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I have had the Olympus C-765 camera for just over a year. I find it very easy to use with a good amount of features. This model has the ultra zoom and also a digital zoom. I travel alot and this camera takes some amazing quality pictures. I find it useful for taking pictures of wildlife, as you can zoom in from quite a distance and get superb quality in the picture.
This camera has 10 x zoom and 40 x Seamless zoom. It is a 4 megapixel camera. The whole camera package, which included the camera, camera case, 2 batteries, batery charger, instruction manual, mini tripod coz me £170 but this was 1 year ago so I should think the price may have come down a bit since then.
You can view all your pictures on a small screen on the back of the camera which is useful while you are away on holiday as you can scan through your photos and decide which ones you would like to keep, allowing you to delete any unwanted ones and giving you more space on your memory card.
You can get a variety of memory cards for this camera, I am currently using a 256 mb card which retails at around £30 which I found very reasonable.
When I bought my camera, included in the deal was the camera case which it a fantastic extra. I can keep my camera in there, all the memory cards in a card holder and also the spare battery so this case allows me to take everything I need. I found this very useful when on holiday on long trips as you have a spare bettery incase you run out of power.
You can lock the keypad on the camera which is useful whe you have it in standby mode as it ensures you will not take any unwanted photos.
You can also crop you pictures on the camera and change the layout from portrait to landscape.
There are lots of extras with this camera, you can use the red eye reduction funtion which is useful for night time photos. It also has the benefit of an automatic flash which is useful when you are unsure whether a flash is needed.
The zoom is extremely easy to use, just a simple button which you pull one way to zoom in and the other to zoom out.
You can set the time and date to appear on each photo taken.
You can also use this camera as a video recorder, this obviosuly uses more storage space than a photo though so I would recomend using a larger memory card is you are to be a frequent user of the video camera mode.
Another advantage to this camera is that you can buy a variety of acceosories for it, one example is an underwater camera case. I am a keen scuba diver and this product is perfect for my needs - although I did find it quite expensive at £120.
There are only to disadvantages to this camera. It is quite bulky compared to some of the other digital camera on the market but I feel it needs to be this size for the high quality zoom. Also, while you are zooming in, it can take a while for the picture to focus, which means sometimes it can not be very good for getting quick photos (an example, is when I went dolphin watching, often the photos were blurry as I was just snapping away quickly without giving the camera time to focus)
The battery life is of good length for this camera, I found that I could use the camera for a full day of taking photos and would still have some extra battery power at the end of the day.