Olympus Camedia C-770 Zoom
|*||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|
|*||Unique dual-tube flash head for excellent flash range|
|*||TruePic TURBO image processor|
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As with last year’s C-740 and C-750, this year’s C-765 and C-770 models are near-twins, the principle differences between the two having to do with the C-770’s enhanced flash capabilities, and its inclusion of an internal speaker for audio playback. While the C-765 has only a conventional internal flash head, the C-770 sports both a hot shoe for attaching external flash units, and a unique dual-tube internal flash head that provides much greater flash range than found in most prosumer digicams. Compared to earlier models in Olympus’ UltraZoom line, this year’s models have larger LCD displays, rely on Li-Ion batteries (rather than AAs) for their power, and now accept only xD-Picture Cards, dropping the dual-media compatibility with SmartMedia cards of some prior versions. All in all, the C-770 Ultra Zoom offers full-on “enthusiast” controls and features in a long-zoom camera, at an affordable price.The Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom is the current high-end model 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-770 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 and compatibility with external flash units.