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Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom 7.1MP Digital Camera with Digital Image Stabilized 10x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Olympus SP-510 Ultra Zoom 7.1MP Digital Camera with Digital Image Stabilized 10x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 78 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 9.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Zoom4.5   above average
Price4.1   below average
Video3.8   below average
Image3.5   below average
Quality2.8   mediocre


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Image

Image:
"It takes great pics, but the zoom can be a problem!"
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"When it uses ASA ratings over 100 the images look totally crappy with so much jpg noise that you will just end up deleting all of them."
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"Next problem is limited sharpness of images."
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"My wife and I are not satisfied with the photo quality of this camera, in relation to the old camera."
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"We bought this one because it has almost the same specifications as the old camera, but the image quality and the auto features are not a good."
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"Unfortunately, this camera falls slightly short of being a great camera due to excessive noise and no optical image stabilization."
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"It has two Macro modes that adequately capture sharp images at 2.9 or 1.5-inches respectively, and it conveniently uses standard AA batteries."
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"It takes great pics, but the zoom can be a problem!"
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"This camera takes suprisingly good quality pics."
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"The images are clear the instruction well defined."
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"Only thing off, when I try to focus on something really close it looks fuzzy,but when I snap the picture it refocusses clears up and takes a nice pic."
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Photo

Photo:
"We had an Olympus C2100 for years, and it failed after thousands and thousands of excellent quality photos."
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"My wife called the old C2100 her magic camera because no matter how you took the photos they came out amazing."
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"She has shot photos out of the window of our car at 70MPH and they were clear on the C2100, no so on this 510."
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"We had an Olympus C2100 for years, and it failed after thousands and thousands of excellent quality photos."
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"This camera does great outdoors, and especially great taking photos in the macro mode setting."
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"The ability of a camera to accurately guess colors (unless it's a 3 CCD camera with one imaging chip for each color) is what makes its photos look good or bad."
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Price

Price:
"The SP-510 is a good camera with some good qualities for the price but you have to work hard to get good pictures out of it under certain circumstances."
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"The problem is that the alternatives with similar features are often 50%+ more money."
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"I don't believe it is the best camera available at this price."
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"The price was very reasonable & was cheaper here than in any store at home or any where else on line."
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"All in all, I like this camera and would recommend it to someone looking for a nice, affordable starter camera."
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"This by far the best digital camera I have used to date for the money."
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"Most of what I was loking for, and at a reasonable price."
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"overall great camera for the money"
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Quality

Quality:
"The SP-510 is a good camera with some good qualities for the price but you have to work hard to get good pictures out of it under certain circumstances."
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"The second disappointment was the picture quality, not sharp."
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"My wife and I are not satisfied with the photo quality of this camera, in relation to the old camera."
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"We bought this one because it has almost the same specifications as the old camera, but the image quality and the auto features are not a good."
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"We had an Olympus C2100 for years, and it failed after thousands and thousands of excellent quality photos."
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"Other people want $2000 worth of quality and features in a sub-$400 camera and get upset when it can't match a DSLR with a full-sized imaging chip."
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"This camera takes suprisingly good quality pics."
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"Very nice detailed pictures, with excellent quality!"
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"The video clips are of great quality when viewed on TV or a PC but designed to work with Quick Time on a PC (an Apple product)."
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"I've found this camera to be very user friendly and the quality especially of the movies I take, to be just perfect."
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"the only drawback, is the amount of memory, there doesnt seem to be enough memory for me if i am taking high quality shots... i would recomend a larger memory card if you plan to take lots of high quality pictures."
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Setting

Setting:
"I have been stunned by some of the amazing pictures I've gotten from this camera simply by setting it on automatic."
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"Good settings and I like that it has a larger lens and ability to attach polarizing lenses etc."
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"The C-5050 took beautiful low-light pictures using the Portrait setting."
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"The picture from the SP-510 under these conditions, when on the AUTO setting, was very poor as well."
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"I also love the SCN feature which allows you to easily choose which setting would be best for the current shot."
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Video

Video:
"The .mov format is not compatible with Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, or my NERO software."
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"The problem is that the video movie files are recorded in the .mov format, unlike my old Canon Power Shot which recorded in the .AVI format."
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"The Quicktime-TM video option mode works well if you set the zoom first (the zoom remains fixed in a constant position once video shoot begins)."
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"The camera is best detached and in the field, and only plugged-in to download movies & photographs directly to controlled areas sites or files."
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"Great camera, took wonderful pictures and video."
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"The video clips are of great quality when viewed on TV or a PC but designed to work with Quick Time on a PC (an Apple product)."
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"Lots of fun to use and it takes great pictures and movies."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It takes great pics, but the zoom can be a problem!"
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"The optical zoom is adequate - not the best I have used but you can get other lenses."
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"The Quicktime-TM video option mode works well if you set the zoom first (the zoom remains fixed in a constant position once video shoot begins)."
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"The zoom is good, even in micro mode."
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"It takes great pics, but the zoom can be a problem!"
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"I also love photographing wildlife and learned that an optical zoom was the best kind."
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