Summary: For a similar current street price you could buy the more highly specced SP-350 if you shop around. However, this is still a nice model and offers more than many competitors released around the same time.
Pros: Compact but fully featured, with Raw, viewfinder and nice LCD. Good exposures and colour
Cons: Two-handed holding can be awkward, Some fringing, Image resolution realistically lower than the 7MP sensor promises
Summary: The 7.1-megapixel SP-320 digital camera is designed for photographers of all skill levels with the convenience of over 30 shooting modes plus manual settings. The compact and lightweight SP-320 features a high quality 3x optical zoom and a large 2.5-inch color LCD. Available add-on accessory lenses, flashes, and an underwater housing further expand the photographic options of the SP-320.
Excerpt: The Olympus SP-320 is a member of Olympus' SP line of cameras that have "Power and Versatility". With features like RAW image capture and several manual modes , the camera may appeal to someone with a tight budget who wants the advanced features that the camera has. The SP-320 features a 7.1 megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD, and 3x optical zoom. Powered by 2 AA batteries, the SP-320 is a midsized compact camera that is comfortable to hold and takes good pictures.
Pros: Nice set of "advanced features" for price, Good image quality, Lots of customizability of buttons, Comfortable to hold
Cons: LCD blackouts and cycle time too long when batteries have plenty of life left, xD Picture Card media (especially the fact that you can't shoot Panorama unless you have Olympus branded media)
Conclusion: All points considered I like the Olympus SP-320. There are very few areas where I feel the camera struggles and it has many strengths. Picture quality is good, there are a wide range of features and the camera comes with a relatively low price tag.
Pros: Design and style, Help text for menu options, Wide range of features, Good value for money
Summary: : I was generally very pleased with the Olympus SP-320's image quality straight from the camera, as pictures came out with low noise, accurate colour, and good saturation, contrast and detail. The camera also provides excellent control over image quality, with saturation, contrast, and sharpness options, and full aperture, shutter and manual controls. The SP-320 is a comfortable camera to hold with a good sized hand grip and a fairly compact but sturdy body.
Pros: Aperture / Shutter / Manual Modes plus numerous other controls, Saturation / Contrast / Sharpness / Brightness / Red-eye controls, Very good exposure / metering, Very good colour - accurate, with saturated colours - but not overly saturated, Very good value for money, Excellent macro mode, Built in guide / help, Good battery life (with Ni-Mh rechargables), Digital Anti-shake mode, One-touch custom white balance, Good video mode, with digital anti-shake, Focus assist l...
Cons: Advanced manual is on CD, Low screen resolution (115k pixels), Panoramic mode is only available with Olympus XD cards! (Olympus should give customers an easy to use Panoramic mode regardless of what brand XD memory card they bought!)
Conclusion: Pour un appareil compact automatique, l'Olympus SP-320 réserve de bonnes surprises, notamment la possibilité de réglages manuels, le support du mode RAW et un riche éventail de fonctions. Certains de ses concurrents le surclassent néanmoins en termes de rapidité et de qualité d'image.
Excerpt: Fotocamera digitale ideale per i fotoamatori più ambiziosi, la SP-320 offre una vasta gamma di straordinarie opzioni fotografiche per la massima libertà creativa. Il monitor LCD da 6,4 cm permette di inquadrare perfettamente ogni scatto e il sensore da 7,1 milioni di pixel assicura risultati eccellenti. 25 programmi di ripresa e la flessibile modalità di ripresa video sono l’ideale per tutti coloro che desiderano sperimentare creativamente.