Olympus SP-610UZ summary
Olympus SP-610UZ is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally introduced on January of 2011. The camera has got a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.
Olympus introduced this model in order to update the previous Olympus SP-600 UZ (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the fresher Olympus SP-620 UZ (Read Full Comparison) to replace this camera.
The SP-610UZ is placed #215 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #923 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your custom requirements.
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Olympus SP-610UZ history
The Olympus SP-610UZ is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list below.
Olympus SP-610UZ Gallery
You can look at the SP-610UZ from several angles in the gallery below.
Olympus SP-610UZ Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Olympus SP-610UZ based on aspects that are oftentimes considered important in a digital camera.
Olympus SP-610UZ Sensor specs
The Olympus SP-610UZ is run by the TruePic III chip. The specification of the sensor in the Olympus SP-610UZ is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4288 x 3216 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor has 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the SP-610UZ's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The SP-610UZ sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus SP-610UZ dimensions
Olympus SP-610UZ weighs 0.89 pounds (405 gr / 14.29 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 107mm x 73mm x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus SP-610UZ is very much the same compared with other competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a photo of the Olympus SP-610UZ besides a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view below will show you the button layout on the SP-610UZ.
Olympus SP-610UZ Lens details
The SP-610UZ offers an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 28-616mm giving it a 22.0 x zoom which is huge and could make it easier to zoom right in.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.3 and that is rather sluggish and not ideal for low light situations and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to raise your ISO giving you noisy shots. For the long end, 616mm is great zoom and comes at f5.7 which is very slow and you would have to set slower shutter speeds.
Olympus SP-610UZ Connectivity
The SP-610UZ has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy images and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Many apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Olympus SP-610UZ Video details
The max video quality in the Olympus SP-610UZ is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should shoot for at least FUll HD quality for video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at another camera in case you need good sound for your videos.
Olympus SP-610UZ Weather Sealing
Olympus SP-610UZ does not have environment sealing so damp conditions could damage the camera.
Olympus SP-610UZ Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus SP-610UZ has got a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder details for Olympus SP-610UZ are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Olympus SP-610UZ Shutter details
Olympus SP-610UZ continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Olympus SP-610UZ Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus SP-610UZ comes with just built in flash without external flash support.
Olympus SP-610UZ Autofocus details
Olympus SP-610UZ comes with only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing.
The Sensor has got 11 focus points to pick from. Olympus SP-610UZ has no manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is good for low light situations or you want to have more precise depth of field control.
Olympus SP-610UZ Battery life
The battery pack (4 x AA) on the Olympus SP-610UZ is built to last for 340 clicks according to the CIPA specifications which is about the same as it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the maximum (600) battery life for this type of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:
Olympus SP-610UZ for specific kinds of photography
The following illustration shows a rundown of the Olympus SP-610UZ for specific kinds of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.
Olympus SP-610UZ Portrait photography advice
The Olympus SP-610UZ receives a points tally of 30 which is terrible, meaning that it is simply not acceptable for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & option to use off-camera flash.
Street photography with Olympus SP-610UZ
Getting a moderate score of 51, the Olympus SP-610UZ is reasonably adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus SP-610UZ Sports photography highlights
A terrible sports photography rating of 40 means the Olympus SP-610UZ is simply not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus SP-610UZ Travel photography factors
Size is pretty important when buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Olympus SP-610UZ gets a above average 62 as a travelling camera which is a very decent option to buy for your vacations.
Olympus SP-610UZ Landscape photography highlights
If you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus SP-610UZ with it's terrible score of 41 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable in the current market.
Olympus SP-610UZ Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus SP-610UZ is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a terrible rating of 26.
Olympus SP-610UZ Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the SP-610UZ, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart followed below shows you a summary of the SP-610UZ vs it's top ranked rivals listed earlier.
These are various other cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.