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What are the specifications of the SP-510 UZ?

Olympus SP-510 UZ Digital Camera
Product number 225835
Shipping Date: September 2006

  Box Contents
  • SP-510 UZ Digital Camera
  • Neck Strap
  • (4) AA Alkaline Batteries
  • USB 2.0 cable (CB-USB6)
  • Audio/Video Cable (CB-AVC3)
  • Basic Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • CD-ROM: Olympus Master software
  • CD-ROM: Advanced Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features and Benefits

CCD Imager

7.1 megapixel (effective), 7.4 megapixel gross, 1/2.5” CCD

Lens

6.3 – 63.0 mm (38 – 380mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 11 lenses in 7 groups, 2 aspherical lenses

Zoom

Seamless to 50x (10x optical + 5x digital combined); 15x Fine Zoom (max. resolution of 3 megapixels)

Aperture Range

F2.8 – f3.7 (adjustable in 1/3 EV steps)

LCD

2.5” (64mm) color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels

Optical Viewfinder

Electronic viewfinder

Focusing System

CCD Contrast Detection

Focusing Ranges

Normal Mode: Wide – 2.8” – infinity (70mm – infinity)

                    Tele – 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)

Macro Mode:   Wide – 2.8” – infinity (70mm – infinity)

                    Tele – 47.2” – infinity (1.2m – infinity)

Super Macro Mode: 1.18” – infinity (30mm – infinity)

Focus Modes

IESP, Auto, Spot AF, Selective AF Target, Manual

Shutter Speeds

1/1000 sec. to 15 sec., Bulb

ISO

Manual: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 25002, 40002; Auto: 50-400 equivalent (50-1250 equivalent in Available Light Portrait, Candle, and Indoor scene modes and when shooting with Digital Image Stabilization enabled)

Metering Modes

Digital iESP Multi-Pattern Auto TTL, Spot, Center-weighted Average

White Balance

Auto, One-Touch, Preset (Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3)

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps

Recording Modes

Still image: DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3

Movie: QuickTimeâ Motion JPEG

Adjustment Resolutions

3,072 x 2,304, RAW/SHQ/HQ

3,072 x 2,048, 3:2/SHQ/HQ

2,560 x 1,920, SQ1 High, Normal

2,304 x 1,728, SQ1 High, Normal

2,048 x 1,536, SQ1 High, Normal

1,600 x 1,200, SQ2 High, Normal
1,280 x 960, SQ2 High, Normal

1,024 x 768, SQ2 High, Normal

640 x 480, SQ2 High, Normal

Shooting Modes

Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Mode, Guide, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor1, Candle1, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait1, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select11, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow), Movie

Panorama Mode

Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media

Sequential Shooting

High Speed: 1.65 frames per second for more than 2 images (SQ);

Normal Speed: 1.15 fps for 7 images (HQ);

Bracket: Exposure bracketing for up to 5 images;

Interval Shooting

Shooting Assist Functions

Histogram, Frame Assist

Movie Mode

QuickTime Movie with Sound

640 x 480/30 frames per second, SHQ

640 x 480/15 fps, HQ

320 x 240/30 fps, SQ1

320 x 240/15 fps, SQ2

Image Processing

TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor

Pixel Mapping

Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting

Noise Reduction

Automatic at shutter speeds of 0.5 seconds or longer

Image Playback

Still image: Single, Index Display (4, 9, 16, 25), Enlargement (up to 10x), Slideshow (Normal, Scroll, Fader, Slide, Zoom Down, Zoom Up, Swivel, Checkerboard, Blinds, Random), Calendar, Album, Histogram, Rotation;

Movie: Normal, Reverse, Frame-by-frame, Index

Playback Edit Effects

Still Image: Lighting Fix, Red-Eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Resize, Rotate, Crop, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout
Movie: Frame Edit, Frame Index, Frame Capture

Direct Printing Options

PictBridge™ and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)

Flash

Built-in

Flash Modes

Auto (for low-light and backlit conditions), Fill-In, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in + Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Off

Flash Working Range

Wide: 14.8 ft. (4.5m), Tele: 11.2 ft. (3.4m)

Self Timer

12 seconds/2 seconds, Auto

Setting Memorization

Four (4) My Mode settings, RESET (Top Menu) to default settings)

Date/Time Calendar

Simultaneous recording into image data, automatic up to 2099

Memory

21 MB internal memory

Removable Media

xD-Picture Card™ media (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB or 2GB)

Outer Connectors

Multi-terminal (USB connecter, A/V output), DC input

Auto-connect USB

2.0 Full Speed (USB mass storage)

System Requirements

Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP with USB Port, Mac OS® 9.0-9.2x/OS X 10.1-10.4 with USB port
Software: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP, Mac® OS X 10.2 and higher

Operating Environment

Operation: 32°–104°F (0°–40°C), 30%–90% humidity
Storage: -4°–140°F (-20°–60°C), 10%–90% humidity

Power Supply

(4) AA alkaline batteries; optional (4) AA NiMH batteries; optional AC Adapter (C-7AU)

Size

4.2” W x 2.9” H x 2.8” D (105.5mm x 74.5mm x 70.0mm)

Weight

11.6oz (325g) without batteries and memory card

1 Works with Bright Capture.  2 Image size is automatically changed to 2,048 x 1,536.

* Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.  All trademarks herein are the property of their respective holders.

ã2006 Olympus America Inc.

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What are the main features of the SP-510 UZ?

The new Olympus SP-510 UZ Ultra Zoom offers the ultimate value in its class with the most megapixels and greatest ISO sensitivity of any 10x digital camera on the market. Designed to satisfy the needs of beginners and advanced users alike, this highly versatile camera provides incredible point-and-shoot functionality (including Digital Image Stabilization and 21 preset Scene Modes) as well as professional features like full manual controls, an electronic viewfinder, and RAW shooting.

The SP-510 UZ features a threaded barrel, which enables easy attachment of add-on wide angle or telephoto conversion lenses for even more creative control. It sports a 7.1-megapixel CCD with Bright Capture Technology, a TruePic TURBO™ image processor, a 50x seamless zoom, and a 2.5” LCD monitor. Its power consumption is so efficient, you will be amazed at the long life you’ll get out of ordinary AA alkaline batteries: up to 630 shots! If you use NiMH AA batteries, you can get more than 670 shots between charges.

Let the built-in Shooting Guide show you what features to use in various situations; it will automatically adjust the settings for you. As you become more familiar with the features and options available on the SP-510 UZ, you can customize and save them, then use My Mode to instantly load your preferred settings simply by turning the mode dial.

Digital Image Stabilization minimizes or eliminates the effects of blurring caused by camera shake or moving subjects.

When using the SP-510 UZ with the included Olympus Master software and Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ flash memory (sold separately), you can create stunning panoramic images. An on-screen Panorama target mark helps you to compose your shots.

Sharing your masterpieces is just as easy. The SP-510 UZ is PictBridge™-enabled for direct-from-the-camera printing. You can also use the included USB cable to transfer the images to your computer and e-mail them to friends and family.

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How do I insert the memory card into the camera?

To insert the memory card into the camera, do the following.

  1. Power off the camera.
  2. Open the card cover on the right side of the camera.
  3. Hold the memory card so that the gold contact area is facing the back of the camera and the notch is facing up.
  4. Insert the card into the card slot as shown below. Push the card gently straight in until it clicks.

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How can I download images and movies from the camera to a computer?

The simplest method is to use OLYMPUS Master software to transfer the files. 

This model ships with OLYMPUS Master version 1. Complete instructions for transferring files using this version may be downloaded by clicking here.

This model also supports OLYMPUS Master 2. Complete instructions for transferring files using OLYMPUS Master 2 may be downloaded by clicking here.

To request a free download of OLYMPUS Master 2, click here. It is not necessary to uninstall OLYMPUS Master version 1 before installing and using OLYMPUS Master 2.

Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view PDF files. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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The SP-510 UZ features Bright Capture technology. What is it, and how does it work?

Bright Capture technology helps you take better pictures in low-light conditions. It lightens the preview in the LCD monitor by condensing light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels into each pixel of the LCD. This allows you to see on-screen an image that will more closely resemble the final print. The display is 4.5 times brighter than those of other digital cameras, making it easier to compose shots in dark or subdued light.

Certain shooting and scene modes also use Bright Capture technology to improve your digital photos. In these modes, light information from groups of neighboring CCD pixels is packed into each pixel of the captured digital image file. This results in clearer, brighter images.

In addition, the increased ISO sensitivity that accompanies Bright Capture assists auto-focus in dim lighting. With Bright Capture active, even action photos can be captured in low levels of ambient light, without using a flash. And when you do need the flash, Bright Capture doubles its effective working range to illuminate backgrounds as well as your foreground subject.

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Does Bright Capture technology work always, automatically?

Bright Capture is always automatically working to ensure that images are in focus and viewable on the LCD. In addition, certain shooting and scene modes automatically use Bright Capture when recording images in low light.

Bright Capture is also activated when Digital Image Stabilization is set to [ON].

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Which shooting modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used in Movie mode and in high-speed Sequential Shooting mode.

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Which scene modes automatically use Bright Capture technology?

Bright Capture technology is always used when the following scenes are selected: Available Light, Candle, Indoors, and Shoot & Select1.

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The SP-510 UZ has a Digital Image Stabilization function. What is it, and how does it work?

Digital Image Stabilization technology is designed to reduce the blurring effect that occurs when either the camera or the subject is in motion during image capture. Images taken in low light are particularly susceptible to blurring because the shutter is held open longer in order to expose the CCD to enough light to capture the picture.

When Digital Image Stabilization is set to ON, the light sensitivity of the CCD is boosted so that the shutter speed can stay fast enough to freeze motion. The adjustment is made automatically when the level of ambient light would be insufficient to maintain a shutter speed of 1/125 at ISO 64.

Digital Image Stabilization is available in the Full Auto, Program Auto, Scene and Movie shooting modes.

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How does Digital Image Stabilization compare to Optical Image Stabilization available in other, more expensive cameras?

Digital Image Stabilization is more effective than Optical Image Stabilization in 3 key respects:

  • Capturing subjects in motion: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity combined with a fast shutter speed minimizes blur caused by camera movement (shaky hands) and subject movement. Optical Image Stabilization is incapable of compensating for a moving subject.
  • Taking pictures in low light: Digital Image Stabilization’s high ISO sensitivity enables the camera to take brighter pictures in dim light; the same picture taken with Optical Image Stabilization alone will be darker.
  • Consuming less power: Digital Image Stabilization does not require any additional power; Optical Image Stabilization drains batteries more quickly.

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The SP-510 UZ has a DIS Movie Mode. What is it, and how does it work?

DIS Movie mode is a kind of digital cropping feature that helps keep the subject of a movie in the center of the movie frame even if the camera moves.

During movie recording, the SP-510 UZ’s entire CCD receives image data; however, when the camera writes to its memory (or memory media), it only uses a portion of this data. The viewable portion has the same aspect ratio as the movie frame but is smaller. The extra pixels that border the content are cropped out.

As each frame of the movie is built, the camera locates the subject and adjusts the viewable portion of the image data as necessary in order to realign the subject with the center of the movie frame. Any pixels that fall outside of the viewable area are cropped out.

An example may best serve to illustrate this concept:

In the graphics below, the subject – a statue – is immobile. The statue is above eye-level and, absent a tripod, the photographer is holding the SP-510 UZ in his/her hand.

The larger pair of images represents all of the image data that the CCD detects during the recording of one frame of a movie. The smaller pair of images in the call-outs shows the content that appears in the movie frame and on the LCD monitor.

In Fig. A, DIS MOVIE MODE is set to OFF. If, while recording the movie, the photographer were to inadvertently move the camera slightly to the left, the image of the statue on the LCD monitor would appear to move to the right of the frame. As a result, part of the horse’s wing would be lost from the frame. If the camera motion were severe enough, the subject would slide right out of the frame.

In Fig. B, DIS MOVIE MODE is set to ON. In this mode, the movie frame will contain only a portion of the image data received by the CCD. This viewable area is indicated in Fig. B by the smaller box inside the CCD box in the top image. Note that there are pixels with image data above and to the left and right of the subject. This extra data is cropped out of the final frame.

Given the same scenario as Fig. A, when the photographer’s hand wavers and the subject slips toward the right half of the frame, the DIS MOVIE MODE function will compensate for the motion. In this case, the viewable area must be moved to the right in order to center the statue. Note how the final movie frame in Fig. B shows more image data from pixels on the right side of the CCD, while the final movie frame in Fig. A shows more image data from pixels on the left side of the CCD. DIS MOVIE MODE is able to accomplish this because the image data is available; the camera uses whichever pixels it needs to center the subject in the frame and then crops out the rest.

