Olympus Stylus 740 Brief Review


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  • 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
  • Release Date: 2006-09-01
  • Final Grade: 75 3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 740
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
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

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.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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