Full review posted for Olympus C730 UltraZoom!|
(Tuesday, November 26, 2002 - 05:23 EST)
Well, Olympus doesn't call it an "UltraZoom" for nothing - this baby has a full 10x zoom on it, ranging from moderate wide angles to a pretty impressive telephoto.
This isn't a one-trick pony though: Beyond it's long zoom ratio, the Olympus Camedia C-730 UltraZoom is really a pretty full-blown "enthusiast" camera. (But is also plenty easy for novices to use, in full auto mode, or one of its "scene" modes.) The 730 is very similar to the 720 that I reviewed previously, but the lens has been stretched from 8x to 10x, and the 730 also includes an external flash sync connector (hooray), letting you connect it to external flash units or studio strobes. (It's a proprietary connector, but you can get an adapter to a standard PC-style sync connector from Olympus.)
As is usually the case, some tradeoffs in distortion and corner sharpness come along with the long zoom ratio, but if you have any interest in shooting distant subjects with a digicam, the C-730 deserves very serious consideration. (For *really* long shots, the C730 also has body threads for a lens adapter that will let you attach Olympus' excellent auxiliary telephoto adapters to it.)
All in all, a very nice camera for people looking for a lot of telephoto reach in a digicam. Check it out!