DIS Movie mode may not be able to compensate if the camera moves a lot or if the subject is moving too quickly. If the camera is stabilized (e.g. mounted on a tripod), set DIS MOVIE MODE to OFF or the movement of the subject may cause the image on the LCD screen to move.

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How is the SP-510 UZ’s DIS Movie function different from the SP-500 UZ’s Camera Movement Compensation function?

DIS Movie mode in the SP-510 UZ is the same technology called Camera Movement Compensation in the SP-500 UZ.

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The SP-510 UZ offers a Silent Mode. What is it, and how does it work?

In Silent Mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not “click” when capturing an image or “beep” when making menu selections. It will not issue a warning sound prior to formatting a memory card.

When Silent Mode is ON and the alarm clock function is also enabled, the camera will not ring the alarm when the appointed time arrives. Instead, the camera will issue a visual cue: The LCD monitor will turn on and display the time, date and Silent Mode icon for about one minute.

To activate Silent Mode, first turn the mode dial to any mode other than GUIDE and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SILENT MODE. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Silent mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose ON, and then press OK/FUNC again to activate Silent Mode.

To disable Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the Silent Mode menu choose OFF instead of ON.

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What are the benefits of the TruePic TURBO™ image processor?

TruePic TURBO is Olympus’ new image-processing engine, designed to be approximately 30% faster than the TruePic engine. TruePic TURBO provides rapid start-up and shutter response, meaning there is less lag time between shots. The processor enables faster image playback on the LCD and improved battery life. It also has an advanced color-processing technology and noise filter for better overall image quality.

For more information on the TruePic TURBO processor, click here.

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The SP-510 UZ is PictBridge™-enabled. What is PictBridge?

PictBridge is a specification that allows for direct printing of photos between various brands of digital still cameras and printers without the use of a computer.

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The SP-510 UZ supports PRINT Image Matching™ (PIM3). What is PRINT Image Matching?

PRINT Image Matching (PIM3) technology ensures that PIM3-enabled digital cameras and printers work together to produce the best possible prints. As the digital camera records an image, it embeds print-specific information into the header of the image file. The parameters incorporated into the image file include gamma level, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow, highlight, and color balance. PIM3-enabled printers are able to instantly identify this information and use it to produce superior color, quality and detail in every print.

To learn more about Print Image Matching (PIM), please visit the following web sites:

   http://www.printimagematching.com
   http://support.epson.com/webadvice/wa0306.htm

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The SP-510 UZ supports Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF). What is that?

Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) is a standard aimed at ensuring compatibility among file systems used in digital cameras, printers and other devices so that images can be exchanged among them using removable media.

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What are the dimensions of the SP-510 UZ?

The SP-510 UZ is 4.2” W x 2.9” H x 2.8” D (105.5mm x 74.5mm x 70.0mm).

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What recording modes does the SP-510 UZ support?

The SP-510 UZ records still images in JPEG format in accordance with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF) specifications, supporting the following standards: Exif 2.21, PRINT Image Matching™ III (PIM3), and PictBridge™. It records movies with audio in QuickTime™ motion JPEG format. Each mode has multiple resolution options depending upon which image quality mode is selected.

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What are image quality modes, and which are available in the SP-510 UZ?

Image quality modes dictate the resolution (image size, measured in pixels) and compression ratio of the digital files created by the camera when it records images and movies. As resolution and image quality increase, so does the file size, which means fewer files can be stored.

Image file quality is indicated as RAW (unprocessed), SHQ (Super High Quality), HQ (High Quality), SQ1 (Standard Quality) and SQ2 (Standard Quality at lower resolution).

The SHQ and HQ modes offer two resolution options: Shoot in a 4:3 or a 3:2 aspect ratio.

The SQ1 and SQ2 modes offer two compression options at each resolution. Choose HIGH for a low compression, which results in a higher quality image, or NORMAL for the standard compression.

Movie file quality is indicated as SHQ, HQ, SQ1 and SQ2.

The SP-510 UZ supports the following resolutions:

Still images: 3072 x 2304 (RAW / SHQ / HQ); 3072 x 2048 (3:2 SHQ / 3:2 HQ); 2560 x 1920, 2304 x 1728, and 2048 x 1536 (SQ1 High / SQ1 Standard); and 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 (SQ2 High / SQ2 Standard).

Movies: 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second (SHQ); 640 x 480 at 15 fps (HQ); 320 x 240 at 30 fps (SQ1); and 320 x 240 at 15 fps (SQ2).

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What recording media does the SP-510 UZ support?

The SP-510 UZ can record data to internal memory and to removable flash memory media. It has 21MB of internal memory for storage.

It will also accept* xD-Picture Card™ removable media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. The SP-510 UZ supports Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card media as well as the original xD-Picture Card format.

*Certain camera functions require the use of xD-Picture Card media.

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Can the SP-510 UZ store images to its internal memory?

Yes. The SP-510 UZ has 21MB of internal memory available for storage.

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How many images can the SP-510 UZ hold?

The chart below shows the approximate number of pictures at each available quality mode that the SP-510 UZ can hold in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™ media. The camera can store pictures and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Number of storable images1
Image quality Image size Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™ media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
RAW2 3072 x 2304 2 1 3 6 12 24 48 97 194
SHQ 3072 x 2304 4 3 6 12 24 49 98 196 392
3072 x 2048 (3:2) 4 3 6 13 27 54 109 219 438
HQ 3072 x 2304 11 8 17 34 70 140 280 561 1,122
3072 x 2048 (3:2) 13 9 19 39 78 156 313 627 1,254
SQ1 2560 x 1920 HIGH 6 4 8 17 35 71 142 285 570
2560 x 1920 NRML 17 13 26 52 105 210 420 841 1,682
2304 x 1728 HIGH 7 5 10 22 44 88 176 353 706
2304 x 1728 NRML 21 16 32 64 128 257 515 1,031 2,062
2048 x 1536 HIGH 9 6 13 27 55 110 221 444 888
2048 x 1536 NRML 27 20 40 81 162 326 652 1,305 2,610
SQ2 1600 x 1200 HIGH 15 11 22 45 90 181 363 726 1,452
1600 x 1200 NRML 43 32 64 128 257 515 1,030 2,063 4,126
1280 x 960 HIGH 23 17 34 69 140 280 560 1,122 2,244
1280 x 960 NRML 67 49 99 199 399 799 1,597 3,198 6,396
1024 x 768 HIGH 36 26 53 107 215 431 863 1,728 3,456
1024 x 768 NRML 104 76 153 306 614 1,229 2,457 4,920 9,840
640 x 480 HIGH 90 66 132 265 532 1,065 2,129 4,264 8,528
640 x 480 NRML 226 165 331 664 1,330 2,663 5,324 10,660 21,320

1 Capacity will be slightly less than shown if sound is recorded with still images. All figures are approximate.
2 RAW totals assume JPEG Duplicate Setting is set to [OFF]. When it is set to [ON], a second image is saved with the RAW image file. The size of the second image depends on the image quality mode selected for the duplicate. RAW quality mode is not available in the Full Auto shooting mode.

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How many movies can the SP-510 UZ hold?

The chart below shows approximately how much movie recording time at each quality mode the SP-510 UZ can store in its internal memory and on a variety of optional xD-Picture Card™ media. The camera can store images and movies in any combination of quality modes. All figures are approximate.

Recording length (h:mm:ss)1
Image Quality Resolution Internal Memory xD-Picture Card™ media
16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB
SHQ 640 x 480
(30 frames
per second)
0:11 0:08 0:17 0:35 1:10 2:21 4:42 9:25 18:50
HQ 640 x 480
(15 frames
per second)
0:23 0:17 0:34 1:10 2:20 4:40 9:21 18:44 37:28
SQ1 320 x 240
(30 frames
per second)
0:32 0:23 0:47 1:35 3:10 6:21 12:42 25:27 50:54
SQ2 320 x 240
(15 frames
per second)
1:03 0:46 1:33 3:07 6:16 12:32 25:03 50:09 1:40:18

1Movie durations are the result of calculations based on storage capacity and are not a guarantee of battery life.

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Does the SP-510 UZ have a “3:2 Resolution” mode?

Yes. Both the SHQ and HQ image quality modes offer resolution options with either a 3:2 or a 4:3 aspect ratio. The default is 4:3.

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What is the benefit of shooting images with a 3:2 aspect ratio?

The standard consumer print photograph sizes of 4” x 6” and 3.5” x 5” have an aspect ratio of 3:2. When you shoot in an image quality mode with a 3:2 aspect ratio, the entire image will be reproduced on prints made at these standard sizes.

An image shot in a quality mode with a 4:3 aspect ratio contains more information than an image shot with a 3:2 aspect ratio. When a 4:3 image is centered on a 3:2 print, the top and bottom of the image overflow the printable area of the photograph. Therefore, when a print is made, that image information is cropped out of the print.

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What is the benefit of shooting images with a 4:3 aspect ratio?

The 4:3 aspect ratio allows photographers to fit their images easily into the standard print sizes used by professionals and commercial printers: 8” x 10”, 11” x 14” and so on. This means that the image can be used as the photographer composed it in the viewfinder without any cropping or loss of image quality.

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What shooting modes are available on the SP-510 UZ?

Shooting modes govern what type of data (still image or movie) is recorded and how much control the photographer has over the camera settings. Most shooting modes are accessed by turning the mode dial so that the appropriate icon or text (enclosed within parentheses in the individual descriptions that follow) is aligned with the gray oval to the left of the dial. Additional steps, if required, are described in the paragraphs below.

The following shooting modes are available on the SP-510 UZ:

  • Program Auto mode (“P”): The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed for the shooting conditions. The photographer may manipulate other settings via camera menus. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera uses the current values of those settings.
    Because the factory default for some settings is “AUTO,” the camera initially also retains control of them. For example, the camera will use the same white balance value in Program Auto shooting mode as it will in the Full Auto shooting mode unless the white balance setting is manually changed to a value other than “AUTO.”
  • Full Auto mode (“AUTO”): The camera automatically determines the optimum values for all camera settings based on the shooting conditions. The camera determines the proper values at the point of image capture, bypassing any values the photographer may have previously changed via the menus for use in Program Auto mode.
  • Aperture Priority mode (“A/S”): The photographer sets the aperture value, and the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed for optimum exposure. When the correct exposure cannot be obtained, the aperture value is displayed in red.
    When the mode dial is set to [A/S], the SP-510 UZ will indicate whether it is in Aperture Priority mode or Shutter Priority mode by placing a capital letter “A” or “S,” respectively, in the top left of the LCD monitor. If “S” is displayed, you must enable Aperture Priority mode before you can change the aperture value. To do so, first press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Function menu. By default, the [A/S] item is selected. Use the arrow pad to select [A], and then press [OK/FUNC] to activate Aperture Priority mode.
  • Shutter Priority mode (“A/S”): The photographer manually sets the shutter speed, and the camera automatically adjusts the aperture value for optimum exposure. Available shutter speeds range from ½ second to 1/1000 sec. (Longer exposures are available in the Manual shooting mode.) When the correct exposure cannot be obtained, the shutter speed value is displayed in red.
    When the mode dial is set to [A/S], the SP-510 UZ will indicate whether it is in Shutter Priority mode or Aperture Priority mode by placing a capital letter “S” or “A,” respectively, in the top left of the LCD monitor. If “A” is displayed, you must enable Shutter Priority mode before you can change the shutter speed value. To do so, first press the [OK/FUNC] button to access the Function menu. By default, the [A/S] item is selected. Use the arrow pad to select [S], and then press [OK/FUNC] to activate Shutter Priority mode.
  • Manual mode (“M”): The photographer manually sets the shutter speed and the aperture value. The camera displays the exposure differential in the upper right corner of the LCD monitor. If, by changing either the shutter speed or the aperture value, the photographer chooses settings that result in an exposure differential that exceeds +/- 3.0 EV, the exposure value will be displayed in red.
    To shoot long exposures (up to 8 seconds), the camera’s Shutter Speed value must be set to [BULB]. Bulb shooting is only possible in Manual shooting mode.
  • My Mode (“My” icon): The photographer is able to manually set any and/or all shooting functions and save the settings as a “profile” accessible from the mode dial. Up to four profiles are available, allowing multiple users to store their own preferences. Use the Function menu to choose between the profiles.
  • Guide mode (“GUIDE”): The camera automatically adjusts settings according to shooting conditions the photographer identifies via help menus. The changes are made instantly; it is not necessary to exit the Guide to manually adjust the settings.
  • Scene mode (“SCN”): The camera automatically adjusts settings to produce the optimum results for a particular combination of shooting conditions, or “scene.” Factors such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed, color saturation, white balance, flash mode, and exposure compensation may be affected. (However, the photographer may manually override some of these settings.) When using this mode, the photographer must select the scene that matches the shooting conditions.
    The SP-510 UZ has 21 scenes. All are accessed via the Scene Select menu.
    The Scene Select menu launches automatically when the mode dial is set to “SCN.” Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the selected scene.
    To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, press the [MENU] button and then use the arrow pad to navigate to and select [SCN]. Press [OK/FUNC] to access the menu. Alternatively, you can simply turn the mode dial to any other mode and then return it to “SCN.” The Scene Select menu will be displayed immediately.
  • Movie mode (Movie Projector icon): The camera captures video and audio in Motion-JPEG format. Press the shutter button to begin recording, and press it again to stop. The zoom is fixed during movie capture, so set it before recording.
    Movie mode uses Bright Capture technology and supports Digital Image Stabilization with the touch of a button. The camera flash is disabled in Movie mode. Noise reduction is automatically enabled when the subject is dark.
  • Sequential Shooting mode: The camera shoots continuously while the shutter button is depressed. Several variations exist.
    In the default operation, the camera focus, exposure and white balance are locked at the first frame. The shooting speed will vary depending on the Image Quality setting. In the camera’s default HQ mode, the speed is 1.15 frames per second for up to 7 images.
    The high-speed sequential shooting mode captures images at a faster rate than normal sequential shooting. The speed varies with image quality mode. In SQ mode, the speed is 1.65 frames per second for more than 2 images. This mode uses Bright Capture technology. The flash mode is set to [OFF], and the setting cannot be overridden.
    In AF sequential shooting mode, the camera adjusts the focus one frame at a time. The shooting speed is slower than for normal sequential shooting.
    In BKT (bracket) sequential shooting mode, the camera changes the exposure value with each frame. The photographer chooses the number of frames to capture (3 or 5) as well as the exposure differential, which is the range by which the exposure value (EV) of the first exposure will differ from that of the last exposure. In this mode, focus and white balance are locked at the first frame, and the flash is disabled.
    The easiest way to enable Sequential Shooting mode is to turn the mode dial to any still image shooting mode except [AUTO] or [GUIDE] and then press the [OK/FUNC] button. This invokes the Function menu. The sequential shooting function is labeled [DRIVE]. It is the fourth item from the top of the menu. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select the desired option, and then press [OK/FUNC] to activate the setting.
    Note that the Bracket options are not available from the Function menu. To change the number or exposure differential of images captured during bracket sequential shooting, [BKT] must be selected from the Camera Menu. To access this, set the mode dial to any still image shooting mode except [AUTO] or [GUIDE] and then press the [MENU] button. Select [CAMERA MENU] and press [OK/FUNC] again. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select [DRIVE]. Press [OK/FUNC] to advance to the next screen. Use the arrow pad to select [BKT], and then press the Right arrow. On the next menu, use the Up or Down arrow to select the exposure differential (if desired). Then, if desired, set the number of frames by pressing the Right arrow and then either the Up or Down arrow. Press [OK/FUNC] twice to activate the settings. Press [MENU] three times to exit the menu.
    Note: Only the high-speed sequential shooting option is available when [IMAGE QUALITY] is set to [RAW]. Sequential shooting is not available when [NOISE REDUCT.] is set to [ON].

