Olympus SP-610UZ Review

Overall 37
Imaging 7
Features 16
Size 77
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 107 x 73 x 73 mm
  • Weight: 405 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Olympus SP-600 UZ. Compare
  • Replaced by Olympus SP-620 UZ. Compare

Olympus SP-610UZ Summary

This review is devoted to SP-610UZ that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 06, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Olympus developed this model to replace their older product SP-600 UZ and, after some time, Olympus has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one SP-600 UZ. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Olympus SP-610UZ vs. SP-620 UZ
Olympus SP-610UZ vs. SP-600 UZ

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #193 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 37/100 and it takes a rank of #1075 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SP-610UZ Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SP-610UZ review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 340 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus SP-610UZ With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus SP-610UZ. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus SP-610UZ

Olympus SP-610UZ has the following external dimensions 107 x 107 x 73 mm (42.13 x 28.74 x 28.74″) with the weight of 405 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus SP-610UZ, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus SP-610UZ is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 73mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SP-610UZ with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SP-610UZ is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SP-610UZ compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus SP-610UZ — 340 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Olympus SP-610UZ — 73 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SP-610UZ — 405 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SP-610UZ comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus SP-610UZ comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus SP-610UZ Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SP-610UZ comes with TruePic III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus SP-610UZ has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SP-610UZ. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus SP-610UZ features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus SP-610UZ is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus SP-610UZ with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SP-610UZ

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-610UZ is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus SP-610UZ are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SP-610UZ unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SP-610UZ, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SP-610UZ allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Olympus SP-610UZ is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SP-610UZ to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus SP-610UZ provides a shooting life of 340, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Olympus SP-610UZ offers the highest battery life that reaches 340 shots.

How Good is Olympus SP-610UZ for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SP-610UZ’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SP-610UZ’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SP-610UZ to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus SP-610UZ for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-610UZ performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-610UZ can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SP-610UZ for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-610UZ performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-610UZ can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (107 x 73 x 73 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Olympus SP-610UZ for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-610UZ performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-610UZ can be called a 40 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (340 shots)

Olympus SP-610UZ for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-610UZ performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-610UZ can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (405 g)
  • Big size (107 x 73 x 73 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus SP-610UZ for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SP-610UZ performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 35. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SP-610UZ can be called a 35 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Olympus SP-610UZ Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SP-610UZ
Announced Jan 06, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 3216
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 405 g
Physical Dimensions 107 x 73 x 73 mm
Battery Life 340 shots
Battery Type 340 shots
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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