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Stylus 740

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What are the main features of the Stylus 740?

The Stylus 740 features the tools and technology you need to get great performance in a variety of shooting conditions. It sports a 7.1-megapixel CCD with Bright Capture Technology, a TruePic TURBO™ image processor, a 28x seamless zoom, and a 2.5” LCD monitor – all packed into a sleek metal body that is less than one inch thick!

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. As you become more familiar with the features and options available on the Stylus 740, you can use the convenient mode dial to choose your preferred shooting modes. There are 27 shooting modes in all, and each is optimized to help you get the best possible results for the shooting conditions.

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

When using the Stylus 740 with the included Olympus Master software and Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ flash memory (sold separately), you can create stunning panoramic images. An on-screen Panorama target mark helps you to compose your shots.

Sharing your masterpieces is just as easy. The Stylus 740 is PictBridge™-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. You can also use the included USB cable to transfer the images to your computer and e-mail them to friends and family.

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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.

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Olympus advertises that the Stylus 740 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 Olympus cameras described as weatherproof are not waterproof and should not be immersed in water. Olympus will not assume responsibility for any damage caused by water getting inside the camera as a result of misuse. Also, the rechargeable battery and other camera accessories are not weatherproof. Care should be taken when using accessories.

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The Stylus 740 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 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 images. With Bright Capture active, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light, without using a flash.

Note that the Stylus 740 restricts the maximum resolution of images captured when certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting modes are selected.

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Why does the Stylus 740 limit the size (resolution) of images shot in certain Bright Capture-enabled shooting modes?

Bright Capture restricts the maximum resolution of images captured in the Scene mode's Available Light and Candle scenes as well as 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, in Movie 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 scenes are selected: Available Light, Candle, Indoors, and Shoot & Select1.

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The Stylus 740 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.
  • Shooting in low light: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity enables the camera to take brighter images in dim light; the same image 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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The Stylus 740 offers a Silent Mode. What is it, and how does it work?

In Silent Mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not beep when capturing an image or when making menu selections, and it will not ring an alarm when the alarm clock is set and the appointed time arrives. Instead, the camera will issue a visual cue when the alarm activates while the camera is in Silent Mode. The LCD monitor will turn on and display the time.

To activate Silent Mode, first place the camera into any shooting mode other than [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Right Arrow and then the Down Arrow to select [Silent Mode]. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Silent mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow button to choose [ON], and then press [OK/FUNC] again to activate Silent Mode.

To disable Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the Silent Mode menu choose [OFF] instead of [ON].

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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 provides rapid start-up and shutter response, meaning there is less lag time between shots. The processor enables faster image playback on the LCD and improved battery life. It also has an advanced color-processing technology and noise filter for better overall image quality.

For more information on the TruePic TURBO processor, click here.

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The Stylus 740 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 740 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. As the digital camera records an image, it embeds print-specific information into the header of the image file. The parameters incorporated into the image file include gamma level, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow, highlight, and color balance. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify this information and use it to produce superior color, quality and detail in every print.

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What are the dimensions of the Stylus 740?

The Stylus 740 is 3.8” W x 2.1” H x 0.96” D (96mm x 54mm x 24.3mm) – perfect for pocket or purse.

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What recording modes does the Stylus 740 support?

The Stylus 740 records still images in JPEG format in accordance with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) specifications, supporting the following standards: Exif 2.21, PRINT Image Matching III (PIM3), and PictBridge.

It records movies with audio 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 740?

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 740 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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What recording media does the Stylus 740 support?

The Stylus 740 can record data to internal memory and to removable flash memory media. It has 17MB of internal memory for storage.

It will also accept* xD-Picture Card™ media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. The Stylus 740 supports Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card media as well as the original xD-Picture Card format.

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

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Can the Stylus 740 store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The Stylus 740 has 17MB of internal memory available for storage.

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Is the Stylus 740 compatible with Olympus’ two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the Stylus 740 compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the Stylus 740 compatible with Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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What is the difference between Olympus’ Type H and Type M xD-Picture Card™ media?

The Type H card provides improved write speeds (two to three times that of other types of xD-Picture Card media) so images and movies will be saved and formatted to the card more quickly. This means there will be less time to wait between shots and that movies can be recorded in greater resolution.

Each Type H card also comes with a unique authorization code for OLYMPUS Master 1.4 software that, when entered, enables new editing features that can enhance digital photographs with Watercolor, Oil painting, Cartoon Art and 3-D effects.

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How many images can the Stylus 740 hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the Stylus 740 can hold in its internal memory and in a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™.  The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Number of storable images1
Image quality Image size Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 3072 x 2304 5 4 9 18 36 73 147 294 586
HQ 3072 x 2304 10 9 18 36 73 146 293 586 1,163
SQ1 2560 x 1920 14 13 26 52 105 210 420 841 1,683
2304 x 1728 17 15 32 64 128 257 515 1,031 2,063
2048 x 1536 22 20 40 81 163 326 652 1,305 2,559
SQ2 1600 x 1200 27 24 48 97 194 389 779 1,560 3,046
1280 x 960 42 38 76 153 307 614 1,229 2,460 4,291
1024 x 768 65 58 117 234 469 940 1,879 3,762 7,108
640 x 480 105 90 181 362 726 1,453 2,905 5,815 10,662

1Note: Capacity will be slightly less than shown if sound is recorded with still images. All figures are approximate.

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How many movies can the Stylus 740 hold?

The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the Stylus 740 can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Recording length (hh:mm:ss)
Recording quality Resolution
(15 frames
per second)
Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™ media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 640 x 480 0:19 0:17 0:35 1:10 2:20 4:41 9:23 18:47 37:34
HQ 320 x 240 0:46 0:41 1:23 2:46 5:33 11:07 22:14 44:31 1:29:04
SQ 160 x 120 1:57 1:45 3:31 7:03 14:08 28:18 56:35 1:53:17 3:46:36

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Does the Stylus 740 have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

No. The Stylus 740 records all images and movies at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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What shooting modes are available on the Stylus 740?

Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded and how much control the photographer has over the camera settings. Most shooting modes are accessed by turning the mode dial so that the appropriate icon or text is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. Additional steps, if required, are described in the paragraphs below.

The following shooting modes are available on the Stylus 740:

  • Program Auto mode (Camera icon): The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed for the shooting conditions. The photographer may manipulate other settings via camera menus. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera uses the current values of those settings.