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What scene modes are available in the SP-510 UZ?

The SP-510 UZ’s scene mode features 21 scenes. Each is designed to produce optimum results for a specific combination of shooting conditions. Simply identify the current shooting conditions and select the appropriate scene. The camera will then automatically enable and calibrate all the settings necessary to take a great shot. With scene mode, even a novice photographer can become an “instant expert.”

To access scene mode, turn the mode dial to [SCN]. The Scene Select menu launches automatically. Use the arrow pad to scroll up or down to the desired scene. Finally, press the [OK/FUNC] button to activate the selected scene.

To return to the Scene Select menu after you have selected a particular scene, press the [MENU] button and then use the arrow pad to select [SCN]. Press [OK/FUNC] to access the menu. Alternatively, you can simply turn the mode dial to any other mode and then return it to “SCN.” The Scene Select menu will be displayed immediately.

When a scene is active, the camera will display an icon on the LCD monitor identifying the scene. In the scene descriptions listed below, these icons are shown in parentheses.

The following scene modes are available in the SP-510 UZ:

  • Portrait (Head icon): Portrait scene is suitable for capturing a portrait-style image of a subject, such as the head-and-shoulders shot typical of yearbooks. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.
  • Landscape (Mountains icon): This scene is suitable for shooting landscapes and other outdoor subjects. Blues and greens are enhanced in order to vividly reproduce natural scenery. Both the foreground and background will be kept in focus.
  • Landscape + Portrait (Icon of person standing in front of mountains): This scene allows both the foreground subject and a background landscape to be in focus under daylight conditions. The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting settings.
  • Sport (Running person icon): This scene is suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
  • Night Scene (Moon and star over mountains icon): This scene is ideal for taking pictures in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera when shooting in this scene.

    Noise Reduction is automatically enabled when the shutter speed is slower than ½ sec. Sequential shooting is disabled in this scene.
  • Night + Portrait (Icon of person standing beneath moon and stars): This scene is suitable for shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night. The camera sets a slower shutter speed that is used for normal shooting. Because the shutter is held open longer, you must be careful to keep the camera and the subject immobile until the shot is taken, or the subject will appear blurred. It is advised that you use a tripod to support the camera in this scene.

    Noise Reduction is automatically enabled when the shutter speed is slower than ½ sec. Sequential shooting is disabled in this scene.
  • Indoor (Party horn icon): This scene is suitable for shooting a foreground subject and background interiors. The flash reaches further away, so backgrounds are reproduced clearly. This scene uses Bright Capture technology.
  • Candle (Candelabrum icon): This scene is ideal for shooting under candlelight. The camera automatically sets optimal shooting conditions to reproduce warm colors. This scene uses Bright Capture technology. The flash mode and all related flash functions are disabled. Sequential shooting is unavailable in this scene.
  • Self-portrait (Icon of couple): This scene lets you take a picture of yourself while you are holding the camera. Point the lens toward yourself, and the focus will lock onto you. The zoom is fixed in the wide position and cannot be changed. Macro mode is disabled in this scene.
  • Available Light Portrait (Sleeping child icon): This scene is suitable for capturing subjects in low-light conditions without a flash. The scene uses Bright Capture technology. The flash mode and all related flash functions are disabled in this scene. Sequential shooting is unavailable in this scene.
  • Sunset (Sunset icon): In this scene, the camera automatically sets the optimal conditions for taking pictures of sunsets. It vividly reproduces reds and yellows. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod to help avoid blur from camera shake. Flash and macro functions are disabled in this scene. Sequential shooting is also disabled.
  • Fireworks (Fireworks icon): This scene is suitable for capturing fireworks. Because the shutter speed is slower, it is advised that you use a tripod when shooting in this scene to prevent blur due to camera shake. Autofocus, flash, and macro functions are disabled in this scene as is [AF ILLUMINAT.]. Sequential shooting is also disabled.
  • Museum (Framed art icon): This scene is ideal for shooting in an art gallery, museum, or any place where you need to shoot without a flash or audio cues. The flash mode and all related flash functions are disabled, as is [AF ILLUMINAT.].
  • Cuisine (Fork and knife icon): This scene is ideal for still life photography. The camera increases the saturation, sharpness and contrast settings to produce sharp, vivid images of the subject.
  • Behind Glass (Display window icon): This scene is suitable for shooting subjects through glass. The flash mode and all related flash functions are disabled in this scene, as is [AF ILLUMINAT.].
  • Documents (Page icon): This scene is suitable for shooting documents. It increases the contrast between letters and background. By default, Macro mode is enabled in this scene; however, the setting can be overridden using the Macro mode button (flower icon). The flash is disabled in this scene. The flash setting cannot be overridden.
  • Auction (Gavel icon):This scene sequentially captures three images at different exposures in the appropriate size for Internet auctions. In this scene, the Macro mode is enabled and cannot be overridden. The flash mode and all related flash functions are disabled. The [PANORAMA] shooting assist function is not available in this scene. Image quality is fixed at 640 x 480.
  • Shoot & Select1 (Icon of three images and a print beside number “1”):In this scene, the camera continues to shoot until the shutter button is released or the storage media is full. The focus is locked at the first shot. After shooting, you will have the option to immediately delete the pictures you do not wish to keep. This mode is best suited for shooting moving objects. Bright Capture technology is used in this scene. The [PANORAMA] shooting assist function is disabled.
  • Shoot & Select2 (Icon of three images and a print beside number “2”):In this scene, the camera continues to shoot until the shutter button is released or until the storage media is full. The focus is adjusted for each shot. After shooting, you will have the option to immediately delete the pictures you do not wish to keep. Manual focus and the [PANORAMA] shooting assist function are disabled.
  • Beach (Sailboat icon): This scene is suitable for shooting sunny seascapes.
  • Snow (Snowman icon):This scene is suitable for shooting subjects or scenery in snowy white surroundings.

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What playback modes are available in the SP-510 UZ?

Playback modes display captured images or movie files on the LCD monitor so you can review, manipulate, edit or erase them. To use a playback mode, first turn the mode dial so that the Playback icon (green arrow) is aligned with the gray oval to the left of the dial. Additional instructions are listed in the descriptions that follow.

The SP-510 UZ has the following still image Playback modes:

  • Single Frame: Displays the contents of your camera’s internal memory or supported memory card, one file at a time. Use the arrow pad to advance one frame forward (Right arrow) or backward (Left arrow), or to jump ahead (Down arrow) or back (Up arrow) 10 frames. If the current frame is fewer than 10 frames from the first frame or the last frame, the Up and Down arrows will instead jump to the first or final frame, respectively.

    Note: Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer to a memory card and inserted into the camera, can only be displayed as thumbnails. Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.
  • Close-up: Enlarges an image file for closer inspection. Use the arrow pad to navigate to any image file. Pull the zoom lever toward the “T” to increase the size of the image up to a 10x magnification.

    While viewing an enlarged image, you can use the arrow pad to move around within the frame. Push the zoom lever toward “W” to reduce the size of the image, or press the [OK/FUNC] button to return to Single Frame playback mode.

    Movie files cannot be enlarged.
  • Index: Displays thumbnails of your images and movies on the LCD. Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.

    This mode mimics an index print that you might commonly receive with your pictures when they are developed at a commercial photo lab.

    Push the zoom lever toward “W” to view the index. Pushing it repeatedly will change the number of images included in the index display. Use the arrow pad to navigate to a particular file and select it. Press [OK/FUNC] to return to Single Frame view with the selected image displayed on the LCD monitor.
  • Slideshow: Displays in succession all images and movies from your camera’s internal memory or from inserted xD-Picture Cardä media, sold separately. (Only the first frame of a movie file is displayed.) The camera automatically advances through the files, using your choice of transition effects, at a rate of about one frame every 3 seconds. Optionally, the slideshow can be set to background music.

    Note: Images captured at resolutions not supported by this camera, such as those taken with some other digital cameras or those transferred from a computer to a memory card and inserted into the camera, cannot be displayed during Slideshow.
  • Calendar: Displays a calendar interface. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select a date. Press the [OK/FUNC] button to display the first image recorded on that date in Single Frame view. Use the arrow pad to scroll through your image and movie files as normal.
  • Album: Organize your images and videos by assigning them to albums. Add a single image, all images entered on a given date (uses Calendar function), or all images from an optional memory card.

    This feature requires an xD-Picture Card flash memory card, sold separately. Images stored in the camera’s internal memory must be transferred to xD-Picture Card media via the [BACKUP] function before they can be added to an album.
  • Histogram: Select a still image and view a graphical representation of its relative brightness and darkness. This will reveal whether your current camera settings are over- or underexposing your images so you can make any necessary adjustments.

    To view the histogram of an image, select the image and then press the [DISP./?] button repeatedly until the histogram view appears. Press it one more time to change to the Single Frame playback mode.

The SP-510 UZ has the following movie Playback modes:

  • Normal: Plays a movie file on the LCD. Navigate to a movie file. (When a movie file is showing in Playback mode, the LCD shows the first frame of the movie inside a mock filmstrip background.) Simply press the [OK/FUNC] button to play the movie.
  • Reverse: Plays the movie backward. During playback, press the Left arrow button to rewind the movie. Audio output is disabled during reverse playback.
  • Fast-forward: Advances quickly through a movie. During playback, press the Right arrow button to fast-forward through the movie. Audio output is disabled.
  • Frame-by-frame: Plays a movie one frame at a time. During playback, press the [OK/FUNC] button to pause the movie. Next, press the Left or Right arrow button to advance the movie (backward or forward, respectively) one frame at a time. Press [OK/FUNC] again to resume playback. Audio output is disabled while a movie is paused.
  • Index Play: Selects a point within a movie file to begin playback. The camera automatically creates a frame index for the selected movie file, and the viewer may choose to start the movie at any of the nine points depicted in the index. This frame index is not saved to the internal memory or memory card.

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Does the SP-510 UZ offer any shooting aids to help me compose shots?

