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Olympus SP-810UZ Compact Digital Camera - Black (14.0MP, 3.0 inch TFT, 36 x Wide Optical Zoom)

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  • 36 x wide optical zoom for superb close-ups and group shots
  • 720p HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in excellent quality
  • 10 Magic Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and/or stills
  • 14 Megapixels for high-quality full-size movies, stills and prints
  • Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur with fast-moving shots

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.3 x 7.6 cm ; 413 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: SP-810UZ
  • ASIN: B005EPU132
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 July 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,637 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Olympus SP-810UZ: Powerful and compact wide-angle ultra zoom gets so close it’s almost indecent

For photographers who need to get up close from afar, Olympus continues its celebration of a decade of SP series cameras with the SP-810UZ. This powerful contender offers a stunning 36x ultra wide optical zoom with a focal range the 35mm equivalent of 24-864mm, plus a bright f/2.9 maximum aperture to make it a truly versatile all-in-one option.

In fact the successor to the popular SP-800UZ is now the most powerful model in Olympus’ Traveller category – no compact camera from Olympus has ever delivered better zoom performance – as well as, incredibly, it being the most compact with dimensions of a mere 105.9x75.9x73.5mm and 413g weight (including battery and media card)

36x ultra-wide optical zoom
36x ultra-wide optical zoom
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36x ultra-wide optical zoom

The competitively priced Olympus SP-810UZ is the smallest camera currently on the market with a zoom factor over 30x, which makes it the perfect companion for that late summer vacation or autumn city break.

The fast wide 1:2.9-5.7 24-864mm zoom lens combines with Dual Image Stabilisation and enhanced ISO sensitivity to guarantee stunningly sharp photography and help reduce blur for both stills and videos.

Never miss a shot thanks to AF Tracking

The Olympus SP810UZ is not only superb for candid portrait and street photography; it’s also an aid to sports photography and action shots, thanks to the integration of AF-Tracking functionality.

This feature maintains focus on your subject even if they move about, or in or out of, your frame. So you will be able to record all the glory of that beach volleyball match.

Creative freedom via 3D and Panorama shooting

The usability of the Olympus SP-810 is further enhanced by optional 3D shooting mode, lending images a striking sense of depth, from close up macro shots to expansive landscapes. This mode captures two shots from two different angles to create shots that can be viewed on a 3D compatible display.

An in-camera Panorama mode further allows for images with drama and beauty combined, providing another creative highlight. Three frames are shot and automatically combined by the camera.

There is also the ability to achieve beautiful background defocus thanks to the camera’s fast aperture and wide precision lens. Even amateurs will be able to recreate DSLR-like background blurring to help their subjects stand out and create images with more impact for the viewer.

10 Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary
10 Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary
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10 Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary

Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the SP-810UZ utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality. What’s more, most of the filters can be used when recording video as well as shooting stills – a first in the SP-810UZ’s product category.

Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle and Watercolour plus two new additions in Miniature and Reflection.

  • Miniature: This new photos-only mode lends your photos the appearance of a miniature model with stronger colours and contrast by narrowing the depth of field.
  • Reflection: A simulation of a magical horizontal reflection of your subject; for example as if it or they were standing next to perfectly still water.
  • Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo pink, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
  • Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
  • Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a “round” effect.
  • Drawing: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
  • Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
  • Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
  • Sparkle: A photos-only Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust, adding twinkling reflections to shiny objects.
  • Watercolour: With this option pictures are transformed into a watercolour painting framed by soft light.
Eye-Fi card compatible

Connectivity is also enhanced by the SP-810UZ being compatible with Eye-Fi media cards, enabling automatic wireless downloading of pictures, straight to your desktop, and facilitating photo sharing.

Instant Movie Rec button & HD playback

Just one press of the red button and users of the Olympus SP-810UZ can be instantly recording 720p High Definition MPEG-4 video clips, no matter which shooting mode has previously been selected. So what chance of missing that special moment? No chance!

Plus, to admire HD images at their best, users of the SP-810UZ can hook the camera up directly to their flat panel TV set via provided HDMI output port.

Mechanical Image Stabilisation
Mechanical Image Stabilisation
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Mechanical Image Stabilisation

A bugbear of bigger zoom cameras is the propensity for camera shake at longer focal lengths, when shooting handheld or in lower lighting conditions. Olympus therefore offers arguably the most effective means of reducing the potentially damaging effects of image blur, via mechanical image stabilisation.

As a further help, expansive light sensitivity settings between ISO80-3200 are also manually selectable. Alternatively, turn on the built-in flash.

Pixel rich picture quality

The Olympus SP-810UZ doesn’t just deliver the goods on paper. In practice, with a 14 megapixel top photo resolution, TruePic III+ image processor, and 720p High Definition video recording, the manufacturer’s trademark pixel rich image quality is very much in evidence – even when pictures are viewed on a large screen television via HDMI output.

Big and bright LCD screen

The Olympus SP-810UZ offers a large 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution LCD screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with holidaying family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.

