The Olympus SP-350 features a 8.0-megapixel CCD, 3x lens, the availability of full manual exposure control and a flash hot shoe in a pocket-friendly, compact size. In addition to the camera’s automatic and manual controls, the SP-350 offers no less than 24 preset Scene modes, including a QuickTime Movie mode. With its small size, nice selection of creative controls, and high resolution sensor, the Olympus SP-350 is an excellent all-around camera suitable for novices and experienced amateurs alike.
by Shawn Barnett
When you first see the product shots of the Olympus SP-350, it’s not impressive. Its big grip on the right really looks silly, especially in the front shot. Holding and using the camera, however, gives a very different impression.
The big grip gives you a far better hold on the camera than other small cameras in this class, yet the camera still travels well.
Two other factors changed my opinion of the Olympus SP-350 very quickly: the hot shoe and the printed image quality.