Olympus Stylus 750 review: Olympus Stylus 750

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Olympus Stylus 750 (Red)

(Part #: 225875)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Decent image quality; comfortable design.

The Bad No manual exposure controls; sluggish performance.

The Bottom Line It's a bit slow and lacks manual exposure controls, but the Olympus Stylus 750 is still a very nice snapshot camera.

6.8 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Image quality 7.0

Olympus loves its Stylus line of cameras. They're shiny, they're slim, they're stylish, and they're weather resistant. That's certainly the case with the Olympus Stylus 750, a 7-megapixel snapshot camera with both digital and optical image stabilization.

The Stylus 750's sturdy metal body is a gentle wedge shape, making the camera extremely comfortable for one-handed use. However, the tapered left side makes it even more awkward for left-handed users than most point-and-shoots. The controls are mostly flat buttons that are responsive under the thumb, but extremely similar in feel. It's easy to accidentally hit the menu button instead of the direction pad when looking over photos. The power and the image-stabilization buttons sit on either side of the shutter release, but they're recessed enough that you probably won't accidentally press them while shooting.

Though light on the manual controls, the Stylus 750 has some very nice features. Like all Stylii, its metal body has rubber gaskets and seals to keep water and gunk out. You can't shoot underwater, but you can splash it without fear or hesitation. Olympus includes a 36mm-to-180mm (35mm equivalent), 5X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, augmented by digital image stabilization and a sensitivity maximum of ISO 1,600 for some extra kick in low-light shooting. The Stylus 750 has no manual exposure controls, but 29 scene modes let casual shooters set the camera for the type of shot they want. A choppy 15fps VGA movie mode is also available, though most cameras offer the smoother 30fps video modes.

The Stylus 750 performed sluggishly in our tests, especially in dim light. It took 2.4 seconds from power-on to first shot. We endured a 2.2-second wait between shots in bright light, a pause that more than doubled to 4.5 seconds with the onboard flash enabled. Shutter lag was a respectable 0.6 second in bright light, increasing to 1.5 seconds in dim conditions. Burst mode was painfully slow, taking slightly more than 0.8 shots per second.

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