Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Review

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. The design combines metal and plastic even in color (silver+black), it has an ergonomic body with a good grip, intuitive menu and well-placed buttons.

Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom takes sharp images with accurate colors (nor over nor under-saturated), minor artifacts and no fringing. The auto white balance does a fine job. The in-camera red eye fix also. With this camera you can get an amazing number of 630 shots with standard batteries – impressive.

The fast start-up and nearly instant shutter release time ensures a high-speed response. I can not agree more to this statement: “The Olympus SP-510 UZ is one of the best combinations of features, performance and price of any digital camera,” said Michael Barnett, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc.
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom

Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Specifications

• Shooting Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Modes, GUIDE, Scene Presets
• Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow
• Movie Mode: with Sound, 640×480/30fps; 640×480/15fps; 320×240/30fps; 320×240/15fps; QuickTime motion JPEG
• Effects: Lighting Fix, Red-Eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Resize, Rotate, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Label, Calendar Movie: Frame Edit, Frame Index
• Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Fill-In & Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Off
• Focus Mode: iESP, Auto, Spot AF, Selective AF Target, Manual
• White Balance: iESP2 Multi-Pattern Auto TTL, One-Touch, Pre-Set (Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten and 3 Fluorescent)
• Metering: Digital iESP Auto Multi-Pattern TTL, Spot Metering, Center Weighted Metering
Olympus SP-510 Ultra ZoomTechnical Data:
• 2.5 inch LCD
• 7.1 megapixels
• 10x optical zoom + 5x digital zoom
Focal Length: 6.3 – 63mm (38 – 380mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
• Aperture: f2.8 – f3.7 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)
• ISO Range: AUTO, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 2500*, 4000* (* approx. 3 Megapixels)
• Flash Range: Wide: 14.8 ft. (4.5m), Tele: 11.2 ft. (3.4m)
• Focus Range:
Normal Mode: (Wide) 2.8” – infinity (7cm – infinity) (Tele) 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Macro Mode: (Wide) 2.8” – infinity (7cm – infinity) (Tele) 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Super Macro Mode: 1.18” – infinity (3cm – infinity)
Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
• Continuos Shooting: High Speed: 1.65 frames per second for more than 2 images (SQ) Normal Speed: 1.15 frames per second for 7 images (HQ) Bracket: Exposure bracketing up to 5 frames
• Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec. – 15 sec., Bulb
• Self Timer: 12 Seconds/2 Seconds, AUTO
• File Format: DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG
• xD-Picture Card + 21MB internal memory
• 4 x AA Batteries – 630 shots



I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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