Hands-on Preview posted for Olympus Stylus 740|
(Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - 16:16 EST)
Slim and light, the Olympus Stylus 740 has stunningly good looks, a unique menu system, a 5x zoom, and an all-weather chassis.
The Stylus 740's 2.5 inch screen is bright and vibrant indoors, but more difficult to use outdoors, even on cloudy days. We were impressed with its high ISO images and its digital image stabilization feature, but had more trouble both with using the Olympus Stylus 740 and appreciating its images. The Zoom lever was also hard to control, jerking the image composition in too tight or out too loose. The Shutter button was so hard to press I should have left digital image stabilization on all the time. While the Olympus Stylus 740's LCD menu system seems scattered (in nine positions, just like the control buttons) and hard to follow, the built-in help system is a good idea, even a great one. See our review for more detail on the Olympus Stylus 740.