Olympus CAMEDIA C-720 Ultra Zoom

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Olympus CAMEDIA C-720 Ultra Zoom

Reaching new performance heights in the ULTRA ZOOM series, the Olympus C-720 ULTRA ZOOM is the first model to feature three million pixels. The camera...

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Review of "Olympus CAMEDIA C-720 Ultra Zoom"

published 04/06/2004 | zippywheels01
Member since : 30/11/-0001
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Pro Top quality photos, easy to use and optical zoom
Cons When switched on the lens sticks out a lot, easy to break off.
very helpful
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Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"My first camera, and will be my best ever."

This is my first digital camera. I had used my dad's before so i had a vague idea on how to use it, so i haven't read the manual yet. I have also lost the manual but i can remember it being about half A5 paper size, it was quite thick and the instructions were in about 5 different languages.

The camera came in a cube shape box with pictures of the camera on the sides at different angles.

On the front of the camera it says: CAMEDIA, DIGITAL CAMERA C-700 Ultra Zoom. OLYMPUS OPTICAL ZOOM 10X

To switch the camera on there is a small wheel where you choose the setting you want and turn it to the picture representing it. The setting of photos are:
- Viewing photos (shown using a small green arrow)
- Auto taking photos (the word AUTO)
- Landscape photos (picture of a house)
- Action photo (a small running man)
- Portraight photo (a lady's head)
- The letter P, i'm not sure what this setting is
- A/S/M, again, i'm not sure.
- Movies (small film reel)

After choosing a setting, you then press the red power button located at the back of the camera above the viewing screen.

Not only can you take photos but you can make 15 second mini movies including sound when you put them onto a comuputer.

I find this camera extremly easy to use. To zoom in all you have to do is flick a small switch across which is right next to the shutter button which automatically focuses for you. To use auto flash there's a tiny grey button which pops up the flash lens. the button is located on the top of the camera nect to the microphone. Deleting photos is also very easy with the press of a button.

Other features of the camera are:
- Multi-Spot metering
- 1-27X seamless digital zoom
- Electronic Viewfinder
- 2,110,00 Pixel CCD

The things that came with the camera are:
- Strap
- USB cable
- AV cable (PAL)
- Lithium battery CR-V3 (2X)
- 8 MB Smartmedia card
- Software CD-ROM (utility software)

I'm not sure how much this camera cost as i got as a christmas present.

Contact details:

Optical Co. (Europa) GmbH
Technical Hotline: +0800-6108300

I would extremely recommend anyone to buy this digital camera.

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Comments on this review

  • redballoon published 07/06/2004
    This sounds a really good camera x
  • Bigbaz published 04/06/2004
    Olympus make a great 35mm camera and it looks as if they have made the transition to digital now.
  • SurveyMasterNico published 04/06/2004
    Very informative review, but maybe you should write about it from your point of view and how it has been when you've used it, like how long it stays charged for and whether you get good focus when you upload them to your computer, etc.
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Product Information : Olympus CAMEDIA C-720 Ultra Zoom

Manufacturer's product description

Reaching new performance heights in the ULTRA ZOOM series, the Olympus C-720 ULTRA ZOOM is the first model to feature three million pixels. The camera's sensational resolution is supported by a host of precision-metering systems and bright optical system. With its very compact, stylish form the cam features an 8x zoom lens. When used together with the 3x digital zoom, 24x magnification is possible. Shooting is easy thanks to full auto and scene program modes. The more adventurous user will also appreciate the many manually adjustable settings.

Product Details

Product Description: Olympus CAMEDIA C-720 Ultra Zoom - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Localisation: English, English / Europe

Memory Card Slot: SmartMedia Card

Sensor Resolution: 3.0 Megapixel

Lens System: 8 x zoom lens - 6.4 - 51.2 mm - f/2.8-3.4

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 60 cm

Digital Zoom: 3 x

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.5" - colour

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 2 x CR-V3 lithium battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Colour: Metallic silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.8 cm x 7.8 cm x 7.6 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: C-720, 0050332137264, N1224892, C-720UZ, 137264

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Metallic silver

Localisation: English, English / Europe

Sensor Resolution: 3.0 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 3,340,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 3,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 8 x

Digital Zoom: 3 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: QuickTime

Image Recording Format: JPEG, TIFF

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200

Exposure Metering: Spot, matrix

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, sports mode

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia

White Balance: Automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, tungsten light, daylight, overcast

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 5 steps in 1/3 EV step

Lens System

Type: 8 x zoom lens - 6.4 - 51.2 mm - f/2.8-3.4

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 40 - 320mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 60 cm

Macro Focus Range: 10-60cm, 0.1-2.0m

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 10 elements

Features: Aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Effective Flash Range: 0.1 m - 5.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.2 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 12sec

Additional Features: Auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, AE/FE lock, digital image rotation


Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.5"

Viewfinder Resolution: 110,000 pixels


Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 114,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SmartMedia Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Camedia Master 4.0


Included Accessories: Lens cap, neck strap, USB cable, video cable


Battery Type: CR-V3, AA, CR-V3

Details: 2 x CR-V3 lithium battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SmartMedia Card

Supported Memory Cards: SmartMedia

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SmartMedia

Image Storage: High TIFF 1984 x 1488 : 1 - with 16MB card ¦ High JPEG 1984 x 1488 : 7 - with 16MB card ¦ High JPEG 1984 x 1488 : 21 - with 16MB card ¦ High JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 24 - with 16MB card ¦ High JPEG 1280 x 960 : 26 - with 16MB card ¦ High JPEG 1024 x 768 : 39 - with 16MB card ¦ High JPEG 640 x 480 : 99 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 16sec - max clip duration ¦ QuickTime - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 70 sec - max clip duration

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.8 cm

Depth: 7.8 cm

Height: 7.6 cm

Weight: 0.3 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


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