Olympus Stylus 780 Brief Review


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  • 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
  • Release Date: 2007-03-15
  • Final Grade: 73 3.65 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 780
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
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

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.

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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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