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: 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.