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Stylus 720 SW

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What are the main features of the Stylus 720 SW?

The Stylus 720 SW is Olympus’ sturdiest point-and-click digital camera to date. Its shock-absorbent metal frame and watertight construction make this rugged compact camera the ideal go-anywhere companion for your outdoor adventures.

In addition to its unparalleled durability, the Stylus 720 SW is loaded with features that help you take better pictures and movies.

Bright Capture Technology incorporated into the 7.1-megapixel CCD and generous 2.5” LCD monitor dramatically improves composition, capture and review of images in low-light conditions.

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode minimizes or eliminates the effects of blurring caused by camera shake or moving subjects.

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. There are 28 shooting modes in all to help you get the best result in any situation.

The Stylus 720 SW sports a TruePic TURBO™ image processor and a 15x seamless zoom (3x optical, 5x digital). It is PictBridge-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. When using this model with an Olympus brand xD-Picture Card and the included Olympus Master software, you can create stunning panoramic images. Also, a handy self-timer allows the family photographer to get into the frame … and into the fun!

The Stylus 720 SW offers all this and more in a sleek, stylish body that is less than an inch thick!

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How can I download images and movies from the camera to a computer?

The simplest method is to use OLYMPUS Master software to transfer the files. 

This model ships with OLYMPUS Master version 1. Complete instructions for transferring files using this version may be downloaded by clicking here.

This model also supports OLYMPUS Master 2. Complete instructions for transferring files using OLYMPUS Master 2 may be downloaded by clicking here.

To request a free download of OLYMPUS Master 2, click here. It is not necessary to uninstall OLYMPUS Master version 1 before installing and using OLYMPUS Master 2.

Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view PDF files. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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Are any firmware updates available for my camera?

Use the Update Camera function in the OLYMPUS Master software packaged with your digital camera to find out whether firmware updates are available for your model. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

For detailed instructions on how to update the camera's firmware, click here.

Note: If multiple firmware updates are available for your model, it may not always be possible to update directly from the current firmware version in your camera to the latest available version. In such cases, updates must be applied in stages. For this reason, it is recommended that, after updating the camera firmware, you immediately check again for additional updates. Simply repeat the update procedure to apply subsequent updates.

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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 720 SW is weatherproof. How does Olympus define “weatherproof?”

Olympus' weatherproof cameras feature protection from inclement weather equivalent to the IEC Standard publication 529 IPX4. The camera will not be damaged by water splashed from any direction. The camera can be used outdoors in adverse weather conditions. It will resist water, dust and snow.

Please note that the included rechargeable battery and other camera accessories are not weatherproof. Care should be taken when using accessories. Olympus will not assume responsibility for any damage caused by water getting inside the camera as a result of misuse.

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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 720 SW is waterproof? How does Olympus define “waterproof?”

The Stylus 720 SW is durable enough to shoot underwater at depths of up to 10 feet for up to one hour.

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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 720 SW is shockproof? How does Olympus define “shockproof?”

The Stylus 720 SW can withstand a 5-foot drop from any angle.

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The Stylus 720 SW features Bright Capture technology. What is it, and how does it work?

Bright Capture technology helps you take better pictures in low-light conditions. It automatically lightens the preview in the LCD monitor by condensing light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels into each pixel of the LCD. This allows you to see on-screen an image that will more closely resemble the final print. The display is 4.5 times brighter than those of other digital cameras, making it easier to compose shots in dark or subdued light.

Certain shooting and scene modes also use Bright Capture technology to improve your digital photos. In these modes, light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels is packed into each pixel of the captured digital image file. This results in clearer, brighter pictures. With Bright Capture active, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light, without using a flash.

Note that the Stylus 720 SW restricts the maximum resolution of images captured when certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting modes are selected.

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Why does the Stylus 720 SW limit the size (resolution) of images shot in certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting modes?

The Stylus 720 SW restricts the maximum resolution of images captured in the Scene mode's Available Light and Candle scenes and also those shot in the high-speed Sequential Shooting mode.

This is a noise-reduction strategy. The noise that can sometimes be seen on images captured in low light is often related to the high number of pixels on the image sensor. Pixels generate heat as they collect light information, and this heat can cause unwanted electronic charges, or “noise,” to creep into the digital image file. The more pixels there are on the image sensor, the more heat and the more potential for noise.

Bright Capture condenses the light information into a smaller area of the image. As a result, the overall number of pixels, or resolution, needed to capture the image in low light is reduced. The resulting image with Bright Capture will be bright, clear, and less susceptible to the effects of noise.

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Does Bright Capture technology work always, automatically?

Bright Capture is always automatically working to ensure that images are viewable on the LCD. In addition, certain shooting and scene modes automatically use Bright Capture when recording images.

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Which shooting modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when shooting in Digital Image Stabilization mode and in high-speed Sequential Shooting mode. Also, it is automatically activated when using ISO 800 or higher.

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Which scene modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when the following Scene Modes are selected: [Available Light Portrait], [Candle], [Indoors], and [Shoot & Select 1].

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The Stylus 720 SW has a Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode. What is it, and how does it work?

The Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode is designed to reduce the blurring effect that occurs when either the camera or the subject is in motion during image capture. Images taken in low light are particularly susceptible to blurring because the shutter is held open longer in order to expose the CCD to enough light to capture the picture.

When the camera is in Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode, the light sensitivity of the CCD is boosted so that the shutter speed can stay fast enough to freeze motion. The adjustment is made automatically when the level of ambient light would be insufficient to maintain a shutter speed of 1/125 at ISO 64.

