Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom Review



  • 3.18 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical zoom/3x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file format
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
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  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended


Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom
Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom
By , Last updated on: 12/8/2016

The Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom offers a 10x optical zoom that should delight photographers frustrated by the limited zoom on other digital cameras. Packing a whopping 10x optical zoom lens (the equivalent of a 38 - 380mm film photography lens), this camera can capture long distance shots that would be impossible with other models. Also offering a range of manual controls and an easy-to-grip body, the C-740 should please a variety of photographers. For a little more money, the Olympus C-750 offers 4-megapixel resolution and the same 10x zoom.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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