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Olympus-sp-500-uz.3383734
5.3 out of 10

Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom

A powerful 10x optical zoom gets you deeper into detail while a Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Great for price.

lyredcars, Ebay
8 May 2012
  • Summary: Has performed very well. Easy to use. Great little camera for the investment. Would recommend to all...
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

tooljunkie, Photography Review
13 June 2007
  • Summary: I like the black body. Reminds me of the nice black body SLR's that cost extra 30 years ago. I love the textured grip, very easy to hold on to the camera. One nice feature is being able to switch the view screen to the view finder. All of the menu is then viewable through the view finder, very useful in bright light conditions. The camera uses 4 AA batteries, easy to find. I use rechargeable and keep an extra set with the camera.
  • Pros: AA batteries easy to find and cheap to buy. 10X zoom with great optics. Fits hand well. Something like 26 different settings including going to totally manual. Olympus quality. Large capacity card. Good battery life. Large view screen that is switchable to the view finder. Nice black body. I have an optional USB card holder that makes photo transferring very quick and easy. Size of camera makes it easy to hold steady (it is large, but not real heavy)., This is a good ...
  • Cons: Could use a wider angle lens. Needs image stabilization. Can be slow for action settings (may be me not setting it correctly). So many options can be confusing. Setting adjustment knob on top of camera is easy to bump and change setting, it needs more tension. Camera is large.
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Overall 8
8.0

"Great Camera!"

lisacp, CNET
1 October 2006
  • Pros: Easy to use, nice super zoom, crisp clear pics
  • Cons: Bulky, need large case, heavy and awkward to carry
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Overall 7
7.0

"Ahhh...now I know why stabilization is so important..."

rhetman, CNET
22 March 2006
  • Pros: Size, grip, and overall features
  • Cons: Takes XD cards; no stabilization makes it impossible to take close-up photos of active 3-year-old; manual opening of flash
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Overall 7
7.0

"You're a smart shopper right? read this review..."

onecubicmile, CNET
14 March 2006
  • Pros: complete details in review
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Overall 7
7.0

"Good but not perfect"

arthur_c, CNET
2 March 2006
  • Pros: Zoom, size/weight/physical balance, macro
  • Cons: A little plasticky, AF slow/limited, defaults not ideal
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Overall 8
8.0

"Comfortable and easy to use"

jseage, CNET
9 February 2006
  • Pros: many funky preset features
  • Cons: i still produce many blury pics
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Overall 8
8.0

"I dare you to find a better camera for the price!"

kmtchll, CNET
30 October 2005
  • Pros: Great Pics, Manual controls, Lightweight, Large LCD
  • Cons: I wish it had image stabilization, but pay an extra $125 and Sony will give it to you
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Overall 8
8.0

"Nice camera but needs stabilization for zoom."

j76ms, CNET
21 October 2005
  • Pros: Build quality is nice. Four AA batteries last for a good amount of use. Pictures come out very clear and look great when using mini tri-pod!
  • Cons: The only problem I have with this camera is that it needs image stabilization while using the zoom.
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 10
10
Overall quality 8
8.0
Looks 8
8.0

Pretty good

xuenylom, Ciao
20 June 2007
  • Excerpt: "When looking for a digital camera for my art gcse i headed to ebay in search of one. This looked professional, if rather large. After paying about £150 for it [ which should have been much more, considering it was brand new] i instantly fell in love with it. It's wheel is fairly easy to use. Sometimes when i'm taking a picture the wheel can accidently be moved by my finger. The genious invention of a sort of hand grip on the right hand ...
  • Pros: Big screen, beautiful quality, easy to use, good to grip
  • Cons: quite big
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