    Because the factory default for some settings is [AUTO], the camera initially also retains control of them. For example, the camera will use the same white balance value in Program Auto shooting mode as it will in the Full Auto shooting mode unless the white balance setting is manually changed to a value other than [AUTO].

    To select Program Auto mode, first turn the mode dial to the camera icon. Then press the [OK/FUNC] button. The function menu is displayed, and the Auto mode item is selected by default. Use the Right or Left arrow on the arrow pad to select the letter “P” from the menu at the bottom of the screen. Finally, press [OK/FUNC] again to activate the selection.
  • Full Auto mode (Camera icon): The camera automatically adjusts the aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, and white balance based on current shooting conditions. The camera determines the proper values at the point of image capture, bypassing any values the photographer may have previously changed via the menus for use in Program Auto mode.

    To select Full Auto mode, first turn the mode dial to the camera icon. Then press the [OK/FUNC] button. The function menu is displayed, and the Auto mode item is selected by default. Use the Right or Left arrow on the arrow pad to select [AUTO] from the menu at the bottom of the screen. Finally, press [OK/FUNC] again to activate the selection.
  • Digital Image Stabilization mode (Hand icon): 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.
  • Scene mode ("SCN"): The camera automatically adjusts settings to produce the optimum results for a particular combination of shooting conditions, or “scene.” Factors such as ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, color saturation, white balance, flash mode, and exposure compensation may be affected. (However, the photographer may manually override some of these settings.) When using this mode, the photographer must select the scene that matches the shooting conditions.

    There are 23 scenes available on the Stylus 740. All are accessed via the Scene Select menu.

    The Scene Select menu launches automatically when the mode dial is set to “SCN.” Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the selected scene.

    To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, turn the mode dial to any other setting and then return it to “SCN.” The Scene Select menu will be displayed. Use the arrow pad to select a new scene. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the new selection.
  • Guide mode ("GUIDE"): The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions you identify via help menus. The changes are made instantly; it is not necessary to exit the Guide to manually adjust the settings.
  • Movie mode (Movie Projector icon): The camera captures video and audio in Motion-JPEG format. Press the shutter button half way to lock the focus. Press it all the way down to begin recording, and press it again to stop recording.

    This mode uses Bright Capture technology. In addition, the camera flash is disabled in Movie mode. Noise reduction is automatically enabled when the subject is dark.
  • 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 image quality mode setting.

    With the high-speed sequential shooting option enabled, image resolution is limited to 2048 x 1536 to allow for faster operation. Additionally, the ISO sensitivity is set to [AUTO], and the flash mode is set to [OFF]. These settings cannot be overridden. High-speed sequential shooting mode uses Bright Capture technology.

    To enable Sequential Shooting mode, turn the mode dial to any still image shooting mode except [GUIDE] and then press the [OK/FUNC] button. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the [DRIVE] icon. Then use the Left and Right arrows to choose Normal or High-speed capture. Finally, press [OK/FUNC] again to activate the selection.

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What scenes are available in Scene Mode?

The Stylus 740’s scene mode features 23 scenes. Each is designed to produce optimum results for a specific combination of shooting conditions. Simply identify the current shooting conditions and select the appropriate scene. The camera will then automatically enable and calibrate all the settings necessary to take a great shot. With scene mode, even a novice photographer can become an “instant expert.”

To access scene mode, turn the mode dial to [SCN]. The Scene Select menu launches automatically. Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the selected scene.

To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, turn the mode dial to any other setting and then return it to [SCN]. The Scene Select menu will be displayed. Use the arrow pad to select a new scene. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the new selection.

When a scene is active, the camera will display an icon on the LCD monitor identifying the scene. In the individual scene descriptions listed below, these icons are shown in parentheses.

The following scenes are available in the Stylus 740:

  • Portrait (Head icon): Portrait scene is suitable for capturing a portrait-style image of a subject, such as the head-and-shoulders shot typical of yearbooks. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.
  • Landscape (Mountains icon): This scene is suitable for shooting landscapes and other outdoor subjects. Blues and greens are enhanced in order to vividly reproduce natural scenery. Both the foreground and background will be kept in focus. By default, the flash is set to “off” in this scene; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Landscape + Portrait (Icon of person standing in front of mountains): This scene allows both the foreground subject and a background landscape to be in focus under daylight conditions. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
  • Night Scene (Moon and star over mountains icon): This scene is ideal for taking 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 when shooting in this scene.
    By default, the flash is set to “off” in this scene; however, you can override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Night + Portrait (Icon of person standing beneath moon and stars): This scene 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 scene.
    By default, the flash is set to “Red-Eye Reduction Flash” in this scene; however, you can manually override this setting using the flash button (lightning bolt icon).
  • Sport (Running person icon): This scene is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
  • Indoor (Party horn icon): This scene is suitable for shooting a foreground subject and background interiors. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly. This scene uses Bright Capture technology.
  • Candle (Candelabrum icon): This scene is ideal for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. The flash is disabled in this scene. This scene uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less.
  • Self-portrait (Icon of couple): This scene 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 zoom is fixed in the wide position and cannot be changed.
  • Available Light Portrait (Sleeping child icon): This scene is suitable for capturing subjects in low-light conditions without a flash. The scene uses Bright Capture technology. Image quality is restricted to 2,048 x 1,536 or less. The flash is disabled.
  • Sunset (Sunset icon): In this scene, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod to help avoid blur from camera shake. Flash and Macro modes are disabled in this scene.
  • Fireworks (Fireworks icon): This scene is suitable for capturing fireworks against a night sky. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod when shooting in this scene to prevent blur due to camera shake. The flash is disabled in this scene.
  • Museum (Framed art icon): This scene allows you to take pictures without flash and without a beep sound. This is ideal for shooting in an art gallery, museum, etc. The flash is disabled.
  • Cuisine (Fork and knife icon): This scene 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 (Window display icon): This scene is suitable for shooting subjects through glass.
  • Documents (Page icon): This scene is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. By default, Macro mode is enabled in this scene; however, the setting can be overridden using the Macro mode button (flower icon). The flash is disabled in this scene. The flash setting cannot be overridden.
  • Auction (Gavel icon): This scene sequentially captures three images at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions. In this scene, the Macro mode is enabled and the flash is disabled; neither setting can be overridden. Image quality is fixed at 640 x 480.
  • Shoot & Select 1 (Icon of three images and a print beside number “1”): This scene captures a rapid succession of four pictures by holding down the shutter button. 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 scene.
  • Shoot & Select 2 (Icon of three images and a print beside number “2”): In this scene, 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 (Snowman/windsurfer icon): This scene is suitable for shooting scenery containing white sand seascapes, snowy mountains and other bright white vistas.
  • Under Water Wide 1 (Icon of two fish beside number “1”): This scene is suitable for taking pictures of underwater landscapes. An underwater housing is required.
  • Under Water Wide 2 (Icon of two fish beside number “2”): This scene is also suited to taking pictures of underwater scenery. In this scene, the focus is locked to allow for quicker shutter release. An underwater housing is required.
  • Under Water Macro (Large fish icon): This scene is suitable for taking close-up photographs underwater. An underwater housing is required.

