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Olympus C-740 3MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom

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  • 3.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 10x optical zoom with 3x digital zoom (30x total)
  • Extra-low dispersion (ED) lens, movie mode, built-in flash
  • Included 16 MB XD memory card stores 20 images at 2048 x 1536, HQ mode
  • Powered by 2 CR-V3 batteries (4 AA NiMH rechargeables recommended); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: DIMAGE-S414
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 3 MP
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
  • Minimum focal length: 38 millimeters
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Product Details

Product Manual [9.84mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 4.2 x 2.6 inches ; 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00008IHTY
  • Item model number: DIMAGE-S414
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at March 3, 2003

Product Description

Point and shoot ease and full manual controls, the Olympus Camedia C-740 delivers sharp, crisp 3.2-megapixel images for print enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. With its powerful 10x optical zoom digital camera (30x total zoom when combined with the 3x digital zoom), you'll capture image detail you didn't know existed. The Camedia C-740 also features a more compact body than its predecessor (the C-730), a new extra-low dispersion (ED) lens, movie mode, a built-in flash, and compatibility with XD memory cards.

Optics and Resolution
The 3.2-megapixel Olympus C-740 digital camera can capture images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels; it can also produce 3200 x 2400 pixel images through interpolation for extra-large prints. It boasts an outstanding Olympus aspherical glass 10x zoom lens with 11 lenses in 7 groups. When combined with the 3x digital zoom, you get a total zoom of 30x. The F2.8-F3.7 lens has a focal range of 6.3-63mm, or 38–380mm equivalent in 35mm photography. The ED coating on the lens helps reduce the purple fringing normally seen on larger zoom cameras.

The C-740 also features Olympus TruePic technology, which optimizes the image information captured on the CCD before the data is saved by using the brightness and color information of the neighboring pixels when processing the pixel data. This leads to digital pictures that set standards for picture sharpness, contrast, true colors, and gradation.

Storage and Transfer
With the C-740, you can store images on XD memory cards. With the included 16 MB XD card, you can store 20 images at HQ mode (2048 x 1536 pixels). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the C-740 captures continuous video (without sound) at 15 frames per second in two formats: 320 x 240 (up to 33 seconds) or 160 x 120 pixels (up to 148 seconds). The QuickTime Motion JPEG format offers a limited resolution, which is great for capturing a short movie that can be e-mailed to friends and family, but is no replacement for a true camcorder.

More Features

  • 1.5-inch low-temperature poly-silicon LCD screen and electronic viewfinder.
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, slow synch, and fill in modes.
  • Stitch up to 10 frames to create a panorama effect with Camedia Master software when using Olympus brand XD memory cards.
  • Six scene program modes; Four customizable My Modes let you choose and save preferred settings
  • Image adjustment modes include sharpness, contrast, and saturation (adjustable +/- 5 steps).
  • Super macro mode gets as close as 1.2 inches away from your subject.

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by two CR-V3 lithium battery packs (LB-01, included); rechargeable AA-size NiMH batteries are recommended (four are needed to power the C-740). It measures 4.2 x 3.0 x 3.1 inches and weighs 10.4 ounces. This package includes the Camedia C-740 digital camera, 16 MB XD memory card, batteries, USB and A/V cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with Camedia Master imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

Product Description

Whether honing in on your subject or capturing a landscape, you get amazingly sharp, crisp images every time with the Olympus C-740 Digital Camera. Delivers 3.2-megapixel images that capture enough detail for photo-quality printouts up to 8x10". Powerful zoom options (10X optical and 3X digital) let you capture every expression or detail. Features: image adjustment modes (Super Macro mode gets as close as 1.2" from your subject while Optimum Image Enlargement captures poster-sized prints), 1-1/2" LCD screen, built-in flash, 2 LB-01 long life lithium batteries included (or powered by 4 AA batteries - not included), movie mode, compact design and more. Includes a 16MB XD memory card that holds up to 20 images at 2048x1536 pixels. Imported.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

