Olympus SP-310 Review
At the end of August 2005 Olympus added two more cameras to its 'SP' range of 'creative compacts'; the 8 megapixel SP-350 and the model reviewed here, the 7 megapixel SP-310. The SP-310 - on paper at least - offers a compelling mix of point-and-shoot ease of use and advanced photographic features - including RAW capture - at a very competitive price point. But is it any good? Read on to find out.
Let's start with the main selling points:
- 7.1 million pixels
- 3x zoom lens (equiv. 38-114mm)
- 6.4cm/2.5” LCD monitor
- Auto, Program, Aperture & Shutter Priority and manual exposure
- 24 scene modes
- iESP auto focus , spot with option to select AF area with 143 points and manual focus
- Super Macro mode up to 2cm
- Histogram function in shooting and playback modes
- Recording in JPEG or RAW formats
- Very long battery life (up to 510 shots)* and uses standard AA batteries
- TruePic TURBO image processor
- 32 MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
- Movie recording with sound
- USB Hi-Speed AutoConnect
- PictBridge compatible
- Availability of lens converters WCON-07F, TCON-17F and underwater case PT-030
* Under ideal conditions using the included CR-V3 battery pack
Olympus SP-310 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $333
|Sensor||• 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 7.4 million pixels total
• 7.1 million effective pixels
• 3072 x 2304
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30/15 fps
• Up to the capacity of the memory card
• QuickTime Motion JPEG
• 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• iESP autofocus, AF area is selectable (from 143 points)
• Manual focus with enlarged focusing area
• Macro: 0.2m (W)/ 0.3m (T)
• Super macro: 2cm
|Metering||• Digital ESP metering
• Spot metering
|Shutter speeds||15 - 1/2000 (up to 8 minutes in Bulb mode)|
|Apertures||(W) F2.8 - F8.0, (T) F4.9 - F8.0|
|Image Parameters||• Saturation ± 5
• Contrast ± 5
• Sharpness ± 5
• RAW edit
• Red-eye reduction
• Sepia mode
• Black & white mode
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
|White balance|| Auto
White balance fine tuning (7 steps, Red - Blue)
|Continuous||• High speed mode: up to 2.4 shots per second up to 2 images
• Normal mode: up to 1.5 shots per second up to 8 images
• 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
• Flash output level control (10 levels)
|Storage||• xD-Picture Card (optional)
• 32 MB internal memory (24MB available for image storage).
|Viewfinder||Optical real image|
|LCD monitor||• 2.5" TFT LCD
• 115,000 pixels
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full Speed
Optional AC adapter C-3AC;
|Power||• 2x AA battery (NiMH, NiCd, alkaline, lithium) or 1x lithium CR-V3
• Optional adapter
|In the box*||
|Weight (excl batt)||180 g (6.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||100 x 65 x 35 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.4 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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