Olympus 7040

Olympus Stylus 7040 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 144g - 95 x 56 x 26mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Also Known as mju 7040
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus 7040 overview

Olympus 7040 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera first introduced on January of 2010. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216. The camera is known as "mju 7040" in certain countries.

The 7040 ranks at #117 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #981 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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Olympus 7040 family

The Olympus 7040 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-7040 front thumbnailOlympus 704028-196mm
Olympus-Stylus-7030 front thumbnailOlympus 7030
7040 vs 7030
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Olympus-Stylus-7010 front thumbnailOlympus 7010
7040 vs 7010
Olympus-Stylus-7000 front thumbnailOlympus 7000
7040 vs 7000

Olympus 7040 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Olympus 7040 based on aspects that are usually seen as useful in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
decently wide (28mm)
features tracking autofocus
flash built-in
good min ISO (64)
good resolution (14MP)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built lens has zoom (28-196mm 7.0 x zoom)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of external mic jack
lack of headphone jack
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW support
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no articulating screen
slow max aperture (f3.0)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Olympus 7040 Sensor features

The Olympus 7040 is run by the TruePic III chip. The size of the sensor in the Olympus 7040 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and supports a native ISO range of 64 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the 7040's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The 7040 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 7040 dimensions

Olympus 7040 is 0.32 pounds (144 gr or 5.08 oz) and features external dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Olympus 7040 is lighter than various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Olympus 7040 beside a soft drink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Olympus Stylus 7040 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button design on the 7040.

Olympus Stylus 7040 topview buttons dials

Olympus 7040 Lens features

The 7040 comes with a built in lens with a focal range of 28-196mm making it a 7.0 x zoom which won't be exceptional but it can be invaluable in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.0 making it pretty sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to up your ISO setting producing noisy files. Towards the long end, 196mm comes to f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus 7040 Connectivity

The 7040 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send photos and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

Photography Glossary

Olympus 7040 Video features

The highest video quality in the Olympus 7040 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You really should try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means you have got zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to order a different camera should you want good sound in your video clips.

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Olympus 7040 Weather Sealing

Olympus 7040 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can ruin the camera.

Olympus 7040 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus 7040 houses a 3" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Olympus 7040 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really useful during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Olympus 7040 Shutter features

Olympus 7040 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus 7040 Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus 7040 has got just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

Olympus 7040 Autofocusing features

Olympus 7040 has got only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing.

It also has Tracking AF for things on the move. Olympus 7040 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good during low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on depth of field.

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Olympus 7040 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Olympus 7040 for various kinds of photography

The following graph indicates a analysis of the Olympus 7040 for various kinds of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Olympus 7040 Portrait photography info

The Olympus 7040 has a points tally of 28 which is low, and means the camera is not really good for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos along with the option to use external flash.

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good resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Olympus 7040 Street photography factors

Having a modest points tally of 57, the Olympus 7040 is reasonably suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Olympus 7040 Sports photography highlights

A low sports photography points tally of 39 indicates the Olympus 7040 is not really good for photographing sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Olympus 7040 Travel photography features

Size is extremely critical in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Olympus 7040 gets a nice 65 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to purchase for your holidays.

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resolution is good (14MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)

Olympus 7040 Landscape photography info

For those who are looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Olympus 7040 with it's low grade of 42 as a landscape camera is not really good amongst it's competitors.

Photography Glossary
fairly wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode

Olympus 7040 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should have a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus 7040 is not really good as a vlog camera as it receives a low rating of 29.

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rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic port

Olympus 7040 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the 7040, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph down below gives you a summary of the 7040 versus it's top scoring competitors shown previously.

There are more cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Olympus Stylus 7040
Also called as
mju 7040
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-196mm (7.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.70 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
144 grams (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at launch