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Olympus EVOLT E-500

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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus EVOLT E-500 Digital SLR

ConnectReviews
21 February 2007
  • Excerpt: Digital cameras have been improving in quality since their popularity increased a few years ago.
  • Pros: Truly stunning images., Huge LCD compared to other cameras in it’s class., Great price point., Dual memory cards accepted (CF and xD).
  • Cons: Startup is delayed by dust reduction system., Battery takes a long time to charge., Only uses USB 2.0 Full Speed., Burst mode is slower than others.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus Evolt E-500

PC Magazine
7 February 2007
  • Conclusion: The Olympus Evolt E-500 is a very good entry-level D-SLR that falls just shy of greatness.
  • Pros: Large, clear 2.5-inch LCD. Supports a variety of shooting formats, even multiple formats simultaneously.
  • Cons: Controls could be better organized. Image quality could be better. Weak burst mode.
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Overall 8
8.3

Olympus E-500

best4reviews.com
28 January 2007
  • Summary: The E-500 is packed with kit too much to go over in detail here. Suffice to say, this is as comprehensively specified D-SLR as you’re likely to want (or need) and at £600 (for the standard kit that includes the 14-45mm lens used in the test) it’s great value. If you’re looking for a compact, lightweight D-SLR that packs a real punch in almost all departments you would do far worse than stopping your search right here.
  • Pros: Lightweight and easy to use, excellent image quality, comprehensive control options.
  • Cons: Styling is a bit on the chunky side.
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Expert Review

DP Review
28 January 2007
  • Conclusion: When the E-500 was announced in September this year the reception was noticeably more positive than for the E-300. The E-300's primary problems were its unusual design/layout and (as soon as reviews arrived) pretty average high ISO performance. It had five months as the highest pixel count 'affordable' digital SLR, until Canon announced the EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT).
  • Pros: Good resolution, very little difference to the EOS 350D (although not as 'crisp'), Good color, contrasty images with out-of-the-camera appeal (selectable Picture Modes), Low noise levels up to ISO 400, usable ISO 800 (image much softer at ISO 1600), New high ISO noise filter deals with chroma noise, although softer images, New metering sensor a vast improvement over the E-300, Wide range of image parameter adjustment (color, tone, sharpness), Kelvin white balance opti...
  • Cons: Very small viewfinder view (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus), Recommended sensitivity ISO 100 - 400, images at ISO 800 usable, ISO 1600 not really, Not instant startup (1.7 sec) even longer in its out-of-the-box configuration, Occasional hard clipped highlights, edge jagged diagonals, No record review delete / cancel, Lack of status LCD can mean shorter battery life (LCD monitor takes more power), Inconsistent automatic white balance in incandes...
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
7 December 2006
  • Excerpt: The pro-level E-1 SLR was the first Four Thirds camera from any manufacturer, and good though it is, its 5-megapixel resolution was always going to be a perceived drawback.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus EVOLT E-500

MobileTechReview.com
6 July 2006
  • Conclusion: Good times for dSLR shoppers. It's really hard to go wrong with any of the intro offerings from Olympus, Canon, Nikon or Pentax. The EVOLT E-500 does give a lot of bang for the buck, especially if you go with the 2 lens bundle. It has some of the most user-friendly controls we've seen, that won't scare the pants off of point and shoot folks, feels good in the hand, looks and feels well made and it takes very good photos.
  • Pros: Excellent resolution, great color (accurate and vivid), Supersonic Wave Filter keeps the sensor clean, pretty fast continuous shot mode, lightweight and compact yet still has substance.
  • Cons: Viewfinder is small. 4/3 might be a put-off for traditionalists. Shots over ISO 400 aren't great. Startup time isn't instant (even when automatic sensor cleaning is disabled).
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
9 March 2006
  • Conclusion: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera When the Olympus E-300 first appeared in the market, many raised an eyebrow. Was this the camera that would truly make a mark for the FourThirds system? It wasn't. With the E-500 digital reflex Olympus gives it another shot, one that in my opinion is far more realistic than the last. First of all, because the Olympus E-500 eyes as a regular D-SLR.
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Overall 8
7.6

Olympus E-500 / EVOLT E-500 review with Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5~5.6

Camera Labs
1 February 2006
  • Summary: On the downside though, the anti-dust process imposes a serious delay every time the camera powers up, the motorised manual focusing (and lack of anti-shake options) could seriously infuriate some photographers, the lack of detail when zooming during playback is disappointing, while the view through the viewfinder has to be one of the smallest from any digital SLR; it's also a missed opportunity not to automatically switch off the monitor when you go to compose a shot.
  • Pros: Unique and effective anti-dust system, Great value twin lens bundle, Good resolution and overall image quality, Detailed shooting information for a budget DSLR
  • Cons: Motorised manual focusing not very tactile, View through viewfinder looks very narrow, Screen doesn't turn off when you compose, Lens selection not as broad as major rivals
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Overall 8
7.6

Olympus E-500 / EVOLT E-500 review with Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5~5.6

Camera Labs
1 February 2006
  • Summary: On the downside though, the anti-dust process imposes a serious delay every time the camera powers up, the motorised manual focusing (and lack of anti-shake options) could seriously infuriate some photographers, the lack of detail when zooming during playback is disappointing, while the view through the viewfinder has to be one of the smallest from any digital SLR; it's also a missed opportunity not to automatically switch off the monitor when you go to compose a shot.
  • Pros: Unique and effective anti-dust system, Great value twin lens bundle, Good resolution and overall image quality, Detailed shooting information for a budget DSLR
  • Cons: Motorised manual focusing not very tactile, View through viewfinder looks very narrow, Screen doesn't turn off when you compose, Lens selection not as broad as major rivals
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
26 September 2005
  • Excerpt: The Olympus EVOLT E-500 is a new entry-level digital SLR that's priced at just $799 (one lens kit) and $899 (two lens kit). Like the E-1 and E-300, the E-500 uses the FourThirds system, and it supports all of the Zuiko digital specific lenses that Olympus offers.
  • Pros: Excellent photo quality (though see issue below), Great value, Well designed, attractive body (unlike the E-300); doesn't feel cheap, Dust reduction system, All the expandability you'd expect from a D-SLR; hot shoe for external flash, Large LCD easy to see outdoors; shows shooting info; allows for easy setting changes, Full manual controls and then some, Very good performance in nearly all areas, RAW, RAW+JPEG supported; RAW images can be edited right on the camera, A...
  • Cons: Images a bit noisier than competition at high ISOs; some jaggies, Startup time is slower than other D-SLRs due to dust reduction system, Burst mode could be better, Only three focus points, No battery grip available, No LCD info display on top of camera, No USB 2.0 High Speed support
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