Olympus SP-320

Olympus camera

  • Olympus SP-320 review

    An ideal digital camera for ambitious photographers, the SP-320 offers an array of impressive photographic options for creative freedom.

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    WIth the Olympus SP-320 ambitious photographers can let their imaginations run wild.

  • Specifications

    - 7.1 megapixels
    - 3x optical zoom
    - Large 6.4cm/2.5” LCD
    - Auto and manual focus
    - Auto and manual exposure
    - P/A/S/M plus 25 scene modes
    - Histogram function in shooting and playback mode
    - ISO 64-800
    - JPEG file format
    - Long battery life
    - 25MB internal memory for recording images
    - Movie recording function with sound, up to memory card’s capacity
    - USB 2.0 high speed connectivity for PC

  • 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 Olympus 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.

    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 captures subjects with truly stunning realism.

    Automatic shooting is a convenient option that many professional photographers will admit to using these days, especially if time is against them. This is why Olympus 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.

    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 Olympus SP-320 should appeal to advanced amateur photographers who desire high quality images together with a high degree of control -- all in a relatively compact body and an affordable price.

  • Source - dpreview