The SP-510 UZ offers the following shooting assist functions:

  • Frame Assist: This function displays a targeting pattern on the LCD monitor to help you align multiple subjects, or multiple aspects of a single subject, along your choice of planes. Two patterns are available. The first is a 3 x 3 grid, which is useful for alignment along horizontal and vertical planes. The second is an “x” grid, which is useful for perspective shots when you want to align visual elements along diagonal planes that converge on a central point.
  • Histogram: This function displays visual cues on the LCD monitor to help you set the proper exposure for your shot. There are two options.

    In the default operation, a live bar graph is displayed in the bottom center of the LCD. The graph represents the tonal distribution – the relative “brightness” or “darkness” – within the imaging area. This helps you to determine the proper exposure before shooting. It further breaks down the brightness information to show the tonal distribution of the area within the AF target mark, so that you can compare the exposure of the subject separately from that of the entire image area.

    The [DIRECT] option actually displays the darkest and lightest pixels right on the monitor. Extremely dark and extremely bright areas in an image lose detail; therefore, the direct histogram helps you identify what parts of the image, if any, may need an exposure correction in order to preserve detail in the captured image.

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What in-camera editing functions does the SP-510 UZ offer?

The SP-510 UZ lets you resize and rotate stored images; adjust their brightness and saturation; correct for red-eye and lighting errors; and add enhancements such as black-and-white or sepia filters, frames (decorative borders) and custom labels. You can even embed images into a variety of stationery layouts and calendar templates.

The SP-510 UZ also has a trio of movie-editing functions:

  • Frame Capture: Saves a frame from a movie file as a separate still image.
  • Frame Edit: Excerpts a segment of video from a longer movie file. You can choose to overwrite the original movie with the clip or save the clip as a separate file.
  • Frame Index: Creates frame indexes from movie files and save them to the camera’s internal memory or to a memory card. A Frame Index is a still image file consisting of nine separate images excerpted at regular intervals from a movie file. The Frame Index provides a representative look at the content of the entire movie file.

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What Auto Focus modes does the SP-510 UZ offer?

The SP-510 UZ supports two Auto Focus modes: Spot (default) and iESP.

  • iESP (default): In iESP AF mode, the camera detects the area of greatest contrast (generally, this will be the border where the subject meets the background) and focuses on that area. Even when the subject is not in the center of the frame, focusing is possible.
  • SPOT: In Spot AF mode, the camera uses the AF target mark displayed on the LCD to determine the subject of the photo. Position your subject in the center of the AF focus mark, and the camera will focus on the subject.
  • AREA: In Selective AF Target Mark mode, or “Area mode,” the arrow pad is used to control the position of the AF target mark. This allows the photographer to compose a shot and then move the AF target mark within the frame so that the camera will focus somewhere other than the center of the frame. Press the OK/FUNC button to fix the AF target mark once you are satisfied with its location. Press it again to move the AF target mark to a new location.

    Note: In default use, the arrow pad is the means to access Macro modes, Flash modes, the Exposure Compensation tool and the Quick View display. These features can work while AREA is selected; however, they must be set before selecting AREA. Once AREA is active, the buttons on the arrow pad will only move the AF target mark; they will not activate the other features.

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Is it possible to manually focus the SP-510 UZ?

Occasionally it is desirable to have the ability to manually focus a digital camera. A good example is shooting through the windows of a tour bus on a rainy day. The camera may choose to focus on the raindrops on the window rather than the actual subject.

The SP-510 UZ offers a manual focus mode. To enable it, set the mode dial to any still image shooting mode except AUTO or GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. CAMERA MENU is selected by default. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Camera Menu. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select FOCUS MODE. Press the Right arrow to access the Focus Mode options. Use the arrow pad to select MF, and then press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Finally, press MENU twice to exit the menus.

When you return to the shooting mode, the LCD will show a vertical axis on the left side. The units on this axis represent the focusing distance. By default, the units are measured in meters; however, they can be converted to feet via the [m/ft] item on the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired focusing distance. As the bar moves along the axis, the camera will display an enlarged, live view of the subject in the center of the frame. This allows the photographer to preview the effects of changing the focus. When satisfied with the focus, simply press the shutter button to capture the image.

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Does the SP-510 UZ support a Macro mode?

Yes. The SP-510 UZ’s Macro mode has an operating range of 2.8” to infinity (wide) and 47.2” – infinity (telephoto).

To use Macro mode, set the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the Left arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the Macro icon (flower), and then press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting. The Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Macro mode is active.

Macro is disabled in the following scenes: LANDSCAPE, LANDSCAPE + PORTRAIT, NIGHT SCENE, NIGHT + PORTRAIT, SELF-PORTRAIT, SUNSET, FIREWORKS, SHOOT & SELECT1, and SHOOT & SELECT2. Macro is fixed to ON in the AUCTION scene.

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Does the SP-510 UZ support a Super Macro mode?

Yes. The SP-510 UZ’s Super Macro mode has an operating range of 1.18” – infinity. This means that the camera must be at least 1.18” (30mm) from the subject in order for the image to be in focus. The zoom is fixed in Super Macro mode and cannot be changed.

To use Super Macro mode, set the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the Left arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the Super Macro icon (flower preceded by the letter “s”), and then press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting. The Super Macro icon will be displayed on the LCD to indicate that Super Macro mode is active.

Super Macro mode is disabled in the following scenes: LANDSCAPE, LANDSCAPE + PORTRAIT, NIGHT SCENE, NIGHT + PORTRAIT, SELF-PORTRAIT, SUNSET, FIREWORKS, AUCTION, SHOOT & SELECT1, and SHOOT & SELECT2.

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What metering modes does the SP-510 UZ offer?

The SP-510 UZ supports three metering modes: Digital ESP multi-pattern metering (default), Spot, and Center-weighted Averaging.

  • DIGITAL ESP: The camera meters the brightness at the center of the frame and that of the surrounding area separately to create a picture with balanced brightness.
  • SPOT: The camera meters a small area around the center of the LCD monitor. This is the best mode to use when the subject is backlit or positioned against a very dark or very bright background.
  • CENTER-WEIGHTED AVERAGING: The metering mode provides the average metering between the subject and the background lighting, placing more weight on the subject at the center of the frame.

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Can I change ISO sensitivity in the SP-510 UZ?

Yes. The available settings are: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2500 and 4000. When ISO is set to 2500 or 4000, IMAGE QUALITY will be limited to 2048 x 1536 (SQ1).

AUTO is unavailable in the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual shooting modes. In the Full Auto and Movie shooting modes, and in Scene and Program Auto modes when the ISO sensitivity is set to AUTO, the camera controls the ISO sensitivity of the CCD sensor automatically. The default ISO range is equivalent in 35mm photography to ISO 50-400. The ISO range is greater (50-1250 equivalent) when Digital Image Stabilization is enabled and in the following scene modes: AVAILABLE LIGHT, CANDLE, INDOOR and SHOOT & SELECT1.

Bright Capture technology is automatically enabled when shooting at ISO 800 or higher.

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Can I change the white balance in the SP-510 UZ?

Yes, in every mode except Full Auto, it is possible to manually set the white balance. The options are Auto, One-Touch, and Preset (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten light, Fluorescent Lamp 1, Fluorescent Lamp 2, and Fluorescent Lamp 3).

Use Fluorescent Lamp 1 when shooting under daylight fluorescent lighting. (This type of lighting is usually found in homes.) Use Fluorescent Lamp 2 when shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. (This type of lamp is commonly found in desk lamps.) Use Fluorescent Lamp 3 when shooting under a white fluorescent lamp, commonly found in offices.

The SP-510 UZ automatically sets the White Balance in the Full Auto shooting mode.

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Can the SP-510 UZ record audio along with my still images?

The SP-510 UZ can record brief audio notes along with still images. The audio becomes an embedded part of the image file and cannot be separated from the file once it has been recorded. Audio cues can be added during image capture, or they can be spliced into a file after capture.

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Do I need to have a computer to share my images and movies?

No. You can show off your images and movies by using the LCD monitor or by connecting the camera to a television with the included audio/video output cable. There are also many photo-processing labs that can make traditional prints from your digital files.

Note: Any shots recorded to the camera’s internal memory must first be transferred to xD-Picture Card™ media in order to be printed at a commercial photo-processing center. Use the BACKUP feature to transfer data from internal memory to a memory card.

To realize the full capabilities of your digital camera, a computer is recommended.

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Where can I find the documentation for my camera?

The SP-510 UZ is packaged with a printed Quick Start Guide, a Basic Manual and an Advanced Manual. The printed manual that is included with the camera is a basic manual that introduces the camera’s features and offers an overview of care and usage tips. The Advanced Manual is in PDF format; it can be found on a CD-ROM included with the camera. Adobe Reader software, which is also provided on CD-ROM, is necessary to view the PDF file.

The manuals can also be downloaded from the product support page for this model on the Olympus America web site.

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How do I update the firmware of the SP-510 UZ?

Digital cameras are controlled by internal software called “firmware.” Firmware dictates the functionality of the product and the features that are available. Some digital cameras have the flexibility to change, improve or add functionality by downloading and applying firmware updates.

Olympus digital cameras are thoroughly tested for full functionality prior to shipment. Updated Olympus firmware versions offer little or no functionality changes; they are typically offered due to changes in electronic components during camera production.

To upgrade your camera’s firmware, use the Update Camera function in the Olympus Master software packaged with the camera. Complete instructions can be found here.

Note: Please follow the steps carefully. Do not operate any camera controls during the update procedure. If the firmware update is not performed properly, the camera will need to be serviced in order to return it to an operational state. If this becomes necessary, click here for information on sending your camera to an authorized Olympus service center.

The firmware update will fail if the connection to the computer is severed during the procedure. It is strongly advised that you have a freshly charged battery in the camera, or that you connect the camera to a power outlet using the optional AC adapter, before beginning the firmware update. A wired Internet connection (as opposed to a wireless connection) is also recommended.

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How do I transfer images from my camera to my computer?

Download complete instructions here.

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How do I enable Digital Image Stabilization mode on the SP-510 UZ?

The method for activating Digital Image Stabilization on the SP-510 UZ varies depending on the shooting mode and the CUSTOM BUTTON setting.

In the camera's default configuration, CUSTOM BUTTON is set to DIS MODE. When this is the case, the easiest way to enable Digital Image Stabilization is to do the following:

  1. Turn the mode dial to AUTO, P, or SCN.

  2. Press the Image Stabilization button (shaky hand icon), located on the top of the camera, to the left of the mode dial.

  3. Using the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad, select ON.

  4. Press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting.

It is also possible to enable Digital Image Stabilization by doing the following:

  1. Turn the mode dial to GUIDE.

  2. Using the arrow pad, scroll to Reducing blur.

  3. Press the Right Arrow to advance to the next screen. Set to (shaky hand icon) mode is highlighted by default.

  4. Press the Right Arrow again, or simply press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.

When the mode dial is set to P, A/S, M, or SCN, the Image Stabilization button can also be used to activate a variety of other functions via the CUSTOM BUTTON function. When CUSTOM BUTTON is set to any function other than DIS MODE, the Image Stabilization button will enable the selected function instead of DIS MODE. However, the Image Stabilization button always activates DIS MODE when the mode dial is set to AUTO.

Note: Digital Image Stabilization is disabled when the camera is in the Movie shooting mode. To reduce blur when recording digital movies, use DIS MOVIE MODE.

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How do I know if the SP-510 UZ is recording to its internal memory or to my memory card?

The internal memory and a removable memory card cannot be used at the same time. When a supported memory card is inserted into the camera, captured images and movies are no longer written to the internal memory. To use the internal memory, you must remove the memory card.

The SP-510 UZ indicates which memory mode is active by displaying a memory status icon on the LCD screen. It will show [IN] when it is using internal memory and [xD] when it is working with an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card.

In all shooting modes, the memory status icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD screen, just above the remaining capacity value. In Playback mode, the icon will appear along the top of the LCD screen.

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How do I move images from the SP-510 UZ’s internal memory to a flash memory card?

The BACKUP feature will transfer files from the camera’s internal memory to an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card (sold separately). It does not delete those files from the internal memory.

To perform a backup, insert an xD-Picture Card flash memory card into the camera and then turn the camera on. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select BACKUP. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select YES. Press the OK/FUNC button to start the file transfer. When it completes, press OK/FUNC again to exit the menus.

It is recommended that you fully charge your batteries before performing a backup.

Note: It is not possible to copy images from a memory card to the internal memory.

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Which image quality mode should I use when I shoot my images?

The best way to determine which image quality mode is best for any shot is to decide – before you shoot – how you will use the captured image.

The default HQ mode is ideal if you plan to print your images in the standard 4” x 6” snapshot size. It’s great for scrapbooking or for printing from the kiosks often found at drugstores, camera stores or retailers with on-site photo-processing labs.

