Olympus SP-350 / SP-310 Cameras

Olympus SP-350 / SP-310 Cameras Offering immense pixel power with full scope for shooting creativity, the Olympus SP-350 and Olympus SP-310 are an ambitious photographer’s dream. Boasting 8.0 and 7.1 million pixels respectively, both ultra-compact models have plenty of resolving muscle in store – even for large-format prints. Coupled with an accurate autofocus and precision 3x zoom lens, images gleam with their sharpness and vitality. On top of 24 scene modes, P/A/S/M exposure modes are also available for complete flexibility in virtually any photographic situation. Even movie recording in VGA quality at 30fps with sound is possible. These ergonomic, ultra-compact cameras additionally feature a histogram function that lets exposure distribution be shown in both shooting and playback modes directly on the extra-large 6.4cm LCD. And for those still looking for more versatility, the possibilities can be easily further extended with a whole host of accessories including lens converters and an underwater case plus flash units that simply clip on the SP- Olympus 350’s hot-shoe mount.

With a big 8.0 million pixels packed in the Olympus SP-350 and 7.1 million pixels in the Olympus SP-310, there’s no questioning their ability to capture crisp images in the finest of detail. A precision 3x zoom lens system (1:2.8-4.9, equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera), with exceptional resolving power is on board to meet the high-definition demands of these models. Three a spherical lenses enhance light and diminish reflection, while lens multi-coating helps to avoid ghosting and flaring. The range of focusing options includes regular iESP autofocus, spot AF and multi-spot AF – selectable from 143 points. Of course, manual focusing is also possible. In addition, TruePic TURBO ensures that image data is processed fast and faithfully. Results can be viewed on the extra-large LCD featuring an impressive 6.4cm diagonal.

Everyone knows, that for seriously creative photographic pursuits, it is essential to have the freedom to adjust the exposure parameters individually. That’s why on top of automatic shooting options and 24 scene modes, the Olympus SP-350 and Olympus SP-310 provide for manual control. Whether using Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or the full manual mode, the results attainable are virtually only limited by one’s imagination. Expert users even have a histogram function on hand that not only shows exposure information in playback mode, but also in real time while framing compositions. Auto Bracketing allows photographers the comfort of capturing five shots in quick succession – each with exposure values set-off in 1/3 EV step increments. And for storing the users’ most favoured overall camera settings for instant retrieval, four special user-defined “My Mode” folders are available.

Macro shooting enthusiasts are also catered for – the Super Macro mode enables shots from as little as 2cm. Naturally, both cameras incorporate a movie recording function with sound. The action is captured at 30fps and in VGA quality, with recording length only limited by the available memory capacity.

Optional accessories give the Olympus SP-350 and Olympus SP-310 a further edge. Users can greatly extend the camera capabilities with the new lens converters WCON-07F for wide 27mm perspectives or the TCON-17F for 193mm tele views (focal length figures refer to equivalents on 35mm cameras / use of conversion lenses require the CLA-09 lens adapter). An underwater case is available too – providing photographers with shooting versatility in a unique dimension. The Olympus SP-350 is also equipped with a hot-shoe connector for the effortless attachment of external flash units such as the Olympus FL-20.

Remarkably compact and lightweight yet with a very robust feel, the
Olympus SP-350 and Olympus SP-310 fit snugly in the hand thanks to their unique, ergonomic form. The lack of bulk makes them ideal for taking along on holidays to make the most out of every shooting opportunity.

The possibility to use standard AA-sized (LR6) or high-performance CR-V3 batteries means photographers never need to be caught short of power. Moreover, these cameras have immense stamina: the included CR-V3 battery pack, which comes with both cameras, lasts for more than 500 shots.

Olympus SP-350 / SP-310 Cameras Besides JPEG, pictures can also be stored in RAW format which records image data exactly as it was captured without further processing, providing users total control during any subsequent editing. The pictures are saved on either the 25MB internal memory or on optional xD-Picture Cards. And for camera-to-PC downloading, or sending files to a printer, these models are USB Hi-Speed compatible for extremely fast data transfer. Due to PictBridge support, PC-free printing on compatible printers such as the new Olympus P-11 with a printing speed of just 33 seconds, is also a cinch.

Olympus SP-350 / SP-310 features

  • 8.0 / 7.1 million pixels
  • Bright 3x zoom lens (equiv. 38-114mm on a 35mm camera),
    1:2.8-4.9. 15x total magnification incl. digital zoom
  • Extra-large 6.4cm/2.5” LCD monitor
  • Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter priority and manual exposure, 24 scene modes (e.g. Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Fireworks, Underwater Wide)
  • Focusing options: Spot with option to select AF area with 143 points, iESP autofocus and manual focus
  • Super Macro mode up to 2cm
  • Histogram function in shooting and playback modes
  • Recording in JPEG or RAW formats
  • Very long battery life (up to 510 shots)* and uses standard AA batteries
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • Movie recording with sound (VGA size at 30fps), recording length limited only by card capacity
  • 25MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • USB Hi-Speed AutoConnect
  • PictBridge compatible
  • Availability of converters WCON-07F, TCON-17F and underwater case PT-030 to extend photographic possibilities
  • TTL hot-shoe connector (SP-350 only) for attaching external flashes (e.g. Olympus FL-20)

*Under ideal conditions using the included CR-V3 battery pack

The 8.0 million pixel Olympus SP-350 and 7.1 million pixel Olympus SP-310 are the ideal high-performance choices for ambitious photographers and pros looking for a compact, lightweight solution that doesn’t sacrifice quality. Both cameras are shipped with the Olympus Master software and will be available from autumn 2005.

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