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Olympus Stylus 730
Olympus Stylus 730

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Olympus Stylus 730

We've given the Stylus 730 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Olympus Stylus 730 is an all-around solid ultracompact, with a weatherproof metal body that's appealing to the eye. Also appealing is the large, 3.0-inch LCD, which dominates the otherwise slim camera's back side. The 730 is a superlative low-light camera, with a high-sensitivity mode (ISO 1600), geared to capture good looking images when less is available. The camera's buttons self-illuminate when it gets dark, and the LCD is super-bright.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • Weatherproof, metal body
  • Auto focus
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 64-1600
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • xD-Picture Card storage
  • Part Number: 225840
  • UPC: 050332158245
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2006

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Olympus Stylus 730 Reviews

Olympus Stylus 730 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Zoom Error (Pat Walters — 12/28/2008)

I loved this camera until it got a "zoom error". I had it fixed approximately six months into the 1 yr. warranty. It took about two months to get the camera back. Then within the next six months it happened again. I was able to fiddle with the lens to get it working for a while. However, now it needs to be repaired again - at a cost of $145C. I would not mind getting it fixed but how long would it last? - Probably Not!

  • 3.0 out of 5
It... broke? (LQ — 12/25/2008)

It worked pretty well, in a technical sense, as the settings don't allow for too great of a photo, but recently, when i started to turn it off, the lens protector began to click in place over in over in a series, then it will stop and the lens will 'open back up' and then it closes and clicks in place once again, and then turns off.

I want to find my warranty so I can send it in. I plan to get a dslr this coming year though, so I should be fine.

Image quality is o.k. and there is not too great of a range of settings (manual), but then it is a compact pointXshoot. Fits into pocket. The focus on the shutter button is pretty unresponsive, also.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Zoom Error, Should be (but isn't) being covered by 1 yr warranty (Jenni Lipski — 04/09/2008)

this camera has worked well for me up until the camera randomly stopped working between photos. it had no recent impact or damage or heat/cold/water exposure. it was impacted once the first week i had it and got a small dent in the corner of the body/housing and a tiny crack but only on the outside of the screen (could still easily view the photos on the large viewfinder). the problems are definitely NOT related, they are set 8-9 months apart. the screen says "zoom error" upon trying to boot the camera on and then it beeps a few times and automatically shuts off. Since they wont cover it under warranty b/c of the small dent and tiny crack, they said it would cost $150 to fix. i'd rather buy a new one.

sucks to read that others are having the same zoom error problem, which further validates the likelihood that the problem is inherent in the camera and NOT a result of my dropping my purse (which it was in and "damaged" with dent & crack) the first week owning the camera.

beware of the zoom error!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Big disappointment (LB — 11/07/2007)

I am having the same zoom error problem and my stressful issue is that I can't find my receipt. I refuse to pay a hefty repair fee to have it fixed when it's not even a year old! I've tried charging the battery, lightly tapping it like people have suggested and nothing worked - it's very upsetting. I take very good care of my belongings and it looks like I'll be buying a new camera. This is the last Olympus camera that I buy!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Stay away (Gary LoGuidice — 02/25/2007)

Despite having tremendous features,most of my pictures were way below average when shooting indoors. Poor flash range (I guess normal for a subcompact)and lots of noise. I hate to pay restocking fee but what good is a camera that takes bad pictures.I tried all of the available setting to try to keep this device because I love the features but the bottom line is still really poor. Anyone who likes this camera must be blind.

  • 3.0 out of 5
not bad (LeRoy — 01/14/2007)

not what they claimed say its water proof and give warning label say not to emerge in water or get wet, but over all not a bad camera, it's not a Nikon