If you plan to e-mail your images or post them to a web site, use an image quality mode with a lower resolution, such as SQ1. The images will still look great when viewed on a computer, and their smaller file sizes will allow you to store more images.

Because RAW images are unprocessed, the format is a favorite for images that you intend to import into image-editing or desktop-publishing applications.

In general, you should use the highest-quality option if you plan to print the images larger than 4” x 6” or if you intend to use them for professional or commercial purposes.

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How can I set the SP-510 UZ to shoot in a 3:2 aspect ratio?

The SP-510 UZ has a 3:2 aspect ratio setting in the SHQ and HQ quality modes, in all still image shooting modes except GUIDE. To enable 3:2 shooting, turn the mode dial to a shooting mode that supports 3:2 and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select IMAGE QUALITY, and then press the OK/FUNC button to advance to the Image Quality menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select either the SHQ or HQ quality mode. Each has a small blue arrow pointing to the right. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to advance to the aspect ratio options screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the 3:2 option, and press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

The LCD screen will show black stripes above and below the image area, indicating that you are shooting with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The viewfinder will not show these stripes.

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How can I review my images and movies in the camera?

By default, the SP-510 UZ will briefly display the last image taken after the shutter button is released. If you would like a longer look, turn the mode dial so that the playback mode icon (green arrow) is aligned with the LED light to the left of the dial. You will then have the following options:

  • Use the default SINGLE playback mode to scroll through all the images in your internal memory or on your memory card, one at a time. Use the arrow pad to navigate through your files.
  • Use the INDEX playback mode to view thumbnails of several images at once.
  • Use the SLIDESHOW function to view all of your still images in succession.
  • Use the CALENDAR mode to jump to images and movies taken on a particular date.
  • Use the ALBUM mode to organize images and movies by any criteria you choose.
  • Use the HISTOGRAM mode to view the balance of lightness and darkness in an image.

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How can I rotate an image in Playback mode?

To rotate an image, select it in Playback mode and then press the MENU button. The top menu is displayed, and PLAYBACK MENU is selected by default. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Playback menu. Next, press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select the ROTATE icon (a photograph with an arrow), and then press OK/FUNC again. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired layout. The camera will present the picture in the new layout for your review. When satisfied, press OK/FUNC to activate the selection and exit the menu.

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How can I change the number of images displayed at one time in Index playback mode?

While in playback mode, push the zoom lever toward “W” to view the index. Continue to hold the zoom lever (or push the lever repeatedly) to change the layout of the index. Initially a 4-up layout, each push will expand the index to show 9, then 16, then 25 images per screen. You can return to an earlier layout by pulling the zoom lever toward “T.”

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How can I view a Slideshow of my images?

To run a Slideshow, turn the mode dial to the Playback mode (green arrow icon), and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SLIDESHOW menu.

If desired, set the music and/or transition preferences. When finished, press OK/FUNC. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press OK/FUNC again to end the slideshow.

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How can I set the background music preferences for my slideshows?

Press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SLIDESHOW menu. BGM is selected by default.

Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad and then press the Down arrow to select ON. Press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting.

Press OK/FUNC a second time. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press OK/FUNC again to end the show.

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How can I set the transition preferences for my slideshows?

Turn the mode dial to Playback mode (green arrow icon), and select an image file. Do not select a movie file. Press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to SLIDESHOW, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SLIDESHOW menu.

Press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select TYPE. Press the Right arrow to view the transition options.

Ten transition effects are available:

  • Normal: One image replaces the next.
  • Scroll: The new image slides into place from the right side of the screen to the left, overlaying the previous image as it arrives.
  • Fader: The existing image gradually dissolves, revealing the new image.
  • Slide: New images slide into place, overlaying the previous image as they arrive. The transitions alternate between loading from the bottom of the screen (sliding up) and loading from the top of the screen (sliding down).
  • Zoom Down: The existing image is proportionally reduced in size, shrinking from full-frame until it disappears from the center of the LCD. The new image then appears in the center of the LCD and then rapidly grows, proportionally, until it fills the screen.
  • Zoom Up: The existing image grows proportionally in size until its center pixels fill the entire frame. Then the image is replaced by an enlarged view of the next image, which shrinks proportionally until it fits into the dimensions of the monitor.
  • Checkerboard: The image is replaced by a black screen. The next image, divided into a grid, begins to appear one square at a time. Each square replaces the black background area that previously occupied its location on the grid, while other black squares remain. When all squares have loaded, the new image is displayed.
  • Blinds: The image is divided horizontally into four rectangles of equal size. The new image, also divided this way, begins to slide into place in the frame. Each rectangle loads into the space previously occupied by the corresponding rectangle of the prior image. When all four rectangles slide into place, the new image is displayed in full.
  • Swivel: The camera imitates a 3-D cube, with each succeeding image on the “face” of the cube that is to the right of the current image. The cube “rotates” from right to left, revealing the next image.
  • Random: Each transition is randomly selected from the other available transitions.

Use the Up or Down arrow to select the desired transition effect. Press OK/FUNC to activate the selection. Press OK/FUNC a second time. The slideshow will start immediately and loop indefinitely. Press OK/FUNC again to end the show.

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What is the purpose of the Calendar playback mode?

By default, the SP-510 UZ will display the last file recorded when the Playback button is pressed. If you use high-capacity xD-Picture Card™ media, you are likely over time to amass a large quantity of files that were shot on a wide range of dates. This can, over time, make it inconvenient to select and display image or movie files that are not among the earliest or the most recent files recorded to the card.

The Calendar playback mode lets you jump directly to images and movies captured on a particular shooting date. You simply use the arrow pad to navigate within a calendar interface and select the desired date. Press the OK/FUNC button to display the first image recorded on that date.

All images are available to view in Calendar mode – not just the ones that were captured on the selected date. Think of Calendar mode as a way to “fast-forward” to the images you wish to display rather than as a filter that restricts what you can display.

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How do I access the Calendar function?

To access the Calendar from the menu, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Next, press the MENU button. Press the Left arrow on the arrow pad to select CALENDAR, and then press the OK/FUNC button.

Alternatively, push the zoom lever toward W five times. The Calendar appears following the last (25-up) Index mode layout.

Note: Calendar mode relies upon the camera’s date setting in order to organize images. Set the date and time before capturing any images. If in the Calendar display you do not see images that you shot on a particular date, check the camera’s date setting to find out if the camera recorded the image with an offset shooting date.

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How can I view a histogram of an image I have taken?

The SP-510 UZ has a HISTOGRAM playback mode in which an image in the camera’s internal memory or on an inserted flash memory card can be viewed at thumbnail size atop a histogram of that image. To access this mode, first turn the camera’s mode dial to the playback icon (green arrow). Next, press the DISP/? button repeatedly until the histogram view is displayed on the LCD.

Beginning from the camera’s default configuration, it would be necessary to press the DISP/? button three times to reach the HISTOGRAM playback mode. However, the camera by default retains the playback mode setting when the power is turned off, so you could choose to leave it set to HISTOGRAM view permanently.

There is an additional benefit to choosing that configuration: You will be able to check the histogram of an image immediately after capturing it simply by pressing the QUICK VIEW button (the Down arrow on the arrow pad). Quick View temporarily places the camera into playback mode without requiring you to turn the mode dial. You can view the histogram and then return to your shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway down.

Note: If RESET is set to ON, the playback mode setting is not retained when the power is turned off. You will need to press DISP./? to scroll through the display options and reselect the histogram view.

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How do I interpret the data on a histogram?

Histograms are graphical representations of the distribution of brightness values in an image.

Each pixel in a digital photograph has a brightness value that quantifies the brightness or darkness of its tone – that is, how much shadow or highlight it contains. Brightness values may be any whole number from 0 to 255. A brightness value of zero represents pure black, or darkness without detail. A value of 255 represents pure white, or brightness without detail. In between are mid-tones, which grow brighter as the values get higher. The full range of possible brightness values is called the tonal range.

When the shooting mode HISTOGRAM function is set to ON, as it is in Fig. A, and when the playback mode is set to the HISTOGRAM view, as it is in Fig. B, the SP-510 UZ presents the histograms as bar graphs.

Fig. A Fig. B

In these graphs, the X-axes show all brightness values in the tonal range. The Y-axes show the number of pixels at each brightness value that the image contains. Boxes at either end of the graph indicate the range of brightness values that are either too dark or too bright to provide perceptible detail in the captured image.

In the shooting mode histogram, the left-hand box is blue and the right-hand box is red. Data that falls into these boxes are displayed as bars of the corresponding color. In the playback mode histogram, both boxes are yellow. Data that falls into these boxes are displayed as yellow bars. In both histograms, data that falls within the mid-tone range are displayed as white bars.

The shooting mode histogram also breaks out the tonal distribution of the area within the AF target mark and plots it as a separate variable. Data for these pixels are displayed as green bars. Note how in Fig. A the target mark is positioned over an area that is entirely dark. In the histogram, all of the green bars appear at the extreme left, where the brightness values are lowest.

A very bright (high-key) image will have more pixels in the higher end of the tonal range, and so its histogram will show higher values (taller bars) along the right side of the graph. A very dark (low-key) image will have more pixels in the lower end of the tonal range, and so its histogram will show higher values along the left side of the graph. Images with high contrast, such as Fig. B, may show peaks in both the brighter and darker ranges of the graph.

When the shooting mode HISTOGRAM function is set to DIRECT, there is no graph. Instead, overly dark and overly bright pixels are displayed directly on the LCD. This can help you identify at a glance what parts of an image, if any, may need an exposure adjustment.

Overexposed pixels appear red, and underexposed pixels appear blue; the colors correspond to the colors of the boxes in the shooting mode graphical histogram.

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Under what circumstances should I manually set the ISO sensitivity?

In the Full Auto and Movie shooting modes, and in Scene or Program Auto mode when ISO is set to AUTO, the SP-510 UZ automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity of the CCD. It sets a low ISO value when natural light is plentiful, such as when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, and it sets the value higher as light becomes less available.

The higher the ISO value, the better the camera will be able to shoot with a fast shutter speed and to capture images in low-light conditions. However, high ISO sensitivity introduces noise into the resulting image, which in extreme cases can give the shot a grainy appearance – particularly when the image is enlarged.

When the camera controls the ISO sensitivity, it shoots with a conservative ISO range in order to minimize the appearance of noise in the shot. It is possible to manually set the ISO much higher than the camera will choose for itself. When shooting at very high ISO values (800 and higher), you must strike a balance between introducing some noise into the shot and capturing a moment or a subject that you would otherwise miss.

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How do I change ISO sensitivity in the SP-510 UZ?

The easiest way to change the ISO sensitivity is to use the Function menu. With the mode dial set to any still-image shooting mode except AUTO or GUIDE, press the OK/FUNC button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the ISO item, and then use the Left and Right arrows to select the desired ISO sensitivity value. If set to 2500 or 4000, IMAGE QUALITY is restricted to 2048 x 1536.

Note that some scene modes automatically adjust the ISO to compensate for existing lighting.

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Under what circumstances should I manually set the White Balance?

By default, the SP-510 UZ automatically adjusts the white balance setting to achieve the most natural color, regardless of the light source. However, certain shooting conditions may trick a digital camera into selecting a setting that does not provide the best color possible. These conditions, which will impact any manufacturer’s digital cameras, are:

  • When the subject is in the shade on a sunny day;
  • When the subject is illuminated by both natural light and indoor light, such as when near a window; and
  • When there is no white in the center of the frame.

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How do I manually set the White Balance in the SP-510 UZ?

The easiest way to change the White Balance is to use the Function menu. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except AUTO or GUIDE, press the OK/FUNC button to launch the Function menu. Use the Up and Down arrows on the arrow pad to select the WB function, and then use the Left and Right arrows to select the appropriate light source or the One-Touch White Balance mode.

The White Balance Compensation function allows you to further tweak the White Balance setting by up to seven increments in either the red or blue direction. With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except AUTO or GUIDE, press the MENU button. CAMERA MENU will be selected by default. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the camera menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to WB+/-. (It’s on the fourth page of menus.) Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Press the Up arrow to make the white balance more red, or press the Down arrow to make the white balance more blue. When satisfied, press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

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When should I use One-Touch White Balance?

Use One-Touch White Balance when you wish to manually set the white balance but you need a more precise value than the preset white balance options can provide.

White balance settings represent a specific color temperature, measured in degrees Kelvin. The presets available on the SP-510 UZ reflect typical values for the associated lighting conditions. However, this still amounts to just six choices out of thousands of possibilities. One-Touch White Balance makes it possible to register a white balance value that is specific to the color temperature of the light surrounding your subject at the moment of image capture.

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What differentiates the three Fluorescent Lamp white balance options?

