Olympus C-770 UltraZoom Review
Features and Controls
The C-770UZ employs an Olympus 10x zoom lens (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography), it is composed 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 - f8.0 (Wide angle) and f3.7 - f8.0 (Telephoto) and is adjustable in 1/3 EV steps.
The C-770UZ features a robust TTL autofocus system that uses contrast
detection to determine to focus range. The default mode is a Multi area AF
with a user-selectable spot AF option. The focusing range of the lens is;
Normal mode: 3.9 ft. (1.2m) - infinity; Macro mode: 2.8 in. - 2.0 ft.
(7.0cm - 60cm); Super macro mode: 0.5 in. (1.2cm)
The sliding power switch selects playback, still camera or movie mode.
The QUICK VIEW button
jumps to playback mode and views the last image captured. The 4-way selector
is used to navigate the menus, change camera settings, and navigate through
images saved on the xD card in playback mode. The Display button located at
the bottom of the screen switches between the LCD or EVF. The OK button calls
up the onscreen menus, accepts menu selections, and when held down it enables
the manual focus option.
The C-770UZ stores images on a xD-Picture Card. The camera ships with a 16MB
xD-Picture card and is compatible with any capacity xD card. Our test was done
using a 512MB size xD card. Below is a chart showing the number of photos
that can be stored on either the included 16MB card or a 512MB card.
Also included is the RM-2 remote control, which is handy for tripping the shutter
when you have the camera on a tripod for self-portraits or Macro photography.
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.
Want to take your C-770UZ down under? No problem, just get the Olympus PT-022 underwater housing. It's rated waterproof up to 40 meters. It's made of clear polycarbonate resin with dimensions of 151 (W) x 126 (H) x 126 (D) mm and weighs just 620 grams. It comes with hand strap, silicon grease, gel pack, O-ring removal tool, balance weight, lens cap and TTL connector cap. It retails for about $300.00 (it also fits Olympus C-760 and C-765 UltraZoom).
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