Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom
Showing 1-10 of 166
Very nice and useful camera!
R. Langston "WebToad", Amazon
4 February 2012
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. To some extent I agree. I have used Olympus digitals for some time and still have an old C2040 that performs great. I got this one to get a little more reach for nature photos.
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. Sometimes I choose a small aperture and low ISO - and even then I'm able to capture amazing detail and sharpness without the use of a tripod… The Olympus SP 500 UZ is simple perfect and has a very clear LCD.
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.
Summary: This is the third of this model camera I've purchased. . . one for self initially, one for a gift to a friend, one to replace old camera which was misplaced (and later recovered). Although listed as a "point and shoot", ie, many automatic features, this camera is considered by many to be a HYBRID between P&S and a DSLR. No lens replacements here, although a wide angle attachment is available.
Summary: My XD card broke in my old camera. I sent it to Olympus to fix. They wanted $160. I told them to keep it and bought this used camera for $80. It works exactly the same as my old one, and I can use all of the lens attachments I have for the camera. Very happy with my purchase.
Summary: I wanted a camera that I can point and take a picture in an instant. My daughter is 2 so capturing those quick moments is a must and this was the camera that could do so. I also like that it is not complicated to use this camera. The 6 megapixel make it a little blurry on the LCD screen, but on the computer or printed out the images are perfect.
Pros: - Amazing pictures, no matter what setting. - Easy to use, you don't have to be too tech savvy to point and shoot. - Digital screen view or traditional viewfinder view - Comfortable neck strap included - Moderately lightweight - Quick software
Cons: - Requires 4 triple A batteries (might wanna invest in rechargeables) - No audio capture on video. - Nothing else