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Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black)

B&H # OLSP810UZB MFR # V103020BU000
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Product Highlights

  • 14Mp CCD Image Sensor
  • TruePic III+ Image Processor
  • 3.0" Widescreen LCD
  • 24mm Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
  • 36x Wide Optical Zoom
  • HD Movie with HDMI Control
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • 3D Photos
  • Wi-Fi Compatibility
  • In-Camera Panorama
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The Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera is an economical option for those looking to go beyond "point-and-shoot" without breaking the bank. The SP-810UZ boasts these major selling points: 14Mp CCD image sensor and the TruePic III+ Image Processor, a 24mm ultra wide-angle lens, 36x optical zoom, and a 3.0" LCD display. That translates into detailed, high-res images filled with clarity and are composed just the way you want them to be. The generous 3.0" screen on the back of the camera gives you the ability to setup the composition and focus, as well as review your pictures after you've shot.

In addition to capturing straight still images, the SP-810UZ also takes 3D-photos. Three dimensional photos take your memories and bring them to life, literally; they'll jump off the page at you and show everyone just how wonderful a time that memory was! The camera also captures 720p HD videos. As is much the rage in the digital camera world, Olympus knows how important video capture is these days. From Facebook to YouTube you'll be sharing your memories with ease thanks to the SP-810UZ's built-in video camera. To make your life even easier, your video (and audio!) can be shared with all on your HDTV using an HDMI cable (optional).

Other highlights of the camera include Wi-Fi compatibility. Using Eye-Fi cards you can upload or email images cable or card free! It doesn't get any simpler than that. Additional features of the camera include AF Tracking, which automatically tracks unpredictable and fast-moving subjects, such as kids, and ensures sharp photos. Face Detection, Beauty Mode, Shadow Adjustment, and Magic Art Filters are just a few of the other ways this camera helps you turn your vision into reality.

14 Megapixels
An amazing 14 million pixels in the high-resolution CCD sensor create superior image quality. Create poster-sized prints without losing a single detail
36x Wide Optical Zoom
Get into range with this staggering 36x optical zoom. It propels you into the action when you can't get closer, like at a concert or sports arena, and it's perfect for snapping skittish wildlife
24mm Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
Effortlessly switch from grand scale to intimate or macro photography with this versatile lens (24-864mm equivalent)
3.0", Wide-Screen LCD
The huge 3.0" LCD features an extra-wide viewing angle for easier composing and shooting. Its 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for watching the high-definition movies you capture
HD Movie with HDMI Control
A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with amazing clarity in 720p high-definition, right from your camera. Then connect your camera to an HDTV and use its remote control to play back your shots and slideshows from the best seat in the house. (HDMI cable sold separately)
Dual Image Stabilization
Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation
3D Photos
Discover the depth of 3D stills and add another dimension to your photographs. From macro shots to landscapes, Olympus's 3D technology shoots two pictures and combines them into one image for a dramatic effect when viewed on a 3D-compatible device. It's perfect for bringing your memories to life
Wi-Fi Compatibility (Eye-Fi Ready)
There's no need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional Eye-Fi card
In-Camera Panorama
The camera captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture simply by pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across the scene
Magic Art Filters (Still & Movie)
Add style and artistic flair to stills and movies with Olympus' Magic Art Filters. Express your creativity with any of these 10 special effects: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Sparkle, Miniature and Reflection. Some filters restrict maximum image size
Beauty Mode
Beauty Mode lets you smooth a person's skin, removing unwanted wrinkles or blemishes. Additionally, make subtle edits, such as slightly emphasizing and brightening the eyes, with the post-capture feature: Beauty Fix
AF Tracking
AF Tracking automatically tracks unpredictable, fast-moving subjects such as kids and pets and continuously adjusts the focus and brightness so you can capture these photogenic whirlwinds with ease
Face Detection
Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures
Shadow Adjustment
Shadow Adjustment Technology helps you capture scenes exactly as you see them, even in situations with difficult lighting. It's perfect for outdoor shots in bright sunlight when dark shadows are prevalent or for shooting in backlit conditions
Pet Scenes
When your favorite furry friend won't "Sit" or "Stay," you'll love these convenient scene mode options with AF tracking. Once the camera recognizes the subject, the AF target mark automatically tracks its movement in order to maintain continuous focus
In-Camera Help Guide
If you feel the need for a little extra advice, the camera's on-board Help Guide will briefly describe the camera's features and settings at the touch of a button
TRUEPIC III+
The TruePic III+ Image Processor, first developed for professional digital SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details and less noise
Focus Mode
iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Exposure Metering
Digital ESP, Spot
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Shooting Modes
30 Shooting Modes:

