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Olympus SP-100

16-megapixel digital camera with 50X optical zoom

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Our take on the Olympus SP-100

by Eric Angevine
Olympus

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

Olympus SP-100 with red dot sight

The SP-100's red-dot sight helps quickly and accurately position the camera at full zoom.

The red dot marks the spot

The Olympus SP-100 is the first consumer digital camera to include a built-in red dot sight. When you're tracking a moving subject at full zoom, it can be difficult to keep track of the big picture. When you use the sight, a red light is projected onto a glass panel under the flash to help you zero in on exactly where your lens is pointing while your digital viewfinder zooms in on the details. It's ideal for shooting challenging, fast-moving subjects like sports or wildlife. It's a fairly simple innovation that can help take your photography to the next level.

50X zoom gets you close to the action

The SP-100's ability to zoom in at high magnification makes the red dot sight invaluable. Being able to track a moving subject quickly, even when it's far away from your physical location is a pretty important ability when you're at 50X zoom. Once you've homed in on the exact person or animal you want to photograph, the camera can capture every moment in sharp detail with fast shutter speeds and up to 7 frames per second in burst mode.

Fast and smart

The SP-100 uses a high-quality TruePic VII™ image processor and large CMOS sensor to deliver blazing fast autofocus, superb low-light performance and quick start-up time. Olympus calls it iHS — Intelligent, High Sensitivity, High Speed — and it translates to sharp, detailed image quality. The camera shoots high-definition video as well, so you can record your subject in full motion.

Highlights:

    Specifications:
    • 16-megapixel effective recording
    • 50X optical zoom (4X digital zoom)
    • red dot sight helps track moving subjects at full zoom
    • 3" LCD screen (460,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 24-1200mm
    • high-res (920,000-dot) electronic viewfinder
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • lens-shift image stabilization for blur-free photos
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • 11 creative effects for still images and movies include Fisheye, Pop Art and Soft Focus
    • 17 scene modes including Night+Portrait, Sports, and Indoor
    • panorama mode seamlessly stitches multiple shots into one
    • burst mode for shooting 7 frames per second for up to 6 shots at full resolution
    • automatic red-eye reduction
    • built-in flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
    • USB port
    • 4-13/16"W x 3-5/8"H x 5-1/4"D
    • weight: 17.11 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • USB cable
    • strap
    • lens cap and string
    • software CD-ROM
    Preliminary info from the manufacturer
    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size
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    3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD
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    No
    Wi-Fi
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    No
    Touchscreen
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    No
    Waterproof
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    No
    GPS-enabled
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    No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent
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    24-1200
    Optical Zoom
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    50x
    Digital Zoom
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    4x
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    Manual Focusing
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    Yes
    Manual Exposure
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    Built-in Flash
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    Yes
    HDMI Output
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    Micro
    Memory
    Internal Memory
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    37MB
    Memory Media
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    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count
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    16
    Total Megapixels
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    Image Stabilization
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    Optical
    Highest Resolution
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    HD Video Recording
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    1920 x 1080
    Dimensions
    Width (inches)
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    4-13/16
    Height (inches)
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    3-5/8
    Depth (inches)
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    5-1/4
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    21.1
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    Olympus SP-100EE

    Written By MikeE, Charlottesville on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
     
    My first digital camera was an Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom. I wanted to replace the C-2100 with a larger zoom and better resolution. The SP-100 fit the bill. The image quality is excellent, The dot sight is a nice feature but I haven't mastered it yet.
    Pros:
    50X zoom, 1080P video, excellent quality images.
    Cons:
    Small power button is a little cumbersome. No threads on lens to accept filters.
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    5 out of 5

    Eagle Eye Zoom Olympus SP-100 Well Worth The Wait

    Written By WesL, Pleasanton, CA on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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    Olympus has been a pioneer in the bridge camera long zoom lens digicam segment and their experience is evident in the Olympus SP100 EE 50X optical zoom digital camera. The laser (eagle eye) zoom aid is nothing short of phenomenal in it's implementation and usefulness. Designed mostly for outdoor use when you are zooming beyond the 20X range, you fill find it much easier in capturing action photos and will eliminate the need to zoom wide to find the object you are tracking. It works just like a rifle laser sight and can even be adjusted for fine calibration with an adjustment knob next to the eye cup. The camera is very well built, lightweight and constructed of high quality plastics with a carbon fiber look and feel. The Controls are solid and the assignable function button and selection wheel allow you to customize the camera for your own personal shooting preference. I owned a Canon SX50 and can compare the image quality of photos taken against the Olympus SP100. The Olympus images are very sharp and clear and noise is kept under control up to 800 iso. Color rendition and white balance are accurate with vibrant colors throughout. Have not tested video and macro capabilities yet but will update in a later review. The camera is easy to grip and hold with plenty of grip texture and having the additional zoom control on the side of the lens barrel is also a nice feature. Olympus has clear winner on their hands in the ultra competitive long zoom digicam segment.
    Pros:
    50X Optical Zoom Excellent Low Light Performance Low Noise up to 800 ISO Fast Performance - Low Shutter Lag Light Weight Strong Build Quality EE Laser Light Focus Zoom Aid Technology Extremely Useful Custom FN button and controller Wheel Assignment
    Cons:
    No external Flash Shoe No RAW Support Battery Life (Capacity)
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    1 question already asked

    Is the lens threaded,i.e., can I install a UV filter? [ Mike  Jun 11, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Jun 11, 2014 ]

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