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Olympus SP-310

alaTest has collected and analyzed 287 reviews of Olympus SP-310. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and portability. The performance and usability also get good feedback. Opinions about the focus and zoom are mixed, while there are some less positive opinions about the contrast and reliability.

image quality, usability, performance, portability, price

battery, low-light, shutter, reliability, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-310 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Olympus SP-310

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 user reviews of Olympus SP-310 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and lens. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical comments about the glare and shutter.

portability, image quality, price, lens, screen

usability, battery, reliability, shutter, glare

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (pcworld.com)

Olympus SP-350 Digital Camera

 

The 8-megapixel Olympus SP-350 is inexpensive ($325 as of August 25, 2006) for an advanced camera, yet it offers top-notch image quality. Its tiny, closely packed buttons, however, make the SP-350 most suitable for users who want the option of working...

Very high image quality Long battery life

Must use menus to change many settings Lacks image stabilization

Nonetheless, if you can live without the fancier settings, this step up from a point-and-shoot delivers top-notch image quality for a very reasonable price

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (cnet.com)

Olympus SP-350 review

 

Olympus SP-350

Manual controls with sophisticated options; raw capture and onboard editing; compact, attractive body; accepts external flash; conversion lenses and underwater housing available.

Sluggish performance; no xD-Picture Card included; soft photos.

This Olympus SP-350 is packed with powerful manual features, but its performance and photo quality lag behind the competition's.

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Olympus SP-310 Review

 

At the end of August 2005 Olympus added two more cameras to its 'SP' range of 'creative compacts'; the 8 megapixel SP-350 and the model reviewed here, the 7 megapixel SP-310. The SP-310 - on paper at least - offers a compelling mix of point-and-shoot...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Olympus SP-310 Review

 

At the end of August 2005 Olympus added two more cameras to its 'SP' range of 'creative compacts'; the 8 megapixel SP-350 and the model reviewed here, the 7 megapixel SP-310. The SP-310 - on paper at least - offers a compelling mix of point-and-shoot...

Bright, vivid and sharp results Low noise at low ISO settings, still fairly low at ISO 400 Comprehensive photographic controls Rugged, lightweight construction and excellent handling Lots of scene/subject modes Huge range of advanced features including...

Images a touch over-sharpened Occasional white balance problems in scenes with one predominant color Some smearing of low contrast detail (such as foliage and hair) - no worse than most competitors Mild exposure problems in high contrast / bright...

The SP-310 is perhaps a camera that deserves more attention than it has so far received - it offers a comprehensive feature set at a remarkably low price in an easy to use and well put together package. Yes, the JPEG output suffers from the same...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus SP-310

 

Physical Views The SP-310 compared in size to a standard CD. The 8-megapixel Olympus SP-350 and the 7-megapixel SP-310. Continue on to Features & Controls SP-310 Specifications Imager 7.1 megapixel effective, 7.4 megapixel gross, 1/1.8" CCD Lens 8.0 -...

Dec, 2005

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Olympus SP-350

 

For 2005 Olympus has announced a new SP-series of digital cameras, the 7.0-megapixel SP-310 and the 8.0-megapixel SP-350 introduce specialized features that enable photographers of all skill levels to express their creative vision. Both cameras feature a

Bottom line - the Olympus SP-350 was a mixed bag. We loved its ergonomics, image quality, and versatile exposure modes, but the slower than average shooting performance and poor battery life forces us to ask you to consider other models. While we can't pr

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Novice (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus SP-310

 

The 7.1-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus SP-310 is an excellent performer where it counts: printed image quality. It has a wealth of features in a surprisingly compact body; and though it's not the most attractive design (in our eyes, anyway) you'll start to li

Full range of exposure modes from full manual to 24 scene modesGood skin tonesVery small macro area in Super Macro modeVery compact size and light weightVery simple user interfaceFun to useInnovative Help systemAccurate LCD viewfinderGood low light capabi

Optical viewfinder is overly tightContrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lightingSlightly warm color in Auto white balance modeSlightly slower than average cycle timesFlash coverage a little uneven at wide angleSa

When you first see the product shots of the Olympus SP-310, it's not impressive. Its big grip on the right really looks silly, especially in the front shot. Holding and using the camera, however, gives a very different impression

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Shawn Barnett (imaging-resource.com)

Digital Cameras - Olympus SP-350 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

The 8.0-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus SP-350 is an excellent performer where it counts: printed image quality. It has a wealth of features in a surprisingly compact body; and though it's not the most attractive design you'll start to like it right away...

Full range of exposure modes from full manual to 24 scene modes, Very compact size and light weight, Very simple user interface, Fun to use, Hot shoe allows use of external flash for more power and better lighting with bounce shots, Innovative Help...

Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting, Slightly warm color in Auto white balance mode

When you first see the product shots of the Olympus SP-350, it's not impressive. Its big grip on the right really looks silly, especially in the front shot. Holding and using the camera, however, gives a very different impression

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Olympus SP-350

 

The main differences between the SP-310 and SP-350 are resolution (7.1 vs 8.0 Megapixel), a hot shoe (the SP-350 has one, the SP-310 does not), and body color (gray vs. black)

Good value for the money ; Very good photo quality; good high ISO performance for a point-and-shoot ; Full manual controls ; Large LCD display gains up in low light (but see issues below) ; Support for RAW image format ; Customizable buttons and menus;...

Sluggish performance in almost all areas, especially when RAW is used ; While big in size, LCD is small in resolution ; Unimpressive burst mode: slow frame rate, small buffer, LCD blackout ; Movies limited to 20 seconds at highest quality setting ;...

I have mixed feelings about the Olympus SP-350. While I like the design, features, and photo quality, the camera always felt sluggish when I was using it. While I'm not asking for D-SLRs speeds, it would've been nice if the camera was at least as...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Loren Crannell (photographyreview.com)

Olympus SP-350 Digital Camera Pro Review

 

Even though I did not fall right in love with the SP-350, I quickly became enamored of its features, flexibility, and image quality. The camera is very light, easy to carry, and offers a great deal of flexibility for future photographic growth.

Jul, 2006

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