Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom

Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom
Olympus SP-510UZ (Ultra Zoom)
Type Bridge digital camera
Sensor 1/2.5" CCD
Maximum resolution 3,072 × 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
Lens Fixed 38 – 380mm (10x Optical Zoom)
Shutter speed range 15 s – 1/1000 s, Bulb
Exposure modes Digital iESP multi-pattern, Center-Weighted, Spot [1]
Focus modes iESP, auto, spot AF, selective AF target, manual
Continuous shooting 1.65 frame/s
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
ASA/ISO range Auto,50–4000 (2500 and 4000 are used up to 3mp)
Rear LCD monitor 2.5" TFT LCD, 115,000 pixels, live preview capable
Storage xD Picture Card
Battery 4 AA Batteries
Weight 11.6 oz / 325 g (w/o batteries and memory card)
Made in  Indonesia

The Olympus SP-510UZ (Ultra Zoom) is a 7.1-megapixel bridge digital camera introduced by Olympus Corporation in 2006. It replaced the 6 megapixel SP-500UZ model that was launched in 2005. It was the last model of the SP-series (Special Performance) that used a 10x optical zoom lens. It was also the last of the larger-sized 10x optical ultra zoom cameras to be made by Olympus, which previously was part of the C-series before the SP-series was produced. The SP-510UZ model can be traced back to the C-2100 Ultra Zoom, which was launched back in 2000. [2] The successor model to the SP-510UZ was the SP-550UZ. It used a longer 18x optical zoom lens. Today, the newest model in the Ultra Zoom camera line, the SP-590UZ, features a 26x optical zoom lens. In 2009, Olympus released a compact camera with a 10x optical zoom lens. However, it does not use the Ultra Zoom name nor is it a part of the SP-series line of cameras. [3]


The Camera

The Olympus SP-510UZ features a 2.5" LCD display, a 10x zoom lens, and 5x digital zoom in a compact lightweight plastic body. It is designed to satisfy the needs of both hobbyist photographers who desire full control over exposure settings and those that need only point and shoot simplicity. Two notable features of the camera is that it contains an EVF (electronic view finder), a feature found in high-end digital cameras, and the ability to capture images in RAW format. The SP-510UZ has an earlier sister model, the SP-500UZ. The 2 most major differences between the two cameras is that the SP-500UZ has a 6.0MP sensor and has a black body while the SP-510UZ has a 7.1MP sensor and a silver body. There are also a few minor design and software differences between the two models.


The lens is an Olympus aspherical glass zoom lens 6.3 – 63mm. The 10x zoom is equivalent to 38-380mm in 35mm photography.


The camera has a built-in manual pop-up flash.


Movies with sound can be recorded, the recording time is dependent on the xD card capacity. They are in Quicktime ( .mov) format.

Power source

The camera uses 4 AA batteries, which can be rechargeable. The camera also supports an AC adapter (Olympus adapter only).


The camera features a threaded barrel that can be used with an Olympus CLA-4 55mm or compatible aftermarket adapter tube. With it, users can attach a filter and/or an auxiliary wide-angle or telephoto lens.


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