Olympus SP-350 Review

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First Look posted 8/29/2005
Full Review posted 12/17/2005

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For 2005 Olympus has announced a new SP-series of digital cameras, the 7.0-megapixel SP-310 and the 8.0-megapixel SP-350 introduce specialized features that enable photographers of all skill levels to express their creative vision. Both cameras feature a new 3x optical zoom lens designed specifically for digital cameras that provides the equivalent of 38 to 114mm focal length with a Super Macro Mode that captures details from as close as 2 cm. They also offer the option of either manual settings for creative control or 30 selectable shooting modes, along with optional add-on accessory lenses, an optional underwater housing, and a large, easy-to-view 2.5-inch premium size LCD. The SP-350 has a hot shoe for external flashes, providing additional versatility when difficult lighting is an issue.

With the new SP-series cameras, Olympus returns to the traditional, compact appearance of its traditional range-finder cameras. At a compact size of just 3.9" W x 2.6" H x 1.4" D and less than 7 ounces, it tucks away easily into a pocket or backpack. The addition of an ergonomic grip makes it easy to hold with one hand, for capturing those photo ops when you are, literally, on the run.

The SP-310 and SP-350 make it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations with 24 pre-programmed scene modes, such as Night Scene, Indoor Portrait or Cuisine Mode. And with its QuickTime Movie Mode, the cameras can record movies of any length, limited only by the size of the xD-Picture Card in the camera. The addition of manual Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes gives users versatility and control for optimal performance in any situation. With in-camera editing features such as Red-Eye Fix, color brightness and saturation adjustments, users can edit photos on the fly - no longer do you have to tool around with computers and editing software for simple image touch-ups!

Olympus SP-series cameras feature a threaded barrel, which enables easy attachment of add-on wide angle or telephoto conversion lenses for even more creative control. Compatible accessory lenses include the WCON-07F wide angle lens, which enables a wider field of view for shooting skylines, landscapes or group shots, and the TCON-17F telephoto conversion lens, which extends the camera's magnification capability by 1.7 times for bringing subjects dramatically closer, great for shooting sports events, concerts or wildlife.

The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer without using a computer. And the new one- touch printing button makes printing a single-step process. Printing and sharing images has never been easier!


SP-350 Features:

  • 8-megapixel CCD captures images in clear, ultra-high resolution
  • Olympus' exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor reproduces images as clearly and naturally as they appear to the photographer's eye
  • 3x Optical Zoom lens with 38-114mm coverage (35mm equivalent)
  • Large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor ensures a clear view even in bright light
  • Slim, sleek, and elegant body with a luxurious black finish
  • JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG image modes
  • 30 selectable shooting modes including AE Bracketing and Timelapse
  • Digital iESP metering, center and spot metering modes
  • 640x480 QuickTime video @ 30fps with Anti-Shake and audio
  • Automatic noise-reduction for long exposures
  • Flash hot shoe for Olympus speedlights
  • Image adjustments for saturation, contrast and sharpness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalents
  • Histogram feature in record and playback
  • ~25MB of internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • Powered by two standard AA batteries or one CRV3 type
  • USB 2.0 high speed connectivity and AV output for TV slideshows
  • PictBridge, Exif Print, and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compatible
  • Optional PT-030 underwater housing and special underwater scene modes






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Olympus SP-350

Olympus SP-350

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Olympus SP-350

Olympus SP-350





Olympus SP-350

The SP-350 compared in size to a standard CD.





Olympus SP-350

The 7-megapixel Olympus C-7070 and the 8-megapixel SP-350.





Olympus SP-310

Olympus SP-310

The Olympus SP-350 and the 7-megapixel SP-310.





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SP-350 Specifications

Imager 8.0 megapixel effective, 8.3 megapixel gross, 1/1.8" CCD
Lens 8.0 - 24.0mm (38 - 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 lenses in 5 groups, 3 aspherical lens with 4 surfaces
Zoom Seamless to 15x (3x optical and 5x digital combined)
Aperture Range f2.8 - f4.9 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)
LCD 2.5" color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixel
Viewfinder Optical viewfinder
Focus System CCD Contrast detection
Focus Range Normal/Macro Mode: Wide: 7.9" - infinity (0.2m- infinity) Tele: 11.8" - infinity (0.3m - infinity)
Super Macro Mode: 0.8" - infinity (2cm - infinity)
Focus Mode iESP auto, Spot AF, Selective AF target, Manual
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. - 15 sec., Bulb
ISO Auto/50/100/200/400
Metering Mode Digital iESP auto multi-pattern TTL, Spot metering, Center Weighted metering
White Balance iESP2 multi-pattern auto TTL, Pre-set (Overcast, Sunlight, Evening Sun, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents), Manual, WB compensation +/- 7
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Recording Modes DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3
Adjustment Resolutions RAW 3264 x 2448
SHQ 3264 x 2448
SHQ (3:2) 3264 x 2176
HQ 3264 x 2448
HQ (3:2) 3264 x 2176
SQ1 2592 x 1944 high, normal
2288 x 1712 high, normal
2048 x 1536 high, normal
1600 x 1200 high, normal
SQ2 1280 x 960 high, normal
1024 x 768 high, normal
640 x 480 high, normal
Shooting Modes 30 shooting modes
AUTO, Program Auto, A, S, M, My mode, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Night + Portrait, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Behind Glass, Cuisine, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow, Underwater wide1, Underwater wide2, Underwater macro)
Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture card
Custom Settings 4 My Mode
Sequential Shooting High speed; 2.4 frames per second up to 2 frames
Normal speed; 1.5 frames per second up to 10 frames in HQ mode
Bracket; aperture compensation up to 5 frames
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame assist
Shooting Edit Effects N/A
Image Quality Adjustment (Adj. ±5) sharpness, contrast, saturation
Movie Mode QuickTime Movie with Sound, SHQ 640 x 480 30fps/ HQ 640 x 480 15fps/ SQ1 320 x 240 30fps/ SQ2 320 x 240 15fps
Image Processing TruePic TURBO Image Processor
Pixel Mapping Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 seconds or longer
Image Playback Still Image; Single, Index, Enlargement, Slide Show, Calendar, Album, Histogram, Rotation
Movie: Normal/Reverse/Frame by Frame
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize, Trimming, Sepia, Black & White, Red-Eye Fix
Movie: Frame Edit, Frame Index
Direct Printing Options PictBridge EASYPRINT and DPOF
Flash Built in
Hot Shoe Yes
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and back lit conditions); Red-eye Reduction; Fill-in; Fill-in + red eye reduction; Off
Flash Working Range Wide: 12.5ft (3.8m); Tele 7.2ft. (2.2M)
Selftimer 12 seconds
Setting Memorization On/Off (hold changes/Reset to default settings)
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image data, Automatic up to 2099
Memory 25MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB or 1GB)
Outer Connectors Multi-connector for USB and A/V, DC input
Auto-connect USB 2.0 High Speed
Weatherproof N/A
System Requirements Windows 98SE/2000PRO/ME/XP, Mac 10.1 and higher
Operating Environment Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30 - 90% humidity
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10 - 90% humidity
Power Supply CRV3 or 2 AA batteries
Size 3.92"W x 2.56"H x 1.38" D (99.5mm x 65.0mm x 35.0mm)
Weight 6.88 oz. (195g) without battery and media card
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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