Summary: This was a Mother's Day gift and turned my wife into a full blown digital scrapbooker. It's hard to take a bad shot, and has enough settings that the amateur artist can experiment easily/quickly with f-stops and shutter speeds...without wasting a ton of film. There is no video capture, and the small screen is okay for reference but nothing fancy. It will capure using the RAW format, but my wife prefers the largest jpeg for file size issues.
Excerpt: Its a very good camera. Takes some time to getting used to and all it can do. for me that is i m not that up on he digital camera s. For someone that knows how to work it use it it most likely will be easier for them. Takes very good pictures..
Excerpt: After doing months of research and going between the Nikon, the Canon and the Olympus, I found this camera to be the best and give you the most bang for your buck. The kit lenses are great. The only down side I have found is that all the manuals and books are really geared towards the other two cameras. It is difficult to figure everything out from your manual only. I ended up taking a photography class to learn all the manual settings.
Excerpt: Easy to use. Has all the options you could want at more resonable price than the competition. I like the fact that it uses a compact flash instead of an sd card, its less expensive and takes a lot more pictures. The popart setting also makes for great fun photos.
Excerpt: I have had my olympus for about a year now and I just really cant come up with anything bad to say about it. This camera was my first D-SLR and it replaced my olympus OM-10 This is the first digital camera that I have used that actually can compare with the quality of the 35mm om-10 The first photo is from my E-500. the second, (black & white) from my 35mm you be the judge.
Excerpt: I adore my Olympus E-500 Camera! I purchased this because I wanted something other than a Nikon which is what everyone seems to have. The price of the Olympus E-500 at the time was also a little more affordable for my budget than a comparable Nikon. The Olympus E-500 is great for both beginners and for more advanced photographers. It is easy to use on the manual setting as well as the automatic setting.
Excerpt: As a professional photographer for thirty-seven years, I have had many cameras. I have bought and regretted electronic cameras over the years and now they are worthless junk! The first cameras I ever owned are still going strong and now in the hands of my daughter Caroline. Almost two years ago I hesitantly agreed to shoot my sisters wedding. I say hesitently, because with film, if anything goes wrong... wel, you get the idea.
Excerpt: This was my first DSLR, I now also own the E510 and someday will buy the E3. After upgrading to the E510 I realized that I like the E500 8 megapixel sensor better. It seems the photo sites on the 8 meg camera are larger thereby giving the 8 meg E500 more sensor area then my new 10 meg E510. This goes to prove that you can't go by megapixel count alone.
Excerpt: I cannot say enough good things about this camera. I have had mine for about four years now and I love it! Compared to the other cameras in this range of SLR out there, the Olympus e- 500 is a much. much better value. I love both lens that it came with and I use them both often in my shooting. This camera has held up under almost full time use as a newspaper photographer and then as a wedding photographer.
Summary: I have to say overall I just love Olympus products! This camera is a backup to my other Evolt. I like the way the 4/3 sensors work and take photos. The quality of pictures is solid and consistent. The pictures always come out vibrant. Though I take care of my equipment, this camera was only $180 in almost like new condition. If I dropped it, I might cry some but then that gives me an excuse to get a PEN P3.