Olympus FL-40. It is much more powerful than the built-in flash and offers bounce flash for more pleasing looking photos with no red-eye. The C-750UZ controls the FL-40's motorized zoom head and turns off the flash when you turn off the camera.

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The three buttons across the top are: Selftimer/Remote mode button, 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. Next to that is the popup flash release button.

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.

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

On top is the Mode Dial (AUTO, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night, Night Portrait, Movie, MyMode, A/S/M, Program AE, Play), shutter release with zoom control around it (which also functions as the thumbnail index and zoom control in play mode).

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom The I/O ports are on the side:

Audio-Video Out for connection to TV. Video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL. Internal camera speaker can also be seen.

USB 1.1 port for image downloads to the host computer

DC IN for optional AC power supply

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Images and movie files are stored on the new xD-Picture Card. The camera comes with a 16MB xD-Picture card and is compatible with all capacity xD cards. We have tested it with the 256MB size card and it works great.

Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD Card 256MB xD 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

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The C-750UZ is powered by either four AA type cells, NiMH rechargeable (highly recomended) or by two of the CR-V3 type lithium batteries (optional). Olympus supplies four high-capacity NiMH cells and a small, overnight charger.

The advantage to one-use CR-V3 type batteries is that they have a very long shelf life, if you use your camera infrequently these are the batteries to leave in it. They also make a great "emergency" battery for those times when your rechargeables are dead.

And now there are rechargeable CR-V3 type batteries available to save you money.

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Because the C-750UZ is a "deluxe" Camedia model Olympus includes one of my favorite accessories, the RM-1 infrared remote control. In record mode you can operate the zoom lens and trip the shutter. In playback mode you can go forward or backward through the pictures and enable index or zoomed playback mode. The remote is also handy for tripping the shutter when you have the camera in macro mode and on a tripod. Note that the receiver port is on the front but you can often reflect the infrared beam off of something in front of the camera to use it from behind.

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