Fluorescent Lamp 1 is ideal for shooting under daylight fluorescent lighting. This type of lighting is usually found in homes.

Fluorescent Lamp 2 is suitable for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is commonly found in desk lamps.

Fluorescent Lamp 3 is best when shooting under a white fluorescent lamp. This type of lamp is commonly found in overhead lighting in offices.

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What is the difference between the Shoot & Select1 scene and the Shoot & Select2 scene?

In Shoot & Select1, the camera fixes the focus after the first frame. In Shoot & Select2, the camera focuses before shooting each frame.

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How do I adjust the exposure value (EV) in the SP-510 UZ?

With the mode dial set to any shooting mode except AUTO, M, or GUIDE, press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to access the Exposure Compensation feature. The Exposure Value (EV) is displayed in the upper right corner of the LCD monitor. Use the arrow pad to make the image brighter (Right arrow) or darker (Left arrow). The value can be adjusted +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments. Press the OK/FUNC button to apply the setting.

Note: Exposure compensation may not produce the desired brightness on the subject if the area in the frame surrounding the subject is extremely bright or extremely dark.

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How can I change the brightness setting of the LCD monitor?

You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor from the SETUP menu. With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the LCD monitor. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the arrow pad to make the display lighter (Up arrow) or darker (Down arrow). The brightness of the display will change to demonstrate the effect the selection will have. Select the desired brightness setting, and then press OK/FUNC to activate it. Press MENU twice to exit the menu.

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Will my custom settings be retained after I turn off the power?

When the shooting mode is set to P, A/S, M, or MOVIE, most custom settings are retained even after the power is turned off. The exceptions are settings for SELF-TIMER, PANORAMA, and TIME LAPSE.

When the shooting mode is set to AUTO or SCN, most custom settings return to default when the camera is turned off. The exceptions are IMAGE QUALITY and DIS MODE.

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored.

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How can I reset the shooting functions to their factory defaults?

To return all shooting functions to their factory defaults, activate the RESET feature. Turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. Press the Left arrow button to select RESET. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the RESET menu. Next, press the Up or Down arrow button to select YES. Press OK/FUNC to reset the camera defaults.

The features affected by RESET and their default values are: AF MODE (iESP), AF PREDICT (OFF), CONTRAST (+/- 0.0), DIGITAL ZOOM (OFF), DIS MODE (OFF), DIS MOVIE MODE (OFF), DRIVE (Single), Exposure Value (0.0), FINE ZOOM (OFF), FLASH (IN), FLASH INTENSITY (+/- 0.0), FLASH MODE (AUTO), FLASH SYNCRO (SYNC1), FOCUS MODE (AF), FULLTIME AF (OFF), IMAGE QUALITY (HQ), ISO (AUTO), MACRO MODE (OFF), METERING MODE (ESP), Monitor/Viewer (Monitor), Movie Audio (ON), NOISE REDUCT. (OFF), SATURATION (+/- 0.0), SHARPNESS (+/- 0.0), Still Image Audio (OFF), Self-timer (OFF), WB (AUTO), and White Balance Compensation (+/- 0.0).

Note: In the absence of battery power, custom settings will be retained for about three days. After that, the original factory default settings will be restored.

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How can I save my custom settings for future use?

The SP-510 UZ allows you to save a “user profile” of your preferred camera settings as a custom shooting mode. Up to four profiles can be created. After creating a profile, you can access it by turning the mode dial to My Mode. The settings stored in the currently selected profile will be enabled automatically.

If you have created multiple profiles and you would like to choose a different one, turn the mode dial to My Mode and then press OK/FUNC. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the My Mode icon, and use the Left or Right arrow to select the desired profile. Press OK/FUNC again to activate the selection.

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How can I use My Mode to create a ‘user profile’ of preferred settings?

With the mode dial set to My, press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to MY MODE SETUP. (It is on the fifth page of menus.) Press the Right arrow or OK/FUNC to advance to the setup options screen.

Use the Up or Down arrow to select the setup option you wish to use to create your My Mode user profile. There are three options:

  • CURRENT: This option saves the current settings of all camera functions in one step. It assumes you have already made all the changes that you wish to make.
  • CUSTOM: This option allows you to set each camera function individually. It may be more convenient to use this option if you wish to change only a few settings.
  • RESET: This option returns all settings of the active profile to the factory defaults.

Once you have made your selection, press the Right arrow again.

You must next choose the My Mode profile to which you will save your changes. Any of the four My Modes may be selected, even if fewer than four profiles exist. Use the arrow pad to select a profile (My Mode 1 through My Mode 4); then press the Right arrow again.

If you chose the CURRENT setup option, the next screen will give you two choices: SET or CANCEL. SET will save the current settings to the selected user profile; CANCEL will void the operation and return you to the previous menu. Use the arrow pad to select an option, and press OK/FUNC to activate the selection.

If you chose the CUSTOM setup option, the next screen will display a menu of camera functions. Use the Up or Down arrow to scroll through the functions, and press the Right arrow at any time to view the options for the selected function. The options available for each function vary, but the method for choosing them is the same: Use the Up or Down arrow to select a setting, and press OK/FUNC to activate it and return to the functions menu. Continue to select functions and set their values until you are satisfied. Press OK/FUNC at any time to save your settings and return to the setup options menu.

If you chose the RESET setup option, the next screen will give you two choices: RESET or CANCEL. RESET will return all settings to the defaults; CANCEL will void the operation and return you to the previous menu. Use the arrow pad to select an option, and press OK/FUNC to activate the selection.

After selecting and activating your preferred settings, press MENU repeatedly to exit the menus.

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How do I enable the preferred settings I saved in My Mode?

To take photographs using a My Mode user profile, first turn the mode dial to My. The active My Mode profile’s settings will be enabled.

Only one My Mode profile at a time may be active. An icon will be displayed on the LCD monitor to indicate which profile (My Mode 1 through My Mode 4) is active.

If multiple user profiles exist and you wish to select a different one, first turn the mode dial to My and then press the OK/FUNC button. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the My Mode item, and then use the Left and Right arrows to select the desired profile (My Mode 1 through My Mode 4). Press OK/FUNC again to activate that profile.

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How do I set the date and time on the SP-510 UZ?

With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the clock icon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the clock settings.

Set the year, month, day, hour, minutes and date format using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The SP-510 UZ uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the OK/FUNC button to set the values. Press MENU twice to exit the menu.

To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press OK/FUNC as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.

The date and time settings will be returned to the factory defaults if the camera is left without battery power for approximately three days. Custom settings may be canceled more quickly if the battery was only loaded into the camera for a short time before being removed. Before taking important shots, check that the date and time are correct.

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How do I set the date and time of an alternate time zone on the SP-510 UZ?

With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to DUALTIME. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON, and then press the Right arrow to continue to the clock settings screen.

Set the year, month, day, hour, and minutes using the following procedure: Use the Up and Down arrows to select values, and press the Right arrow to advance to the next item. (The SP-510 UZ uses a 24-hour clock.) When all information has been entered, press the OK/FUNC button to set the values. Press MENU twice to exit the menu.

To set the time precisely, with the cursor on either “minutes” or “date format,” press the OK button as the time signal strikes 0 seconds.

When DUALTIME is set to ON, images and movies are recorded with the date and time set in DUALTIME. Also, the ALARM CLOCK will sound according to the DUALTIME date and time settings, not those of the camera default date and time.

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How do I use the Alarm Clock feature on the SP-510 UZ?

The alarm clock feature causes the camera to play an audio cue at a predetermined time or interval. To use the alarm clock, you must first set the camera’s date and time. Note that if DUALTIME is set to ON, the alarm will sound according to the DUALTIME date and time settings, not those of the camera default date and time.

With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to ALARM CLOCK. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen.

Use the Up or Down arrow to select the frequency with which the alarm should activate. ONE TIME means the alarm will ring at the appointed time and then turn ALARM CLOCK to OFF; DAILY means the alarm will ring each day at the appointed time. Whichever choice you select, you must press the Right arrow to continue.

Next, you will have three options:

  • Set the time: Use the arrows to select TIME, and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to change the Hour. (The SP-510 UZ uses a 24-hour clock.) Press the Right arrow to move to the Minutes value. Use the Up or Down arrow to change the Minutes. Press the OK/FUNC button to set the time. You may then press the Up or Down arrow to set other alarm options or press the MENU button three times to exit the menus.
  • Set the Snooze option: Use the Up or Down arrow to select SNOOZE, and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to enable or disable SNOOZE.

    When SNOOZE is ON, the alarm will activate every five minutes for up to seven times. When SNOOZE is OFF, the alarm will stop ringing after one minute.

    Select the desired Snooze setting and then press OK/FUNC twice – first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. If you press OK/FUNC only once, the SNOOZE function will not be set.

    You may then press the Right arrow to re-enter the alarm options menu and make another selection, or simply press MENU twice to exit the menus.
  • Choose the alarm sound and volume: Use the Up or Down arrow to select ALARM SOUND, and then press the Right arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose from three available alarm sounds. Select the desired alarm sound and then press the Right arrow to advance to the volume settings. Use the Up or Down arrows to select the volume level (low, mid or high). Press OK/FUNC twice – first to enter your choice of setting and a second time to activate it. If you press OK/FUNC only once, neither the alarm sound nor the volume level will be changed.

    You may then press the Up or Down arrow to set other alarm options, press OK/FUNC to return to the SETUP menu, or simply press MENU three times to exit the menus.

After making all of your selections, turn off the camera. The alarm will only activate when the camera is off.

To shut off the alarm, press any button except the power button. Pressing the power button will turn the camera on, disabling the SNOOZE function even if SNOOZE is set to ON.

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How do I verify that my alarm clock settings have been accepted?

With the camera turned off, press the DISP./? button. The camera will display both the current camera time (top right corner of the LCD screen) and the set alarm time (bottom right corner of the LCD screen, alongside an icon of a red bell).

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Does the Alarm Clock feature work when the SP-510 UZ is in Silent Mode?

Yes. However, the alarm will not emit an audible signal. Instead, the LCD monitor will light up at the designated time and display the clock for one minute.

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How do I change the display language of the camera menus?

With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the head and word balloon. Press the Right arrow to advance to the language menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to choose a new language, and then press OK/FUNC to enable the new language. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

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Is there a way to add additional display languages to my camera?

The SP-510 UZ has built-in support for four languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. A fifth language of your choice can be added via a firmware download. There is no charge associated with this download.

To add a language, you must first install onto a computer the Olympus Master software that was packaged with your camera. After installation, use the included USB cable to connect the camera to the computer. Then do the following:

  1. Launch Olympus Master and click on the Update Camera icon on the main menu. (In earlier versions of the software, the Update Camera function is accessed from the ONLINE SERVICES menu on the BROWSE IMAGES screen.)

  2. Click OK. The software will verify the camera connection and check for updates. When it has finished, the display language selection box will be enabled.

  3. Choose a language from the drop-down menu, and then click the UPDATE button.

  4. Follow all the on-screen prompts until the operation completes. The final step will instruct you to disconnect the camera from the computer.

The original four languages will remain in the camera, and the new one will be appended to the bottom of the language menu. Once added, the new language can be enabled just as you would choose any other supported language. If you later wish to add another language, you may exchange the fifth language for any one of the other languages available via the display language selection box by repeating this process.

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How can I enable audio recording when shooting movies?

By default, the SP-510 UZ will automatically record audio when in Movie Mode. However, if audio recording in Movie Mode has been disabled, you can re-enable it by doing the following:

Turn the mode dial to the movie projector icon, and then press the MENU button. By default, CAMERA MENU will be selected. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Camera Menu. Use the Down arrow to navigate to and select the microphone icon, and then press the Right Arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.

When audio recording is enabled for movie mode, the camera displays a microphone icon in the lower right of the monitor. When audio recording is disabled, the icon is not present.

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How can I disable audio recording when shooting movies?

Turn the mode dial to the movie projector icon, and then press the MENU button. By default, CAMERA MENU will be selected. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Camera Menu. Use the Down arrow to navigate to and select the microphone icon, and then press the Right Arrow. Use the Up or Down arrow to select OFF. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.

When audio recording is enabled for movie mode, the camera displays a microphone icon in the lower right of the monitor. When audio recording is disabled, the icon is not present.

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How can I add sound to movie files previously recorded without audio?

This operation is not supported.

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How can I delete sound from movie files with embedded audio?

The sound in an audio-enabled movie is embedded in the digital file and cannot be separated from the movie data. However, you can disable the audio portion of a movie file when you review it in Playback mode. There are two ways to do this:

  • Enable Silent Mode. In Silent Mode, the camera will not play audio embedded in any file. To enable Silent Mode, turn the mode dial to any mode except GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SILENT MODE. Then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SILENT MODE menu. Press the Down arrow to select ON. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.
  • Set the Movie Mode volume to OFF. Turn the mode dial to the movie projector icon, and then press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow to select SETUP and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to VOLUME. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Press the Down arrow repeatedly until the yellow arrow on the LCD is aligned with the bottom of the volume meter and no yellow appears in any of the bars beside the meter. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

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How can I enable audio recording when shooting still images?