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How does Digital Image Stabilization mode compare to Optical Image Stabilization available in other, more expensive cameras?

Digital Image Stabilization mode is more effective than Optical Image Stabilization in three key respects:

  • Capturing subjects in motion: Digital Image Stabilization's high ISO sensitivity combined with a fast shutter speed minimizes blur caused by camera movement (shaky hands) and subject movement. Optical Image Stabilization is incapable of compensating for a moving subject.
  • Taking pictures in low light: Digital Image Stabilization's high ISO sensitivity enables the camera to take brighter pictures in dim light; the same picture taken with Optical Image Stabilization alone will be darker.
  • Consuming less power: Digital Image Stabilization does not require any additional power; Optical Image Stabilization drains batteries more quickly.

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What are the benefits of the TruePic TURBO™ image processor?

TruePic TURBO™ is Olympus’ new image-processing engine designed to be approximately 30% faster than the TruePic engine. TruePic TURBO increases the camera’s start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback times and continues to deliver clear, smooth image results every time. The TruePic TURBO engine also has an advanced noise filter for better image quality.

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The Stylus 720 SW is PictBridge-enabled. What is PictBridge?

PictBridge is a specification that allows for direct printing of photos between various brands of digital still cameras and printers without the use of a computer.

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The Stylus 720 SW supports Print Image Matching (PIM3). What is Print Image Matching?

Print Image Matching (PIM3) technology ensures that PIM3-enabled digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify the print-specific information for each image captured, to provide superior color, quality and detail in every print.

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What are the dimensions of the Stylus 720 SW?

The Stylus 720 SW is 3.6” W x 2.3” H x 0.78” D (91mm x 58.7mm x 19.8mm) – perfect for pocket or backpack.

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What recording modes does the Stylus 720 SW support?

The Stylus 720 SW records still images in JPEG format and movies in QuickTime motion JPEG format. Each mode has multiple resolution options depending upon which image quality mode is selected.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the Stylus 720 SW?

Image quality modes dictate the size (pixel resolution) and compression ratio of the digital files created by the camera when it records pictures and movies. As resolution and image quality increase, so does the file size, which means fewer files can be stored.

Image file quality is indicated as SHQ (Super High Quality), HQ (High Quality), SQ1 (Standard Quality) and SQ2 (Standard Quality with greater compression). Movie file quality is indicated as SHQ, HQ and SQ.

The Stylus 720 SW supports the following resolutions:

  • Still images: 3072 x 2304 (SHQ / HQ); 2560 x 1920, 2304 x 1728, and 2048 x 1536 (SQ1); and 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 (SQ2).

  • Movies: 640 x 480 (SHQ); 320 x 240 (HQ); and 160 x 120 (SQ). All movies record at a rate of 15 frames per second.

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    Does this model have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

    No. The Stylus 720 SW records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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    What recording media does the Stylus 720 SW support?

    The Stylus 720 SW can record data to internal memory and to removable xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media. It has 19.1MB of internal memory for storage. It will also accept* xD-Picture Card media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.

    *Certain camera functions require the use of xD-Picture Card media.

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    Can the Stylus 720 SW store images to its internal memory?

    Yes. The Stylus 720 SW has 19.1MB of internal memory available for storage.

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    Is the Stylus 720 SW compatible with Olympus' two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

    Yes.

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    Is the Stylus 720 SW compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

    Yes.

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    Is the Stylus 720 SW compatible with Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

    Yes.

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    How many images can the Stylus 720 SW hold?

    The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the Stylus 720 SW can hold in its internal memory and in a variety of optional xD-Picture Cards.  The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

    Number of storable images
    Image quality Image size Internal Memory 16MB
    xD-Picture Card
    32MB
    xD-Picture Card
    64MB
    xD-Picture Card
    128MB
    xD-Picture Card
    256MB
    xD-Picture Card
    512MB
    xD-Picture Card
    1GB
    xD-Picture Card
    With Sound Without sound
    SHQ 3072 x 2304 5 5 4 9 18 36 73 147 294
    HQ 3072 x 2304 11 11 9 18 36 73 146 293 586
    SQ1 2560 x 1920 15 16 13 26 52 105 210 420 841
    2304 x 1728 19 19 15 32 64 128 257 515 1031
    2048 x 1536 23 24 20 40 81 163 326 652 1305
    SQ2 1600 x 1200 28 30 24 48 97 194 389 779 1560
    1280 x 960 43 46 38 76 153 307 614 1229 2460
    1024 x 768 64 71 58 117 234 469 940 1879 3762
    640 x 480 97 116 90 181 362 726 1453 2905 5815

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    How many movies can the Stylus 720 SW hold?

    The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the Stylus 720 SW can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Cards. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

    Recording length (h:mm:ss)
    Recording quality Resolution
    (15 frames per second)
    Internal Memory 16MB
    xD-Picture Card
    32MB
    xD-Picture Card
    64MB
    xD-Picture Card
    128MB
    xD-Picture Card
    256MB
    xD-Picture Card
    512MB
    xD-Picture Card
    1GB
    xD-Picture Card
    2GB
    xD-Picture Card
    SHQ 640 x 480 17 13 28 56 1:52 3:45 7:31 15:03 30:06
    HQ 320 x 240 50 41 1:23 2:46 5:33 11:07 22:14 44:31 1:29:04
    SQ 160 x 120 2:09 1:45 3:31 7:04 14:08 28:18 56:35 1:53:17 3:46:36

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    What shooting modes are available on the Stylus 720 SW?

    Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded and what camera functions and settings are used to capture it. The camera default is Program Auto mode. This is indicated by the letter "P" in the upper left corner of the LCD monitor.

    Most shooting modes are accessed by pressing the shooting mode button, which is located between the LCD and the speaker. It is labeled with icons of a camera and a shaky hand, and the letters "SCN." Pressing this button toggles between Program Auto mode, Digital Image Stabilization mode and the Scene mode selection menu. Additional or alternate instructions, if necessary, are included in the shooting mode descriptions below.

    The following shooting modes are available on the Stylus 720 SW:

    • Program Auto mode: The camera automatically sets the aperture and shutter speed for the brightness of the subject. If the White Balance and ISO settings are set to [AUTO] (the default setting for the Stylus 720 SW), then the camera will also automatically determine the proper values for those settings as well. If either or both of the White Balance and ISO settings have been manually changed, the active settings for those features will be used.

    • Full Auto mode: The camera automatically sets the aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and white balance based on the current shooting conditions.

      To place the camera into Full Auto mode, press the shooting mode button until the "P" appears in the top left of the LCD monitor and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. This will launch the Function menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the "P" menu item (if it is not already selected), then press the Right arrow to choose "AUTO." The "P" in the menu will change to "AUTO." Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to apply the change.

      When the camera is set to Full Auto mode, the word "AUTO" will be displayed in the top left of the LCD instead of the letter "P." To return to Program Auto mode, repeat the procedure, selecting "P" or "AUTO" as appropriate.

    • Digital Image Stabilization mode: The camera automatically boosts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed as necessary in order to capture clear, bright images in low light or when the camera or subject is in motion at the time of image capture. To select this mode, press the shooting mode button until the icon of a shaky hand appears in the upper left corner of the LCD.

    • Scene mode: The camera automatically applies a template of settings that will produce the optimum results for a particular set of shooting conditions, or “scene.” When using this mode, you must select the scene template that matches the current shooting conditions.

      To select a scene template, press the shooting mode button until the Scene mode menu appears, and then use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to scroll through the available scene modes. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate your selected scene mode.

    • Movie mode: The camera captures motion and sound in QuickTime format. The focus and zoom are locked while recording video. If the distance to the subject changes while recording, the focus may be compromised. To shoot movies, bring up the Scene mode menu and then use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to navigate to the "Movie" scene (#25). Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate the Movie mode.

    • Sequential Shooting mode: The camera shoots multiple frames when the shutter button is depressed. In the default operation, the camera focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame. The shooting speed will vary depending on the Quality mode setting. In high-speed sequential shooting, Bright Capture technology is used to boost ISO and shutter speed; image resolution is limited to allow for this faster operation.

      To select a sequential shooting mode, first place the camera in Program Auto mode and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. This will launch the Function menu.. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [DRIVE] (icon of a single picture frame). Use the Left or Right arrow to choose Normal (icon of three stacked photographs) or High-speed (icon of the word "HI" overlaid on three stacked photographs) sequential shooting, or choose the [DRIVE] icon to return to single-frame shooting.

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    What scene modes are available in the Stylus 720 SW?

    Scene modes are templates of camera settings that are optimized for specific shooting conditions. Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash mode and white balance are automatically adjusted for the selected situation and applied. When a scene mode is selected, its default settings take effect. Many of these settings cannot be overridden while shooting in that mode.

    Using scene modes allows you to rapidly and conveniently enable multiple complex settings all at once and without having to navigate through the camera menus. Instead, just identify your current shooting conditions and select the appropriate scene mode. In this way, even a novice user can become an "instant expert".

    The following scene modes are available in the Stylus 720 SW:

    • Portrait: Portrait mode is suitable for taking a portrait-style picture of a person, such as the head-and-shoulders shot typical of yearbooks. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.
    • Landscape: This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes and other outdoor scenes. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce vivid blues and greens.
    • Landscape + Portrait: This mode allows both the foreground subject and a background landscape to be in focus. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions.
    • Night Scene: This mode is suitable for shooting pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this mode.
    • Night + Portrait: This mode is suitable for shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed that is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this mode.
    • Sport: This mode is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
    • Indoor: This mode is suitable for shooting a foreground subject and background interiors. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly.
    • Candle: This mode is suitable for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. This mode uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.
    • Self-portrait: This mode lets you take a picture of yourself while you are holding the camera. Point the lens toward yourself, and the focus will lock onto you. The camera fixes the zoom in the wide position and cannot be changed.
    • Available Light: This mode uses Bright Capture technology to capture subjects in low-light conditions without a flash. This mode uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.
    • Sunset: In this mode, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slow, it is advised that you use a tripod to help avoid blur from camera shake.
    • Fireworks: This mode is suitable for shooting fireworks at night. It is advised that you use a tripod in this mode to prevent blur due to camera shake.
    • Museum: This mode allows you to take pictures without flash and without a beep sound. This is ideal for shooting in an art gallery, museum, etc.
    • Cuisine: This mode is ideal for still life photography. The camera increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast settings to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject.
    • Behind Glass: This mode is suitable for shooting subjects through glass.
    • Documents: This mode is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. Flash is disabled in this mode.
    • Auction: This mode sequentially captures three pictures at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions.
    • Shoot & Select 1: This mode captures a rapid succession of four pictures by keeping the shutter button depressed. The focus is locked at the first shot. After shooting, you will have the option to immediately delete the pictures that you do not wish to keep. This mode is best suited for shooting moving objects. Bright Capture technology is used in this mode.
    • Shoot & Select 2: In this mode, the camera will continue to shoot until you take your finger off the shutter button or until the storage media is full. The focus is adjusted for each shot. After shooting, you will have the option to immediately delete the pictures that you do not wish to keep.
    • Beach & Snow: This mode is suitable for taking pictures of scenery containing white sand or snow.
    • Under Water Wide 1: This mode is suitable for taking pictures of underwater landscapes. An underwater housing is required.
    • Under Water Wide 2: This mode is also suited to taking pictures of underwater scenery. In this mode, the focus is locked to allow for quicker shutter release. An underwater housing is required.
    • Under Water Macro: This mode is suitable for taking close-up photographs underwater. An underwater housing is required.
    • Under Water Snapshot: This mode is suitable for taking photographs of people underwater, such as in a swimming pool. An underwater housing is required.
    • Movie: This is the Movie shooting mode.

