Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-510 UltraZoom
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7.1-megapixel camera with 10X optical zoom
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.
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.
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 .
Excerpt: Technology rolls on! Slightly less than a year ago, I reviewed the Olympus SP-500UZ, a 6-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom that cost $379. Now the SP-510UZ has arrived for $50 less and the resolution is bumped up to 7.1MP. I gave the SP-500UZ a 7.5 rating out of 10 and wasn’t impressed with it, given the competition.
Pros: 7.1MP resolution; 10x optical zoom; uses AA batteries
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.
Excerpt: The design of the SP-510 is distinctly utilitarian and we found the menus on the low-resolution screen confusing. Selecting manual or spot autofocus from the menu switched the navigation buttons to these tasks for further adjustment. However, this meant we couldn't access the navigation buttons' labelled functions: macro, exposure compensation and flash mode. As a result, we had to think tactically to access certain combinations of features simultaneously.
Summary: A lightweight, long-zoom digicam with plenty of adjustable controls.An update to the SP-500, the new Olympus SP-510UZ has higher resolution and double the internal memory. It also boasts new "Shakeproof" technologies, which increase sensitivity to ISO 4000 plus an in-camera gyro sensor that detects camera shake and applies software compensation to counteract blurring.