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What playback modes are available in the Stylus 740?

Playback modes display captured still images or movies on the LCD monitor so you can review, manipulate, edit or erase them. To use a Playback mode, first turn the mode dial so that the Playback icon (green arrow) is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. Additional instructions are listed in the descriptions that follow.

The Stylus 740 has the following still image Playback modes:

  • Single Frame: Displays the contents of your camera’s internal memory or supported memory card, one file at a time. Use the arrow pad to advance one frame forward (Right arrow) or backward (Left arrow), or to jump ahead (Down arrow) or back (Up arrow) 10 frames. If the current frame is fewer than 10 frames from the first frame or the last frame, the Down and Up arrows will instead jump to the first or final frame, respectively.
    Note: Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer to a memory card and inserted into the camera, can only be displayed as thumbnails.
  • Close-up: Enlarges an image file for closer inspection. Use the arrow pad to navigate to any image (not movie) file. Press the “T” on the Zoom button to increase the size of the image. Each time the button is pressed, the image will get bigger, up to a maximum 10x magnification. Press the “W” on the Zoom button to reduce the size of the image.
    While viewing an enlarged image, you can use the arrow pad to move around within the frame.
  • Index: Displays thumbnails of your images and movies on the LCD. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) This mode mimics an index print that you might commonly receive with your pictures when developed at a commercial photo lab.
    Press the “W” on the Zoom button to view the index. Use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it. Press [OK/FUNC] to return to Single Frame view with the selected image displayed on the LCD monitor.
  • Slideshow: Displays in succession all images and movies from your camera’s internal memory or from inserted xD-Picture Card™ media, sold separately. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) The camera automatically advances through the files, using your choice of transition effects, at a rate of approximately one frame every three seconds. Optionally, the slideshow can be set to background music.
    Note: Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer to a memory card and inserted into the camera, cannot be displayed during Slideshow.
  • Rotation: Select a frame and turn it 90 degrees in either direction.
  • Calendar: Displays a calendar interface. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select a date. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to display the first image recorded on that date in Single Frame view. Use the arrow pad to scroll through your image and movie files as normal.
    This feature requires an xD-Picture Card flash memory card, sold separately.
  • 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 an optional memory card.
    This feature requires an xD-Picture Card flash memory card, sold separately. Images stored in the camera’s internal memory must be transferred to xD-Picture Card media via the [BACKUP] function before they can be added to an album.
  • Histogram: Select a still image and view a graphical representation of its relative brightness and darkness. This can help you gauge whether you are shooting in a mode that will over- or underexpose your pictures so you can make any necessary adjustments.
    To view the histogram of an image, select the image and then press the [DISP.] button three times. Press it one more time to revert to the default Single Frame playback mode.
The Stylus 740 has the following movie Playback modes:
  • Normal: Play a movie file on the LCD. Navigate to a movie file. (When a movie file is showing in Playback mode, the LCD shows the first frame of the movie inside a mock filmstrip background.) Simply press the [OK/FUNC] button to play the movie.
  • Reverse: Play the movie backward. During playback, press the Left arrow button to rewind the movie. Audio output is disabled during reverse playback.
  • Fast-forward: Advance quickly through the movie. During playback, press the Right arrow button to fast-forward through the movie. Audio output is disabled.
  • Frame-by-frame: Play the movie one frame at a time. During playback, press the [OK/FUNC] button to pause the movie. Next, press the Left or Right arrow button to advance the movie (backward or forward, respectively) one frame at a time. Press [OK/FUNC] again to resume playback. Audio output is disabled while a movie is paused.

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What in-camera editing functions does the Stylus 740 offer?

The Stylus 740 lets you resize and rotate stored images; adjust their brightness and saturation; correct for Red-Eye; and add enhancements such as black-and-white or sepia filters, frames (decorative borders) and titles. You can even import images into a variety of calendar templates.

It also allows you to create Frame Indexes from movie files. A Frame Index is a still image file consisting of nine separate images excerpted at regular intervals from a movie file. The Frame Index provides a representative look at the content of the entire movie.

The [EDIT] tools require the use of xD-Picture Card™ media, sold separately. Images stored in the camera’s internal memory must be transferred to a memory card via the [BACKUP] function before they can be edited.

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What Auto Focus modes does the Stylus 740 offer?

The Stylus 740 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 740?

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 740 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 740 support a Macro mode?

Yes. The Stylus 740’s Macro mode has an operating range of 7.9” to infinity (wide) and 23.6” – infinity (telephoto). This means you can shoot a subject as near as 7.9” (.2 meters) when the zoom is set to Wide Angle and as near as 23.6” (.6 meters) away when the zoom is set to Telephoto.

To use Macro mode, set the mode dial to any shooting mode except “GUIDE,” and then press the Left arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the Macro icon (flower), and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the setting. The Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Macro mode is active.

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Does the Stylus 740 support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The Stylus 740’s Super Macro mode has an operating range of 1.2” – 7.9”. This means that the camera must be between 1.2” and 7.9” (30 – 200mm) from the subject in order for the image to be in focus. The zoom is fixed while in Super Macro mode and cannot be changed.

To use Super Macro mode, set the mode dial to any shooting mode except “GUIDE,” and then press the Left arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the Super Macro icon (flower preceded by the letter “s”), and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the setting. The Super Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Super Macro mode is active.

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What metering modes does the Stylus 740 offer?

The Stylus 740 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 740?

Yes. The available settings are: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600.

In the Auto mode, the ISO range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 80-400. The ISO range is greater in the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode (80-1600 equivalent) and in the following scene modes: Indoor (80-1600 equivalent), and Available Light Portrait and Candle (800 – 2500 equivalent).

