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Olympus Camedia D-510 2MP Digital Camera w- 3x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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Olympus Camedia D-510 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 10/28/2015
Based on 119 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 1.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Photo4.5   average
Quality4.5   above average
Size4.4   average
Zoom4.4   above average
Battery4.3   above average
Image4.2   average
Lens3.8   above average
Manual2.7   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"IMPORTANT HINT: Everybody complains about the battery consumption."
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"There is no LC display on the top of the case, so you must activate the view screen to see the set-up status ( a bit hard to see in strong light) The Alkaline batteries that came with the camera lasted all of 25 minutes!"
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"The only drawbacks are the somewhat vague directions and it eats through batteries."
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"I find my Energizer ACCUrechargeables last much longer than the batteries the camera came with and I'm very happy with them."
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"Invest about $25 in a NiHi set of AA batteries and charger (any Radio Shack carries them) and you have a great, rechargable system."
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"The D-510 takes great photos, but it goes through batteries like a hot knife through warm butter!"
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"You will get great battery life from each recharge, even when using the LCD for viewing your pics and setting(framing) your pic shots."
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"We bought the Camedia battery recharger and those batteries work pretty well but I couldn't find anywhere to buy an additional set of batteries."
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Cover

Cover:
"I also read that the Instruction Manual was very weak but if you look at the one on the CD it covers every aspect of the camera and should be printed out in full."
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"The battery compartment cover is a hybrid slide-and-hinge design that is easly damaged by anyone who has not used it before."
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"My only complaint about the D-510 is that it can take too much time to get the camera turned on (i. e. from the time you open the lens cover and turn it on, you may have missed the perfect shot)."
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"I purchased this camera because of the sturdy lens cover and accurate viewfinder."
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"One other negative I had read about was the lens cover, however, I do not personally have a problem with that."
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"i really like my d-510, close-ups are beautiful, it performs extremely well - although the 'panorama' feature simply does not work anymore on my relatively new camerai do not like the sliding lens cover or the wait between shots or only being able to view pics when camera is shuti wish it recorded sound with the quicktime movie feature"
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"The equally great feature was the protective lens cover, the light weight compactness of camera gear,and not being SO visible as a tourist."
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"Other D510 positives:-excellent 3X optical zoom-flash is bright and covers a wide area for indoor shots-on screen menu is easy to use (read the manual first!"
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Image

Image:
"The most frustrating was trying to down load the images to the computer."
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"The flash pops up automatically to be sure you don't forget to open it, missing a pic that needed it."
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"The full image is tack sharp - to the corners, a problem I noted on several other 'pocket' cameras."
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"I bought this camera at a local store for a close out price and this camera has given great pic's ever since."
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"Picture quality, expecially photo colors are wonderful."
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"The Camedia software effortlessly stitches up to ten pics together for interesting panoramic shots and the video feature saves short silent clips in Quicktime MOV format."
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"The pics have come out great in all light situations, actually printed out better than a friends 3.1 megapixel Nikon in low light photos at the same party."
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"The software itself is pretty sparse in terms of image editting capability, luckily I have some better software that came with my ...Visioneer scanner."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Oh...the instructions in the booklet are totally incorrect."
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"The instructions are not very clear, and the user interface is not very intuitive."
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"On the negative side - expect to have a week of stomach churning frustration because the instructions are TERRIBLE and many of the features are not intuitive."
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"You have to figure some of the instructions out yourself because some are missing from the manual book."
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"I also read that the Instruction Manual was very weak but if you look at the one on the CD it covers every aspect of the camera and should be printed out in full."
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"the instructions are terrible."
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"The software that it comes with is easy to install and very helpful if you read the instructions."
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"It was written by some tech geeks at Olympia who do not have a clue how to write clear, simple, direct instructions, or how to design a clear, simple menuing system for the camera."
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"I am pleased with my purchase, however, the instructions are complicated for beginners like me."
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"I found the instructions to be easy to follow."
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"While I found the instruction manuel skimpy, it was still fairly easy to learn the ropes."
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Lens

