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Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom
Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

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Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom

Editor's Review

Like other Olympus Ultra Zoom models, the Olympus C-770 packs a powerful 10x optical zoom into a relatively compact body. Unlike previous Olympus Ultra Zoom models, however, the C-770 can record short videos in high quality MPEG4 format, making the C-770 the first Olympus camera to blur the line between camera and camcorder. With 4-megapixel resolution and a wide variety of automatic and manual controls, the C-770 is a great choice for amateur and advanced photographers alike.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 10x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file format
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Mar 01, 2004

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Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom Reviews

Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (Larry Collins — 09/11/2007)

It took alot of practice time to figure out how to use the camera, but once I learned the tricks it works great. I've taken pictures in very low light indoors and outdoors and had good success. The trick is to set everything, push the button down halfway, wait a few seconds for thre camera to focus, then press the button the rest of way. With some practice you can even take stop action pictures with out blurring.

  • 1.0 out of 5
c-770 (Jeff Davies — 07/31/2007)

Do NOT buy this camera (or its successors) if you want to use the camera in low light or with flash. IT DOES NOT WORK. Olypus charged me almost half the price of the camera to "repair" it and it is still the same. This is absolutely a design fault. Its a piece of crap.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Flash Photography (William Funk — 12/08/2006)

This camera has a major problem with outdoor flash at night. The delay between shutter press and flash means anything like a flying squirrel sitting on a tree at 10' will be missed 25/25 shots. Every setting the same thing. Okay for indoor stills and general daylight work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Olympus c770 (Tom Ruggs — 12/08/2006)

I've been using this camera for almost 2 years now
and have no complaints with it. In short it dose everthing it is supose to do and with great results. Read the reviews on it. EX. FLASH, ALL METAL BODY, 10X ZOOM, THREADED LENS MOUNT, GREAT RESULTS WITH THE BILT IN FLASH, ALL THE MANUAL SETTINGS YOU COULD WANT. IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGHT TO FIND ONE BUY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT.

  • 2.0 out of 5

I liked my 770 uz until I discovered by accident that by using an Olympus M XD memory card while in video mode with sound ,that my camera would seize up and not open again. Unfortunately the service from Olympus has been very poor and very very costly as I am 1 month outside warranty. For this reason my next camera for myself and my camera club friends will not be Olympus.Servicing your mistakes is good business.

  • 5.0 out of 5
All around Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like to play with photos, my wife wants PHD (Push Here Dummy). The C-770 does both with excellence. The 10X Optical Zoom is great for the far away shots and the Panorama feature is wonderful. It does an excellent job of up close and personal as well. I have owned the camera for four months now and not been disappointed. My wife likes the camera, now that she figured out to get the zoom to work.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very good camera and great pictures
I love it

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super features that live up to their promise (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I decided to get a digital camera, I spend many hours reviewing the available features of a wide range of cameras by Nikon, Canon, Sony and Olympus. Some features are mutually exclusive. For example, if you want a camera the size of a deck of cards, you won't be able to get a 10X optical zoom. The Olympus 4.0 megapixel cameras kept coming out with the best set of features for the money, but the C-770 offered MPEG-4 video capabilities that were not available in the C-765 and similar models, so I got it. I have not been disappointed. I upgraded the memory to a 256MB card, which is good for about 250 photos at the highest JPG resolution. The battery lasts through about 200 pictures. So many options, with a manual focus that is easy to access and use for those shots where the auto-focus gets confused. Four megapixels is a sort-of "sweet spot" for picture taking. I can print an 8x10 photo without any fuzziness, but each photo is under 1 MB of storage. Pictures through windows (e.g., my car windshield) come out looking great. One of the preset modes that I use frequently is for fast action with a 1/1000 shutter speed. I could go on and on about how much I like this camera. Although it is a bit too big to slip into a shirt pocket, it fits fine in my jacket pocket, or into the belt pack I wear while walking.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing features (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera is absolutely beautiful. Good looks and many cool features. Probably my favorite feature is the video with sound in mp4 format. This doubles the resolution from the usual quick time format to 640x480, and with the 512mb xd card, I can film for 33:08. Fantastic. The menu system which I was warned about from other earlier model Olympus camera owners seems to have been greatly improved. It's very intuitive, I picked it up right away. Obviously the zoom is in a class of its own and being able to turn off the digital zoom was a nice touch to help prevent accidental picture degradation. All in all very impressive.
  • 4.0 out of 5
All in one at affordable price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I upgraded from Olympus C750 to the new model C-770, Although, it is much more compact and had lot more features, sometimes I find that the quality of picture with earlier camera was better. The other Annoying thing is that selecting knob for different settings is very loose and shifts easily even without our notice. However, overall feature of the camera are excellent and I need to read more of manual to get the best out of it.
  • 5.0 out of 5
The camera is fast responsive with very good shutter speed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
The C770 is a great compact 10x zoom camera and takes outstanding quality pictures in moderate and bright light condition. The ultra zoom is just too good and can capture objects very clearly. The camera is fast responsive with very good shutter speed. Streaming Video quality is also equally good. The Camera is Worth to buy.