When shooting in Digital Image Stabilization mode or in any scene mode, the camera automatically adjusts the ISO to compensate for existing lighting conditions. If the ISO sensitivity has been manually set to a fixed value via the menu, that setting will be ignored when shooting in these modes.

Bright Capture technology is automatically enabled when shooting at ISO 800 or higher.

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Can I change the white balance in the Stylus 740?

Yes, in Program Auto mode it is possible to manually set the white balance. The options are Auto, Clear Sky, Cloudy Sky, Tungsten light, Fluorescent Lamp 1, Fluorescent Lamp 2, and Fluorescent Lamp 3.

Use Fluorescent Lamp 1 when shooting under daylight fluorescent lighting. (This type of lighting is usually found in homes.) Use Fluorescent Lamp 2 when shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is commonly found in desk lamps.) Use Fluorescent Lamp 3 when shooting under a white fluorescent lamp, commonly found in offices.

The Stylus 740 automatically sets the White Balance in Full Auto mode and in the scene modes.

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What software is bundled with the Stylus 740? 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 does the Stylus 740 interface with a computer?

The USB cable (CB-USB6) that comes packaged with the Stylus 740 is required to connect the camera to the computer.

To purchase a replacement cable (Item # 200372-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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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: The Stylus 740 monitors its own power consumption and displays 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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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in this model?

This model will accept third-party xD-Picture Card media. However, Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media are required to use the [PANORAMA] camera function and certain image-enhancing effects available in the included Olympus Master software.

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What kind of battery should I use to power my Stylus 740?

The Stylus 740 accepts one rechargeable Olympus lithium-ion battery (LI-42B/LI-40B). No other type of batteries can be used with this model. Olympus brand batteries are intended for use only with Olympus digital cameras. Do not use these batteries with any other device.

The included battery is not fully charged at the time of purchase. Charge the battery fully with the included charger (LI-40C) before use. Using an exhausted or underpowered battery may cause the camera to turn off without displaying the battery level warning.

Always use the battery charger specified by Olympus for this product. Do not use any other type of charger. Do not use travel voltage converters, as they may damage the charger.

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Does Olympus sell a battery charger compatible with my Stylus 740?

Olympus packages a lithium-ion battery charger (LI-40C) with the Stylus 740. Do not use any other type of charger with this camera.

An additional or replacement charger (Item # 200346) can be purchased from Olympus’ online store. To order, click here.

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Must I charge the lithium-ion battery before using it in the Stylus 740?

Yes.  Please see "How do I charge the lithium-ion battery?"

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Must the lithium-ion battery be completely drained before I charge it?

Lithium-ion batteries in general do not need to be fully drained before they are recharged. However, it is recommended that you fully drain the lithium-ion battery before charging it the first few times that it is used.

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How long will it take to recharge the battery?

The Lithium-ion Battery Charger (LI-40C) can recharge the LI-42B and LI-40B batteries in about five hours. New lithium-ion batteries come partially charged, so the first time you charge them should take less time than subsequent charges.

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Does Olympus sell an AC adapter compatible with my Stylus 740?

Olympus offers a Digital Camera AC Adapter (D-7AC). It is ideal for conserving battery life and is especially useful when downloading files to a computer, for extended work in a studio, during printing, or when viewing images while connected to your TV or VCR.

Do not connect or disconnect the AC adapter while the camera is turned on. Doing so could affect the camera’s internal settings or functions. Be sure to read the instruction manual for the AC adapter.

Note: The Stylus 740 requires the Digital Camera Power Coupler (CB-MA1) in order to interface with the D-7AC adapter.

To purchase the D-7AC adapter (Item # 200850) from Olympus’ online store, click here. To purchase the CB-MA1 (Item # 202053), click here.

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Is my rechargeable battery being charged when the AC adapter is plugged into the Stylus 740?

No. When the optional AC adapter is connected, power is drawn from the AC current even if there is a battery in the camera. Rechargeable batteries are not recharged when the AC adapter is in use.

Olympus recommends using the Lithium Ion Battery Charger (LI-40C) to charge your Lithium Ion Battery for use in the STYLUS 740.

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Do I need to have a computer to share my images and movies?

No. You can show off your images and movies by using the LCD monitor or by connecting the camera to a television with the included audio/video output cable. There are also many photo-processing labs that can make traditional prints from your digital files.

Note: Any shots recorded to the camera’s internal memory must first be transferred to xD-Picture Card™ media in order to be printed at a commercial photo-processing center. Use the BACKUP feature to transfer data from internal memory to a media card.

To realize the full capabilities of your digital camera, a computer is recommended.

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Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

The Stylus 740 is packaged with a comprehensive, hard-copy Instruction Manual. A PDF version of the manual is also available for download from the product support page for the Stylus 740 on the Olympus America web site.

Adobe Reader software is required to view the PDF file. Most Olympus digital products are bundled with this program, and it is typically installed automatically during software setup. The program can be downloaded for free from Adobe’s web site.

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How do I update the firmware of the Stylus 740?

Digital cameras are controlled by internal software called “firmware.” Firmware dictates the functionality of the product and the features that are available. Some digital cameras have the flexibility to change, improve or add functionality by downloading and applying firmware updates.

Olympus digital cameras are thoroughly tested for full functionality prior to shipment. Updated Olympus firmware versions offer little or no functionality changes; they are typically offered due to changes in electronic components during camera production.

To upgrade your camera’s firmware, use the Update Camera function in the Olympus Master software packaged with the camera. Complete instructions can be found here.

Note: Please follow the steps carefully. Do not operate any camera controls during the update procedure. If the firmware update is not performed properly, the camera will need to be serviced in order to return it to an operational state. If this becomes necessary, click here for information on sending your camera to an authorized Olympus service center.

The firmware update will fail if the connection to the computer is severed during the procedure. It is strongly advised that you have a freshly charged battery in the camera, or that you connect the camera to a power outlet using the optional AC adapter, before beginning the firmware update. A wired Internet connection (as opposed to a wireless connection) is also recommended.

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How do I transfer images from my camera to my computer?

Download complete instructions here.

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How can I maintain the all-weather capability of the Stylus 740?

The Stylus 740 loses its weatherproof 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.
  • If the camera gets splashed, wipe the water off as soon as possible with a dry cloth. In particular, salt water spray or droplets can cause damage to the camera if the camera is not wiped dry as soon as possible.
  • 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 do I know if the Stylus 740 is recording to its internal memory or to my flash memory card?

