Olympus Stylus 740 & 750

Last Update: Olympus Stylus 750 Review & Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint (added on 13.02.07)

Olympus Stylus MJU 740 & MJU 750 are both point-and-shoot digital cameras (announced on 23.08.06) with 7.1 effective megapixels with a sleek, ultra-compact design and weatherproof metal body. Both cameras featuring 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 36-180mm) with CCD-shift image stabilization system, 23 scene modes (e.g. Beach&Snow, Sunset, Fireworks) and 2.5″ LCD Screen. The Olympus Stylus 740 is measuring 96 x 54 x 24 mm (3.8 x 2.1 x 0.9 in), weighing around 160 g (5.6 oz) and is running on rechargeable Lithium-Ion. While the The Olympus Stylus 750 is a little bit heavier weighing 170 g (6 oz).


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>> REVIEWS (Last updated: 13.02.07)

Pocket-Lint have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 740and write;
“And talking of image quality, the Mju 750 actually takes nice pictures. Slightly worrying is some noise in shadows even at lower sensitivities and slight purple fringing. Noise becomes an issue over ISO 400 and very noticeable over ISO 800. …Nice to look at, very pocketable, weatherproof and able to create images able to be printed at A3 or larger (with the caveat on shadow noise), the Olympus Mju 750 would make a great snapper for anyone: novice photographer, outdoor types or those who’d rather spend their time partying down the pub and dodging spillages of wine and beer while snapping away (9/10).”

Unbeatable have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 740and write;
“Our initial thoughts about the Olympus Mju 750 digital camera were fairly accurate as it was impressive in many areas, but if Olympus had worked on the start-up time a little harder, the Olympus Mju 750 would be high on the list of best digital cameras. Good images produced and all for a very reasonable price.”

ImagingResource have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 740and write;
“Like its stable mate Stylus 750, the Olympus Stylus 740 has stunningly good looks, but I was disappointed in its performance. Color just seemed unnatural and I came home with far too many blurry images for a camera that has image stabilization. I really wondered if the review unit was just malfunctioning. But it wasn’t a mechanical issue. The thumbnails were very blurred, even when the image itself was not. Our laboratory test shots reveal terrible problems with focus across the frame, so it wasn’t just me. The Olympus Stylus 740 shows some of the worst lens performance we’ve seen in a modern digicam.”

DigicamReview have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 740and write;
“The Olympus Stylus / Mju 740 has a lot going for it, particularly the 5x optical zoom lens and ultra compact weather proof body. The camera would be especially suited to someone who wants to take their camera with them in all weathers. The solid build of this camera is likely to make it last well, and makes it good value for money. Image quality was generally good, although slightly under-saturated for some people’s tastes, and images can be slightly soft. Noise was quite well controlled although worse indoors. The camera is very easy to use and there are a lot of features built in to help get better results, such as the digital image stabilisation and numerous scene modes. The Olympus Mju / Stylus 750 adds an anti-shake CCD sensor to the 740, and is roughly the same price, you get a choice of additional colours (Black and Silver), whether you need additional image stabilisation is up to you, but it may well be worth investing in, alternatively you have a greater choice of colours if you stick to the 740. The 740 would make an ideal all weather camera for the style conscious although if image quality is a high priority, then you may want to look elsewhere.”

ImagingResource have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 750and write;
“There’s no question about one thing. The Olympus Stylus 750 is unique. Its ultra compact form factor fits in any pocket. But its stunning asymmetrical design means it’s going to spend a lot of time in the limelight. It’s unusual, yes, but beauty is unusual. It doesn’t weigh much. In fact, its 4.59 ounces (130 grams) loaded with card and battery is well under average. But weight is a funny thing. A little heft is good for a digicam, helping to stabilize it as you press the Shutter button.”

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Olympus Stylus 750and write;
“Camera performance was good. It’s not the fastest camera, but it is fast enough. Start up time is under 2 seconds. If you achieve focus lock first (with a partial press of the shutter button), shutter lag is minimal and about average among current compact point and shoot cameras. If you aren’t able to do a partial press of the shutter, expect some shutter lag since the camera has to focus and calculate exposure before capturing the image.”