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    What playback modes are available in the Stylus 720 SW?

    Playback modes display captured still images or movies on the LCD monitor so you can review, manipulate, edit or erase them. 

    The Stylus 720 SW has the following still image Playback modes:

    • Single Frame: View your pictures one frame at a time.
    • Index: Display thumbnails of your images on the LCD. Choose 4, 9, 16 or 25 frames at a time.
    • Close-up: Select a frame and use the Zoom button to enlarge it from 2x to 10x magnification.
    • Slideshow: The camera displays all images from your media card, automatically advancing the frames using your choice of transitions. Optionally, the slideshow can be set to background music.
    • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction.
    • Calendar: Navigate through your images using a calendar interface. Choose a date to display all files entered on that date. An xD-Picture Card is required to use this feature.
    • Album: Organize your images and videos by assigning them to albums. Add a single image, all images entered on a given date (uses Calendar function), or all images from the media card. An xD-Picture Card is required to use this feature.
    The Stylus 720 SW has the following movie Playback modes:
    • Normal: Play the file on the LCD.
    • Reverse: Play the file backward (audio disabled).
    • Frame-by-frame: Play the file, then press [OK/FUNCTION] button. You can then use the arrow pad to resume playback one frame at a time in either direction (audio disabled).

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    What Auto Focus modes does the Stylus 720 SW offer?

    The Stylus 720 SW supports two Auto Focus modes: Spot (default) and iESP.

    • SPOT: In this mode, the camera uses the AF focus mark displayed on the LCD to determine the subject of the photo.
    • iESP: In this mode, the camera determines what subject to give focus. The camera detects the area of greatest contrast (generally, this will be the border where your subject meets the background) and focuses on that area. Even when the subject is not in the center of the frame, focusing is possible.

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    Is it possible to manually focus the Stylus 720 SW?

    Occasionally it is desirable to have the ability to manually focus a digital camera. A good example is shooting through the windows of a tour bus on a rainy day. The camera may choose to focus on the raindrops on the window rather than the actual subject.

    Although the Stylus 720 SW does not offer a manual focus mode, you can use the Focus Lock feature to force the camera to focus on your intended subject.

    First, choose a test subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject. Compose the shot in the LCD monitor. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at this distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

    TIP: If you see a blinking green light in the upper left of the LCD monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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    Does the Stylus 720 SW support a Macro mode?

    Yes. The Stylus 720 SW’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.9” to infinity (.2m to infinity). This means the camera must be at least 7.9” from the subject in order for the picture to be in focus. The zoom is fixed while in Macro mode and cannot be changed.

    To use Macro mode, first set the camera to any shooting mode. Press the Macro mode icon (flower) on the arrow pad; this is the same action as pressing the Left arrow. The Macro menu will be displayed on the LCD monitor. Use the Up or Down arrow to select Macro mode (flower icon). Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate your selection.

    When the camera is in Macro mode, the Macro icon (flower) will appear in the lower left corner of the LCD monitor.

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    Does the Stylus 720 SW support a Super Macro mode?

    Yes. The Stylus 720 SW’s Super Macro mode has an operating range of 2.8” to 19.7” (7cm to 50cm). This means that the camera must be between 2.8” and 19.7” from the subject in order for the picture to be in focus. The zoom is fixed while in Super Macro mode and cannot be changed.

    To use Super Macro mode, first set the camera to any shooting mode. Press the Macro mode icon (flower) on the arrow pad; this is the same action as pressing the Left arrow. The Macro menu will be displayed on the LCD monitor. Use the Up or Down arrow to select Super Macro mode (flower icon preceded by the letter “s”). Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate your selection.

    When the camera is in Super Macro mode, the Super Macro icon will appear in the lower left corner of the LCD monitor.

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    What metering modes does the Stylus 720 SW offer?

    The Stylus 720 SW supports two metering modes: Digital ESP multi-pattern metering (default) and Spot.

    • DIGITAL ESP: The camera meters the brightness at the center of the frame and that of the surrounding area separately to create a picture with balanced brightness.
    • SPOT: The camera meters a small area around the center of the LCD monitor. This is the best mode to use when the subject is backlit or positioned against a very dark or very bright background.

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    Can I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 720 SW?

    Yes. The available settings are: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600. Bright Capture technology is automatically enabled when shooting at ISO 800 or higher.

    Various scene modes will automatically adjust the ISO to compensate for existing lighting conditions.

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    What in-camera editing functions does the Stylus 720 SW offer?

