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Olympus Stylus 740
Olympus Stylus 740

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Olympus Stylus 740

We've given the Stylus 740 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Olympus Stylus 740 is a great all-weather, splash, dust, and snow proof ultracompact. While it lacks the Dual Image Stabilization that the 750 has, the 740 is a perfect twin otherwise. The 7 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom make it a superior choice for consumers looking for big features in a small frame. The 750's IS features will give it a leg up on the 740, though, so check that model out before making a final decision.


  • 7 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 5.6x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • ISO 80-1600
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • xD-Picture Card Storage
  • Part Number: Stylus 740
  • UPC: 050332158382
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2006

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Olympus Stylus 740 Reviews

Olympus Stylus 740 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
outside pictures (east belfast — 06/04/2007)

i bought the 740 a few months ago and although at first i found it awkward to use both inside and outside. i invested in an lcd cover hood which is great for outside picture as it shades the lcd screen. it is a compact little camera but i do feel that olympus should have fitted a view finder for ease of use. but overall i have no regrets..........

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurry pictures (tetek13 — 03/19/2007)

I have always owned Olympus cameras and have had great success until I purchased this one.
I wanted a small "pocket" camera for convenience. I had two choices. The Panasonic Lumix series or the Olympus Stylus 740.I settled on this one because of the 5X optical zoom and most importantly the digital image stabilization.
I thought the digital image stabilization was on all the time and was basically the same technology that the Panasonic Lumix had.
It is not! The results are blurry images in portrait mode. I should of bought a Panasonic Lumix. I am very disappointed in this camera and you will be too if you get one.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Impossible to use outside (Bridget — 01/02/2007)

This is a really nice camera except for one major problem. You can't take photos outside, the screen is very bright & reflective and there is no viewfinder.

If you are going to only use indoors you will be ok but if you are going to use it in daylight, keep in mind it will be hard to take photos outside.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Use discretion (Chuck Sylvester — 12/03/2006)

Absence of viewfinder is major shortcoming due to glare or difficulty viewing screen. Difficult if not impossible to utilize multiple options concurrently for better pictures. Handy features and user friendly escept as noted above.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (Elena — 12/01/2006)

It's my first digital camera and it's everything i wanted- i have taken some great photos and the battery lasts forever

  • 1.0 out of 5
EXTREME FLAW (Dana Dane — 11/05/2006)

Outdoor picture taking is VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE because the glare on the screen makes the image barely viewable. If only there was a viewfinder. HOW COULD DESIGNERS OVERLOOK THIS?!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry (Hope — 10/17/2006)

Unless you hold your hand completely still, your pictures will come out very blurry. On top of that, distance pictures almost never come out and I'm left with a faceless mob. If it's a close up picture, with decent light the pictures can be very clear. I would not recommend this.

  • 5.0 out of 5
<<Dream camera OLYMPUS 740>> (Muge Ferris — 10/07/2006)

I owned many years ago, ( there was no digital camera in those days ) 2 1/2 inch Screen, an excellent menu (you need go there and get used to how it works. "Anti shake mechanism" Even in night it automatically adjusts the light. You can take pictures under any weather condition. Rainy, shaky, windy and snowy. Even under the water with a purchase of water proof case.!!! I recommend to everyone, who wants to get stylish easy to use and the camera that gives you so many opportunities to become your own photographer"...