Olympus SP-320 Brief Review


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  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 64-800
  • JPEG file format
  • 2.5" LCD
  • Release Date: 2006-01-30
  • Final Grade: 75 3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SP-320
7.1 megapixels; 3x optical zoom; auto and manual focus; auto and manual exposure; ISO 64-800; JPEG file format; 2.5" LCD
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Olympus must have gotten a deal on 7.1 megapixel sensors, because the SP-320 is one of three new cameras that has them. Still, each has its own set of unique features. The biggest feature of the SP-320 has to be the price. For around $299, the average user can full automatic and manual controls and a pretty large sensor. The drawbacks? The body is somewhat bulky. It's not an ultracompact, and if you're going for control and power at the expense of size, you might be better off looking into higher end prosumer products. Frankly, it's pretty gnarly looking, with a bubbly, bumpy casing and less-than-flattering graphite-black finish.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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