    For still images, the Stylus 720 SW lets you resize and rotate; adjust brightness and saturation; correct for red-eye; apply black and white or sepia filters; add frames, titles, and sound; and import into a calendar template. For movie files, the Stylus 720 SW lets you create a Frame Index – a still image file consisting of nine separate images excerpted at regular intervals from the movie file. The Frame Index provides a representative look at the content of the entire movie file.

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    How do I update the camera's firmware?

    Click here for detailed instructions.

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    What software is bundled with the Stylus 720 SW? What can it do?

    OLYMPUS Master is application software for editing images taken with a digital camera on a computer. Installing it on your computer lets you do the following:

    • Download images from the camera or other media.
    • View images and movies. You can run a slideshow accompanied by background sound.
    • Manage images. You can organize your images using the calendar display. Search for the image you want by date or keyword.
    • Edit images. You can rotate images, trim them and change the size.
    • Enhance and retouch images. Add filters, remove “red eye,” embellish with art and 3-D effects.1
    • Print images. You can print images as is or incorporate them into indexes, calendars and postcards.
    • Make panoramic images. You can make panoramas using images captured on Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media.

    For details regarding these and other functions and operations, refer to the application’s “Help” guide and the OLYMPUS Master reference manual.

    1Art and 3-D effects require serial number provided with specially marked Olympus brand Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card media. The features are also available in the OLYMPUS Master Plus upgrade.

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    How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?

    Load the LI-42B battery into the LI-40C Lithium-ion Battery Charger bundled with the camera.  Be sure to align the arrow on the battery with the arrow on the charger, as shown in Fig. A.

    Fig. A

    When the battery is properly inserted into the charger, the red charge indicator light will be lit.  The light will turn off when the battery is fully charged.  The approximate charging time is five hours.

    Note: Olympus digital cameras monitor their own power consumption and display a battery level warning icon on the LCD monitor, in both shooting and playback modes, to alert the photographer as power wanes. Fig. B, below, shows the icon that is displayed when a fully charged battery is loaded. Fig. C is displayed when the battery power is low.

       
    Fig. B Fig. C

    When the Low Battery icon is displayed, recharge the battery.

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    How can I maintain the waterproof capability of the camera?

    The Stylus 720 SW loses its waterproof capability if the battery/card compartment cover or the connector cover is open. Before using the camera, make sure that all the covers are closed firmly so that each lock makes a clicking sound. Do not open the battery compartment cover or the connector cover with wet hands, while underwater, or in a damp or dusty environment (e.g. the beach).

    In addition, take the following care precautions when using your camera:

    • Follow all recommended care and maintenance instructions in the product manual.
    • After using the camera in an environment where it may be exposed to dirt, dust or sand, wash the camera using the following method:
      • Fill a bucket with fresh water, immerse the camera in the bucket with the lens surface downward and shake the camera thoroughly.
      • Press the power button several times in the water and close/open the lens cover repeatedly.
      • Shake the camera further with the lens cover opened.
      • Let the camera air dry in the shade with good ventilation.
    • Do not leave the camera in water for a prolonged period. Doing so can damage the camera's appearance and/or deteriorate water resistance.
    • Do not pour running water over the camera directly from a water faucet. Doing so can deteriorate the camera's water resistance.
    • Do not use chemicals for cleaning, rust prevention, anti-fogging, repair, etc. Doing so can deteriorate the camera's water resistance.
    • Do not leave the camera in an environment at high temperature (104° F / 40° C or greater) or very low temperature (14° F / -10° C or lower). Doing so may break down water resistance.
    • Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover.
    • If the rubber backing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center. (A charge will be assessed for replacement of parts.)
    • Olympus recommends replacing the waterproof packing and seals annually.
    • If the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover; otherwise, water may get inside the camera.

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    Is the lithium-ion battery fully charged out of the box or should I charge it before using it in my camera?

    Charge the battery before using it in the camera.  Please see "How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?"

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    Is it safe to take my Stylus 720 SW into salt water?

    Yes. The Stylus 720 SW employs the same sealant technology as Olympus’ underwater housings. Olympus warrants the operation of the Stylus 720 SW at depths of up to 10 feet (3 meters) for up to one hour.

    As with any electronic device, proper care and maintenance are required to preserve the integrity and operation of the Stylus 720 SW. After you have used your camera in salt water, immerse it in a bucket of fresh water for about 10 minutes. (Be sure the battery compartment/card cover and connector cover are firmly sealed!) Then let the camera air dry in a shade with good ventilation. Be sure to wipe off any excess water or debris before and after each use.

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    Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

    The Stylus 720 SW is packaged with a printed Quick Start Guide, a Basic Manual and an Advanced Manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a basic manual that introduces the camera’s features and offers an overview of care and usage tips. The Advanced Manual is in PDF format; it can be found on the CD-ROM included with the camera. Adobe Acrobat software, which is also provided on CD-ROM, is necessary to view the PDF file.

    The manuals can also be downloaded from the product support page for this model on the Olympus web site.

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    How can I maintain the waterproof capability of the Stylus 720 SW?

    The Stylus 720 SW loses its waterproof capability if the battery compartment cover or the connector cover is open. Make sure that all the covers are closed before using the camera. In addition, take the following care precautions when using your camera:

    • Wipe any water off the camera before changing the battery or memory card.
    • Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover.
    • If the rubber backing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center. (A charge will be assessed for replacement of parts.)
    • If the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover; otherwise, water may get inside the camera.

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    How can I review my pictures in the camera?

