Olympus SP-500 Review

Here’s a excerpt from Photoxels review of the Olympus SP-500: The Olympus SP-500 is a digital camera targeted to beginner and serious amateur photographers. It has 6.0 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/2.5 in. image sensor. The Olympus lens is a 38-380 mm (35mm format equivalent) F2.8 (W)-F3.7 (T), 10x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Olympus SP-500 to be good to very good, though highlights tend to be blown.

DCResource have reviewed the Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom digital camera as always the review is in depth but here’s just a snippet: The Olympus SP-500 offers features for both the beginner and enthusiast. For the beginners there are plenty of scene modes to choose from. There’s an available light mode that tries to do what Fuji’s “Real Photo Technology” cameras can do, but those cameras do a better job than the Olympus SP-500. Power users will enjoy the full manual controls on the camera, white balance controls, and customizable menus and buttons. The camera supports the RAW image format, and Olympus’ bundled software does a good job of working with the files. The Olympus SP-500’s continuous shooting and movie modes were lacking, though….The Olympus SP-500 UZ is an average camera in a sea of really good ones. While I’d say that it’s “okay to buy” the Olympus SP-500, there are many other cameras in this category that offer better performance, photo quality, and features (including image stabilization).

Steves Digicams have reviewed the Olympus SP-500 UZ digital camera, here’s a little of what they had to say: with great image quality, good performance, a versatile and powerful zoom range, and a multitude of exposure modes, the Olympus SP500 UZ is quite the compact “super zoom”. It will make an excellent choice for any consumer in the market for a 6-megapixel digicam that has plenty of telephoto capabilities. With an average retail cost of about $379, it offers an outstanding value and is sure to be one of Olympus more popular models this year.

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