Olympus C-740 UltraZoom Review

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Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

Record Screens & Menus

(All these screens can be displayed on either the EVF or the color LCD. The color LCD has more resolution but the EVF is easier to see when outdoors.)

The AUTO screen display. This is the "point-n-shoot" mode where the camera sets everything for the user automatically. See the next frame for the simplified menu options.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the MENU button in AUTO mode brings up this shortcut menu screen. DRIVE options (Single, Continuous, Hi-speed Continuous, AF Continuous), RESOLUTION (SHQ, HQ, SG1, SQ2), CARD SETUP (Format), CLOCK SET (set time/date).

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

Record screen in "P"rogram AE mode with the histogram feature enabled. The aperture is F2.8, shutter speed is 1/30 second and the 0.0 indicates no exposure compensation. The "[ ]" in the center is where the autofocus performs its calculations. ISO is locked at 100. Flash is disabled and we're in AE Bracketing drive mode. SHQ is the image quality and there's sufficient memory for another 130 pictures.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

Screen in aperture priority mode. You select desired aperture and the camera automatically selects the right shutter speed. A small aperture increases the depth of field (range of focus) or use a large aperture to intentionally blur the background for portrait shots.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

In shutter speed priority you select shutter speed and camera selects the aperture. Select a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to capture flowing water or low-light subjects.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

In full Manual you select both shutter speed and aperture, the exposure value is displayed constantly (+3.0 in the upper right) so you can adjust one value or the other to achieve the proper exposure.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

Movie record mode screen. No audio is recorded with the C-740. The optical and digital zoom may be used. Recording size is HQ (320x240) or SQ (160x120). The amount of recording time available is shown by large, green digits (there is a 256MB xD card in our camera.)

The maximum length of a movie clip is dependant only on the amount of available memory on your xD Card.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

When using the three control buttons on the back their function is displayed for a few seconds on the color LCD (or EVF). Pressing the Spot/Macro button cycles through: Spot metering, Macro focus, Macro focus with Spot metering or normal focus mode. Pressing the FLASH button cycles through: Auto, Fill flash, Red-Eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction or Slow-sync. Pressing the Self-timer enables the 10-second shutter delay.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

Pressing the MENU button while in any still recording mode (except AUTO) brings up this menu screen. Using the Up, Down or Left buttons accesses the Shortcut menus (Drive, White Balance, Resolution) to quickly change those settings. You can access the full menu by pressing the Right button to go to the full Mode Menu.

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

The Mode Menu consists of four sections, the first is the CAMERA menu:
    DRIVE - Single frame, sequential, high-speed sequential, AF sequential or AE Bracketing

    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400

    A/S/M - Set the function of the A/S/M position on the Mode Dial for "A"perture priority, "S"hutter speed priority or "M"anual.

    Flash Intensity - Adjust the flash output -2.0 to +2.0

    Slow Sync - Slow shutter speed flash sync for front or rear curtain or red-eye reduction

    Noise Reduction - Enables/disable noise reduction on long shutter speeds

    Multi Metering - Determine exposure with up to 8 different spots in the image

    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option

    Fulltime AF - Enable or disable continuous auto focus

    AF Mode - Select iESP or Spot focus

    SMacro - Enable or disable super-Macro focus

    Panorama - In-camera panorama mode, only available when using Olympus brand xD-Picture cards.

    2 in 1 - Combines two pictures taken in succession into one "side by side" image

    Function - Off, B&W, Sepia, White Board or Black Board color effects

    AF Area - Change position of the AF target mark using 4-way selector

    Info - Changes amount of shooting information displayed on LCD monitor

    Histogram - Enable or disable the live histogram displayed on LCD

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

The second section is the PICTURE menu:
    Quality - Image size and quality; SQ2, SQ1, HQ, SHQ or TIFF

    WB - White balance options; Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent or Manual Set

    WB Adjust - Fine tune the white balance manually

    Sharpness - Image sharpness; Hard, Normal or Soft

    Contrast - Image contrast; High, Normal or Low

    Saturation - Adjust the level of the color depth

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

The third section is for formatting the xD-Picture Card

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom

The fourth section is the SETUP menu:
    All Reset - On resets all camera settings to default when camera is turned off. Off will retain all settings.

    Language - Select the menu language (English, French, German, Spanish)

    PW On/Off Setup - Sets the picture/sound displayed at startup

    Rec View - If ON then show last image captured on LCD for several seconds

    Sleep - Sets the sleep timer (30s, 1,3,5,10m)

    MyMode - Set the parameters used in MyMode

    File Name - Continuous file numbering or reset

    Pixel Mapping - Checks the CCD imager for errors

    LCD - Adjust brightness of LCD monitor

    Clock - Set the time and date

    m/ft - Set the distance scale at meters or feet

    Video Output - Select NTSC or PAL video format

    Short Cut - Change the assignment of the shortcut menus

    Custom Button - Assign frequently used function to camera's custom button (AE Lock, Drive, ISO, A/S/M, Slow Sync, Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom, Fulltime AF, AF Mode, Sound, Info, Histogram, Resolution or White Balance)

    Sound - If ON then make a beep sound when buttons are pressed

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