    By default, the Stylus 720 SW will briefly display the last image taken after the shutter button is released. If you would like a longer look, turn the mode dial to playback mode (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to review all images in your internal memory or on your memory card.

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    How do I know if images are being saved to the internal memory or to my flash memory card?

    The internal memory and a removable flash memory card cannot be used at the same time. When a supported memory card is inserted into the camera, captured images and movies are no longer written to the internal memory. To use the internal memory, you must remove the memory card.

    The Stylus 720 SW indicates which memory mode is active by displaying a memory status icon on the LCD screen. It will show [IN] when it is using internal memory and [xD] when it is working with xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media.

    In all shooting modes, the memory status icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD screen, just above the remaining capacity value. In Playback mode, the icon will appear along the top of the LCD screen.

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    Can I move images from the Stylus 720 SW’s internal memory to a flash memory card?

    Yes, the [BACKUP] feature will transfer images from the camera’s internal memory to a removable flash memory card (sold separately). It does not, however, delete those images from the internal memory.

    To perform a backup, insert an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card into the camera. Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [BACKUP]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [YES]. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to start the file transfer.

    The backup procedure takes some time. It is recommended that you fully charge your battery before performing a backup.

    Note: It is not possible to copy images from the memory card to the camera’s internal memory.

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    How do I set the date and time on the Stylus 720 SW?

    Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrow to select a date format, and then press the Right arrow. Set the month, day, year, hour and minutes using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The Stylus 720 SW uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to set the values. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit [SETUP].

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    How do I set the date and time of an alternate time zone on the Stylus 720 SW?

    Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the [DUALTIME] item. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrow to select [ON], and then press the Right arrow to continue to the next screen. Set the alternate month, day, year, hour and minutes using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The Stylus 720 SW uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to set the values. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit [SETUP].

    When [DUALTIME] is set to [ON], an icon of a clock is displayed on the lower right side of the LCD.

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    How do I use the Alarm Clock feature on the Stylus 720 SW?

    The alarm clock feature causes the camera to play an audio cue at a predetermined time or interval. To use the alarm clock, you must first set the camera's date and time. Note that if [DUALTIME] is set to [ON], the alarm will sound according to the [DUALTIME] date and time settings, not those of the camera's default date and time.

    To use the alarm clock feature, first press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the [ALARM CLOCK] item. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the frequency with which the alarm should activate. [ONE TIME] means the alarm will ring at the appointed time; [DAILY] means the alarm will ring each day at the appointed time. Whichever choice you select, you must press the Right arrow to continue. Next, you have three options:

    • Set the time: Use the arrows to select [TIME], and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up and Down arrows to change the Hour. (The Stylus 720 SW uses a 24-hour clock.) Press the Right arrow to move to the Minutes value. Use the Up and Down arrows to change the Minutes. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to set the time. You may then press the Left arrow to return to the alarm options menu and make another selection, or press the [MENU] button three times to exit the [SETUP] menus.
    • Set the Snooze option: Use the Up or Down arrows to select [SNOOZE]. Press the right arrow, and then use the Up or Down arrow to enable or disable the Snooze feature. You must press the [OK/FUNCTION] button twice - first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. You may then use the arrow pad to make another selection, or press [MENU] twice to exit the [SETUP] menus.

      When [SNOOZE] is [ON], the alarm will activate every five minutes for up to seven times. When [SNOOZE] is [OFF], the alarm will stop ringing automatically after one minute.
    • Choose the alarm sound and volume: Use the arrows to select [ALARM SOUND], and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrows to choose from three available alarm sounds. Once you have made your selection, press the Right arrow to advance to the volume settings. Use the Up or Down arrows to select the volume level (low, mid or high). Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate your selections. Press the [MENU] button four times to exit the [SETUP] menus.
    After making all of your selections, turn off the camera. The alarm will only activate when the camera is off.

    To shut off the alarm, press any button except the power button. Pressing the power button will turn the camera on, disabling the [SNOOZE] function even if [SNOOZE] is set to [ON.]

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    How can I verify that the Stylus 720 SW accepted my alarm clock settings?

    With the camera turned off, press the [MENU] button below and to the left of the arrow pad. The camera will display for three seconds both the current camera time (top right corner of the LCD screen) and the set alarm time (bottom right corner of the LCD screen, alongside an icon of a red bell).

    In addition, when the camera is turned on, a white bell icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD monitor, just to the left of the memory status icon.

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    How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode?

    Select Digital Image Stabilization mode by pressing the shooting mode button repeatedly until an icon of a shaky hand appears along the top of the LCD monitor.  Digital Image Stabilization effects end when you select another shooting or scene mode.

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    How do I change the display language of the menus?

    Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press [OK/FUNCTION]. Use the Down arrow to scroll through the menu and select the icon of the head and word balloon. Press the Right arrow to enter the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose a new language, and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to enable the new language. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit [SETUP].

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    Is there a way to add additional display languages to my camera?

    The Stylus 720 SW has built-in support for four languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. A fifth language of your choice can be added via a firmware download. There is no charge associated with this download.

    To add a language, you must first install onto a computer the Olympus Master software that was packaged with your camera.  After installation, use the included USB cable to connect the camera to the computer.  Launch Olympus Master and click on the “Browse Images” icon. Next, select “Update Camera” from the “Online Services” menu. (An Internet connection is required for this function.) The following warning will appear during the installation of the additional language: “Once the firmware is updated, it cannot be returned to the previous menu.”

    The original languages will remain in the camera, and the new one will be appended to the bottom of the menu. Once added, the new language can be enabled just as you would choose any other supported language. If you later wish to add another language, you may exchange the fifth language for any one of the other languages available via the firmware download by repeating this process.

