Olympus C-770 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Review posted 7/11/04

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The CAMEDIA C-770 Ultra Zoom shares the title as the world's smallest 10X optical zoom, 4.0 megapixel digital camera with its sibling, the C-765UZ (as of April 2004). It's an all-in-one camera solution for photographers who want the widest focal length range plus manual and automatic controls in a rugged and portable digital camera. The 10X optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 38mm to 380mm. Olympus introduced the first-ever Ultra Zoom digital camera four years ago, and has since produced increasingly robust and feature-rich models.

The C-770UZ features an improved image processor called TruePic TURBO, that improves image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds. TruePic TURBO captures information from all 4.0 million pixels with pixel "micro- smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos. The camera also utilizes PictBridge technology, which allows users to print directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the use of a computer.

The C-770UZ offers a wide variety of record modes. In full Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity. In Program AE mode, you can have the ease of Auto mode with the ability to change setting for Metering, ISO, etc. The A/S/M symbol on the mode dial gives you access to more advanced controls with Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual exposure modes. The scene program modes provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for Portrait, Sports, Landscape, and Night Scenes. The special "My Mode" feature saves time by allowing users to assign frequently used settings to the mode dial for quick access.

Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; six white balance settings (Auto, 4 presets and Manual); multiple flash settings; selectable ISO speeds (Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400) and exposure compensation. The built-in flash offers 5 settings including slow synch to provide a wide range of options.

The C770UZ differs from the C-765UZ in its all metal body, the provision of a flash hot shoe, a larger buffer for sequential shooting, a speaker for audio playback, and the ability to record 30fps MPEG4 movies.


C-770 Ultra Zoom Features:

  • 10x zoom (38-380mm equivalent)
  • 4 megapixel CCD imager
  • Compact, durable metal body
  • High-resolution Color EVF viewfinder with 240,000 pixels
  • 1.8-inch color TFT LCD monitor
  • Built-in, multi mode flash
  • Built-in Hot Shoe for the attachment of external flash
  • Uncompressed TIFF, JPEG image formats
  • 11 shooting modes to choose from
  • ISO settings for Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)
  • Movies with sound - 640x480 MPEG4 at 30fps, QuickTime at 15fps
  • 1/1000 to 15 second shutter speeds
  • Noise Reduction on shutter speeds of 1 second or longer
  • iESP auto TTL white balance with 4 presets and manual
  • Digital ESP, Multi-Pattern, and Spot metering
  • Macro and Super Macro modes for focusing as close as 1.2-inches from the lens
  • Adjustable image sharpness, contrast and saturation
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • xD-Picture Card storage
  • USB 1.1 "auto connect" connectivity
  • Proprietary 3.7v 1090mAh Lithium rechargeable battery pack
  • PictBridge compatible





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Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom





Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

The C-770UZ compared in size to a standard CompactDisc





Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Olympus' 4 Megapixel C-770UZ and Stylus 410





