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Olympus Intros C-730 Digital Camera

Compact model sports 10x optical zoom, 3.2 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Olympus has introduced a new model in its lineup of Camedia Ultra Zoom digital cameras. The new Camedia C-730 Ultra Zoom is a compact model measuring 4.2" x 3" and sporting a 10x optical zoom lens (30x total with 3x digital) and 3.2 megapixel resolution.

The C-730 is based on the C-700 Ultra Zoom series, but with a higher resolution and wider zoom. Features of the new model include:

  • Shutter speed of 1/1,000 second to eight seconds;
  • Programmed Auto mode for point and shoot functionality;
  • Scene program modes, including Portrait, Self Portrait, Landscape-Portrait and Action, as well as a programmable "My Mode" feature;
  • All-glass lens (with aspherical lens elements) that provides the equivalent of 38 mm to 380 mm, f2.8 to f8.0 in 35 mm photography;
  • Super Macro Mode for capturing images from distances as close as 1.2 inches;
  • Through the lens viewfinder and 1.5-inch LCD display;
  • Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering;
  • Adjustable white balance;
  • Multiple flash settings, including slow sync flash;
  • Auto bracketing and exposure compensation;
  • External five-pin dedicated flash terminal;
  • Ability to capture QuickTime video and sound.

The C-730 Ultra Zoom will be available in October for $599. It includes an Auto-Connect USB cable, A/V cable, carrying strap, lens cap with retainer cord, 2 LB-01 (CR-3V) Lithium batteries, a 16 MB xD-Picture Card, Olympus Camedia Master Software 4.0 user manual and Quick Start guide. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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