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    How can I control the brightness of the LCD monitor?

    You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor from the [SETUP] menu. Press the [MENU] button and use the arrow pad to select [SETUP]. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to advance to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the icon of the computer monitor. (It is on page 3 of the Setup menu, above the clock icon.) Press the Right arrow to advance to the adjustment screen. Use the arrow pad to brighten (Up arrow) or darken (Down arrow) the screen. When satisfied, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate the new setting. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit the menus.

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    How do I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 720 SW?

    The easiest way to change the ISO sensitivity is to use the Function menu.  With the camera set to the Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the ISO function, and then use the Left and Right arrows to select the desired ISO value. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button again to apply the setting.

    ISO sensitivity can also be set from the main Camera Menu.

    Note that the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode and several scene modes will automatically adjust the ISO to compensate for existing lighting. For this reason, the ISO item on the Function menu cannot be selected when the camera is in Digital Image Stabilization mode or Scene mode.

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    How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the Stylus 720 SW?

    With the camera set to any shooting mode, you can access the Exposure Compensation feature by pressing the Up arrow on the arrow pad. Then use the arrow pad to make the image brighter (Right arrow) or darker (Left arrow). The value can be adjusted +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to apply the setting.

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    How do I adjust the White Balance in the Stylus 720 SW?

    The easiest way to change the White Balance is to use the Function menu. With the camera set to the Program Auto shooting mode, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the WB function, and then use the Left and Right arrows to select the appropriate light source. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to apply the setting.

    White Balance can also be set from the main Camera Menu.

    Note that some scene modes will automatically adjust the White Balance.

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    Will my custom settings be retained in the camera after I turn off the power?

    Yes. The camera holds current settings, including any changes you have made, when the power is turned off. If you prefer the original settings, you can use the [RESET] function to reset the factory default settings.

    To reset all factory defaults, set the camera to the Program Auto shooting mode and then press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select the [RESET] feature, and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the arrow pad to select [YES], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button again. This will cause the factory default settings to be restored.

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    Can the Stylus 720 SW capture audio along with my still images?

    Since the Stylus 720 SW has audio recording capability, it is possible to record brief audio notes with your still images. The audio becomes an embedded part of the image file and cannot be separated from the file once it has been recorded. Audio cues can be added during image capture, or they can be spliced into a file after capture.

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    How do I record audio while shooting still images?

    To record sound while shooting still images, set the camera to any shooting mode and then press the [MENU] button.  Use the arrow pad to navigate to [CAMERA MENU], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the microphone icon, then press the Right arrow to expose the next menu. Use the arrow pad to select [ON], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button again. Audio recording will be enabled. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit [CAMERA MENU].

    The audio capture will remain in effect for this shooting mode until it is turned off. A microphone icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD to remind you that audio capture is active.

    When the audio recording function is enabled, the camera will capture four seconds of sound beginning about .5 seconds after the shutter button is released. For best reception, point the microphone toward the sound source. The microphone on the Stylus 720 SW is located on the front of the camera between the flash and the self-timer lamp.

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    How do I add audio to images I have previously captured?

    Press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to scroll through your files and select the desired image. Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [PLAYBACK MENU], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to the microphone item. Press the Right arrow. Use the Up and Down arrows to select [START], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button again. The camera will then record audio input for four seconds and embed the audio information into the selected file.

    An icon of a green musical note will accompany images with embedded audio when the camera is in playback mode and the files are displayed on the LCD.

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    How do I delete the sound from a still image with embedded audio?

    The sound in an audio-enabled still image is embedded in the digital file and cannot be separated from the image data. However, it is possible to create a copy of a sound-enabled file without including the audio track, effectively “deleting” the audio while retaining the image information from the original file.

    To accomplish this, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the arrow pad to select the image whose audio information you wish to delete. Next, press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select the [EDIT] menu. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to advance to the next menu. Use the Up and Down arrows to navigate to either the [BRIGHTNESS] or [SATURATION] menu. Press the Right arrow. You will see a selection panel, and the image you selected for editing will be visible in the frame. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to select the picture and continue to the adjustment panel. Without making any changes, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button again. The new file will be saved, excluding any audio information. You will then be returned to Playback mode, from which you can select and erase the original sound-enabled file.

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    How do I erase an image that I do not wish to keep?

    The easiest way to delete a single image is to press the Erase button (icon of a trashcan in red ink). It is located on the arrow pad; pressing this button is the equivalent of pressing the Down arrow.

    To erase a file, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll through your images and find the one you wish to delete. When the unwanted picture is showing in the LCD monitor, press the Erase button. A menu will appear. Use the Up arrow to choose “Yes,” and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. The file will be erased.

    Erased files cannot be retrieved, so use this feature carefully.

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    How do I erase all my images at once?

    The Stylus 720 SW includes an [ALL ERASE] function to quickly and conveniently remove all files saved to the internal memory or to a media card. To use this feature, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrows to select [ERASE], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. On the next screen, use the arrow pad to select [ALL ERASE], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button again to completely remove all unprotected images.

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    What can I do to prevent accidental file deletion?

    The Protect feature prevents selected files from being deleted even when an [ERASE] or [ALL ERASE] function is performed. However, protected files will be deleted along with all other captured files if they reside on a media card when a [FORMAT] is performed on that card.

