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Olympus SP-510 UZ

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-510 UZ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus SP-510UZ


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...

7.1MP resolution; 10x optical zoom; uses AA batteries

Feels cheap; has electronic image stabilization (not optical); sluggish performance

It looks like a candidate for a blister pack in Wal-Mart, rather than resting on a velvet cloth display at your local camera store

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Olympus SP-510 UZ First Impressions Review


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...

- Long zoom lens - High ISO rating for shooting in low light - Well priced for a 7.1-megapixel ultra zoom model - Olympus quotes impressively long battery life of 630 shots - "My Mode" is helpful inclusion

- Screen is on the small side and low resolution - Limited burst mode - Zoom lens does not go very wide - Manual focus is awkward

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...

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The seven megapixel Olympus SP-510UZ


Olympus just dropped a new 7.1 megapixel member of the Ultra Zoom family on us, and this is one shooter that thrives at night. Although it's got a fairly impressive maximum ISO of 1600 and a very impressive 10x optical zoom at full resolution, the real...


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SP-500 UZ Digital Camera


The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is the lowest-priced advanced camera we've ever examined. Previously, the PC World Test Center tested the SP-500 as a point-and-shoot model. But after its impressive performance in that category, we chose to test its...

Long zoom lens Long zoom lens High image quality

No image stabilization

We were impressed with the color in the photos we took with the SP-500, and the camera accurately exposed the images. We did notice some slight distortion when using the zoom lens at its widest settings, and the photos looked rather soft: Details such...

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Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera Review


Olympus announced the SP-500 UZ digital camera in late August 2005, heading their new SP series. The 'UZ' refers to "ultra zoom;" this camera aims to make an impact in the increasingly popular ultra zoom segment of the digital camera market with its...

- $379 price - Long 10x optical zoom lens - Thorough playback mode with editing options - Easy print button - Interesting frame and title options - Tons of image size options - Lots of flash controls

- Poor LCD resolution - 4 AA batteries add significant bulk - Non-intuitive icons - No great viewing options - Manual focus is a joke - No image stabilization - Poor color reproduction - Slow burst mode

The Olympus SP-500 UZ has a cheap plastic body but includes a lot of nice features and manual functionality at a very reasonable $379 price. With 6 megapixels, this digital camera has a complete set of recording modes: manual, priority, automatic,...

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Digital Cameras - Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The 500UZ's long zoom reaches from 38-380mm, a full 10x. That used to be a lot more impressive, but these days there are quite a few competitors with similar specs, and most of those cameras have something the SP-500UZ doesn't: image stabilization....

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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...

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Olympus SP-510 UZ Digital Camera Review


The latest long zoom digicam from Olympus is the 7.1 megapixel SP-510 UZ.

SLR-like ergonomics, compact size, a nice feature set, lots of manual exposure options, and a 10X zoom

No image stabilization, lo-res LCD screen, poor low light focusing, PDF user's manual

Overall, the Olympus SP-510 UZ is an eminently usable digicam that will perform acceptably in a broad range of outdoor picture taking situations.

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Olympus SP-510 UZ


With an Olympus SP-510 UZ by their side, photographers never need to miss the action again. Thanks to its powerful 10x optical zoom lens they'll be able to reach out to distant subjects and bring them in for closer scrutiny. The 7.1 million pixel...

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Olympus SP-510 UZ


All-in-one ultra zoom digital camera



In operation, shooting in RAW is slow with a 7-second shutter lag between shots, and it can only shoot two RAW files in continuous mode. In bright light, images are washed out on the 2.5″ LCD; however, you can switch from the LCD to an EVF for...

Product Specifications

With the Olympus SP-510 UZ by your side, you'll never miss the action again. Thanks to its powerful 10x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm format) photographers can reach out to distant subjects and bring them in for closer scrutiny. 7.1 million pixels mean extremely sharp pictures with stunning detail. Olympus' BrightCapture Technology comes into play boosting the maximum ISO value to an amazing 4000, delivering great results even in low light conditions. It is energy efficient to the extreme, just one set of AA batteries will last for up to 630 shots, letting you shoot way into the night.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Auction / Available light portrait / Beach / Behind glass / Candle / Cuisine / Document / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Museum / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset


Model:SP-510 UZ
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):4000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2500 / ISO 400 / ISO 4000 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Electronic