Olympus Stylus 740

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.

Editors' Rating
6.8 Overall

Compare

Olympus Stylus 740 (Black)
Olympus Stylus 740
Sony Alpha A6000 (body only, black)
Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
Nikon D3400 (with AF-P 18-55mm VR lens, black)
Nikon D3400
Canon EOS Rebel T6 (with 18-55mm lens)
Canon EOS Rebel T6/EOS 1300D
Fujifilm X100F (black)
Fujifilm X100F
Price ... $548 Amazon.com $500 Dell Home $399 Beach Camera $1,299 Amazon.com
Design ...
9
7
7
9
Features ...
9
7
6
8
Performance ...
8
8
7
8
Image quality ...
8
8
7
8

Review

Olympus Stylus 740

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.

Continue Reading

How To

10 things I wish I knew before shooting 360 video

10 things I wish I knew before shooting 360 video

How to set up your dSLR for beginners

How to set up your dSLR for beginners

How to extend your camera's battery life

How to extend your camera's battery life

Five tips for a perfect exposure

Five tips for a perfect exposure

Control camera playback using a TV remote

Control camera playback using a TV remote

How to buy a used dSLR

How to buy a used dSLR

Make Sony NEX-7 videos more natural

Make Sony NEX-7 videos more natural

Best picture styles for SLRs

Best picture styles for SLRs

How to buy a second-hand digital SLR

How to buy a second-hand digital SLR

How to create a retro stop-motion film with Instagram or Hipstamatic

How to create a retro stop-motion film with Instagram or Hipstamatic

Five tips for taking sports photos

Five tips for taking sports photos

Latest News