20 Most Recent Olympus Camedia C-720 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Questions & Answers


Sorry, please where can I buy smartmedia card for

anywhere that sells them, camera shop, amazon, supermarket, e-bay. pretty much anywhere
10/18/2013 9:03:35 AM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Oct 18, 2013

How to put date and time on picture

The date and time (and a lot more) are stored with every picture in its EXIF metadata. Any photo viewing/editing program should be able to display this data. To print this data, please consult the documentation for whatever program you're using to print your pictures. Depending on the program and printer you may print the date on the image, in the margins, or on the back.
8/22/2012 1:19:21 AM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Aug 22, 2012

Camera will not connect to computer to download

This camera model may not connect to new operating systems such as Windows Vista due to its age and lack of support from Olympus. In order to download photos you will need to use a memory card reader to connect and download photos. Be sure to purchase a memory card reader that will accept the type of memory card you have. I believe this camera uses SmartMedia which is no longer used and a card reader will be harder to locate.
3/1/2011 5:02:32 AM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Mar 01, 2011

How to use timer?

Press the DRIVE button to display the drive mode selection screen. Press the DRIVE button repeatedly until the one-handed clock appears. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button fully.
2/16/2011 4:59:38 AM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Feb 16, 2011

How do I activate the timer or find the timer on

Press the DRIVE button to display the drive mode selection screen. Press the DRIVE button repeatedly until the one-handed clock appears. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button.
1/27/2011 5:48:11 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Jan 27, 2011

How do i set up

Press the DRIVE button to display the drive mode selection screen. Press the DRIVE button repeatedly until the one-handed clock appears.
1/27/2011 5:46:22 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Jan 27, 2011

I'm in Antioch Ca. and I can't find a store that

Your camera uses smartmedia cards, which are available upto 128MB. From present day standards, they are very small memories. They are also not cheap. Looks like it is advisable to buy a new camera, which can be bought cheaper. Also very large memory cards (SD and SDHC cards) with up to 32GB are available now. A 4GB SD card sells under $10. If you look at the smartmedia card price from the manufacturer's web site, you will understand why I recommend a new camera.

1/11/2011 7:45:56 AM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Jan 11, 2011

Does The Memory Card Need TO Be In During Charging

No the memory card is completely seperate to the battery pack, in or out, it will still charge.
8/18/2010 3:36:17 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Aug 18, 2010

Software for computer for this camera

You can get the driver from the manufacturer's web site at http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_product.asp?id=868

But have you considered NOT connecting the camera to the computer? The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive. Or you can use any photo cataloging program you wish.
6/17/2010 8:51:42 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Jun 17, 2010

I am looking for a camera users manual for Olympus

You can order a manual in either English or French for $10 from http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_manuals.asp?id=868

You can also download the English version free from the same page.
6/12/2010 9:49:33 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Jun 12, 2010

Have a C-720 that has worked fairly well but has

This could be a lens problem. Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.
5/19/2010 10:26:29 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on May 19, 2010

Do the red lights on the charger change color or

User manual of Olympus Camedia C-720 does not mention about overcharging.
But a small part of manual gives the below knowledge.


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2/24/2010 4:14:51 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Feb 24, 2010


Use a card reader to download your pictures to a folder you create on your desktop.
10/3/2009 7:59:03 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Oct 03, 2009

Some images on camera SD card have become write protected

Seems memory card got problem for some reason and solution is to format it by going in to camera menu> card > format.
Please note that all files will be deleted on memory card by formatting it so save available files in memory card on computer before formatting card.
9/11/2009 8:24:36 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Sep 11, 2009

Camera: Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom

This problem has been happening to owners like you since the camera first came out. Go to the Olympus website and e-mail them with your problem. By now, they have a solution to the problem.
9/3/2009 8:19:49 PM • Olympus Camedia... • Answered on Sep 03, 2009
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