Olympus C-750 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Review posted 7/15/03

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The CAMEDIA C-750 Ultra Zoom is the world's smallest 10X optical zoom, 4.0 megapixel digital camera (as of June 2003.) It's an all-in-one camera solution for advanced photographers who want the widest focal length range plus manual and automatic controls in a rugged and portable digital camera. The 10X optical zoom is an equivalent zoom range of 38mm to 380mm - longer than many lenses used on professional SLR film cameras. It's also the first Olympus Ultra Zoom digital camera with a built-in hot-shoe that allows an external flash to be connected without cables.

The C-750UZ is the first Olympus Ultra Zoom to have a metal body for maximum durability. Because it uses the miniature xD-Picture Card exclusively, the C-750 measures a mere 4.2" long x 2.6" high x 2.8" wide, and weighs just 10.4 ounces, making it the perfect travel companion to go the distance.

The 4.0 megapixel CCD imager and Olympus TruePic technology, allows users to obtain a realistic look with their photographs at all photo sizes e-mailed or printed. The camera's CCD captures the detail needed for true crystal clear photo quality printing even on large print sizes up to 11" x 14".

The C-750UZ offers a menu architecture that's easy to navigate to get the right settings fast. In fully Programmed Auto mode, the camera offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking in typical situations. The Scene Program mode provides fully automatic exposure adjustments for the photographer who wants optimum results in a wide variety of settings: Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait, Sports, Night Scene and Landscape photography. The special "My Mode" feature saves time by allowing the user to assign frequently used settings to the mode dial for quick access.

The advanced settings include controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual operation and are ideal for experienced photographers who want to take control. And transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the supplied Auto-Connect USB feature that does not require software drivers for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television with the supplied video cable.

With the C-750 Ultra Zoom, what you see is what you get because its Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) shows you exactly what the camera will capture on the CCD. The EVF also displays aperture, shutter speed, and image quality settings and can be used in playback as well as the 1.5" color LCD display.

Other controls include Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; auto white balance; multiple flash settings and exposure compensation. The camera comes with a built-in flash that offers 5 settings including slow synch to provide the widest range of options.

C-750 Ultra Zoom Features:

  • 10x zoom (38-380mm equivalent) with ED Glass elements
  • 4-Megapixel resolution for 2288x1712 pixel native images and, up to 3200x2400 with Optimum Image Enlargement mode
  • Compact, durable metal body
  • Color EVF viewfinder with 180,000 pixels
  • 1.5-inch color Wide-View TFT LCD monitor
  • Uncompressed TIFF, JPEG and QuickTime movie formats
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority and full Manual exposure modes
  • Six Scene Program Modes and Four custom MyModes
  • Flash hot shoe, TTL with Olympus FL-40/FL-20 flash
  • 320x240 QuickTime Movies with sound at 15fps
  • 1/1000 to 16 second shutter speeds
  • Noise Reduction on shutter speeds of 1 second or longer
  • iESP auto TTL white balance with presets and manual
  • Digital ESP metering with Spot option
  • Macro focus mode, from 3.9" to 23.6"
  • ISO auto or fixed at 50, 100, 200 or 400
  • Adjustable image sharpness, contrast and saturation
  • Automatic pixel mapping (map out bad pixels)
  • xD-Picture Card storage
  • USB 1.1 "auto connect" connectivity
  • Uses four AA or two CR-V3 batteries

The C-750 Ultra Zoom is available now (June 2003) with a street price of about $599. It includes an Auto-Connect USB cable, Video Out cable, carrying strap, lens cap with retainer cord, 4 NiMH rechargeable batteries and charger, a 16MB xD-Picture card, RM-1 remote control, Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software, instruction manual and Quick Start guide.