The internal memory and a removable 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 740 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 an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card.

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 740’s internal memory to a flash memory card?

Yes, the [BACKUP] feature will transfer files from the camera’s internal memory to an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card (sold separately). It does not delete those files from the internal memory.

To perform a backup, insert an xD-Picture Card flash memory card into the camera and then turn the camera on. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] 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/FUNC] button to start the file transfer. When it completes, press the [OK] button again to exit the menus.

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

Note: It is not possible to copy images from a memory card to the internal memory.

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How do I use the Digital Image Stabilization shooting mode?

Select Digital Image Stabilization mode by turning the mode dial to the icon of a hand. Digital Image Stabilization effects end when you select another shooting or scene mode.

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Which image quality mode should I use when I shoot my images?

The best way to determine which image quality mode is best for any shot is to decide – before you shoot – how you will use the captured image.

The default HQ mode is ideal if you plan to print your images in the standard 4” x 6” snapshot size. It’s great for scrapbooking or for printing from the kiosks often found at drugstores, camera stores or retailers with on-site photo-processing labs.

If you are planning to e-mail your images or post them to a web site, use an image quality mode with a lower resolution, such as SQ1. The images will still look great when viewed on a computer, and their smaller file sizes will allow you to store more images on your memory card.

Generally speaking, you should only use the highest-quality option if you are planning to print the images larger than 4” x 6” or if you intend to use them for professional or commercial purposes.

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How can I review my pictures in the camera?

By default, the Stylus 740 will briefly display the last image taken after the shutter button is released. If you would like a longer look, turn the mode dial so that the playback mode icon (green arrow) is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. You will then have the following options:

  • Use the Single-Frame playback mode to scroll through all the images in your internal memory or on your memory card, one at a time. Use the arrow pad to navigate through your files.
  • Use the Index playback mode to view thumbnails of several images at once.
  • Use the Slideshow feature to view all of your still images in succession.
  • Use the Calendar display to jump to images and movies taken on a particular date.
  • Use the Album display to organize images and movies by any criteria you choose.
  • Use the Histogram display to view the balance of lightness and darkness in an image.

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How can I rotate an image in Playback mode?

To rotate an image, select it in Playback mode and then press the [MENU] button. The top menu is displayed, and [PLAYBACK MENU] is selected by default. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Playback menu. Next, press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select the [ROTATE] icon (a photograph with an arrow), and then press [OK/FUNC] again. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired layout. The camera will present the picture in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press [OK/FUNC] to activate the selection and exit the menu.

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How can I change the number of images displayed at one time in Index playback mode?

Push the “W” on the Zoom button to view the index. Continue to hold the “W” on the Zoom button (or push it repeatedly) to change the layout of the index. Initially a 4-up layout, each push will expand the index to show 9, then 16, then 25 images per screen. You can return to an earlier layout by pushing the “T” on the Zoom button.

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How can I view a Slideshow of my images?

To run a Slideshow, turn the mode dial to the Playback mode (green arrow icon), and then press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to [SLIDESHOW], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the [Slideshow] menu.

If desired, set the music and/or transition preferences. When finished, press [OK/FUNC]. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press [OK/FUNC] again to end the slideshow.

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How can I set the background music preferences for my slideshows?

Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to [SLIDESHOW], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Slideshow menu. [BGM] is selected by default.

Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad and then press the Down arrow to select [ON]. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the setting.

Press [OK/FUNC] a second time. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press [OK/FUNC] again to end the show.

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How can I set the transition preferences for my slideshows?

Turn the mode dial to Playback mode (green arrow icon), and select an image file. Do not select a movie file. Press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to [SLIDESHOW], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Slideshow menu.

Press the Down arrow to select [TYPE]. Press the Right arrow to view the transition options.

Four transition effects are available:

  • Normal: One image replaces the next.
  • Slide: The new image slides into place from right side of screen to left, overlaying the previous image as it arrives.
  • Fader: The existing image gradually dissolves, revealing the new image.
  • Zoom: The existing image is proportionally reduced in size, shrinking from full-frame until it disappears from the center of the LCD. The new image then appears in the center of the LCD and then rapidly grows, proportionately, until it fills the screen.

Use the arrow pad to select a transition effect. Press [OK/FUNC] to activate the selection.

Press [OK/FUNC] a second time. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press [OK/FUNC] again to end the show.

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What is the purpose of the Calendar playback mode?

By default, the Stylus 740 will display the last file recorded when the Playback button is pressed. If you use high-capacity xD-Picture Card™ media, you are likely over time to amass a large quantity of files that were shot on a wide range of dates. This can, over time, make it inconvenient to select and display image or movie files that are not among the earliest or the most recent files recorded to the card.

The Calendar playback mode lets you jump directly to images and movies captured on a particular shooting date. You simply use the arrow pad to navigate within a calendar interface and select the desired date. Press the [OK] button to display the first image recorded on that date.

All images are available to view in Calendar mode – not just the ones that were captured on the selected date. Think of Calendar mode as a way to “fast-forward” to the images you wish to display rather than as a filter that restricts what you can display.

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How do I access the Calendar function?

To access the Calendar from the menu, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Next, press the [MENU] button. Press the Left arrow on the arrow pad to select [CALENDAR], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button.

Alternatively, press the “W” on the Zoom button toward the Index icon (green grid) five times. The Calendar appears following the last (25-up) Index mode layout.

The [CALENDAR] function requires an xD-Picture Cardä flash memory card, sold separately.

Note: Calendar mode relies upon the camera’s date setting in order to organize images. Set the date and time before capturing any images. If in the Calendar display you do not see images that you shot on a particular date, check the camera’s date setting to find out if the camera recorded the image with an offset shooting date.

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Under what circumstances should I manually set the ISO sensitivity?

By default, the Stylus 740 automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity of the CCD in order to capture clear, sharp pictures in all lighting conditions. It sets a low value when natural light is plentiful, such as when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, and it sets the value higher as light becomes less available.

The higher the ISO value, the better the camera will be able to shoot with a fast shutter speed and to shoot in low-light conditions. However, high ISO sensitivity introduces noise into the resulting image, which in extreme cases can give the shot a grainy appearance.

In the Full Auto shooting mode, the camera shoots with a conservative ISO range in order to minimize the appearance of noise in the shot. When shooting at very high ISO values (800 and higher), you must strike a balance between introducing some noise into the shot and capturing a moment or a subject that you would otherwise miss.