    To protect a file, first press the Playback mode button (green arrow icon). Use the Left and Right arrows to scroll through your saved files and find the one you wish to protect. Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrows to select [Playback Menu], and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Next, use the Up and Down arrows to select the Protect tool (key icon). Press the Right arrow to continue to the next screen. Use the Up and Down arrows to select [ON]. Finally, press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to apply protection to the selected image.

    When a file is protected, a green key icon appears atop its preview whenever that file is displayed on the camera’s LCD screen. The key is displayed even when the camera is set to Index mode.

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    I purchased the Stylus 720 SW, and the box was missing a component. How do I get a replacement?

    Please visit the Olympus Customer Service web site to report the missing component. Click here, fill out the requested fields, and then click Send to submit your request for assistance form. Please allow up to 48 hours for our Customer Service Representatives to respond via e-mail to your question.

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    The Stylus 720 SW doesn’t have a flash memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

    The Stylus 720 SW has 19.1MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.

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    I am no longer able to display images and movies that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see those that were saved to my flash memory card. How can I see my other files?

    When an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card has been inserted into the camera, the pictures in the internal memory cannot be played back. Turn off the camera, and then remove the memory card.  When you turn the camera back on, you will be able to view photos in your camera’s internal memory.

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    Why do some images captured in low light look darker in Playback mode than they did on the LCD while the image was being composed?

    The Bright Capture technology in the Stylus 720 SW actually lightens the image on the LCD so that it is easy to compose subjects in both bright and dim lighting situations. To maximize the effect of Bright Capture technology on images captured in low light, be sure to select one of the specified Bright Capture-enabled modes prior to shooting so that captured images will appear similar in Playback to the way they are displayed when the image is composed.

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    I want to use a function, but it is grayed out on the camera menu. What is wrong?

    The following camera functions cannot be used when there is no memory card in the camera: [ALBUM], [ALBUM ENTRY], [BACKUP], [BLACK & WHITE], [BRIGHTNESS], [CALENDAR], [FORMAT], [FRAME], [PANORAMA], [PRINT ORDER], [REDEYE FIX], [RESIZE], [SATURATION], [SEPIA], and [TITLE].

    These functions will be available when an xD-Picture Card is inserted into the media slot.

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    I just put a {new | fully charged} battery in my Stylus 720 SW. Periodically, I have noticed that the screen goes dark while I am setting up my subject. Why is this happening?

    If you are setting up a still life or panorama portrait or are otherwise delayed while composing your picture, you may encounter Sleep Mode. The Stylus 720 SW includes a power save feature to prolong battery life. The camera will automatically enter Sleep Mode and stop operating if not used after three minutes in a shooting mode. Pressing the zoom button or shutter button will re-activate the camera. If the camera is not used for 15 minutes after entering Sleep Mode, the camera automatically retracts the lens and shuts off. To resume taking pictures, press the Power button.

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    What should I do if I cannot focus on a particular subject?

    Try the FOCUS LOCK feature. This feature allows you to focus on a subject roughly the same distance away from you as the intended subject and then re-compose your picture without losing that focus.

    First, choose a test subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject. Compose the shot in the LCD monitor. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at the appropriate distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

    TIP: If you see a blinking green light on the monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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    A small, bright dot always appears in the same spot on all my downloaded images. What can I do?

    This is caused by the failure of one or more pixels on the CCD. Run the Pixel Mapping feature to check and adjust the CCD sensor and image-processing functions. Wait about one minute after taking or viewing pictures to allow the Pixel Mapping function to perform properly. If the camera is turned off during pixel mapping, you must start over.

    To run pixel mapping, first set the camera to any shooting mode and then press the [Menu] button. Use the arrow pad to select the [SETUP] menu, and then press the [OK/FUNCTION] button. Use the Up and Down arrows to scroll through the Setup menu to the [PIXEL MAPPING] item. Use the Right arrow to select [START]. Press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to activate pixel mapping. Once the process has completed, the bright dot should no longer appear in images you subsequently capture and download.

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    When I print images on my printer or take them to my local photo lab for 4”x6” prints, the top and bottom of my pictures are cut off. Why is this happening?

    The Stylus 720 SW shoots in a default aspect ratio of 4:3. A 4”x6” print has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Therefore, an image taken with the Stylus 720 SW contains more information than can fit in a 4”x6” frame. When the image is enlarged and centered in the 3:2 frame, a little bit of the image is cut off the top and bottom.

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    I can rotate some of my pictures in Playback mode, but not all of them. Why not?

    The images that cannot be rotated may be Protected. Unlike [EDIT] features such as [RESIZE] or [SEPIA], which save a new copy of a selected image and make changes to the new file, the [ROTATE] tool alters the original digital file. However, the Protect tool prohibits changes to Protected files. They cannot be erased, and they cannot be rotated.

    If you wish to rotate a Protected image, you must first remove the Protection. Then you can use the [ROTATE] tool to turn the image. You can re-apply the Protection to the file after it has been rotated.

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    The camera no longer turns on. What could be wrong?

    The battery may be dead or underpowered.

    If the battery is completely drained, the camera will not power on when the Power button is pressed. If the battery is nearly drained, the camera may briefly display a Battery Empty error message and then power off, or it may power on and then quickly power off without displaying the error.  In either case, charge the battery using the LI-40C battery charger bundled with the camera.

    Be sure to properly align the arrow on the bundled battery with the arrow on the bundled battery charger.  It is possible to force the battery into the charger so that the arrows are not aligned.  This is an improper orientation, and the battery will not be charged.  For instructions on how to properly inset the battery into the charger, please see "How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?"

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