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Olympus Camedia C-765 Zoom

4.0 megapixels, a sharp 10x zoom lens, tons of features, and an affordable price!

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Review First Posted: 06/16/2004

4.0-megapixel resolution for 2,288 x 1,712 images. (Interpolated, native size is 3,200 x 2,400)
10x zoom lens.
ISO sensitivity from 64-400
xD-Picture Card memory storage
 TruePic TURBO image processor


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The Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom is the latest in an ongoing line of long-zoom digicams from Olympus. While the long-zoom market is getting more crowded these days, Olympus really pioneered it with their excellent C-2100, and still retains a commanding position with their latest C-765 and C-770 models. The Olympus C-765 UltraZoom sports a four megapixel CCD and a full 10x zoom lens, a new TruePic Turbo processor and a larger LCD, along with a range of features tailored to "enthusiast" users looking for full exposure control, although it lacks the compatibility with external flash units offered by its "big brother," the C770.

In most respects, the C-765 Ultra Zoom is very similar to the earlier C-750, C-740, and C-730 models that preceded it, except for a few tweaks and a new body style. It's about the same size and weight, and has the same zoom ratio and manual controls (such as adjustable AF area, long exposure times, and scene modes). The main difference between the past models is the 765's larger LCD and inclusion of a Li-ion battery pack instead of the 4 AA batteries previous models used. Continuing Olympus' stated intent of standardizing on the new xD-Picture Card memory format, the C-765 accepts only xD cards for image storage. The C-765 also carries forward the well-received "My Camera" menu, which lets users custom-configure a broad range of settings to meet specific needs, as well as the full range of exposure options. Compared to the current higher-end C-770 model, the C-765 saves money by dropping the dual-range internal flash design of the 770, as well as the onboard speaker and hot shoe connection for use with external flash units. All in all, the C-765 Ultra Zoom is an impressive, full-blown "enthusiast" camera with an unusually long-ratio zoom lens, selling at an attractive price point.

High Points

  • 4.0-megapixel CCD delivering image resolutions as high as 3,200 x 2,400 pixels (interpolated).
  • 1.8-inch, color LCD display and 0.44-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF).
  • Olympus 10x Zoom, 6.3-63mm aspherical glass lens (equivalent to a 38-380mm lens on a 35mm camera).
  • 4x Digital Zoom.
  • Adjustable AF Area, plus manual and automatic focus modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 15 seconds for still images.
  • Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual exposure modes, plus four Scene modes.
  • Spot or Digital ESP metering systems, plus a Multi-Metering option.
  • Auto Bracketing, Sequential, AF Sequential, and Hi Sequential capture modes.
  • Adjustable White Balance with eight settings, including a manual adjustment.
  • Variable ISO setting, with ISO equivalents from 64 to 400.
  • Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness image adjustments.
  • Built-in pop-up flash with six operating modes.
  • QuickTime Movie mode with sound.
  • Panorama and "2 in 1" capture modes.
  • "My" mode for saving customized settings.
  • JPEG and uncompressed TIFF file formats.
  • Images saved on xD-Picture Card (16MB xD-Picture Card included).
  • USB cable for fast connection to a computer. (USB auto-connect for driverless connection to Windows Me, XP and 2000, and Mac OS 8.6 or greater.)
  • A/V cable for connection to a television set.
  • Optional remote control.
  • Software CD with Olympus' Camedia Master utility software (includes QuickTime and USB drivers).
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)/PictBridge compatibility and print settings.



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