Average User Rating stars 7 user reviews
The good: Decent image quality; comfortable design.
The bad: Few manual controls; sluggish performance.
The bottom line: It's a bit slow, and control freaks will be disappointed, but the Olympus Stylus 740 is still a very nice snapshot camera.
The 7-megapixel Olympus Stylus 740 is a slightly scaled-down version of the Stylus 750. They both share the same weather-resistant metal body, the same 36mm-to-180mm (35mm equivalent), 5X optical zoom lens, the same 7-megapixel sensor, and the same image processor. The only real difference that separates the 740 from its brother is that it lacks the 750's optical image stabilization. It still has digital image stabilization, but the camera doesn't optically compensate for image shake as does the 750.
Both cameras performed nearly identically in our lab tests, save for one quirk: the Stylus 740 is slightly faster than the 750 in shot-to-shot time when the onboard flash is enabled. The 740 registered a 3.3-second flash recycle time, while the 750 took 4.5 seconds to accomplish that feat. Image quality between the two cameras was also similar; both produced very attractive photos with little distortion.
For more information on the Olympus Stylus 740's design, features, and other details, please read our review of the Olympus Stylus 750.
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