Reviews and Problems with Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom
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Amazing little camera for the price!
Theodore H Vollmer, Amazon
2 October 2013
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. And the ability to go into full manual mode makes it more versatile than your standard point-and-shoot. Four AA batteries mean no special chargers or batteries to deal with, and the memory card access on the side means no fumbling batteries to swap the card out.
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