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Olympus SP-510 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 6.87 (out of 10)
First Impressions (Preview): "The UZ in the Olympus SP-510 UZ stands for Ultra zoom, and with a long 10x zoom lens, it seems appropriate. With a resolution of 7.1 megapixels, the Olympus SP-510 UZ (which is an update to the SP-500 UZ) sounds like a steal at $329.99. Armed with an impressive set of features including image stabilization, a decent movie mode, long battery life and an extremely high maximum ISO setting of 4000, it seems like SP-510 UZ could be a strong value.

The SP-510 UZ has a number of nice improvements over the SP-500 UZ. There’s more resolution, electronic image stabilization and a number of other small improvements. And the price has dropped: the SP-500 UZ was launched at $379, while the SP-510 UZ is launched at $329.95. That’s a pretty considerable drop which makes the camera even more attractive. The bulky case and weight will put of some users, but if you are looking for a well-featured camera with a zoom long enough to focus on the wildlife, the SP-510 UZ is definitely worth considering."

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Digital Camera Review 8.00  12-28-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The latest long zoom digicam from Olympus is the 7.1 megapixel SP-510 UZ. The SP-510 UZ has a lot going for it: a 10X optical zoom, a large 2.5-inch LCD screen, a full slate of exposure options, an amazing sensitivity range, and outstanding battery life. The Olympus SP-510 UZ also offers consumers a nice selection of useful features and SLR like ergonomics....

Overall, the Olympus SP-510 UZ is an eminently usable digicam that will perform acceptably in a broad range of outdoor picture taking situations. Serious shooters will likely be put off by the SP-510 UZ's shortcomings, but scrap-bookers, family shutterbugs, casual photographers, travelers, and nature lovers will be impressed with the SP-510 UZ's 10X zoom, broad features list, and comparatively low price...."

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PC Magazine 8.00  01-28-07 Read Full Review
Review: "We all need help now and then. And when it comes to digital cameras, everybody, even pros, could use a few pointers from time to time. Welcome guidance is just what the Olympus SP-510 UZ, a moderately sized, lightweight, 7.1-megapixel super zoom with 10X optical zoom, offers shutterbugs of all levels. The camera's guide modes anticipate your questions, helping you navigate menus, capture a variety of shots, create effects, and more.

Resolution averaged 1,550 lines, which is at the low end for a 7MP camera. (Canon's PowerShot S3 IS, a 6MP camera, scored the same.) My recorded 3.9-second boot-up time was slow, as well. And although the camera's 3.2-second recycle time was decent, I've seen better times from the competition, including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, which clocked in at 1.6 seconds."

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Megapixel 7.25  10-26-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Olympus SP-510 UZ is the revision of the SP-500 UZ, released last year. This new version offers a 7.1 megapixel resolution, a 10X optical zoom, and a 2.5-inch monitor. The body is silver-colored plastic - the only metallic part is the ring around the lens barrel - and while light, the camera has a solid feel.

...the SP-510 UZ brings ergonomic improvements over the SP-500 through the addition of external controls that make it simpler to change settings, and which avoid having to navigate through the menu. It also offers an increase in resolution, adding an extra million pixels, but that comes at a cost, as the SP-510 UZ is noticeably more prone to noise than its predecessor was."

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CNET Reviews 7.00  10-09-06 Read Full Review
Review: "I remember a time when Olympus was well known for its well-featured, superzoom cameras. When the company changed its naming conventions recently, its crop of superzooms was cut to only the 6-megapixel SP-500UZ, which has now been joined by the 7.1-megapixel SP-510UZ. The 510UZ looks impressive on paper, with a boatload of features, including manual exposure controls and a 10X optical zoom lens, but a lack of optical image stabilization and unusually high noise mar this camera's outlook.

As it is, we can't really recommend the SP-510UZ in the face of competitors such as Sony's DSC-H2 and DSC-H5 and Canon's PowerShot S3 IS. To be fair, the Olympus SP-510UZ does cost less than those other cameras, so if you absolutely can't afford one of them, you may want to take a look at this Olympus, but you'd be better served by splurging."

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DigiCamera 5.00  07-03-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... Small, light weight, sturdy, and convenient is how I'd describe the Olympus SP-510UZ. It has a very nice appearance; one you'd expect of a more expensive camera. All of the features are accessible by buttons, switches, and toggles that are all well marked and nicely positioned. ...

... All in all, I like the Olympus SP-510UZ. I'd quite likely put it in my purse and take it everywhere I go. After studying the manual, and an hour or so of learning the functions of this camera, beginners and advanced photographers can easily operate this camera!"

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Imaging-Resource 2.65  12-12-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The latest camera in Olympus' ultra-zoom arsenal is the 7.1 megapixel Olympus SP-510 UZ. The Olympus SP-510 features a 10x optical zoom lens that's equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm format. The Olympus SP-510 features the company's BrightCapture technology with ISO sensitivity ranging from 50 to 4,000; though at ISO 2,500 and above the camera's resolution drops to 3 megapixels. While the Olympus SP-510 does not have true hardware-based optical image stabilization, it offers a Digital Image Stabilization mode instead. This uses a gyro sensor to detect the amount of camera shake and then employs software to select a higher ISO and a faster shutter speed while tweaking sharpening to reduce blur.

Though long-time users of Olympus cameras might be more forgiving of some of the quirks on the Olympus SP-510 UZ, I struggled with this camera when shooting in anything but the most ideal of circumstances. While this 7 megapixel camera offers light sensitivity settings of up to ISO 4,000, image resolution drops to 3 megapixels when shooing at ISO 2,500 and above. Furthermore, excessive noise in images shot above ISO 400 degraded picture quality, making flashless shots in low-light look mottled and grainy..."

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