Intelligent Auto; Program Auto; Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization; Panorama; 3D; 8 Magic Art Filters (Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Reflection); 16 Scene Modes (Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Pet (Cat) and Pet (Dog)); HD Movie

Panorama
In-Camera Panorama (card), PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with ib software)
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 0.73 fps / 200 images (14MB)
Approx. 9.0 fps / 27 images (5MB)
Approx. 18.2 fps / 36 images (3MB)
Approx. 30.0 fps / 60 images (2MB)
Shooting Assist Functions
Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Movie Mode
720p, 360p, 180p
VGA, QVGA
Noise Reduction
Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 seconds or longer in the following scene modes: Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Candle, Sunset, and Fireworks
Image Playback
Still Image: Single, Index Display (4 x 3, 6 x 5), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Protection, Histogram, Voice Playback
Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Voice Playback
Playback Edit Effects
Still Image: Beauty Fix, Resize, Cropping, Saturation
Additional Self-Timer Mode
Pet auto-shutter
Battery Life
Approx. 190 shots per charge
Date Time Stamp
In-camera date stamp. Date and time stamp available via bundled software
Imaging
Pixels 14 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MPEG-4
Max Resolution 14 MP: 4288 x 3216
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Optics
Lens 13 elements in 10 groups
4 Aspherical
EFL: 5.0-110.0mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-864mm)
Aperture: f/2.9 (W) - 5.7 (T)
Zoom Optical: 36x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Normal: 11.8" (299.72 mm) - 114.09" (2897.89 mm)
Macro: 11.8" (299.72 mm) - 114.0" (2895.60 mm)
Super-Macro: 0.4" (10.16 mm) -
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64-1600
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 1/2000 - 1/2 second 1
Please Note:

Up to 4 seconds in Night Scene mode

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Exposure Metering Digital ESP, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten
Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Off
Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 19.7' (0.49 - 6.00 m)
Telephoto: 9.5 - 16.4' (2.90 - 5.00 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 14 MB
Memory Card Type SD (up to 4 GB)
SDHC (up to 32 GB)
SDXC (up to 2000 GB)
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video
Audio Recording With Video
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: 2000, XP (SP2), Vista (SP1), 7
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Power
Battery LI-50B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter F-2AC (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.2 x 3.0 x 2.9" / 10.7 x 7.6 x 7.4 cm
Weight 14.6 oz / 414 g
Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black)
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable for Select Olympus Digital Cameras
  • F-2AC Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • A/V Cable (CB-AVC3)
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery (3.7V, 925mAh)
  • Camera Strap
  • Protective Lens Cap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Manual and Software CD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    OlympusSP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Zoom range/performance (11)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
    • Image stabilization (10)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (4)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (11)
    • Travel (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Low light (7)
    • Wildlife (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A somehow surprising upgrading

    As the SP-810 has been presented as an upgrade of SP-800, I'll also make my considerations by comparing the two cameras.

    It's rather unusual, but for those who...Read complete review

    As the SP-810 has been presented as an upgrade of SP-800, I'll also make my considerations by comparing the two cameras.

    It's rather unusual, but for those who don't want to read it all, here is the conclusion: SP-810 is even more a P&S than SP-800, but the IQ is better and the IS much better. It's a camera for a hobbyist traveller, not for a photographer traveller.

    The aspect of 810 is more impressive, but the shooting position is with the lens more extended, like the 800 on super macro setting. It seemed the Olympus people also saw this, so if you switch to display mode, the lens retracts after 15s. Of course when you switch back, there is a notable extra time to revert to the shooting position. They also changed the functioning of the display button: you can start displaying and switch to shooting mode, but you have to put off the camera using the general on/off button, something better I think.

