Olympus SP-510 Brief Review


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  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus, auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 50-1600
  • 2500 and 4000 (3MP Mode)
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • xD-Picture Card storage
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2006-08-28
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SP-510
7.1 megapixels; 10x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom; Digital Image Stabilization; Auto focus, auto and manual exposure; ISO 50-1600; 2500 and 4000 (3MP Mode); 2.5-inch LCD display; xD-Picture Card storage; 4 AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Olympus SP-510 is a nice extended zoom model, offering 10x optical zoom and full manual controls for power users. The SP-510 also features Olympus' "Bright Capture" technology, which can coax good photos out of low light conditions (albiet with some reduction in total megapixels, from 7 to 3MP).

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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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