To record sound while shooting still images, set the mode dial to any still-image shooting mode except AUTO or GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. CAMERA MENU will be selected by default. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Camera menu. Use the Up or Down arrows on the pad to navigate to the microphone icon, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON, and then press OK/FUNC again. Press the MENU button twice to exit the menus.

When the audio recording function is enabled, the camera will capture four seconds of sound beginning about .5 seconds after the shutter button is released. The LCD monitor will display a progress bar and the word “Busy” while the sound is added to the image file. For best reception, point the camera’s microphone toward the sound source.

Note: Although sound recording is possible for most scenes (the exceptions are AUCTION, SHOOT & SELECT1, and SHOOT & SELECT2), the function is disabled by default and must be enabled for each scene each time it is selected from the mode dial.

Sound recording is not supported in the AUTO and GUIDE shooting modes.

If you are not sure whether sound recording is active, look at the LCD monitor. When the function is enabled, a microphone icon will appear in the lower right corner of the LCD.

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How can I disable audio recording when shooting still images?

By default, the SP-510 UZ does not record audio in still-image shooting modes. However, if audio recording has been enabled, you can disable it by doing the following:

Turn the mode dial to any still-image shooting mode except AUTO or GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. By default, CAMERA MENU will be selected. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Camera Menu. Use the Down arrow to navigate to and select the microphone icon, and then press the Right Arrow on the arrow pad. Use the Up or Down arrow to select OFF. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.

When audio recording is enabled, the camera displays a microphone icon in the lower right of the monitor. When audio recording is disabled, the icon is not present.

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How can I add sound to previously captured still images?

To add sound to a previously captured still image, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Use the arrow pad to select the image to which you wish to add audio, and then press the MENU button. CAMERA MENU will be selected by default; press the OK/FUNC button to access the Camera menu. Use the Up or Down arrows on the pad to navigate to the microphone icon, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select YES. The camera will then record four seconds of sound and embed the audio information into the selected file.

An icon of a green musical note will accompany images with embedded audio when those files are displayed on the LCD monitor.

Sound may be recorded and re-recorded into any still image; however, it is not possible to edit the audio associated with a movie file.

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How can I delete sound from image files with embedded audio?

The sound in an audio-enabled still image is embedded in the digital file and cannot be separated from the image data. However, you can disable the audio portion of the file when you review it in Playback mode.

There are two ways to do this:

  • Enable Silent Mode. In Silent Mode, the camera will not play audio embedded in any file. To enable Silent Mode, turn the mode dial to any mode except GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SILENT MODE. Then press the OK/FUNC button to access the Silent Mode menu. Press the Down arrow to select ON. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting.
  • Set the camera volume to OFF. Turn the mode dial to any still image shooting mode except AUTO, SCN, or GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow to select SETUP and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to VOLUME. Press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Press the Down arrow repeatedly until the yellow arrow on the LCD is aligned with the bottom of the volume meter and no yellow appears in any of the bars beside the meter. Press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

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How do I erase an image that I do not wish to keep?

The easiest way to delete a single image is to use the erase button. This button features an icon of a trashcan in red ink. It is above the arrow pad and to the right of the MENU button.

To use this feature, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Use the Left and Right arrows on the arrow pad to navigate to and select the image you wish to delete. Press the erase button. Use the Up or Down arrow on the arrow pad to choose YES, and then press the OK/FUNC button. The file will be erased.

Erased files cannot be retrieved, so use this feature carefully.

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How do I erase all my images at once?

The SP-510 UZ includes an ALL ERASE function to quickly and conveniently remove all files saved to the internal memory or to a memory card. To use this feature, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow) and then press the MENU button. Next, press the Down arrow on the arrow pad to select ERASE, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the Erase menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ALL ERASE, and then press OK/FUNC again. Use the Up or Down arrow to select YES, and then press OK/FUNC one more time to completely remove all unprotected images.

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What can I do to prevent accidental file deletion?

The Protect feature prevents selected files from being deleted even when an ERASE or ALL ERASE function is performed. However, protected files will be deleted when a MEMORY FORMAT function is performed.

To protect a file, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow). Use the Left and Right arrows on the arrow pad to navigate to and select a file that you wish to protect. Next, press the MENU button. PLAYBACK MENU is selected by default. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Playback menu. The Protect tool (key icon) is selected by default. Press OK/FUNC to advance to the next screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select ON. Press OK/FUNC again to protect the selected image.

A green key icon appears atop a protected image whenever it is displayed in the LCD monitor. The key is shown even when the camera is set to Index playback mode.

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What accessories are available for the SP-510 UZ?

A complete list of accessories that are currently available for this model can be found here.

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What software is bundled with the SP-510 UZ? What can it do?

OLYMPUS Master is application software for editing images taken with a digital camera on a computer. Installing it on your computer lets you do the following:

  • Download images from the camera or other media.
  • View images and movies. You can run a slideshow accompanied by background sound.
  • Manage images. You can organize your images using the calendar display. Search for the image you want by date or keyword.
  • Edit images. You can rotate images, trim them and change the size.
  • Enhance and retouch images. Add filters, remove “red eye,” embellish with art and 3-D effects.1
  • Print images. You can print images as is or incorporate them into indexes, calendars and postcards.
  • Make panoramic images. You can make panoramas using images captured on Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media.

For details regarding these and other functions and operations, refer to the application’s “Help” guide and the OLYMPUS Master reference manual.

1Art and 3-D effects require serial number provided with specially marked Olympus brand Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card media. The features are also available in the OLYMPUS Master Plus upgrade.

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How does the SP-510 UZ interface with a computer?

The USB cable (CB-USB6) that comes packaged with the SP-510 UZ is required to connect the camera to the computer.

To purchase a replacement cable (Item # 200372-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Is the SP-510 UZ compatible with Olympus’ two-gigabyte xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the SP-510 UZ compatible with Type H xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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Is the SP-510 UZ compatible with Type M xD-Picture Card™ removable flash memory media?

Yes.

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What is the difference between Olympus’ Type M and Type H xD-Picture Card™ media?

The Type H card provides improved write speeds (two to three times that of other xD-Picture Card media) so images and movies will be saved and formatted to the card more quickly. This means there will be less time to wait between shots and that movies can be recorded at a greater resolution.

Each Type H card also comes with a unique authorization code for OLYMPUS Master 1.4 software that, when entered, enables new editing features that can enhance digital photographs with Watercolor, Oil painting, Cartoon Art and 3-D effects.

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Can I use non-Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™ media in the SP-510 UZ?

The SP-510 UZ will accept third-party xD-Picture Card media. However, Olympus brand xD-Picture Card media are required to use the PANORAMA camera function and certain image-enhancing effects available in the included Olympus Master software.

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What kind of batteries should I use to power my SP-510 UZ?

The SP-510 UZ accepts four “AA” alkaline (included) or nickel metal hydride (optional) batteries. Lithium battery packs (such as Olympus’ CR-V3) and “AA” manganese (Zinc-Carbon) batteries cannot be used with the SP-510.

NiMH batteries are more economical in the long run because they are rechargeable. If you choose to use alkaline batteries, purchase products with capacity ratings of 2300 mAh (milliamp-hours) or higher and that state on the label they are designed for high-drain electronic devices such as digital cameras.

Olympus brand NiMH batteries are intended for use only with Olympus digital cameras. Do not use these batteries with any other device.

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Does Olympus sell a battery charger compatible with my SP-510 UZ?

Yes. The B-90SU NiMH Quick Charger and Battery Set, available separately from The Olympus Store, includes the BU-400 battery charger and four AA Olympus NiMH rechargeable batteries.

The charger can recharge two Olympus AA NiMH batteries in about two hours, and it can charge four in about 4 ¼ hours. New Olympus NiMH batteries come partially charged, so the first time they are charged should take less time than subsequent charges.

To order the B-90SU NiMH Quick Charger and Battery Set, click here.

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Must I charge NiMH batteries before using them in the SP-510 UZ?

Yes.

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Must NiMH batteries be completely drained before I re-charge them?

It depends on the batteries’ manufacturer. Repeatedly recharging Olympus brand NiMH batteries before using up their capacity will shorten the life of the batteries per charge.

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How long will it take to recharge my NiMH batteries?

The BU-400 NiMH Quick Charger can recharge two AA NiMH batteries in about two hours, and it can charge four in about 4 ¼ hours. New NiMH batteries come partially charged, so the first time you charge them should take less time than subsequent charges.

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Does Olympus sell an AC adapter compatible with my SP-510 UZ?

Olympus offers a Digital Camera AC Adapter (C-7AU). It is ideal for conserving battery life and is especially useful when downloading files to a computer, for extended work in a studio, during printing, or when viewing images while connected to your TV or VCR.

Do not connect or disconnect the AC adapter while the camera is turned on. Doing so could affect the camera’s internal settings or functions. Be sure to read the instruction manual for the AC adapter.

To purchase the C-7AU adapter (Item # 200685-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Are my rechargeable batteries being charged when the AC adapter is plugged into the SP-510 UZ?

No. When the optional AC adapter is connected, power is drawn from the AC current even if there are batteries in the camera. Rechargeable batteries are not recharged when the AC adapter is in use.

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What accessory lenses are available for use with the SP-510 UZ?

Olympus offers the following accessory lenses for use with the SP-510 UZ:

  • The WCON-07 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens (26.6mm equivalent) extends the camera’s wide-angle range, enabling a wider field of view for shooting skylines, landscapes or group shots. Click here to see what it can do for you.

    Wide-angle lenses are not intended for use at telephoto zoom settings. Additionally, use of the camera’s built-in flash with this lens attachment is not recommended.

    To purchase this lens (Item #200864) from Olympus’ online store, click here.
  • The TCON-17 Telephoto Conversion Lens extends the camera’s magnification capability to a 17x optical zoom. It’s great for shooting sports events, concerts or wildlife. Click here to see what it can do for you.

    Telephoto lenses are not intended for use at wide-angle zoom settings. Zooming to a wide-angle setting with this lens attached will cause vignetting (darkening) on the frame of the image.

    To purchase this lens (Item #200862) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

Note: Both the WCON-07 and the TCON-17 require the CLA-4 Lens Adapter Tube, which provides a 55mm diameter mounting thread. To purchase the CLA-4 (Item #200756-410) from Olympus’ online store, click here.

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Does Olympus sell an underwater housing compatible with the SP-510 UZ?

No.

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Are any firmware updates available for this model?

Use the Update Camera function in the Olympus Master software packaged with your camera to find out whether firmware updates are available for your digital camera. An Internet connection is required to perform the operation.

After installing the software onto a computer, connect your camera to the computer using the USB cable packaged with the camera. Next, launch Olympus Master and click on the Update Camera icon in the lower right of the main window. (You can also access this tool from the Browse Images window by selecting Update Camera from the Online Services menu.

On the resulting dialog, under Select Device, you will see your camera. Highlight it, and press the Check for latest version button. If a firmware update is available for your model, it will then be listed in the Select Firmware section of the dialog.

Click here for complete instructions on how to update the camera’s firmware.

Note: If multiple firmware updates are available for your model, it may not always be possible to update directly from the current firmware version in your camera to the latest available version. In such cases, updates must be applied in stages. For this reason, it is recommended that, after updating the camera firmware, you immediately check again for additional updates. Simply repeat the update procedure to apply subsequent updates.

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I purchased the SP-510 UZ, and the box was missing a component. How do I get a replacement?

Please visit the Olympus Customer Service web site to report the missing component. Click here, fill out the requested fields, and then click Send to submit your request for assistance form. Please allow up to 48 hours for our Customer Service Representatives to respond via e-mail to your question.

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The SP-510 UZ does not have a flash memory card packaged in the box. Why not?

The SP-510 UZ has 21 MB of built-in flash memory and does not need a memory card to function. It will accept xD-Picture Card™ flash memory media in the following capacities: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.

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The SP-510 UZ does not recognize my flash memory card. What can I do?

First, refer to the xD-Picture Card™ Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

The SP-510 UZ may not recognize non-Olympus brand media or a card that has been formatted on another device, such as a card reader or personal computer. As a general rule, xD-Picture Card media should only be formatted in the camera. Card readers should only be used to copy files from the memory card to an external device.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a memory card will delete all content on the card.

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When I put my xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card into the camera and turn it on, I get a “Card Error” message. What can I do?

This message occurs when the camera is unable to recognize the memory card or when an attempt to format a card fails.

If you see this message after inserting a brand new card, refer to the xD-Picture Card Compatibility Chart to verify that the card is supported in your model. If the card is not supported, return it to the store where you purchased it.

