December 25, 2011
I am just beginning to learn about manual photography. The settings on this camera give me so many more options. While the camera has good auto features that make it easy for anyone to use, it also has features that challenge you to take even better, more dramatic shots than before. If you are having trouble with focus, read the manual:)
December 05, 2011
I know that review name sounds like hyperbole but it's not.
I used my camera for one week so far. I have been on a scenic motorcycle ride, a Christmas dinner, and played with the features including taking pictures of my cats and dog.
After playing with the features, I have not taken a bad picture.
I LOVE this camera.
It is easy to use and iit is by far my favorite that I have ever owned.
I would recommend it to everybody.
November 20, 2011
This camera is a great on for its price, all of my still shots and 3d shots are great. it is easy to use and fast. the clearity of the pictures are great. the zoom is great and all pictures come out clean crisp. I would recommed this to anyone who wants a very easy and great camera to use.
November 20, 2011
This camera was very slow on auto-focus and caused a lot of blurry pictures when using the zoom. I was quite disappointed with the photos and returned the camera after 2 weeks. I would not recommend this camera.
November 18, 2011
As the SP-810 has been presented as an upgrade of SP-800, I'll also make my considerations by comparing the two cameras.
It's rather unusual, but for those who don't want to read it all, here is the conclusion: SP-810 is even more a P&S than SP-800, but the IQ is better and the IS much better. It's a camera for a hobbyist traveller, not for a photographer traveller.
The aspect of 810 is more impressive, but the shooting position is with the lens more extended, like the 800 on super macro setting. It seemed the Olympus people also saw this, so if you switch to display mode, the lens retracts after 15s. Of course when you switch back, there is a notable extra time to revert to the shooting position. They also changed the functioning of the display button: you can start displaying and switch to shooting mode, but you have to put off the camera using the general on/off button, something better I think.
From the tests I've made, mainly landscape and zoom by day in P mode, by night SCN-Night Scene, the 810 was all the time better than 800.
Other observations: I've imagined that the 810 was more than 800 in choices; well, I was wrong, because the 810 is much LESS: for instance, the SCN-Night Scene has the timer only, compared to the added EV and WB of 800. There is no bracketing, no colour editting and the setting menu was significantly reduced. There isn't the AREA choice of AF, something rather disturbing, as you have to choice SPOT or try refocusing again and again; a tip is to zoom in to the wanted area and than zoom out again; the mark will remain there. Also shooting movies with sound prevents using the zoom, something clearly explained in the 800 Instruction Manual, but not in the 810 one; in exchange the so called "Fine Zoom" of 800 is no more called like this, but explained as a trimmed raw image and, more important, shown at the zoom scale also. The All Erase option was migrated to the display menu, probably better, I don't know...
That's all for the moment.
My advice: if you are a hobbyist in love with big zooms like me, go and get an 810, because it's better and cheaper than 800; otherwise think again...
November 06, 2011
I just purchased this camera for myself as an early Xmas gift for myself and I LOVE IT!!!! Everytime I use it I learn something new about it.