Lens:
"The only problem is the camera lens door!"
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"While this is nice to protect the lens, it got really annoying to me over time and I longed for a simple camera with a simple lens cover."
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"I find the operation of this lens cap quite inconvenient and unecessary.2) Also remember that the AVI files (movies) can not have sound in it.3) Distant pictures are a little blurry too.4) You need to get one 64MB card too to get reasonable number of shots, which is currently free after mail in rebate if you buy before 1 31 02.5)The value package also boasts of giving the battery charger which is non-olympus brand and really a cheap one."
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"My only complaint about the D-510 is that it can take too much time to get the camera turned on (i. e. from the time you open the lens cover and turn it on, you may have missed the perfect shot)."
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"I purchased this camera because of the sturdy lens cover and accurate viewfinder."
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"One other negative I had read about was the lens cover, however, I do not personally have a problem with that."
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"i really like my d-510, close-ups are beautiful, it performs extremely well - although the 'panorama' feature simply does not work anymore on my relatively new camerai do not like the sliding lens cover or the wait between shots or only being able to view pics when camera is shuti wish it recorded sound with the quicktime movie feature"
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"While this is nice to protect the lens, it got really annoying to me over time and I longed for a simple camera with a simple lens cover."
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"The equally great feature was the protective lens cover, the light weight compactness of camera gear,and not being SO visible as a tourist."
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Manual

Manual:
"I miss the top LCD panel which was removed; the front lens door is difficult to open; and the spring loaded flash which always pops up and requires manual closing is annoying."
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"Gee, could have save me a few bucks and hassle if this was mentioned in the manual."
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"The problem is really dued to its misguided manual book."
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"You have to figure some of the instructions out yourself because some are missing from the manual book."
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"I also read that the Instruction Manual was very weak but if you look at the one on the CD it covers every aspect of the camera and should be printed out in full."
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"The owners manual is weak with information, but the product has an easy learning curve."
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"You must read the reference manual thoroughly located in CDROM to have best picture quality."
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"It is simply and easy to use, with a basic manual that answers your questions as need be."
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"It was easy to use on pick up, I only went to the manual occasionally."
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"Other D510 positives:-excellent 3X optical zoom-flash is bright and covers a wide area for indoor shots-on screen menu is easy to use (read the manual first!"
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"Find the manual on the CD, read through it carefully, have fun while you're learning, and you'll be a digital camera buff in no time!"
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Packaging

Packaging:
"It's got a lot of great features in a sleek package."
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"It's great that this Amazon value package comes with rechargeable batteries because, as every other review has noted, this camera eats batteries."
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"The camera, and the Camedia software packaged with it, have functioned perfectly."
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"I printed the instructions on the CD that was included in the camera package [151 pages] and found this an excellent referencewhile learning to operate the camera."
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"I recommend buying the package that includes the rechargeable batteries and or buy an AC adapter."
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Photo

Photo:
"While I had the camera operating within minutes, downloading photos to my PC did not go so well."
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"The only negative comment I can make, such as it is, is that the Olympus software to download photos to your PC isn't the greatest."
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"Perfect size, great photos."
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"Quality of photos very good."
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"The D-510 takes great photos, but it goes through batteries like a hot knife through warm butter!"
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"The clarity of the photos is clear and crisp."
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"I am not a pro photographer but my family and I enjoy taking photos of our adventures and gatherings."
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Price

Price:
"My only regret is that I didn't spend the money to get the ac adapter and the rechargeables, these things eat batteries!"
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"I looked around quite a bit before purchasing my first digital camera and settled on the D510 as a good compromise in terms of price, resolution, size, and quality."
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"A great value when I bought it if you look at features vs. price."
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"For its price, its a great buy."
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"I bought this camera at a local store for a close out price and this camera has given great pic's ever since."
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"If your thinking of a starter camera at a great price .Check out this one I know you'll enjoy it."
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"The housing has been described as cheap (among other things) but I think it has a good solid feel to it and if you treat it like the somewhat delicate piece of electronic equipment it is, instead of like a football, it will probably last a long time."
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Quality

