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Olympus SP-510 UltraZoom

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7.1-megapixel camera with 10X optical zoom

digitalcameraroundup.com
30 November 2011
  • Excerpt: More years ago than I care to admit, I took my first photography classes while I was in college. I was studying Graphic Design, but I really wanted to get into photography. At that time the University didn't have much to offer in Photography. So, life got in the way, and even though I would always take one of my many cameras with me on trips, I never pursued the idea again.
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Camera Review: Olympus SP-510UZ

Pop Photo
19 January 2008
  • Excerpt: The Olympus SP-510UZ is a 7.1 Megapixel EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) camera that has some big-time features typically found in much more expensive DSLR's, but with a street price of only $342. The real surprises for an EVF at this price is that it features a RAW file format, has the ability to make manual exposures and uses ED glass in two elements -- all features which are common in much more costly DSLRs.
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Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Review

PhotoAxe
6 January 2008
  • Excerpt: Here’s a camera that can satisfy both the needs of beginners and advanced users: to the incredible point-and-shoot functionality (including image stabilization , 21 preset Scene Modes – with Super Macro Mode ) adds professional features like: full manual controls, ISO 4000 and RAW shooting, not to mention the 10x optical zoom .
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Overall 5
5.0

Olympus SP-510 UZ

PC Magazine
29 December 2007
  • Conclusion: The latest superzoom from Olympus provides welcome guidance in the field but needs buttressing in terms of quality and performance.
  • Pros: Great guide modes help you select appropriate settings and modes. Very good macro mode. Can shoot in RAW. Conveniently uses AA batteries.
  • Cons: Mediocre performance. Poor burst mode. Special xD cards required for highest video performance. A bit of shutter lag is noticeable.
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Olympus SP-510 UZ Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review
26 December 2006
  • Excerpt: Many digital imaging industry experts thought consumer demand for long zoom digital cameras would disappear once affordable digital SLRs hit store shelves, but there are now more monster zoom digicams available than there were when the world’s cheapest dSLR cost three grand.  Today’s long zoom digicams are smaller, faster, more powerful, and cheaper than those famous Olympus long zoom digital cameras from a few years back.
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
19 December 2006
  • Excerpt: Despite the increasing affordability of digital SLRs, manufacturers are still populating the middle ground with bridge cameras or 'super zooms' - enthusiasts' models with enough photographic flexibility to prevent users bemoaning that they should have saved up for a Nikon D80 instead.
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Overall 6
6.0

Olympus SP-510UZ Review

Digitaltrends
30 October 2006
  • Conclusion: Unlike my last review when I had difficulty choosing between the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi and the Sony alpha , the conclusion for the SP-510UZ is much easier—don’t buy it. A quick search found this camera going for around $329 from a legit dealer while the much superior Canon PowerShot S3 IS was $354 at the same site. This is best $25 investment I’ve seen in a long while. The SP-510UZ is a big-time miss by Olympus.
  • Pros: 7.1MP resolution; 10x optical zoom; uses AA batteries
  • Cons: Feels cheap; has electronic image stabilization (not optical); sluggish performance
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Overall 6
6.0

Olympus SP-510 UZ

Tech2
12 February 2006
  • Excerpt: If you've been a regular visitor at Tech2, you must have noticed the terrible reviews that the two budget Olympus digicams—the FE-170 and FE-180 have received from us. Now I know for a fact that Olympus is more than capable of producing some great digital cameras, so I assume they just faltered with the budget FE series.
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Overall 8
7.6
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Photo quality 6
6.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 7
7.0

Olympus SP-510

Cameras
4 weeks ago
  • Conclusion: Well I am struggling with Olympus digital cameras in general. The SP-510 is another model that I have been disappointed with when it comes to good old fashioned picture quality. Based on my tests you are better off looking elsewhere.
  • Pros: Design and style, Features, Menu help text, Compact feel for a super zoom
  • Cons: No optical image stabilisation, Overall picture quality
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Overall 8
7.5
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
7.5
Ease of use 8
7.5
Performance 5
5.0
Picture quality 5
5.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
18 May 2007
  • Summary: Olympus has given us a good zoom range but hasn't adequately backed it up with either optical or mechanical image-stabilisation. Beginners will be overwhelmed by the wealth of creative options, while enthusiasts will feel slightly let down by its performance.
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