Brought this camera only because the one I had my eye wasn't available and I needed a camera that day. I'm glad the other camera wasn't in stock, this is the best manual camera I've ever brought, the picture quality is excellent which is the main thing, plus it has the option date and time stamp each photo which I found comes in very handy.
I found this camera very easy to use, film loading was easier than any other camera I've owned, I even stopped using the SLR camera as it just seemed too big to carry around once I'd got this little beauty.
Comes complete with the usual functions you would expect for an automatic camera incl. flash, red eye reduction, self timer, exposure counter & it is very quiet with a great battery life.
As an owner of this camera I thought I would have a look at any opinions that had been written about it. Having read the one opinion on this camera I have to disagree with pretty much everything that has been written about the camera. In terms of loading the film it is much the same as any other camera. You place the film in it's holder pull the film out enough so that it is placed inside the winder, close up and take a couple of pictures in order to wind the film on. As for the counter, just because it isn't a digital one, it doesn't mean it isn't very good. If the instructions had been read it states to press the button until the number one has come up and then the film is ready to use. As for the sounds made by the camera. I admit that the sounds are long but it is just the winding of the film after the picture has been taking. Just wait a second before moving the camera to make sure the picture is taken. As for the lense cover I have found no problems what so ever. In all I have found this camera to be very competent. I have found it very easy to use being a camera novice, and have found the pictures taken to be of exceptional quality. I would recommend to anyone to buy this camera.
The Olympus Superzoom 700XB seemed like an ideal birthday present for my better half. A decent looking camera with lots of listed features from an established name. However upon trying to use the camera we found a few problems. The first is in loading the film. Due to the confusion about whether the film had loaded properly or not we accidentally fully-wound a film back into its case - one film completely wasted. The film has to go in upside-down and the catch to wind it on does not reassure you that it is completely working. Then there is the film counter. It is a manual dial, which looks like it belongs on a camera a quarter of the price of this one. We took three pictures before the dial even reached one, again not very inspiring. Then there are the odd sounds which the camera lets out upon taking photos. You are unsure if a photo has been taken, if the film is winding on or if it is being chewed up instead. I wouldn't try to take to take two pictures in quick succession because you cannot be sure when the shutter is actually closing. And then there is the lens cover. A two-stage operation common on most cameras, but we found this one to be somewhat stiff. Not to be recommended, certainly not for people with any weakness in their fingers. We returned the camera and plan to get a new one.