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Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom
4.6 out of 10

Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom

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Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera Review

PhotoAxe
9 May 2007
  • Excerpt: Olympus SP-500 is a 10X optical zoom camera, meaning it is an ultra zoom camera, way above the average zoom of other cameras; it provides 6 Megapixel CCD, large 2.5 inch LCD display, full manual controls (including white balance and focus), and plenty of scene modes plus shortcuts and custom button.
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DP Review
4 May 2007
  • Conclusion: Taken on its own merits the SP-500UZ is a more than capable camera with a huge feature set, great handling and perfectly good results - at a very competitive price point. But the 'super zoom' sector is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in digital photography, and a 10x zoom model without...
  • Pros: Decent results with good detail and natural color, Low noise at low ISO settings, still fairly low at ISO 400, Comprehensive photographic controls, Rugged, lightweight construction and excellent handling, Lots of scene/subject modes, Huge range of advanced features including in-camera raw editing...
  • Cons: JPEG images look soft compared to much of the competition, Mild exposure problems in high contrast / bright scenes, Writing to xD picture card slow (much better with newer high speed cards)., Raw mode slow (much better with newer high speed cards)., Playback quite slow, Focus can be slow in low l...
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 9
9.0

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LetsGoDigital
26 December 2006
  • Conclusion: Olympus SP-500 Megazoom digital camera The Olympus SP-500 UZ is a digital Megazoom camera that a creative photographer can really work with. The camera’s multitude of possibilities means that you can capture a variety of subjects in practically any way imaginable.
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Steve's Digicams
3 February 2006
  • Summary: The Olympus SP-500 UZ features 6-megapixels of resolution with a powerful 10x optical zoom lens and a large, easy-to-view 2.5-inch color LCD with both automatic and manual settings, all built into a very compact and light-weight body.
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Dc Resource
1 February 2006
  • Excerpt: The SP-500 Ultra Zoom ($379) is the latest big zoom camera in Olympus' lineup. The SP-500UZ is the descendent of the C-765/770 models, which were introduced way back in early 2004.
  • Pros: Good photo quality, Full manual controls, Large 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below), Support for RAW image format; images can be edited right on the camera, Customizable buttons and menus; favorite settings can be saved to spot on the mode dial, AF-assist lamp; above average low light focusin...
  • Cons: Sluggish performance when viewing photos in playback mode, or shooting in RAW format, No image stabilization, LCD resolution isn't great, neither is low light visibility, Unimpressive continuous shooting and movie modes, No diopter correction for electronic viewfinder, No USB 2.0 High Speed suppo...
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Overall 7
7.1

Olympus SP-500

Photoxels
23 January 2006
  • Summary: The Olympus SP-500 is packed with features that should appeal to an aspiring photographer. It is well-built, handles comfortably and looks very professional in its black body. A 10x optical zoom brings far subjects close but image stabilization is missing.
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Overall 8
7.5

Olympus SP-500 Review

Digitaltrends
12 December 2005
  • Conclusion: The 10x Olympus SP-500UZ is in the thick of a tough fight with Canon, Kodak, Konica-Minolta and Sony, all battling for photographers who want powerful zooms that are great for all-around use, especially vacations. It has some good things going for it and some negatives.
  • Pros: Compact 6MP 10x optical zoom digicam
  • Cons: Uneven focusing, OK picture quality
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Overall 8
8.1
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 7
7.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 9
9.0

Olympus SP-500

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: The Olympus SP-500 is well worth considering if you're looking for a digital camera with an extended zoom lens. It has an extensive feature set and it is priced competitively. Picture quality is very good and there are very few obvious downsides to this camera.
  • Pros: Design and style, Overall picture quality, Menu help, Value for money
  • Cons: No optical image stabilisation
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Digicam Review
18 July 2007
  • Summary: : The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is an appealing digital camera, it feels very comfortable in hand, and produces very pleasing (saturated) colours, with generally low noise. The screen and electronic viewfinder let the camera down due to the screens low resolution, and the electronic viewfinders...
  • Pros: Very good exposure / metering, Very good colour, Excellent Macro mode, Abundance of features, RAW mode, bulb mode, time-lapse photography., Abundance of picture adjustments, both before photo and after photo is taken - Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast, etc, Comfortable handgrip, Built in guide / h...
  • Cons: Advanced manual is on CD, Low screen resolution (115k pixels), Slightly slow focusing / occassionally misses focus at telephoto in dark conditions, Low resolution video mode compared to the competition, Lacks image stabilisation, causing more likelihood of blurry photos in low light, or using ful...
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
30 April 2007
  • Summary: A very respectable advanced camera model that is only really let down by noisy pictures.
  • Pros: Big zoom, Sharp colourful shots, Speedy
  • Cons: Noisy Images, Big design
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