    From the tests I've made, mainly landscape and zoom by day in P mode, by night SCN-Night Scene, the 810 was all the time better than 800.

    Other observations: I've imagined that the 810 was more than 800 in choices; well, I was wrong, because the 810 is much LESS: for instance, the SCN-Night Scene has the timer only, compared to the added EV and WB of 800. There is no bracketing, no colour editting and the setting menu was significantly reduced. There isn't the AREA choice of AF, something rather disturbing, as you have to choice SPOT or try refocusing again and again; a tipp is to zoom in to the wanted area and than zoom out again; the mark will remain there. Also shooting movies with sound prevents using the zoom, something clearly explained in the 800 Instruction Manual, but not in the 810 one; in exchange the so called "Fine Zoom" of 800 is no more called like this, but explained as a trimmed raw image and, more important, shown at the zoom scale also. The All Erase option was migrated to the display menu, probably better, I don't know...

    That's all for the moment.

    My advice: if you are a hobbyist in love with big zooms like me, go and get an 810, because it's better and cheaper than 800; otherwise think again...

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good camera if you can handle it

    I bought this product to retake my photography hobby, it's doing the job but it takes time to focus and it works better in manual mode. Zoom is great, and when the pictures...Read complete review

    I bought this product to retake my photography hobby, it's doing the job but it takes time to focus and it works better in manual mode. Zoom is great, and when the pictures aren't fuzzy, they come out beautiful

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    3.0

    good camera if you can handle it

    By jorge Gonzalez

    from Dominican Republic

    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

    I bought this product to retake my photography hobby, it's doing the job but it takes time to focus and it works better in manual mode. Zoom is great, and when the pictures aren't fuzzy, they come out beautiful

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    5.0

    Nice Camera

    By B.B.

    from Corpus Christi Texas

    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

    Good value. I had an easy time learning how to use cameras features. Shipping was fast.

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    4.0

    Good Purchase

    By 1234

    from Ohio

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Slower Than Dslr Cameras

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

    We've had this camera for 2 weeks now and it's working really good. We upgraded from a standard point and shoot but wern't ready to spend the $500 for a DSLR. Works good for family pics and kids sports. Like it so far.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great zoom

    By Dee

    from Mississippi

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

    I bought this camera to have an nice camera that takes good pictures for my daughter's senior year in high school. I was replacing my Olympus SP-800 which I dropped and broke a few weeks earlier. I had been extremely pleased with excellent quality of my previous camera and the exceptional zoom for my daughter's soccer games and softball games from my earlier camera. So this was a no brainer to purchase this one which has all of the same specs except has an increased zoom. This camera is also easy to carry in my purse or sporting bag and is much more reasonable that purchasing one of those high dollar cameras with the fancy lenses that you have to change out for zooming.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Camera for a Beginner/Novice

    By Hopper

    from KCMO

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

      Great camera with very good response time. I bought this camera to replace my first ever digital camera, and use it to capture photos of my two sons at play and our Border Collie performing in agility courses. It does not seem to have a problem capturing action shots. "Boots up" and is ready to use fairly quickly. I have no complaints, although I wish the preview screen had a higher resolution or pixel density. Prints of photos look great, digital copies look great. Camera is a good size, not too big. It has a very solid feel. Overall, I'm very glad I chose this camera over others I looked at.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By Keith

      from Salem Oregon

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

        I use this camera for travel and outdoor activities. It works wonderful. It has all the bells and whistles I was looking for. Plus plenty of zoom. The software also is great with plenty of options.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        good camera for the price

        By nathan h

        from minneapolis ,mn

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

            Camera has a great list of features and works very well. I would recommend to anyone else

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            4.0

            ...not a headliner but a very good piece

            By I Luv NY

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

            I've owned a few Olympus (my first was an OM2 35mm), and though this one may not be the showstopper it's got a lot of features..like any other camera, when you get to know it, it does what it's supposed to do..always the photographer, not the camera...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for the new photographer

            By Kathy the mom

            from Ohio

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

              My daughter enrolled in her first digital photo class as a junior in high school. She chose this camera for its features and ease of operation. It also has a rechargable battery, which is so necessary for requent photo assignments. The zoom lens has great distance and clarity. She is pleased.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not what I expected, over hyped

              By NewCreationron

              from Honey Brook PA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

              The things I did not like about the Camera and should have been mentioned in the reviews by experts.
              A: The battery is small like a cell phone battery and has to be charged in the Camera, thus tying up the camera while charges.

