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Olympus SP-510
Olympus SP-510

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Olympus SP-510

Editor's Review

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).


  • 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: Aug 28, 2006

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Olympus SP-510 Reviews

Olympus SP-510 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
only lasted 2 days of use (Daniel — 05/21/2007)

I don't like being negative given that I have generally been please with Olympus cameras in the past. However, maybe I just had one of those glitched lemons...but it spoiled our one and only trip to disneyland. After two days it suddenly went dark and I could not get another picture out of it. Also, the day before, it spoiled a picture and caused the xd card to display "unreadable" I thought I'd lost all my pictures before i found out later via our computer that the card was fine except for that picture. I also notices some lines on some of the videos that were disappointing. Hopefully this is only with my camera and is only a glitch. Hope no one else has this problem.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Indoor photos quality with SP 510 (shyam — 05/20/2007)

I bought this camera after a lot of research, but am disappointed with the quality of the photos when shot indoors.

The prints are grainy and just plain terrible. Don't buy this camera unless you belong to a nomdic tribe that only lives outdoors in extremly bright and sunny conditions!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disappointing (Denny — 03/06/2007)

Bought as a replacement to Olympus C-750UZ to go to Rome and I am very disappointed with the results. The pictures are just not as sharp as my old camera produces even though this is a 7 Meg camera and the old one is only 4 Meg

  • 5.0 out of 5
new sp-510 owner (mike p — 12/10/2006)

outstanding.the most perfect camera for the price a master piece.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good All Around Camera (Mike Wassmann — 11/20/2006)

Camera takes excellent pictures, and a lot of capability at a reasonable price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great upgrade from last year's model (David — 11/20/2006)

I owned a model SP 500 for about 6 months when it was stolen a day before my holiday to California. Since I quite liked the design (the body has the feel of a SLR and fits nicely in a big hand) and it produced some nice pix, I had no hesitation in purchasing the 510, since the 500 was not available anymore. This solid silver body has the same feeling grip (right handed only) and traveled with me up the mountain bike trails above Palm Desert and the hairpin roads of Griffith Park in LA and along Mulholland's pot holed shoulders. The pixs along the way were spectacular and the camera performed without any problems at all. I give it a big thumbs up for a durable, well rounded basic camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry Pics (Kat — 11/06/2006)

I have yet to take a picture that was clear. This is a terrible camera. Don't buy it!!!