Automatic for the people

Thanks to automatic aids like subject-following AF Tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), 26 Scene Modes (including Fireworks and Sunset), Beauty Mode, Advanced Face Detection, Pet Detection, and Shadow Adjustment Technology to ensure perfect focus and exposure for any given subject, plus high capacity SDHC and SDXC media card compatibility so you never run out of storage space, pack a SP-810UZ in that travel bag and you’re all set for photo excellence.

In-camera help and features you can trust to deliver

The SP-810UZ features an in-camera manual so that even the least experienced family members can rapidly get to grips with the best of what the camera has to offer.

Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software

Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.

USB battery charging

Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images. The supplied super-compact AC adaptor also makes it easy to charge the battery while you're travelling.

Box Contains

Olympus SP-810UZ Digital Compact Camera
Li-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
F-2AC AC Adapter
CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
Hand Strap
Instruction Manual
World Wide Warranty Card
[ib] Image Management Software

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Customer Reviews

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I have owned this for two weeks now and I have put it through it's paces,I have been a photographer for over 30 years now and still enjoy the hobby, I own several compact cameras and a couple of Nikon digital cameras the thing that I always crave for is more reach to get this reach with SLR cameras you have got too pay big bucks for big lenses I suffer from chronic back pain and it has left me disabled there is nothing like getting on my motability scooter with camera(s) to hand ,the Olympus is quite outstanding you can take a photograph of the moon and you can see the craters on the moon!
There are features on it that I have not seen on other cameras is the mirror effect it's so funny , I don't use my SLR cameras any more as they are heavy and cumbersome , the Olympus is so small and light and the price is very reasonable compared to Panasonic and Fuji.To sum up I would say this is a fabulous camera.
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Always dependable, this is another quality camera from Olympus. At the top end of the 'pocket' range, it offers some high-end functions, particularly the impressive x36 optical zoom. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy landscape or sports photography and don't want the hassle of carting separate lenses about.
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I wouldn't consider myself to be a 'photographer', I am someone who gets the camera out a few times a year and charges it up overnight before we go away to a wedding or on holiday etc. I don't often take photo's just for fun, so I appreciate that others will be able to give you a more 'professional' appraisal of this camera. However when I read some of the very few negative reviews about this camera (either by fellow Amazon'ers or on photography websites), that's exactly what I got... a professional photographers view, on an unprofessional camera!

I'm what Olympus and other manufactures apparently call an `armature upgrader', I'm not quite ready for a full Digital SLR Camera but I do want something better than my current compact - at first I wasn't happy about being `put in a box', but on reflection that does about sum it up and subsequently Olympus and others seem to have developed a range of cameras all within my price range offering pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, so great.

I love my old compact camera, it's a Samsung which I've had for about years and it's great, touch-screen, the battery lasts all day and it takes great 14mpix photos. The only problem I have with it is the zoom. I didn't actually find this out until I went to the London 2012 Olympics and noticed that those around me were able to zoom in so far you could see an athlete smiling... when I zoomed in as far as my compact would allow, I could barely make out which country they were from! So I realised that it was time to upgrade and spent much of the next week researching different cameras from Sony, Panasonic, Canon etc...before narrowing it down to just a few, including the Olympus SP-810UZ.
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I have had this camera for a few weeks and taken it away on holiday. Firstly it takes great pictures with 14 MP there is plenty of detail in the photos even for enlargements. The main point with this camera is its zoom. You will be zooming into the distance and getting great shots even when you are far away. The zoom allows you see things that you are unable to see with your eyes. Even at full zoom you can take blur free shots. The video quality is good enough with image stabilisation. Good price and quality pictures make it a good buy.
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I bought this camera for a green season safari in Zambia as I thought the 36x zoom would be useful. It certainly was and I got some truly wonderful close-ups of lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, baboons, pukas, and impalas (among other animals) and some very clear shots of sometimes very small birds.
It was particularly good at capturing the very individual faces of the baboons and the giraffes' faces on the end of their very long necks.
My only complaint is the lack of view finder which meant that when I had a bright sun behind me, I was shooting "blind". As asking the animals to move, or changing my position was often impossible, the result was frustrating. There often wasn't time to put a t-shirt over my head to try to see what I was doing.
I appreciate that view finders in low end cameras are rarely available, but that doesn't make it right, so one star off for that.
However, I found the battery usually lasted for the 4/5 hours of a game drive (despite taking hundreds of photos and the SanDisk extreme video card gave me a quick write.
The lightness of the camera was of great value on the walking safaris.
I never did work out a way to take good photos on the night drives (although some with much more expensive cameras were able to do so) but I am not certain if the failure was mine or the camera's.
On balance, I thought this camera did what I needed it to at a good price with a great size and weight.
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My first digital camera was an Olympus and I've come back to them with the purchase of this camera. The first thing that struck me abut this camera was how much smaller it is than my current digital, which had a massive (at the time) 12x optical zoom. This camera will however fit in your jacket pocket without too much problem. I like the USB battery charger that is also a USB mains charger. Fingers crossed that i'll take some decent photos with it...!
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