Pre-PMA 2006: Olympus also announced today an upgrade to the SP-310 in the shape of the SP-320. The 7.1 megapixel camera features full manual exposure control, a 3x optical zoom, a histogram function, up to ISO 800 and a large 2.5-inch LCD screen. An optional tele-converter and underwater casing will also be available.
Updated: Specifications added.
The Olympus SP-320 giving control back to the photographer
Explore your creative potential
London, 26 January 2006 – with the new Olympus SP-320 ambitious photographers can let their imaginations run wild. In addition to an impressive 25 special scene modes, the camera has Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and full Manual exposure control, plus manual and automatic focusing, leaving the photographer free to choose the settings they need, to achieve their desired effects.
Boasting a 7.1 million pixel CCD the SP-320 has enough resolving power to record scenes in stunning detail. The precision 3x optical zoom gives even more flexibility and a histogram function enables exposure information to be displayed on the large 6.4cm LCD screen whilst the shot is being taken, to give expert photographers the opportunity to fine-tune their exposure for the perfect result.
The SP-320 is a highly specified camera and for extra versatility a range of optional accessories is available, including lens converters and an underwater casing. Featuring a slim wedge-shaped design with ergonomic grip the SP-320 is surprisingly robust for a camera with so many features that retails for just £230. Expect to see this model in all good camera shops April 2006.
Don’t let the slim profile of the SP-320 fool you, this is a powerful tool that will allow ambitious photographers to take full control of their image making. The powerhouse behind the camera is a 7.1 million pixel CCD which, in combination with the precision 3x zoom lens (F2.8-4.9, equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera) captures subjects with truly stunning realism.
Naturally this lens can be fully controlled by the photographer. Not only zoom action, but focusing and aperture as well. Focusing options on the SP-320 range from regular iESP AF and Spot AF to Multi-spot AF with readings selectable from no fewer than 143 points, and, of course, Manual focusing.
Automatic shooting is a convenient option that many professional photographers will admit to using these days, especially if time is against them. However no serious photographer will want to do without manual control completely. This is why the SP-320 offers Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and full Manual exposure, as well as 25 special scene modes tailored for a wide range of shooting situations. These include a Super Macro mode that will thrill fans of extreme close-up photography by allowing them to capture pictures from as little as 2cm away. And should the light start to fail, a high maximum ISO setting of 800 allows the real atmosphere of the natural lighting to be recorded by reducing the need to use flash. For peace of mind demanding photographers can check the exposure of their work as the shots are being taken using the
SP-320’s Histogram function, which relays real-time exposure information on the camera’s large 6.4cm LCD screen.
The large size of the LCD is particularly welcome when reviewing photos that have already been taken, or when watching movie clips as the SP-320 also features a video recording option. Action is captured with sound in VGA quality at 30 frames per second and recording length is only limited by the amount of memory available. The 25MB internal memory in the SP-320 can be upgraded using xD-Picture Cards, including the new Olympus High-Speed cards, which offer data transfer rates 2-3 times faster than conventional cards. Photos can be stored as either JPEG or RAW files and quickly downloaded to a PC thanks to USB Hi-Speed AutoConnect compatibility.
The compact and versatile SP-320 is supplied with Olympus Master 1.4 software and will be available in camera shops from priced at around £230 from April onwards.
Optional accessories for the SP-320
A range of optional accessories have been made available for the SP-320, extending the scope of this versatile camera even further. Using the CLA-09 lens adapter the Olympus TCON-17F conversion lens can be attached to the SP-320 to achieve an amazing 193mm telephoto focal length (equiv. on a 35mm camera). Moreover, photographers can shoot in depths of up to 40m of water using the underwater case PT-030.
PictBridge compatibility means that photos can be printed directly from the SP-320, without having to connect the camera to a PC or download the images. The SP-320 is simply connected to any PictBridge compatible printer – such as the Olympus P-11 which takes just 33 seconds per 10x15cm print – and on screen instructions guide the user through the speedy printing process.
The Olympus SP-320 – main features
- 7.1 million pixels
- Large 6.4cm/2.5” LCD
- 3x optical zoom (equiv. to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera) 1:2.8-4.9
- P/A/S/M plus 25 scene modes
- Super Macro mode from as close as 2cm
- Histogram function in shooting and playback mode
- Movie recording function (30fps, VGA) with sound, up to memory card’s capacity
- Long battery life
- USB Hi-Speed AutoConnect
- 25MB internal memory for recording images
- Unique ergonomic shape and robust body
- Optional: tele converter TCON-17F with CLA-09 lens adapter and underwater case PT-030
- RAW file format
1/1.8" Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3072 x 2304
3072 x 2048 ( 3:2 )
2592 x 1944
2288 x 1712
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps
320 x 240 @ 30/15 fps
Up to the capacity of the memory card
|File formats|| Still: JPEG & RAW
Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG with sound
|Lens|| 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv)
3x optical zoom
F 2.8 - 4.9
|Digital zoom||up to 5x|
|Focus||TTL auto focus with contrast detection|
|AF area modes|| AF lock
Enlarged focusing area
|Focus distance|| Normal: Up to 20 cm (wide) / 30cm (tele) - infinity
Macro: Up to 20 cm (wide) / 30cm (tele)
Super macro: from 2cm
|Metering|| Digital ESP
Histogram in shooting and playback mode
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2EV
1/3 EV steps
|Auto bracketing||Up to five frames in 1/3 EV steps|
|Shuttter speed||15 - 1/2000 (up to 8 minutes in Bulb mode)|
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Landscape with Portrait
Night Scene with Portrait
Available light portrait
Shoot & Select 1
Shoot & Select 2
Underwater Wide 1 & 2
Digital image stabilization
|White balance|| Full auto TTL ESP
Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
|White balance fine tune||(Red) -7 - (Blue) +7|
|Continuous shooting|| High speed mode: up to 2.4 shots per second up to 2 images
Normal mode: up to 1.4 shots per second up to 10 images
|Image parameters|| Adjust brightness & saturation
Black & white mode
Modes: Auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in, off, fill in and red-eye reduction
Range: 3.8 m (wide) / 2.2 m (tele)
Guide number: 7.5
|Viewfinder||Optical real image|
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Print compliance|| DPOF
|Storage|| 25MB internal memory
|Power|| 2x AA battery (NiMH, NiCd, alkaline, lithium) or 1x lithium CR-V3
|Weight (no batt)||180 g|
|Dimensions||99.5 x 65 x 35 mm|
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