Review posted for Olympus SP-350|
(Monday, February 20, 2006 - 12:43 EST)
The 8.0-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus SP-350 has a wealth of features in a surprisingly compact body; and though it's not the most attractive design, you'll start to like it right away when you shoot with it.
Featuring a full range of exposure control, in addition to 24 preset Scene modes, the SP-350 caters to a large audience. A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor provides accurate framing, and a great place to view pictures, with a real-image optical viewfinder available to save battery power, a feature disappearing from most digicams with a large LCD.
Though the camera's Auto white balance setting tends toward a warmer color cast, overall color is generally pretty good, and exposure about right (though high contrast under harsh lighting). Though the slow shutter lag and image transfer times could have been better, the printed image quality of the SP-350 really surprised us. Even at high ISO, its images were usable far larger than most competing models.
For the traveler or hobbyist photographer looking for a small capable camera that has impressive output, the Olympus SP-350 is a clear winner.