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How do I change ISO sensitivity in the Stylus 740?

The easiest way to change the ISO sensitivity is to use the Function menu. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], press the [OK/FUNC] button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the WB item, and then use the Left and Right arrows to select the desired ISO sensitivity value.

Note that some scene modes automatically adjust the ISO to compensate for existing lighting.

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Under what circumstances should I manually set the White Balance?

By default, the Stylus 740 automatically adjusts the white balance setting to achieve the most natural color, regardless of the light source. However, certain shooting conditions may trick a digital camera into selecting a setting that does not provide the best color possible. These conditions, which will impact any manufacturer’s digital cameras, are:

  • When the subject is in the shade on a sunny day;
  • When the subject is illuminated by both natural light and indoor light, such as when near a window; and
  • When there is no white in the center of the frame.

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How do I adjust the White Balance in the Stylus 740?

The easiest way to change the White Balance is to use the Function menu. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], press the [OK/FUNCTION] button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up and Down arrow keys on the arrow pad to select the WB function, and then use the Left and Right arrow keys to select the appropriate light source.

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

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What differentiates the three Fluorescent Lamp white balance options?

Fluorescent Lamp 1 is ideal for shooting under daylight fluorescent lighting. This type of lighting is usually found in homes.

Fluorescent Lamp 2 is suitable for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is commonly found in desk lamps.

Fluorescent Lamp 3 is best when shooting under a white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is commonly found in overhead lighting in offices.

Note: The Stylus 740 automatically sets the White Balance in Full Auto mode and in the scene modes.

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What is the difference between the Under Water Wide1 scene and the Under Water Wide2 scene?

In the former, the photographer retains control of the optical zoom. In the latter, the zoom is fixed at its widest setting (6.4mm). The focus distance is fixed at approximately 5.0 meters to allow for quicker shutter release.

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What is the difference between the Shoot & Select1 scene and the Shoot & Select2 scene?

In Shoot & Select1, the camera fixes the focus after the first frame.  In Shoot & Select2, the camera focuses before shooting each frame.

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How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the Stylus 740?

With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to access the Exposure Compensation feature. Then use the Left and Right arrows 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] button to apply the setting.

Note: Exposure compensation may not produce the desired brightness on the subject if the area in the frame surrounding the subject is extremely bright or extremely dark.

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How can I change the brightness setting of the LCD monitor?

You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor from the [SETUP] menu. With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK] button to access the Setup menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the LCD monitor. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the arrow pad to make the display lighter (Up arrow) or darker (Down arrow). The brightness of the display will change to demonstrate the effect the selection will have. Select the desired brightness setting, and then press [OK] to activate it. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit the menu.

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

The [RESET] feature gives you the flexibility to decide. When [RESET] is set to [OFF], your custom settings will be retained when the power is turned off. When [RESET] is set to [ON], the factory default settings will be restored each time the power is turned off.

To restore the factory default settings, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Left arrow button to select the [RESET] icon. Press the [OK] button to access the [RESET] menu. Next, press the Up or Down arrow button to select [YES]. Press the [OK] button to reset the camera defaults.

The features affected by [RESET] and their default values are: AF mode (SPOT), Digital Zoom (OFF), Drive (Single), Exposure Value (0.0), Flash mode (AUTO), Image Quality (HQ), ISO (AUTO), Macro (OFF), Metering mode (ESP), Record sound with still images (OFF), Self-timer (OFF), and White Balance (AUTO).

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored.

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How do I set the date and time on the Stylus 740?

With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the clock settings.

Set the year, month, day, hour, minutes and date format 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 740 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK] button to set the values. Press [MENU] twice to exit the menu.

To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press the [OK] button as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.

The date and time settings will be returned to the factory defaults if the camera is left without battery power for approximately three days. Custom settings may be canceled more quickly if the battery was only loaded into the camera for a short time before being removed. Before taking important shots, check that the date and time are correct.

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How do I set the date and time of an alternate time zone on the Stylus 740?

With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [DUALTIME]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON], and then press the Right arrow to continue to the clock settings screen.

Set the year, month, day, 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 740 uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the [OK/FUNC] button to set the values. Press [MENU] twice to exit the menu.

To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press the [OK] button as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.

When [DUALTIME] is set to [ON], images and movies are recorded with the date and time set in [DUALTIME]. Also, the [ALARM CLOCK] will sound according to the [DUALTIME] date and time settings, not those of the camera default date and time.

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How do I use the Alarm Clock feature on the Stylus 740?

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 default date and time.

With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [ALARM CLOCK]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen.

Use the Up or Down arrow to select the frequency with which the alarm should activate. [ONE TIME] means the alarm will ring at the appointed time and then turn [ALARM CLOCK] to [OFF]; [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 will have three options:

  • Set the time: Use the arrows to select [TIME], and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to change the Hour. (The Stylus 740 uses a 24-hour clock.) Press the Right arrow to move to the Minutes value. Use the Up or Down arrow to change the Minutes. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to set the time. You may then press the Up or Down arrow to set other alarm options or press the [MENU] button three times to exit the menus.
  • Set the Snooze option: Use the Up or Down arrow to select [SNOOZE], and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to enable or disable the Snooze feature.

    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.

    Select the desired Snooze setting and then press the [OK/FUNC] button twice – first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. If you press [OK/FUNC] only once, the [SNOOZE] function will not be set.

    You may then press the Right arrow to re-enter the alarm options menu and make another selection, or simply press [MENU] twice to exit the menus.
  • Choose the alarm sound and volume: Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ALARM SOUND], and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose from three available alarm sounds.

    Select the desired alarm sound and then 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/FUNC] button twice – first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. If you press [OK/FUNC] only once, neither the alarm sound nor the volume level will be changed.

    You may then press the Up or Down arrow to set other alarm options, press [OK/FUNC] to return to the [SETUP] menu, or simply press [MENU] three times to exit the 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 do I verify that my alarm clock settings have been accepted?

With the camera turned off, press the [DISP./?] button and hold it for three seconds. The camera will display 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).

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Does the Alarm Clock feature work when the Stylus 740 is in Silent Mode?

Yes. However, the alarm will not emit an audible signal. Instead, the LCD monitor will light up at the designated time and display the clock.

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How do I change the display language of the menus?

With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the head and word balloon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose a new language, and then press the [OK/FUNC] 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 740 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 disable audio recording when shooting movies?

