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Olympus SP-510 UZ


Olympus SP-510 UZ
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom features 7.1MP resolution, 10x optical zoom and a large 2.5 in. LCD monitor.

The Olympus SP-510 has full exposure flexibility with Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and full Manual modes, plus 21 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 @ 30fps.

Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) favours a high ISO (up to ISO 1600; ISO 2500 and 4000 at 3MP resolution) and fast shutter speed to reduce or eliminate blurred shots caused by camera shake and subject movement.

Bright Capture Technology helps you frame shots on the LCD in dimly lit conditions. Coupled with Available Light Portrait, Indoors, Candle, and Image Blur scene modes, this enables you to view and capture low-light shots.

Perfect Fix editing allows you to brighten up dark images, reduce red-eye and eliminate blurriness (using Digital Image Stabilization Edit) after the shot is taken right in the camera.

It comes with 21MB of internal memory and runs on 4 AA batteries which can take approx. 630 shots (CIPA Standard). Shutter speed range is from 1/1000 sec. – 15 sec., and there is a Bulb shutter speed. There is an electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Optional accessories include the WCON-07 Wide Conversion Lens (0.7x) and the TCON-17 (1.7x) Telephoto Conversion Lens (1.7x); Lens Adapter Tube CLA-1 and 43-55mm Step-Up Ring required for both lenses.

The Olympus SP-510 UZ should appeal to serious amateur photographers who desire an ultra zoom with a high degree of control.

Olympus SP-510 UZ
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Image Sensor 7.1 Megapixel (effective), 7.4 Megapixel gross, 1/2.5” CCD
Lens 6.3 – 63mm (38 – 380mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 11 lenses in 7 groups, 2 aspherical lenses
Zoom 10x Optical + 5x Digital (seamless to 50x)
15x Fine Zoom (3 Megapixels)
Aperture Range f2.8 – f3.7 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)
LCD 2.5” (6.4cm) Color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal Mode: (Wide) 2.8” – infinity (7cm – infinity) (Tele) 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Macro Mode: (Wide) 2.8” – infinity (7cm – infinity) (Tele) 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)
Super Macro Mode: 1.18” – infinity (3cm – infinity)
Focus Mode iESP, Auto, Spot AF, Selective AF Target, Manual
Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec. – 15 sec., Bulb
ISO AUTO, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 2500*, 4000* (* approx. 3 Megapixels)
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, One-Touch, Pre-Set (Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten and 3 Fluorescent)
Recording Modes Still Image: DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3 Movie: QuickTime® motion JPEG
Adjustment Resolutions 3,072 x 2,304, RAW / SHQ / HQ
3,072 x 2,048, 3:2 / SHQ / HQ
2,560 x 1,920, SQ1 High, Normal
2,304 x 1,728, SQ1 High, Normal
2,048 x 1,536, SQ1 High, Normal
1,600 x 1,200, SQ2 High, Normal
1,280 x 960, SQ2 High, Normal
1,024 x 768, SQ2 High, Normal
640 x 480, SQ2 High, Normal
Shooting Modes 28 Shooting Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Modes, GUIDE, Scene Presets (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow)
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master Software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Sequential Shooting High Speed: 1.65 frames per second for more than 2 images (SQ) Normal Speed: 1.15 frames per second for 7 images (HQ) Bracket: Exposure bracketing up to 5 frames
Interval Shooting
Selftimer 12 Seconds/2 Seconds, AUTO
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame assist
Movie Mode QuickTime® Movie with Sound: 640x480/30fps, SHQ; 640x480/15fps, HQ; 320x240/30fps, SQ1; 320x240/15fps, SQ2
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
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Lighting Fix, Red-Eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Resize, Rotate, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Label, Calendar Movie: Frame Edit, Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridgeTM and DPOF
Flash Built in
Hot Shoe No
Flash Modes Auto (for low-light and backlit conditions), Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Fill-In & Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 14.8 ft. (4.5m), Tele: 11.2 ft. (3.4m)
Setting Memorization 4 MY MODE Settings, RESET (Top Menu) to Default Settings
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Memory 21MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB or 2GB)
Outer Connectors USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input
Auto-connect USB 2.0 Full Speed
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP with USB port, Mac OS® 9.0-9.2x/OS X 10.1-10.4 with USB port Software: Windows 98SE/ME/2000PRO/ XP, Mac® 10.2 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 (4) AA Batteries, AC Adapter (C-7AU)
Size (W x H x D) 105.5 x 74.5 x 70 mm /
4.2 x 2.9 x 2.8 in.
Weight (camera body only) 325g / 11.6 oz. without batteries and media card
MSRP US$329.99 / CDN $379.99

Package Contents:

  • SP-510 UZ digital camera
  • 4 AA alkaline batteries
  • USB cable (CB-USB6)
  • Audio/Video cable (CB-AVC3)
  • Neck strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card
  • Basic Manual
  • 2 CD-ROMs (OLYMPUS Master Software and Advanced Manual)

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