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Olympus Stylus 780
Olympus Stylus 780

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Ultra Compact Digital Cameras category.

Olympus Stylus 780

We've given the 780 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Olympus Stylus 780 is the company's latest attempt to corner the stylish ultracompact corner of the market. Featuring a 7.1 megapixel sensor and a great-for-its-class 5x optical zoom, as well as two kinds of image stabilization, the µ 580 packs a lot of camera into a surprisingly small box. Like several other Olympus cameras, the 580 is "weatherproof," meaning that it can be used in the rain or snow without risk of damage (don't confuse this for underwater-style waterproof, however). Since it's a point-and-shoot camera by design, it offers the user a plethora of scene modes—attempting to cover every conceivable shooting situation—rather than providing full manual controls. This is a shame, since packs huge ISO and shutter speed ranges. Overall, the 580 looks to be a great addition to Olympus' ultracompact line, and a worthy contender to Canon and Sony's class leaders.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 5.6x digital zoom
  • Image Stabilization
  • Auto Focus, Auto Exposure with 18 scene modes
  • ISO 64-1600
  • Movie mode, with sound
  • 2.5" LCD display (230,000px)
  • xD-Picture Card slot (plus 18mb internal storage)
  • JPEG file format
  • Part Number: 225980
  • UPC: 00050332160231
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2007

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Olympus Stylus 780 Reviews

Olympus Stylus 780 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Olympus MJU 780 (Stephen — 06/03/2009)

This camera looks very good but the pictures are terrible. In low light the red eye is terrible everyone seem to come out with redeye. The pictures are often blury inspite of the so called image stabiliser. It is supposed to have face recognisation but my camera would not be able to recognise a face from any other part of the body. If there is one brand to stay away from it is OLYMPUS. Previous to this I had a canon which took good photos I should have just stuch to that brand.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not Good (Saqib Anayat — 06/08/2008)

The camera does not do justice to its price ... outdoor pictures are ok but low light and indoor pictures are terrble. Buy this camera only if your working outdoors with good light.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (Shelly — 11/06/2007)

It takes terrible pictures, regardless of the setting. I would not recommend this camera to anyone, and wish I could return mine.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it - great pics for this soccer mom (Tiffany — 07/02/2007)

Just bought this camera last week on vac in Manhattan and used it throughout the city to take pictures indoor and out. Love the pictures I have gotten - the ease of use, the shift focus feature, and most of all the 5x zoom on such a small camera - also have not had a problem with shutter lag—important with fast moving kids. For something that slides into a pocket this is a great camera. Only noticed problem with inability to see screen in light when trying to hold it up at an angle to get shots outdoors. I also own a Canon Rebel so am familiar with great shots with a digital SLR but how often are you going to lug that thing around. Great camera for those of us less sophisticated camera users who just want a small point & shoot that slips into a pocket with 5x zoom to grab great shots on the go. --- Have not taken video with it but as the camera store guy said to the cust. next to me - if you want to take video - get a video camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Olympus 780 (Mauricio — 06/15/2007)

I am disappointed with the quality of the pictures taken in the scene modes, althought in auto mode it appears to be a little better. Also in the 30 fps movie mode, the maximum duration of the movie the camera can capture is only 10 seconds. I thought that this limitation has gone in the past (in deed some old models overcome it), and the brand new olympus model is not affected with it. Also I bought a type H XD Olympus memory to try if the movies can be longer, but it was the same sheet. Sorry but I will not recommend this camera to my friends.