Quality:
"I looked around quite a bit before purchasing my first digital camera and settled on the D510 as a good compromise in terms of price, resolution, size, and quality."
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"I bought this camera on Mar.2002, I took some good indoor pictures but I was totally upset by the outdoor picture quality."
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"The supplied 8MB card is woefully inadequate allowing only about 13 high quality pictures."
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"Picture quality, expecially photo colors are wonderful."
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"Print quality is excellent and the accompanying software is easy to use."
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"Quality of photos very good."
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"Using the default point and shoot settings gives very high quality pictures - well focused and lit, with beautiful color."
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"You must read the reference manual thoroughly located in CDROM to have best picture quality."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"I looked around quite a bit before purchasing my first digital camera and settled on the D510 as a good compromise in terms of price, resolution, size, and quality."
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"The resolution is excellent and when printed on regular photographic paper, is indisguishable from photos taken with a mid range 35mm camera."
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"In the ON option, a graphic shows on your LCD in pic taking mode to indicate when you have Zoomed past the Optical(optical does not degrade resolution) and are entering Digital(will begin to reduce resolution of pic)."
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"The pictures can be very vivid, even spectacular in their resolution, but sometimes the colors can be a little harsh."
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"I looked around quite a bit before purchasing my first digital camera and settled on the D510 as a good compromise in terms of price, resolution, size, and quality."
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"Very easy to use and good resolution."
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Size

Size:
"I looked around quite a bit before purchasing my first digital camera and settled on the D510 as a good compromise in terms of price, resolution, size, and quality."
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"The only thing I do not like about the camera is that it is missing the small monochrome LCD on the top of the D-490 that used to display battery usage and pictures remaining."
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"Perfect size, great photos."
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"the only minor flaws are the small memory card I would recomend upgrading to a 128mb."
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"Second, this camera provides the best match on the market between point-and-shoot convenience, small size, and some extended pro's control over resolution, white balance, shutter speed(ISO), focus point, etc."
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"I looked around quite a bit before purchasing my first digital camera and settled on the D510 as a good compromise in terms of price, resolution, size, and quality."
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"It's a nice size camera and has been sturdy."
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USB

USB:
"The only problem is, I lost the USB connector cable that comes with the camera and being a special USB cable made only for this model I could not find a replacement anywhere, even in the Olympus site."
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"I'll post another review if my experience changes after some more use, but at this point, my recommendation would be to pick up the D490 over the D510 unless you really need the USB connectivity."
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"The best part about this camera-the downloading through USB!"
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"The USB connection is very fast and easy to use - Windows treats the camera like an extra hard drive."
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"It's easy to use, takes great pictures, and connection to the computer (USB port, Windows 2000) practically sets itself up."
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"The D-510 offers some important features, like a 3:1 optical zoom (disregard most digital zoom hype, optical is what you really want), a 2.1 megapixel resolution (adequate for pretty clean 8 x 10 enlargements), easy USB connectivity to your PC, the ever-clever clamshell case and a pretty good flash."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Digital zoom (9x) is good, not great, but good."
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"Digital zoom isn't that great, but the 3x optical is nice."
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"I bought this model only because of the zoom and it is pretty useless."
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"Taking rodeo photos, I can't always get as close to the action as I want to be, so being able to zoom in is very important."
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"The 3x optical zoom is nice but it will not make my SLR (35mm film camera w zoom and macro lenses) obsolete by a long shot-perhaps if I dropped a grand or two on a high-end Nikon or Minolta digital...The camera does eat batteries, but not as bad as I expected, considering all the moaning and groaning in these reviews."
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"The D510's 3X zoom is a good feature considering the camera's price, but if you need to get even closer on a regular basis, consider paying more for another camera."
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"The zooms are wonderful."
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