              B: The charging cord is extremely short and creates a problem as to where and how to charge the Battery, but again the Camera is tied up while it charges.

              C: The memory card and the battery is in the same slot, much like the cheaper Cameras, which allows dust and dirt to get inside the Camera.

              The funtions on the camera are probably amazing but they are offset by the things I mentioned above

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              "1st class camera with incredible zoom!"

              By Hey Francis

              from LAnaheim,CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Tiny function buttons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

              A very versital camera with an optical/digital zoom that cannot be beat in any price range.At 36x zoom, and a 14MP sensor, this baby gives you more camera power than you can ever use. If you can live with the fold out LCD instead of a tiny eyepeice view finder,this digital still/movie camera will give you the performance of a professional camera with some cool effects like 3D imaging.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 6
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very nice camera

              By Pauline

              from Smethport, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

                I purchased this camera primarily for its macro capabilities. I am photographing wildflowers, feeder birds, and butterflies. The pictures are great.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                this is great,i'm very satisfy

                By marcoux631

                from québec canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

                  A lot of function and very easy to use.he have good quality of image .I recommends him(it) has all.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding Camera

                  By aryfrosty

                  from Concord, NH

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

                    My first 35mm camera was an Olymous Pen EE IN 1967. While shopping for a digital I decided to try another Olympus. It has proven to be what I wanted...easy to use and format it is ready for any worthy moment I might find. It is a good choice for the neophyte who wants great pictures...Like me.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wonderful Sleek and Slick Olympus!

                    By Jo Cohen

                    from Vernon, CT

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

                    I recently bought this camera and am highly impressed by it's versatility, ease and intuitiveness of it's use, and high quality of the photos! I am a semi-professional photographer (or advanced amateur perhaps) but find the quality of the photos completely professional! I love that it's so lightweight and compact. This camera packs a punch and I highly recommend it!

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A somehow surprising upgrading

                    By Augustin Man

                    from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Camera (Black):

                    As the SP-810 has been presented as an upgrade of SP-800, I'll also make my considerations by comparing the two cameras.

                    It's rather unusual, but for those who don't want to read it all, here is the conclusion: SP-810 is even more a P&S than SP-800, but the IQ is better and the IS much better. It's a camera for a hobbyist traveller, not for a photographer traveller.

                    The aspect of 810 is more impressive, but the shooting position is with the lens more extended, like the 800 on super macro setting. It seemed the Olympus people also saw this, so if you switch to display mode, the lens retracts after 15s. Of course when you switch back, there is a notable extra time to revert to the shooting position. They also changed the functioning of the display button: you can start displaying and switch to shooting mode, but you have to put off the camera using the general on/off button, something better I think.

                    From the tests I've made, mainly landscape and zoom by day in P mode, by night SCN-Night Scene, the 810 was all the time better than 800.

                    Other observations: I've imagined that the 810 was more than 800 in choices; well, I was wrong, because the 810 is much LESS: for instance, the SCN-Night Scene has the timer only, compared to the added EV and WB of 800. There is no bracketing, no colour editting and the setting menu was significantly reduced. There isn't the AREA choice of AF, something rather disturbing, as you have to choice SPOT or try refocusing again and again; a tipp is to zoom in to the wanted area and than zoom out again; the mark will remain there. Also shooting movies with sound prevents using the zoom, something clearly explained in the 800 Instruction Manual, but not in the 810 one; in exchange the so called "Fine Zoom" of 800 is no more called like this, but explained as a trimmed raw image and, more important, shown at the zoom scale also. The All Erase option was migrated to the display menu, probably better, I don't know...

                    That's all for the moment.

                    My advice: if you are a hobbyist in love with big zooms like me, go and get an 810, because it's better and cheaper than 800; otherwise think again...

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