DigitalTrends have recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 750where they rate the camera 6.5/10 and write;
“Even though a tiny camera, I enjoyed shooting with the 750. I gave the weather-resistance a workout since it was a rainy day and just keep on shooting. People thought I was crazy but that’s their problem. The camera was reasonably responsive but it definitely labored when saving the big files and using the flash. Olympus engineers better boost processor performance for the next batch of cameras or they’ll be further behind the competition. Focusing was decent, without a lot of drift but an AF Assist lamp would’ve been a big improvement when shooting indoors. “

DCRP have recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 750where and write;
“Photo quality was a mixed bag. The good news is that photos were well-exposed, with pleasing colors and minimal purple fringing. The bad news is that there’s a lot of blurriness around the edges of the frame, fine details appear fuzzy (probably due to noise reduction), and the sky was mottled. Redeye was also a big problem, and even the camera’s redeye removal tool didn’t help. Noise levels are reasonable through ISO 400, but I wouldn’t use anything higher unless you’re really desperate….Camera performance is average, at best. The Stylus 750 takes 2.5 seconds to startup, twice as long as competitive ultra-compacts. Focusing times are okay for the most part, but I did get a few sluggish focus times at the telephoto end of the lens. Low light focusing was quite poor: I think the Stylus 750 is the only camera in its class without an AF-assist lamp. Shutter lag and shot-to-shot times were average, though. Other disappointments in this area include a lackluster continuous shooting mode and below average battery life. The 750 also lacks support for the USB 2.0 High Speed standard.”

PCWorld have recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 750where they rate the camera 67/100 and write;
“The Stylus 750 starts up quickly, zooms in and out smoothly, and exhibited minimal shutter lag. But the menus could stand improvement: Though Olympus has enhanced these over the years (by adding an in-camera guide, for example), I still have a few issues. For example, one of my pet peeves is that the LCD shows grayed-out menu options in modes where those options are unavailable. Personally, if I spend $400 on a camera, I want it to provide a friendlier menu system and better battery life that the Stylus 750 delivers.”

CNET have recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 740 & Olympus Stylus 750. They rate both cameras 6.8/10 and write;
“Both cameras performed nearly identically in our lab tests, save for one quirk: the Stylus 740 is slightly faster than the 750 in shot-to-shot time when the onboard flash is enabled. The 740 registered a 3.3-second flash recycle time, while the 750 took 4.5 seconds to accomplish that feat. Image quality between the two cameras was also similar; both produced very attractive photos with little distortion. “

Popular Photography Magazine has recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 750. They rate the camera 4/5 and write;
“Overall, we were happy with the images produced by the 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor. On-screen the photos appear sharp and vivid. In addition, they can be output to large-formats — up to poster sizes as large as 15 x 20 inches. We think users will enjoy the 750’s thin, sleek, take anywhere, all-weather design and the powerful 5x optical zoom.”

ComputerActive has recently reviewed the Olympus Stylus 740. They rate the camera 4/5 and write;
“Good points: 7-megapixel resolution allows for prints up to poster size, 5x optical zoom range is greater than most competing compacts (average 3x), Protective outer coating fends off rain, sleet, snow and other meteorological nasties. Bad points: Metering confused by contrasty images, lending some an over-exposed look, Image noise readily visible at high ISO settings, Pixel fringing noticeable between areas of high contrast.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 13.02.07)

Olympus Stylus 740 Sample Photos posted at Pocket-Lint
Olympus Stylus 740 Sample Photos posted at DigicamReview
Olympus Stylus 740 Sample Photos posted at DigicamReview
Olympus Stylus 750 Sample Photos posted at ImagingResource
Olympus Stylus 750 Sample Photos posted at DCRP
Olympus Stylus 750 Sample Photos posted at Popular Photography Magazine


Unshakeable zoom power with the µ (mju) 740 and µ (mju) 750

London, 23 August 2006 – Photographers who’d like to get a little closer to their subjects should take a good look at the µ (mju) 740 and µ (mju) 750 from Olympus. Both cameras feature a new 5x optical zoom – great for scrutinising objects a bit further away – and a 7.1 million pixel CCD for photos bursting with detail. Remarkably, this extra zoom power has not affected the size, as both models feature a sleek, ultra-compact design and weatherproof* metal body – trademarks of the µ (mju) series. To make the most of that more powerful zoom, the µ (mju) 750 also boasts another innovation in the Dual Image Stabilization, for the ultimate safeguard against camera shake. As the photo is taken, a mechanical image stabiliser compensates for camera shake by carefully adjusting the position of the 7.1 million pixel CCD. At the same time, a high maximum ISO value gives further protection against blur – a feature also included in the µ (mju) 740. For exceptional shooting in low light or at night, the µ (mju) 740 and µ (mju) 750 are equipped with BrightCapture Technology, which is now also available in Movie mode.

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