Summary: Replaced my Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom 6MP Camera with this identical camera. I bought my Olympus camera brand new in 2006 and made the mistake in 2009 of trying to download the Olympus firmware that came on a disc with my camera to my camera. It froze my camera. This camera works perfect.
Summary: I purchased this as a replacement for the same model that I accidently dropped onto concrete. (Use a strap every time!) Although it's sporting only 6MPs, the detail this camera captures is amazing.
Summary: The SP-500UZ is a little dated by 2012 standards where consumers are led to believe that without 14-16 megapixels, image stabilization and 32x zoom lenses it is not possible to capture great images. A friend once stated that it often isn't the bow that matters, but the skill of the archer.
Summary: Pure Quality.....great piece of equipment, built like a tank, has a great eyepiece viewfinder, camera makers are leaving them off now on many models and a sunny day then becomes your enemy. The quality of the images are fantastic and even on AUTO you pics are pro quality.
Excerpt: The Olympus SP 500UZ digital camera has many functions, at first, I had to take some photos before I really understood the camera. So far I've taken many nice photo with this camera, especially night scene and portrait photo.
Summary: I love everything else about it! It takes excellent pictures as long as you do not use more than 3/4 of the optical zoom. Even the software that it comes with works well. I have no problem at all with the batteries lasting for a long time.