After wanting and researching digital cameras for some time I finally decided to buy this one. if you haven't owned a digital before this will do you right. the pictures… Read more ›
My favorite pictures are actions shots. This is a great camera for taking soccer pictures. If you can get your hand one one of these cameras, (they are not in production… Read more ›
-No one wants to steal this, I think. -Great, almost perfect pictures. -Great price: $55 on ebay. Read more ›
Every camera I've looked at can't even begin to compare to this one. The Olympus takes such great quality pictures and you can't beat the 10x zoom. I highly recommend this… Read more ›
I printed my first set of pictures from a recent vacation, and WOW, these are some of the sharpest pictures I have EVER seen, easily better than anything my manual, 35mm… Read more ›
I've not taken a bad picture with this camera yet that wasn't a user error. I love the crisp, clear pictures I get with both macro settings and in shooting long distances. I… Read more ›
It is durable and takes amazing pictures for a 3MP camera. The digital zoom is awesome. I also had the underwater housing for it and took great shots while snorkeling with… Read more ›
I've had this camera since they release it a couple of years ago. I will say the zoom is great in bright sun. Otherwise most of the pictures don't come out unless you have… Read more ›
I have a couple of older 3X optical zoom cameras and can't get nearly as much background blurring on them. The optical zoom operates quickly and smoothly. The photos upload… Read more ›
No regrets. The picture quality is outstanding and the 10x zoom is just incredible. Even a first time operator will have no problem producing great results and photos that… Read more ›
So far I haven't had any problems. It works basically just like my old C-3020 (same picture quality, same controls and so on), but the 10x optical zoom is just amazing. Read more ›
I got this back when it was new and over $400. I wanted a great prosumer level camera with good zoom capability and excellent picture quality. This totally fit the bill. Read more ›
The pictures have a great quality. The 10 zoom is fun to use. I will update as the kids have had more time to use it. Read more ›
This camera is easy to use with the "Auto" mode, but you can also customize a lot of stuff if you are a really photo pro. 3.2 megapixels is plenty enough for me. Read more ›
capabilities. Easy to use. Easy downloading. Read more ›
- add even more to buy more rechargeable batteries; you may…the c-740, like the c-750, is very easy to use and can be used as a point and shoot or as a full manual camera. Read more ›
I bought it mainly for the zoom, since I like my pictures close up. It's super easy to use and printing off my PC is so simple with the USB cable. I didn't even need any… Read more ›
The zoom is fantastic, better than anything else out there for the price. Its easy to use as a "point & shoot" but also has the flexibility to get "creative". XD memory is… Read more ›
Anyway, this camera…The aspherical all glass lens system is excellent and the resulting 3 megapixel images are crystal clear at 8" x 10" and quite acceptable at 11" x 14". Read more ›
Yes I know it only has 3 something image mp but 3. 2 or 9 with a razor sharp lense is worth all the other mega pixel cameras in the world. NO there is no photo… Read more ›
So the adapter ring arrives and I connect the two to the camera. Well, the lens is so big it blocks the flash. I got the wide angle in the first place for indoor/portrait… Read more ›
Great pictures, super auto mode, sharp lens, user friendly, complete manual over-ride, light, compact, and fun to use. This puts the C740 in some very good, if not more… Read more ›
Really like the long optical zoom. At some magnification, the 740 has the impaoct of a >6Mpixel CCD because of the excellent lens. One HUGE problem just discovered though. Read more ›
Really like the long optical zoom. At some magnification, the 740 has the impaoct of a >6Mpixel CCD because of the excellent lens. One HUGE problem just discovered though. Read more ›
Great lens, easy layout, uses rechargable aa batteries, full function for manual and cheap. My God what a bargain. Read more ›
While succent and to the point, it is almost on the…This camera is packed full of features but the printed documentation barely scratches the surface of what it can do. W… Read more ›
- electronic viewfinder difficult to view in low light. - slowest shutter speeds only available in full manual mode. - does not support RAW format. Read more ›
You can go on automatic and choose preselected parameters for shooting, or…For instance, compensation for exposure is as easy as pressing the cursor buttons on the back. Read more ›
The camera gives you the option to…The camera can shoot in quick sequences, bracketed exposure settings, and panarama mode (only if you use genuine Olympus xd cards.) Read more ›
A very nice feature of this camera is the ability to see your shots immediately after you…If you don't like your exposure, composition, etc, you can delete them right away. Read more ›
It is discontinued. The good news It is discontinued and you can pick this marvel up at a more than reasonable price. I bought mine for under 200.00 brand new and with… Read more ›
the noisier than expected images at higher ISO settings, the lack of an AF assist light, and the lack of an accessory shoe are…all in all, a solid camera at a good price. Read more ›
I've had so many compliments and they are still amazed that I'm using my 2004 camera. Battery life is really good. I can usually take approximately 300 before I have to… Read more ›
I LOVE Olympus cameras and recommend them to anybody in the market for a digital camera. I use the card reader for fast and easy and no battery-use computer downloading. Read more ›
The view finder is crammed full of information that can be changed at will.(You can also view the picture scene and info on the LCD on the back of the camera.) A very nice… Read more ›