Sound is always recorded when the Stylus 740 is in Movie mode. However, you can disable the audio portion of a movie file when you review it in Playback mode. There are two ways to do this:

  • Enable Silent Mode. – When the camera is in Silent Mode, it will not play audio embedded in any file. To enable Silent Mode, turn the mode dial to any mode except [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select [SILENT MODE], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Silent Mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON]. Press [OK/FUNC] to activate the setting.
  • Set the Movie mode Volume to [OFF]. – Turn the mode dial to the movie projector icon, and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP] and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [VOLUME]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [OFF]. Press [OK/FUNC] to activate the setting. Press [MENU] twice to exit the menus.

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Can the Stylus 740 record audio along with my still images?

The Stylus 740 can record brief audio notes along 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 mode dial to the Camera or Hand icon or to [SCN]. Next, press the [MENU] button. [CAMERA MENU] will be selected by default; press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Camera menu. Use the Up or Down arrows on the pad to navigate to the microphone icon, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON], and then press [OK/FUNC] again. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit the menus.

Audio recording will then be enabled. A microphone icon will appear on the LCD to remind you that audio capture is active.

The audio capture will remain in effect until it is turned off or, in the case of Digital Image Stabilization mode and the scene modes, until the mode dial is turned to another mode. Returning the mode dial to Digital Image Stabilization mode or the scene modes will cause the camera to load the default settings for those modes, and the default for each is for audio recording to be disabled.

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.

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How do I add audio to previously captured images?

To add sound to a previously captured image, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Use the arrow pad to select the image to which you wish to add audio, and then press the [MENU] button. [CAMERA MENU] will be selected by default; press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Camera menu. Use the Up or Down arrows on the pad to navigate to the microphone icon, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [YES]. The camera will then record four seconds of sound 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.

Sound may be recorded and re-recorded to any still image; however, it is not possible to edit the audio associated with a movie file.

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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, turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow) and then use the arrow pad to select the image whose audio information you wish to delete. Next, press the [MENU] button. Press the Up arrow to select [EDIT], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Edit menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to and select either [BRIGHTNESS] or [SATURATION]. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen.

You will see a selection panel, and the image you selected for editing will be visible in the frame. Press [OK/FUNC] to select the picture and continue to the adjustment panel. Without making any changes, press [OK/FUNC] again. A copy of the selected image 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 use the erase button. This button features an icon of a trashcan in red ink. It is below and to the right of the arrow pad.

To use this feature, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Use the Left and Right arrows on the arrow pad to navigate to and select the image you wish to delete. Press the erase button. Use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to choose [YES], and then press the [OK/FUNC] 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 740 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 turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow) and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select [ERASE], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Erase menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ALL ERASE], and then press [OK/FUNC] 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 if they reside on a memory card when a [FORMAT] function is performed on that card.

To protect a file, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Use the Left and Right arrows on the arrow pad to navigate to and select a file that you wish to protect. Next, press the [MENU] button. [PLAYBACK MENU] is selected by default. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Playback menu. The Protect tool (key icon) is selected by default. Press [OK/FUNC] to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [ON]. Press [OK/FUNC] again to protect the selected image.

A green key icon appears atop a protected image whenever it is displayed in the LCD monitor. The key is shown even when the camera is set to Index playback mode.

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Are any firmware updates available for this model?

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

After installing the software onto a computer, connect your camera to the computer using the USB cable packaged with the camera. Next, launch OLYMPUS Master and click on the [Update Camera] icon in the lower right of the main window. (You can also access this tool from the Browse Images window by selecting [Update Camera] from the [Online Services] menu.

On the resulting dialog, under Select Device, you will see your camera. Highlight it, and press the [Check for latest version] button. If a firmware update is available for your model, it will then be listed in the Select Firmware section of the dialog.

Click here for complete instructions on how to update the camera’s firmware.

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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I purchased a Stylus 740, but the box contained only a printed manual. How can I get an electronic copy?

The Stylus 740 is packaged with a comprehensive, hard-copy Instruction Manual. A PDF version of the manual is also available for download from the product support page for the Stylus 740 on the Olympus America web site. Adobe Reader software is required to view the PDF file.

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I purchased the Stylus 740, 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 740 does not have a memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The Stylus 740 has 17 MB 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, 1GB and 2GB.

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The Stylus 740 does not recognize my flash memory card. What can I do?

First, refer to the xD-Picture Card™ Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

The Stylus 740 may not recognize non-Olympus brand media or a card that has been formatted on another device, such as a card reader or personal computer. As a general rule, xD-Picture Card media should only be formatted in the camera. Card readers should only be used to copy files from the memory card to an external device.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a memory card will delete all content on the card.

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When I put my xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card into the camera and turn it on, I get a “Card Error” message. What can I do?

This message occurs when the camera is unable to recognize the memory card or when an attempt to format a card fails.

If you see this message after inserting a brand new card, refer to the xD-Picture Card Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

If the card is supported, it may need to be cleaned. Wipe the gold contacts of the card with alcohol using a soft cloth or tissue. When the contacts are dry, insert the card and turn the camera on.

If the Card Error message still appears, remove the card and insert a different (supported) card into the camera. If the camera reads the second card, then the camera is working properly and the problem lies with the original card.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a memory card will delete all content on the card.

If you receive this error message after a failed attempt to format the memory card, the card may be defective. For assistance, contact Olympus’ Customer Service and Repair Center using any of the following methods:

Note: Olympus does not offer a service to recover data from corrupted memory cards; however, a number of companies do offer this service. In addition, commercial software now exists that may help you to retrieve files from a corrupt card. Olympus does not endorse any particular brand, but you can find many applicable products by searching the Internet for “Digital image recovery.”

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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 memory card. How can I see my other files?

When a removable memory card has been inserted into the camera, the images in the internal memory cannot be played back. Turn off the camera. Pull out the memory card. Then you will be able to view images 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 740 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 a Bright Capture-enabled mode 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’m having a hard time composing my shots when the LCD monitor is exposed to direct sunlight. What can I do?

You can adjust the brightness of the LCD display. With the mode dial set to any mode except [GUIDE], press the [MENU] button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the LCD monitor. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the arrow pad to make the display lighter (Up arrow) or darker (Down arrow).  The brightness of the display will change to demonstrate the effect the selection will have. Select the desired brightness setting, and then press [OK/FUNC] to activate it. Press the [MENU] button twice to exit the menu.