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Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

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Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The 4 Megapixel C-750UZ and 3.2 Megapixel C-740UZ

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The C-750UZ and the compact Stylus 400

Olympus C-750 Ultra Zoom

The C-750UZ compared in size to a standard CompactDisc

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C-750 Ultra Zoom Specifications

CCD Imager 4.0 Megapixel Effective
4.1 Megapixel Total
1/2.5 Type CCD
Lens Olympus aspherical and ED glass 10x zoom lens 6.3-63mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Seamless Digital Zoom 40x total (10x optical and 4x digital combined)
Aperture Range F2.8-8.0 W/F3.7-8.0 T
Shutter Speeds 1/1000 sec. - 16 sec. Automatic, 1/1000 sec. - 16 sec. Manual
ISO 50/100/200/400
Recording Mode(s) Still Image: EXIF 2.2 JPEG, DCF (design rule for Camera File System), QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie Mode) PIM II. (.wav sound file format)
Adjustable Resolutions 3,200 x 2,400 SHQ, HQ (Optimum Enlargement Mode)
2288 x 1712 TIFF SHQ, JPEG
2288 x 1520 (3:2 MODE) TIFF, HQ, JPEG
2048 x 1536 SQ1 High JPEG
1600 x 1200 SQ1, Medium JPEG
1280 x 960 SQ1, Normal JPEG
1024 x 768 SQ2, High JPEG
640 x 480 SQ2, Normal JPEG
320 x 240 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
160 x 120 @ 15fps QuickTime Motion JPEG
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Display Date information
Optical Image Enlargement Yes
Image Adjustment Modes B&W, Sepia, Whiteboard and Blackboard
Image Effects Trimming, Resize
Panorama Up to 10 frames stitchable with CAMEDIA Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card
Sequence RAW: 1.8fps, up to 2 (excluding TIFF & SHQ print enlarge)
JPEG: 1.3fps, up to 8 (HQ)
Viewfinder 0.44" (1.1cm) electric viewfinder, 180,000 pixels with Diopter Adjustment
LCD 1.5" (3.8cm) color TFT LCD (110,000 pixels) used for viewing, reviewing or editing images
Focusing System TTL system (contrast detection)
Focusing Ranges Normal:
Wide: 23.6" - Infinity (0.6m - Infinity)
Tele: 6.6 ft - Infinity (2m - Infinity)

Wide: 2.7" - 23.6" (7cm - 60cm)
Tele: 3.93" - 6.6 ft. (1.2m -2.0m)

Super Macro:
1.2"-2.8" (3 cm - 7 cm)

Exposure Control Program Auto F2.8-8.0
Metering System Digital ESP Multi-Pattern Meter, Spot Meter, Multi-point averaged, AE Lock, Histogram
White Balance System IESP2 Multi-pattern auto TTL Pre-set manual settings: Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten & 3 Fluorescent settings, One Touch, Fine WB adjustment in 14 steps
Flash Built-in Flash; Built-in Hot-shoe (TTL for FL-40 and FL-20)
Flash Modes Auto Flash for low and backlight
"Red-eye" Reduction Flash
Fill-in Flash
Slow Shutter Synchronized Flash (first curtain)
Flash Off (built-in or external flash)
Flash Working Range Wide: 23"-16.7' (0.6 m - 5.1 m), Tele: 23"-12.4' (0.6 m - 3.8 m)
Flash Charging Time Less than 6 seconds (at normal temperature with new batteries)
Removable Media Card XD-Picture Card,(16,32,128 & 256 MB) 16MB included
Selftimer/Remote 12 sec. delay with built in self-timer
Setting Memorization Reset or Hold certain camera settings after power on/power off
Outer Connectors USB Connector (Auto-Connect), NTSC Video Out, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP-MacOS 8.6-9.22/OSX
Image Playback Index display, up to 3X enlargement, Slide-show
Operating Environment Operation: 32°F - 104°F (0°C- 40°C) 30-90% Humidity
Storage: -4°F - 104°F (-20°C - 60°C) 10-90% Humidity
Power Supply Main Power Source
(4) AA- Alkaline
(4) Ni-MH Rechargeable
(4) Ni-Cad Rechargeable
(2) CR-3V (LB-01) Lithium Batteries
AC Power Source
C-7AU 6 Volt AC adapter (optional)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Calendar Automatic up to the year 2099
Size 4.2" W x 2.6" H x 2.7" D (107.5mm W x 66mm H x 68.5 mm D)
Weight 10.4 oz./295 grams without batteries and xD-Picture Card
Number of Storable Photos
Quality Pixel Resolution 16MB xD-Picture Card (included) 256MB xD-Picture 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

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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