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.
Summary: I had to get a digital camera for my wife (her first). I thought a 6mp camera would be as good as she would ever need. The thing that really sold me was the 10X zoom and the small size. First impressions when I got it: (1) Looks sharp, except for the fact that it is three inches thick to accommodate the zoom and the four batteries. Was happy that it wasn't too heavy though. (2) How do I close the battery case without breaking it when I first put in the batteries?
Summary: I got this camera for about twice the price 6 months ago. Now that it's about $150 it's definitely worth the price. I am an amateur photographer and I use this camera virtually every day, so I"ve shot a couple thousand pictures with it. I always keep it in my backpack and I've taken it on trips. It has fallen many times and is still in complete working order! (the end of my last camera was my old roommate dropped it in the snow.) PROS: The optical zoom is AMAZING.
Summary: The camera ( my second Olympus digital ) is a terrific camera that produces superb pictures. The Olympus software, however, is another matter. They have greatly "improved" over the software of 3 or 4 years ago making it very much harder to use. Bottom line - great camera but terrible software.
Summary: The camera is an upgrade from the C-725 3MP 8X Zoom and is a major improvement particularly with a much more convenient menu system and scene mode. The screen is much larger and it is easy to transfer from the screen to the viewfinder. I am not impressed by the manual that does not provide sufficient detail for the various functions. The software provided (Olympus Master) transfers images rapidly but they are difficult to find once downloaded even using the calendar.
Summary: I researched my choices extensively before buying this camera and narrowed it to a Konika, a Pentax Lumix and this one. I am very happy with my choice. I wanted a quality camera without the hassle and expense of bulky, higher-end camera like the Rebel. Although I like the idea that it can change lenses, I don't think I'll ever bother with that feature.
Olympus SP-500 UZ once you get the feel of it... It's a nice quality camera!
Holly M. Majka, Amazon
1 June 2006
Summary: I really love this camera. Initially, I have to admit I was frustrated because alot of my pictures were blurry. I was cursing myself for giving up my Olympus C-50. Once I started to play around with the features and became more comfortable with it I am very pleased with it. I think using a higher capacity memory card could be a plus. Shooting in auto mode can almost guarantee a great shot, coupled with allowing the shutter button to lock the picture in place.
Summary: First of all, I am not a photographer. I do not dabble in this field, photography is not a hobby of mine, and I am so neanderthal in this arena I couldn't tell you what an SLR, hot shoe, or aperture is. Why did I buy a digital camera? My daughter, who is five, started T-ball and I wanted to capture the memories of a time that may never come again. I have bought many items from Amazon.com and thought I should look there first.
Summary: I've had my SP-500 since just before Christmas and it has performed extremely well. I just had a 12 x18 and 16 x20 enlargement done and the quality was very good. Costco recommended against the 16 x 20 but I found the picture to be excellent with no noticeable grain unless you get extremely close. Image stabilization would be a nice addition but by being careful and/or using a monopod I have gotten excellent pictures even at full zoom.