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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 ENTRY], [BACKUP], [BLACK & WHITE], [BRIGHTNESS], [CALENDAR], [FORMAT], [FRAME], [INDEX], [LABEL], [LABEL IMAGE], [PANORAMA], [PRINT ORDER], [Q], [REDEYE FIX], [SATURATION], [SEPIA], and [UNDO ENTRY].

The functions will be available when a supported memory card is inserted into the media slot.

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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, or they may not have been taken by this camera.

The [ROTATE] tool alters a digital file by modifying its layout. However, the Protect tool prohibits changes to Protected digital files. Therefore, Protected files 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.

Images captured at resolutions not supported by the Stylus 740, such as those taken with other cameras and transferred to this camera via removable memory media, may not be able to be rotated. Such images can be identified by their size when displayed in Single Image Playback mode. The images will appear smaller in the LCD monitor (e.g. not full-screen) and will be surrounded by a black border.

Movie files cannot be rotated.

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I just put a {new | fully charged} battery in the Stylus 740. 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 shot, you may encounter one of the Stylus 740’s power-saving features.

  • Power Save mode – When the Stylus 740 is set to a shooting mode (lens is extended) and [POWER SAVE] is set to [ON], the camera will automatically turn off the LCD monitor after 10 seconds of inactivity. Press any button to restore.

    To disable [POWER SAVE], turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE] and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [POWER SAVE], and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [OFF]. Press [OK/FUNC] again to activate the setting. Press [MENU] twice to exit the menus.

    The default setting of [POWER SAVE] is [OFF].
  • Sleep mode – When the Stylus 740 is set to a shooting mode (lens is extended), the camera will automatically turn off the LCD monitor after three minutes of inactivity. Press the zoom button or shutter button to re-activate the camera.

    If the camera is not used for 15 minutes after entering Sleep Mode, it automatically retracts the lens and shuts off. To resume taking pictures, press the Power button.

    Sleep mode cannot be manually configured or disabled.

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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 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 do so, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except [GUIDE] and then press the [MENU] button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select [SETUP], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to [PIXEL MAPPING]. Press the Right arrow to select [START]. Press [OK/FUNC] to begin pixel mapping. Once the process has completed, the bright dot should no longer appear in images you subsequently capture and download.

To learn more about how Pixel Mapping works, click here.

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Why do I get blurry images?

Blurry images are often the result of movement during image capture. Either the camera was not held still – a phenomenon called “camera shake” – or the subject was moving and the camera did not fire with a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

Click here for additional suggestions on how to prevent blurry pictures.

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Why are my images blurry when I shoot in “Night Scene” mode?

Night Scene mode is designed to help you capture better exposures outdoors in low-light conditions. The camera holds the shutter open longer than it would in other situations, allowing more light to reach the CCD. Because the shutter is open longer, it is very important to keep both the camera and the subject still. Camera motion during image capture will result in blurry pictures.

Click here for more information on Night Scene mode.

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In portraits taken indoors or in low light, my subject’s eyes are unnaturally red. How can I prevent this from happening?

The effect known as “red-eye” occurs when the light emitted from the camera flash bounces off the back of the subject’s retina. The red color is picked up from the blood vessels behind the eyes and displayed in the resulting image.

To avoid or minimize red-eye when shooting in low light with the flash, use Red-Eye Reduction mode. In this mode, the flash fires a few bursts before the shot is actually taken. The bursts of light cause the pupils of your subject’s eyes to contract, providing a smaller angle through which the reflected light can escape. The result is that the effect of the reflected light is less noticeable in your captured images.

To enable Red-Eye Reduction mode, first turn the mode dial to the camera or hand icon, or to [SCN], and then press the flash mode button (lightning bolt icon). Press the Down arrow button to select the button with the eye icon. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the mode. The eye icon will appear on the LCD when Red-Eye Reduction flash mode is active.

Note: Some scene modes automatically set the flash mode to a different setting or disable the flash entirely. If this happens, choose a different scene or shoot in Full Auto mode.

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How can I correct “red-eye” in my existing images?

The Stylus 740 has a built-in Red-Eye Correction tool. To access it, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow) and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to select [EDIT], and then press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the [EDIT] menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select [REDEYE FIX], and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Left and Right arrows to navigate to the image in need of red-eye correction. After selecting the desired image, press [OK/FUNC]. The Red-Eye correction is applied. You will then be returned to Playback mode.

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Why do the whites (or blacks) in my pictures look so gray?

The Stylus 740's exposure system evaluates light reflecting from your subject and selects an aperture and shutter speed combination that will represent your subject in an approximate average tone (not too bright and not too dark). Pros refer to this as “18% gray.” This works well for almost all your shooting situations except when your subject happens to be darker or lighter than an average tone.

The Stylus 740 allows you to override the exposure value in order to intentionally brighten or darken your images. Click here for more information on when and how to manually adjust the camera’s exposure value.

Additionally, the Stylus 740 gives you another option for capturing images that contain lots of white space. The “Beach & Snow” scene mode is calibrated to amplify bright whites in order to make images taken in snowy conditions more vibrant. You may be able to use the Snow scene mode to achieve better results capturing images whose foregrounds or backgrounds are dominated by whites.

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I set the Alarm Clock feature, but it didn’t ring at the scheduled time. Why not?

Check to see if the [ALARM CLOCK] settings are set appropriately. When setting alarm clock, the [SNOOZE], [ALARM SOUND], and volume options require that the [OK/FUNC] button be pushed twice. If the button were only pushed once for any of these settings, then the settings would not have been set.

Check to see if [DUALTIME] is set to [ON]. If it is, the alarm clock will sound according to the date and time settings of [DUALTIME], not to the camera default data and time.

Check to see if the Stylus 740 is in Silent Mode. In this mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not beep when capturing an image or when making menu selections, and it will not ring an alarm when the alarm clock is set and the appointed time arrives. Instead, the camera will issue a visual cue when the alarm activates while the camera is in Silent Mode. The LCD monitor will turn on and display the time.

To disable Silent Mode, first place the camera into any shooting mode other than [GUIDE], and then press the [MENU] button. Press the Right Arrow and then the Down Arrow to select [Silent Mode]. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Silent mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow button to choose [OFF], and then press [OK/FUNC] again to disable Silent Mode.

To reactivate Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the Silent Mode menu choose [ON] instead of [OFF].

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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 740 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 740 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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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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