If the card is supported, it may need to be cleaned. Wipe the gold contacts of the card with alcohol using a soft cloth or tissue. When the contacts are dry, insert the card and turn the camera on.

If the Card Error message still appears, remove the card and insert a different (supported) card into the camera. If the camera reads the second card, then the camera is working properly and the problem lies with the original card.

You may be able to use the card if you format it in the camera.

Warning: Formatting a memory card will delete all content on the card.

If you receive this error message after a failed attempt to format the memory card, the card may be defective. For assistance, contact Olympus’ Customer Service and Repair Center using any of the following methods:

Note: Olympus does not offer a service to recover data from corrupted memory media; however, a number of companies do offer this service. In addition, commercial software now exists that may help you to retrieve files from a corrupt card. Olympus does not endorse any particular brand, but you can find many applicable products by searching the Internet for “Digital image recovery.”

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I am no longer able to display images that I saved to my camera’s internal memory. I can only see images that were saved to my flash memory card. How can I see my other images?

When a removable memory card has been inserted into the camera, the images in the internal memory cannot be played back. Turn off the camera. Pull out the memory card. Then you will be able to view images in your camera’s internal memory.

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Why do some images captured in low light look darker in Playback mode than they did on the LCD while the image was being composed?

The Bright Capture technology in the SP-510 UZ actually lightens the image on the LCD so that it is easy to compose subjects in both bright and dim lighting situations. To maximize the effect of Bright Capture technology on images captured in low light, be sure to select a Bright Capture-enabled mode prior to shooting so that captured images will appear similar in Playback to the way they are displayed when the image is composed.

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I’m having a hard time composing my shots when the LCD monitor is exposed to direct sunlight. What can I do?

You can adjust the brightness of the LCD display. With the mode dial set to any mode except GUIDE, press the MENU button. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the Setup menu. On the next screen, use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to the icon of the LCD monitor. Press the Right arrow to access the settings. Use the arrow pad to make the display lighter (Up arrow) or darker (Down arrow). The brightness of the display will change to demonstrate the effect the selection will have. Select the desired brightness setting, and then press OK/FUNC to activate it. Press the MENU button twice to exit the menu.

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I want to use a function, but it is grayed out on the camera menu. What is wrong?

If you are unable to use the arrow pad to select a particular menu item, it may be due to one of the following conditions:

  • The item may not be available in the current shooting mode. For example, the ISO setting is disabled in the AUTO and MOVIE modes. The item may be available in another shooting mode.
  • The item may conflict with a setting that has already been selected. For example, the Flash Mode controls are unavailable when SUPER MACRO mode is active.
  • The item may require the use of an xD-Picture Card™ flash memory card. The following camera functions cannot be used unless a supported card is in the camera’s media slot: ALBUM ENTRY, BACKUP, FORMAT, LABEL IMAGE, PANORAMA, PRINT ORDER, and UNDO ENTRY.

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I can rotate some of my pictures in Playback mode, but not all. Why not?

Images that cannot be rotated may be Protected, or they may not have been taken by this camera.

The ROTATE tool alters a digital file by modifying its layout. However, the Protect tool prohibits changes to Protected digital files. Therefore, Protected files cannot be rotated.

If you wish to rotate a Protected image, you must first remove the Protection. Then you can use the ROTATE tool to turn the image. You can re-apply the Protection to the file after it has been rotated.

Images captured at resolutions not supported by the SP-510 UZ, such as those taken with other cameras and transferred to this camera via removable memory media, appear in Playback mode only as thumbnails and cannot be rotated.

Movie files cannot be rotated.

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I just put a {new  fully charged} battery in the SP-510 UZ. Periodically, I have noticed that the screen goes dark while I am setting up my subject. Why is this happening?

If you are setting up a still life or panorama portrait or are otherwise delayed while composing your shot, you may encounter the power-saving Sleep Mode feature.

When the SP-510 UZ is set to a shooting mode (lens is extended), the camera will automatically turn off the LCD monitor after three minutes of inactivity. No picture is taken even if the Shutter Button is pressed. Operate the zoom lever or other camera buttons to re-activate the camera.

If the camera is not used for four hours after entering Sleep Mode, it automatically retracts the lens and shuts off. To resume taking pictures, press the Power button.

Sleep mode cannot be manually configured or disabled.

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What should I do if I cannot focus on a particular subject?

Try the Focus Lock feature. Focus Lock allows you to compose a shot with one subject in focus and then re-compose your shot using another subject without losing the original focus.

First, choose a test subject that is as close to the camera as your intended subject and compose the shot. Press the shutter button halfway down; the camera will automatically focus on the test subject. The focus will be locked at the appropriate distance until you release the shutter button or take the picture. Re-compose your shot using the intended target, and then press the shutter button all the way down.

Alternately, you may wish to assign the auto-focus lock function to the custom button (green printer icon). This frees you from having to hold the shutter button while you compose your shot. Also, it gives you the option to retain the locked focus for multiple shots.

To assign AF Lock to the custom button, turn the mode dial to P, A/S, M, My, or SCN, and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the SETUP menu. Press the Up arrow once to select CUSTOM BUTTON. Press OK/FUNC to access the custom button options menu. Use the arrow pad to select AF LOCK, and press OK/FUNC to register the setting. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

Once registered, activate AF Lock by pressing the custom button. Press it again to cancel.

TIP: If you see a blinking green light on the monitor when composing your shot, the focus and exposure are not adjusted properly. Try locking the focus again.

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A small, bright dot appears in the same spot on all my downloaded images. What can I do?

This is caused by the failure of one or more pixels on the CCD. Run the Pixel Mapping feature to check and adjust the CCD sensor and image-processing functions. Wait about one minute after taking or viewing pictures to allow the Pixel Mapping function to perform properly. If the camera is turned off during pixel mapping, you must start over.

To do so, turn the mode dial to any shooting mode except GUIDE and then press the MENU button. Next, press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to select SETUP, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the Setup menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to navigate to PIXEL MAPPING. Press the Right arrow to select START. Press OK/FUNC to begin pixel mapping. Once the process has completed, the bright dot should no longer appear in images you subsequently capture and download.

To learn more about how Pixel Mapping works, click here.

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Why do I get blurry images?

Blurry images are often the result of movement during image capture. Either the camera was not held still – a phenomenon called “camera shake” – or the subject was moving and the camera did not fire with a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action.

Click here for additional suggestions on how to prevent blurry pictures.

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Why are my images blurry when I shoot in the NIGHT SCENE scene?

The Night Scene scene is designed to help you capture better exposures outdoors in low-light conditions. The camera holds the shutter open longer than it would in other situations, allowing more light to reach the CCD. Because the shutter is open longer, it is very important to keep both the camera and the subject still. Camera motion during image capture will result in blurry pictures.

Click here for more information on Night Scene.

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In portraits taken indoors or in low light, my subject’s eyes are unnaturally red. How can I prevent this from happening?

The effect known as “red-eye” occurs when the light emitted from the camera flash bounces off the back of the subject’s retina and into the lens. The red color is picked up from the blood vessels behind the eyes and displayed in the resulting image.

To avoid or minimize red-eye, use a flash mode with red-eye reduction technology. This feature causes the flash to fire a few bursts before the shot is actually taken. The bursts of light cause the pupils of your subject’s eyes to contract, providing a smaller angle through which the reflected light can escape. The result is that the redness is less noticeable in your captured images.

The Red-eye Reduction flash mode (eye icon) is suitable for shooting in low-light conditions, when the camera would naturally require the flash to get a good exposure. The Red-eye Reduction with Fill Flash mode (icon of eye beside a lightning bolt) is suitable for shooting when ambient light is plentiful but shadows or shade obscure the subject. An example would be if the subject were standing beneath a tree on a sunny day.

Red-eye Reduction mode is available in the Full Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority and Scene shooting modes.  Red-eye Reduction with Fill Flash mode is available when the mode dial is set to AUTO, P, A/S, M, or SCN. Neither mode is available in the following scenes: AUCTION, AVAILABLE LIGHT, BEHIND GLASS, CANDLE, DOCUMENTS, FIREWORKS, MUSEUM, SHOOT & SELECT1, SHOOT & SELECT2, and SUNSET.

To enable a flash mode, first turn the mode dial to a supported shooting mode and then press the gray pop-up flash button, located to the right of the viewfinder. Next, press the flash mode button (gray lightning bolt icon). Use the arrow pad to select the desired flash mode. Press the OK/FUNC button to activate the setting.

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How can I correct “red-eye” in my existing images?

The SP-510 UZ has a built-in red-eye correction tool. To access it, first turn the mode dial to the Playback icon (green arrow) and then press the MENU button. Press the Up arrow on the arrow pad to select EDIT, and then press the OK/FUNC button to access the EDIT menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select REDEYE FIX, and then press the Right arrow to advance to the next screen. Use the Left and Right arrows to navigate to the image in need of red-eye correction. After selecting the desired image, press OK/FUNC. The Red-Eye correction is applied. You will then be returned to Playback mode.

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Why do the whites (or blacks) in my pictures look so gray?

The SP-510 UZ's exposure system evaluates light reflecting from your subject and selects an aperture and shutter speed combination that will represent your subject in an approximate average tone (not too bright and not too dark). Pros refer to this as “18% gray.” This works well for almost all your shooting situations except when your subject happens to be darker or lighter than an average tone.

The SP-510 UZ allows you to override the exposure value in order to intentionally brighten or darken your images. Click here for more information on when and how to manually adjust the camera’s exposure value.

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I set the Alarm Clock feature, but it didn’t ring at the scheduled time. Why not?

Check to see if the ALARM CLOCK settings are set appropriately. When setting alarm clock, the SNOOZE, ALARM SOUND, and volume options require that the OK/FUNC button be pushed twice. If the button were only pushed once for any of these settings, then the settings would not have been set.

Check to see if DUALTIME is set to ON. If it is, the alarm clock will sound according to the date and time settings of DUALTIME, not to the camera default date and time.

Check to see if the SP-510 UZ is in Silent Mode. In this mode, the camera emits no audible cues. It will not beep when capturing an image or when making menu selections, and it will not ring an alarm when the alarm clock is set and the appointed time arrives. Instead, the camera will issue a visual cue when the alarm activates while the camera is in Silent Mode. The LCD monitor will turn on and display the time.

To disable Silent Mode, first place the camera into any mode other than GUIDE, and then press the MENU button. Press the Right Arrow and then the Down Arrow to select SILENT MODE. Press the OK/FUNC button to access the Silent mode menu. Use the Up or Down arrow button to choose OFF, and then press OK/FUNC again to disable Silent Mode.

To reactivate Silent Mode, repeat the above procedure but at the SILENT MODE menu choose ON instead of OFF.

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When I print images on my printer or take them to my local photo lab for 4”x6” prints, the top and bottom of my pictures are cut off. Why is this happening?

This occurs because the SP-510 UZ shoots in a default aspect ratio of 4:3, while a 4”x6” print has an aspect ratio of 3:2. An image captured in 4:3 contains more information than can fit in a 4”x6” boundary. Therefore, when the image is enlarged and centered in a 3:2 frame, a little bit of the image is cut off the top and bottom.

The SP-510 UZ offers a 3:2 aspect ratio setting in both the SHQ and HQ quality modes, in all of the still-image shooting modes except GUIDE. If you shoot in 3:2 aspect ratio, your entire image will fit on a 4” x 6” or 3.5” x 5” print.

To enable a 3:2 aspect ratio, turn the mode dial to a shooting mode that supports 3:2 and then press the MENU button. Use the arrow pad to navigate to and select IMAGE QUALITY, and then press the OK/FUNC button to advance to the Image Quality menu. Use the Up or Down arrow to select either the SHQ or HQ quality mode. Press the Right arrow on the arrow pad to advance to the aspect ratio options screen. Use the Up or Down arrow to select the 3:2 option, and press OK/FUNC to activate the setting. Press MENU twice to exit the menus.

The LCD screen will show black stripes above and below the image area, indicating that the camera is shooting with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The viewfinder will not show these stripes.

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When recording movies in SHQ image quality mode, I am restricted to 15 seconds of recording time per movie. Why?

In SHQ mode, the SP-510UZ records movies with VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Recording this much data, this quickly, requires a large amount of camera memory and a very quick write time.

Olympus’ Type M+ and Type H xD-Picture Card media are high-speed cards and are able to process this volume of information with no loss in quality. Other commercially available media, including Type M and Standard type xD-Picture Card media, are not able to do so. For this reason, this model limits movie recording in SHQ mode to 15 seconds when using media other than Type M+ or Type H cards. The 15-second restriction guarantees that the camera will be able to process the data properly and produce a smooth, error-free movie during playback.

Keep in mind that there is no restriction on movie recording length, other than the capacity of the storage media, when recording in the other available quality modes.

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