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Olympus SP-310


Olympus SP-310

Category: Serious Amateur

Olympus introduces a new SP series digital cameras which are both compact and packed full of features. The Olympus SP-310 features 7.1MP resolution, 3x optical zoom and an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor.

The Olympus SP-310 has full exposure flexibility with Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and Manual modes, plus 24 Scene Modes to automate the most common picture-taking situations. You can display a histogram or grid lines. Movies are recorded with sound at 640x480 at 30fps.

It comes with 25MB of internal memory, fast USB 2.0 High-Speed, and runs on 2 AA batteries. A nod to serious amateur photographers: you can save images in the RAW file format, and there is a Bulb shutter speed. For those who prefer it, there is an optical viewfinder.

Optional accessories include Wide (0.7x) WCON-07F and Tele (1.7x) TCON-17F Conversion Lenses (Lens Adapter Tube CLA-9 required) and Underwater Housing PT-030.

The Olympus SP-310 should appeal to advanced amateur photographers who desire high quality image together with a high degree of control -- all in a relatively compact body and an affordable price. If you prefer a slightly higher resolution camera at 8MP and the availability of a hot shoe for attaching an external flash, see the Olympus SP-350.

Olympus SP-310
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus SP-310
Image Sensor 7.1 megapixel effective, 7.4 megapixel gross, 1/1.8" CCD
Lens 8.0 – 24.0mm (38 – 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 lenses in 5 groups, 3 aspherical lens with 4 surfaces
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 5x
Aperture Range f2.8 - f4.9 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)
LCD 2.5" color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixel
Viewfinder Optical viewfinder
Focus System CCD Contrast detection
Focus Range Normal/Macro mode: W:0.07m (19.7 in.) to infinity T: 1.2m (7.9in.) to infinity
Super Macro mode 0.03m (1.2 in.) to infinity
Focus Mode iESP auto, Spot AF, Selective AF target, Manual
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. 15 sec., Bulb
ISO Auto/50/100/200/400
Metering Mode Digital iESP auto multi-pattern TTL, Spot metering, Center Weighted metering
Exposure Compensation 2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance iESP2 multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set (Overcast, Sunlight, Evening Sun, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents), Manual, WB compensation +/- 7
Recording Modes DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3
Adjustment Resolutions RAW 3072 x 2304
SHQ 3072 x 2304
SHQ (3:2) 3072 x 2048
HQ 3072 x 2048
HQ (3:2) 3072 x 2048
SQ1 2592 x 1944 high, normal
2288 x 1712 high, normal
2048 x 1536 high, normal
1600 x 1200 high, normal
SQ2 1280 x 960 high, normal
1024 x 768 high, normal
640 x 480 high, normal
Shooting Modes 30 shooting modes
AUTO, Program Auto, A, S, M, My mode, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Night + Portrait, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Behind Glass, Cuisine, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow, Underwater wide1, Underwater wide2, Underwater macro)
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture card
Custom Settings 4 My Mode
Sequential Shooting High speed; 2.4 frames per second up to 2 frames
Normal speed; 1.5 frames per second up to 10 frames in HQ mode
Bracket; aperture compensation up to 5 frames
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame assist
Selftimer 12 seconds
Shooting Edit Effects N/A
Image Quality Adjustment (Adj. 5) sharpness, contrast, saturation
Movie Mode QuickTime Movie with Sound, SHQ 640 x 480 30fps/ HQ 640 x 480 15fps/ SQ1 320 x 240 30fps/ SQ2 320 x 240 15fps
Image Processing TruePic TURBO Image Processor
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer
Image Playback Still Image; Single, Index, Enlargement, slide show, calendar, album, Histogram, Rotation
Movie: Normal/Reverse/Frame by Frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize, Trimming, Sepia, Black & White, Red-Eye Fix
Movie: Frame Edit, Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridge EASYPRINT and DPOF
Flash Built in
Hot Shoe N/A
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and back lit conditions); Red-eye Reduction; Fill-in; Fill-in + red eye reduction; Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 12.5ft (3.8m); Tele 7.2ft. (2.2M)
Setting Memorization On/Off (hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Memory 25MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB or 1GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-connector for USB and A/V, DC input
Auto-connect USB 2.0 High Speed
Weatherproof N/A
System Requirements Windows 98SE/2000PRO/ME/XP, Mac 10.1 and higher
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30 - 90% humidity
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10 - 90% humidity
Power Supply CRV3 or 2 AA batteries
Included Accessories - CR-V3 battery
- Strap
- Multi-connector for USB and A/V
- Manuals: Quick Start Guide, Basic Instruction Manual
- CD: OLYMPUS Master Software and Advanced Manual
Size (W x H x D) 99.5 x 65 x 35 mm /
3.92 x 2.56 x 1.38 in.
Weight (camera body only) 180g / 6.35 oz. without battery and media card
MSRP US$299.95

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