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C-770 Ultra Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 4.0 megapixel effective
4.11 megapixel gross
1/2.7" (0.4") CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical glass 10x zoom lens 6.3 - 63mm, 11 elements in 7 groups
(38 - 380mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
4x Optical SUPER ZOOM (1600 x 1200 only)
Seamless Digital Zoom Seamless to 40x (10x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Range f2.8 - f8.0 (adjustable in 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter Speeds Auto: 1/1000 sec. - 1/2 sec.
Manual: 1/1000 sec. - 15 sec.
Night Scene: 1/1000 sec. - 4 sec.
ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent)
Recording Mode(s) Still image: EXIF TIFF (non-compressed), EXIF JPEG, PIM II, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
Movie mode: QuickTime® motion JPEG, MPEG4
Adjustable Resolutions 2288 x 1712 (TIFF, SHQ, HQ)
2048 x 1536 (TIFF, SQ1)
1600 x 1200 (TIFF, SQ1)
1280 x 960 (TIFF, SQ1)
1024 x 768 (TIFF, SQ2)
640 x 480 (TIFF, SQ2)
2288 x 1520 (TIFF, SHQ, HQ)
3200 x 2400 Enlarge Size (SHQ, HQ)
QuickTime® Movie: 15 fps in 640 x 480 SHQ, 320 x 240 HQ, 160x120 SQ mode
MPEG4 Movie: 30fps at 640 x 480
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print reserve, All print reserve, Date/time
Image Adjustment Modes 2-in-1 picture mode, black and white, sepia, blackboard, whiteboard
Image Effects Still: Resize(Portable file size for e-mail or Web), Trimming
Movie: Movie Edit, Index
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitches frames automatically with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequence 1.6 frames per second burst up to 24 frames in HQ mode
Viewfinder 0.44" (1.1cm) electronic viewfinder, 240,000 pixels
LCD 1.8" (4.6cm) low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD (approx. 118,000 pixels)
Focusing System Autofocus TTL system (contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges Normal mode: 2' (0.6m) Wide, 6.6' (2m) Tele - infinity
Macro mode: 2.8" (7cm) Wide, 4' (1.2m) Tele - infinity
Super macro mode: 1.2" (3cm) - infinity
Exposure Control +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto bracketing: Selectable from 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV steps, 3 or 5 images
AE lock (exposure lock)
Metering System Digital ESP, Multi-Pattern, Spot
White Balance System iESP auto TTL, One Touch, Pre-set manual (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and Fluorescent), 14 step adjustment
Flash Built-in flash, Hot Shoe for external flash
Flash Modes Auto for low light and backlight, Red-Eye Reduction , Fill-In (forced on), Slow Shutter Synchronized (1st Curtain and 1st Curtain with Red-Eye Reduction), Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 11.8' - 14.8' (3.5m - 4.5m) @ ISO 100
Tele: 3.9' - 11.5' (1.2m - 3.5m) @ ISO 100
Flash Charging Time Approx. 7 seconds at normal temperature with freshly charged Li-10B batteries
Removable Media Card 3V (3.3V) xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256 or 512MB)
16MB xD-Picture Card included
Self-timer/Remote 12 second delay
Setting Memorization On/Off
Outer Connectors USB connector (Auto-Connect), NTSC video out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 SE/ME/2000 Pro/2000 Dev./2000 Serv./XP and Mac OS 8.6 - OS X 10.2.
Mac OS 8.6 requires USB mass storage driver 1.3.5 available at apple.com.
Downloading to computer without USB port possible with optional PCMCIA xD-Picture Card reader
Image Playback Still image: Index display, Up to 4x enlargement, Rotation, Protect, Histogram, Voice playback
Movie: Normal, Frame-by-frame, Voice playback, Fast Forward
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30 - 90% humidity
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10 - 90% humidity
Power Supply Li-10B Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger (included)
AC power: D-7AU AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, automatic up to year 2099
Calendar automatic up to year 2099
Size 4.11" W x 2.36" H x 2.7" D (104.5mm x 60mm x 68.5mm)
Weight 9.9 oz (280g) without batteries and xD-Picture Card
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 512MB xD-Picture Card
TIFF 2288 x 1712 1 frame 44 frames
SHQ 2288 x 1712 5 frames 185 frames
HQ 2288 x 1712 16 frames 523 frames
SQ1 2048 x 1536 20 frames 652 frames
SQ2 1024 X 768 76 frames 2457 frames
SHQ (MPEG4) 640 X 480 30 fps movie 48 seconds Over 25 minutes
SHQ 640 X 480 15 fps movie 17 seconds Over 9 minutes
HQ 320 x 240 15 fps movie 45 seconds Over 25 minutes
SQ1 160 x 120 15 fps movie Over 3 minutes Over 1 hour and 50 min.

All capacity figures are approximate. Movie recording times are based on not using sound. With sound, lengths are slightly reduced.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)





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