Of course, you can also use the review function to see all pictures on the memory…I also was not impressed by the digital viewfinder as opposed to an optical viewfinder. Read more ›
First of all, I was surprised at how small digital…The C740 is a nice compact size with all the buttons and controls logically placed on the top and back of the body. A… Read more ›
Even when there is relatively good lighting levels the C-740…Overall, I think it's a good camera, especially if you are looking for high optical zoom in a compact size. Read more ›
I have used it for photographing animals, scenery and even Seattle Mariners games and…Especially when they are loaded into my computer and I can bring them up full screen. Read more ›
Would trade for a 12x optical with fast shutter speed. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Rheumor on September 28, 2003
However, it does address some of the 730's sluggish autofocus mechanism issues for fewer blurred images.
That notwithstanding, the 700 was my favorite digital camera for a long time, that is, until the 720 came along. Then along came the 730, which maintained the 3+ megapixel resolution of the 720, while reinserting the 10X (true optical) zoom (the 720 has an 8X). Think of the 740 as a refreshing of the line while Olympus was waiting for the truly improved 750 to hit the streets.
In point of fact, zooming on any of the 700 series at 8X or at 10X without a tripod or image stabilization (not present on either the 700 thru the 740) is extremely challenging. Anyway, this camera is beautifully made and ergonomically engineered. The aspherical all glass lens system is excellent and the resulting 3 megapixel images are crystal clear at 8" x 10" and quite acceptable at 11" x 14". The zoom of course remains the trump card on the 740, and the smoothness (just the right damping) with which it reaches its 10x limit is awesome. Another nice feature is its ability to take QuickTime movies, which really adds to its versatility. However, these have no sound, a drawback the 750 will address.
The 740 (a feature that began with the 730) is the second Olympus to utilize the new xD memory card format, the "xD-Picture Card". This is a new type of ultra-compact memory media developed jointly by Fuji and Olympus. The main features of the xD-Picture Card are its ultra-compact size (20.0 x 25.0 x 1.7mm), its lower power consumption (the xD Picture-Card users will benefit from the convenience and savings of longer battery life on a single charge) and its faster read/write speeds.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2003
Let me say right off the bat that I gave this camera 4 stars because the video does have not sound -- how wack is THAT??
Except for this, it's a really great camera. The zoom is INCREDIBLE for a digital camera, along with the 3.2 mp, producing crisp, detailed images. I know everybody hates to read manuals, but honestly, if you just take the time to read this one (the cd version), you will be to correct all of the complaints I've read about with this camera. So let me just sum it up below:
1. Incredible zoom. And by reading the manual, I was able to prevent the blurriness that normally occurs without a tripod -- at least a great deal of it.
2. XD card -- it's worth it having to start all over with new media. I've had my camera for one week, have taken over 200 pictures and 5 videos, and the batteries are still at full strength. That's because of the XD card. It also downloads to the computer super fast, and again, doesn't drain the batteries.
3. The scene modes -- read about them. They REALLY work.
4. The 2 modes for slow flash -- slow1 and slow2 -- they somehow prevent blurry pictures when zooming (I'm not sure how).
5. The mode scenes -- they do well with what they are supposed to do. Adjusting the flash helps, if you have any problems.
6. The ability to save 4 "my modes" custom settings.
7. The manual mode -- I haven't learned how to use it all yet, but I can tell this is where you can start to get perfect shots if you master this.
8. Shots in the dark -- I mean complete darkness -- UNBELIEVABLY good! Again, use the "night" mode and the slow flash.
1. The viewfinder -- it has an adjustment (diopter?), but it's still sometimes hard to see.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By jemaerca on October 2, 2003
the ultra-zoom c-740 camera is a virtual twin of the c-750 with some notable differences. the biggest differences are a lower resolution (3MP vs 4MP), no hot shoe, no sound recording support, and no remote control support. finally, the c-740 has a body constructed from a mix of metal and plastic while the c-750 has an all metal body.
- 10x optical zoom - this is the main selling point of this camera (make sure you get a tripod or monopod to hold the camera steady at 10x, though).
- 3MP resolution.
- good image quality.
- allows a great deal of manual control, including the ability to fine-tune white balance.
- support for add-on lenses.
- customizable buttons and menus.
- ability to store four sets of individual settings.
- bright 1.5" LCD display (smaller size than competition, though).
- has an electronic view finder allows you to see what the CCD sees.
- adjustable AF area, plus manual and automatic focus modes.
- auto bracketing, sequence, AF sequence, and hi-sequence capture modes.
- allows contrast, saturation, and sharpness image adjustments.
- ability to save low resolution movies directly to the xD card.
- supports TIFF format.
- non-proprietary AA batteries used. this means replacement batteries are as close as the nearest convenience store (i recommend rechargeables though).
- compact for a 10x zoom camera: 4.2 x 2.6 x 2.8", 10.4oz.
- purple fringing noticeable.
- noise levels higher than expected.
- some barrel distortion at wide-angle.
- hair-trigger power button.
- electronic viewfinder difficult to view in low light.
- slowest shutter speeds only available in full manual mode.
- does not support RAW format.
- so-so battery life.
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