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Olympus Stylus Digital 780


First look posted 7/23/2007


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The Olympus Stylus 780 digital camera expands on the Stylus line’s reputation for ergonomic design, high-performance and All-Weather durability with pioneering technologies that enables users to capture sharp, blur- free images in a variety of active shooting situations.

The 7.1-megapixel CCD image sensor inside the Stylus 780 delivers high-quality images that are consistently sharp and vivid even when printed in large-formats - up to poster sizes as large as 16 x 20 inches, a large, high-resolution Wide-View LCD for clear, high-contrast images. Images are viewable on the 2.5-inch LCD from 140 degrees, so photos can be composed from a range of angles and viewed by several people at once.

With TruePic TURBOTM the Stylus 780 can capture information from all 7.1 million pixels with pixel -micro-smoothing- that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos. The fast start-up of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time ensure a high-speed response so your camera is always ready to take great pictures.

The Stylus 780 features a precision-crafted Olympus lens with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 37mm – 111mm, f3.4 – f5.7) to bring the action three times closer, and then tucks away into a pocket size compact body. Olympus lenses are known worldwide for producing sharp high-quality images. This is achieved through a number of key technologies, such as Olympus’ high-refractive-index lens elements and newly developed dual super aspherical lens elements.

The Stylus 780 features an advanced combination of Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization. Dual Image Stabilization technology is the two-in-one anti-blur solution. It enables users to take crisp, clear pictures in virtually any shooting situation - adjusting for camera shake or a moving subject. Olympus’ Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization keeps images sharp by adjusting the CCD image sensor to compensate for camera movement, which often occurs in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower. Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject.

With the Help Guide function, each of the camera’s features is easily accessible even to novice users. By simply rotating the mode dial to the Guide position, users can access brief descriptions of each of the camera’s functions and scene modes. An improved auto-set Shooting Guide provides users with an explanation of which features to use in a given situation, and then sets the camera automatically for the selected feature in the Guide.

Typically, water and photography are a bad combination, limiting outdoor photography options when rain, snow or sleet are involved. However, the compact, All-Weather Stylus 780 can go virtually anywhere. The metal body construction is durable and lightweight with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, dust and snow won't get in the way of great photos.


Stylus 780 Features at a Glance:

  • 7.1-megapixel effective CCD and 5x optical zoom lens
  • Dual Image Stabilization (CCD-shift + Digital)
  • Durable all-metal (all-weather) body lets you shoot in almost any weather condition
  • Built-in Help GUIDE for easy operation.
  • 26 pre-set Shooting Modes including TV-quality AVI Movie with sound.
  • 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD with 230,000 pixel resolution and 160° viewing angle
  • Bright Capture Technology for enhanced previewing and image quality in low light
  • Movies at 640 x 480/15fps, SHQ; 320 x 240/15 fps, HQ; 160 x 120/15fps, SQ with audio, length limited only by memory
  • Add voice memos to still pictures
  • Enhanced flash working range with ISO 1600
  • Remove red-eye or easily convert your color photos into sepia or black-and-white with built-in editing features
  • ISO sensitivity; Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
  • Built-in all-weather speaker and microphone
  • xD-Picture Card slot for cards as large as 2GB
  • Auto-Connect USB for quick and easy image transfer to computer
  • Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Optional PT-036 underwater housing


The Stylus 780 became available in February 2007 with an MSRP of US$399.99 (UK$449.99.) It ships with: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, Li-42B Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger, instruction manual, warranty card, and a CD-ROM with OLYMPUS Master Software.






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Olympus Stylus Digital 780

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Olympus Stylus Digital 780

The Stylus 780 compared in size to a standard CD.



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Stylus 780 Specifications

Imager 7.1 Megapixel (effective), 7.4 Megapixel gross, 1/2.3” (1.10cm) CCD
Lens 6.4 – 32.0mm (36 – 180mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 8 lenses in 6 groups, 4 aspherical lenses
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 5.6x Digital Zoom (Seamless to 28x)
Aperture Range f3.3 – f5.0
LCD 2.5- (6.4cm) Wide-View LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal Mode: 27.6” – infinity (0.7m – infinity) Macro Mode (Wide): 7.9” – infinity (0.2m – infinity) Macro Mode (Tele): 23.6” – infinity (0.6m – infinity) Super Macro Mode: 1.2" – 27.6” (3cm – 70cm)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. – 1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600*1(equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Multi-Pattern TTL, Spot Metering,
White Balance Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3)
Recording Modes Still Image: JPEG Movie: AVI motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 3,072 x 2,304, SHQ / HQ
2,560 x 1,920, SQ1
2,304 x 1,728, SQ1
2,048 x 1,536, SQ1
1,600 x 1,200, SQ2
1,280 x 960, SQ2
1,024 x 768, SQ2
640 x 480, SQ2
1,920 x 1080, 16:9
Shooting Modes 26 Shooting Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor*1, Candle*2, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait*2, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction*3, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach & Snow, Under Water Wide1, Under Water Wide2, Under Water Macro), Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Movie
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master Software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Sequential Shooting High-speed: 3.5 frames per second for 11 frames (3MP) Normal speed: 1.1 frames per second for 6 frames (7MP) Normal speed: 1.1 frames per second to the card capacity
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist, Perfect Shot Preview
Movie Mode AVI Movie with Sound: 640 x 480/30fps, SHQ; 320 x 240/15 fps, HQ; 160 x 120/15fps, SQ
Image Processing TruePicTM III Image Processor
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 seconds or longer
Image Playback Still Image: Resize, Rotation, Shadow Adjustment. Red-eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Brightness, Saturation Movie: Frame Index
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize, Rotation, Shadow Adjustment. Red-eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Frame, Label, Calendar, Brightness, Saturation Movie: Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridge™ and DPOF
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto (for low-light and backlit conditions), Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 11.8 ft. (3.6m), Tele: 7.9 ft. (2.4m)
Selftimer 12 Seconds/Auto
Setting Memorization On/Off (Hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB or 2GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-terminal (USB connecter, Audio/Video output, DC input*) *Optional DC coupler (CB-MA1) is required.
Auto-connect USB 2.0 High Speed (USB mass storage)
System Requirements Auto-connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS® 9.0-9.2x/OS X 10.1-10.4 with USB port. Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac® 10.3 and higher
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-Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)
Size 3.9” W x 2.2” H x 0.94” D (99.6mm x 55.1mm x 24mm)
Weight 4.4oz (125g) without battery and media card



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