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Olympus SP500 Digital Camera [6MP, 10 x Optical Zoom] Silver

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Battery Model: AA, LR6, MN1500, KAA, LR6/M,AM-3, 4006, MIGNON/AM3
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2112
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 2816
  • Changeable Lens: No
  • Chip Type: CCD
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • Depth in mm: 71
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 5
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 6
  • Height (mm): 74.5
  • Highest Focal Length in mm: 380
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 115000
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2.5
  • Longest Shutter Speed: 15s
  • Longest Shutter Speed in s: 15s
  • Lowest Focal Length in mm: 38
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • Maximum Aperture Tele: 3.7
  • Maximum Aperture Wide: 2.8
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 6.37
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: Internal + External
  • Micro Drive: No
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: Movie + Voice
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Number of Batteries: 4
  • Optical Zoom (Ratio): 10
  • PC Card: No
  • Photo Resolution Height in Pixel: 2112
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2112
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 2816
  • PictBridge: Yes
  • RAW Format: Yes
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2112
  • Resolution Width in Pixel: 2816
  • SLR / Compact: Compact
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): No
  • Sensor Size: 1/2,5''
  • Serial Shot Mode: Yes
  • Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1000s
  • Shortest Shutter Speed in s: 1/1000s
  • Size of Internal Memory in MB: 10
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Transflash Card: No
  • Video Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 240
  • Video Resolution Width in Pixel: 320
  • Weight in Grams: 285
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • Width (mm): 105.5
  • XD Card: Yes
  • Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
  • microSD/ TransFlash Card: No

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.5 x 7.4 cm ; 290 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
  • Item model number: SP500
  • ASIN: B000B4FVK4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Sept. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,051 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Best match alternative for discontinued product - 798011.

Manufacturer's Description

With a 50x total zoom, the SP-500 Ultra Zoom doesn't miss a thing! Very few subjects are likely to be beyond the reach of its high-quality 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 38-380mm), but in case further reach is required an additional 5x digital zoom delivers seamless magnification. Coupled with 6.0 million pixels, high-definition images are assured.;The SP-500UZ boasts high resolution, incredible zoom power and a vast array of photographic functions to satisfy even the most ambitious photographer. Programme auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, 21 scene modes and full manual control means that this model is equipped to handle any situation; and users can choose between its electronic viewfinder or the extra-large (2.5") LCD for image framing. Light distribution can be checked by using the histogram function accessible in both shooting and playback modes. And for automatically ensuring pictures have the best exposure values, Auto Bracketing takes a series of up to five shots in 1/3EV increments from which the best image may then be selected.;This model benefits from various focusing options: From iESP autofocus through to spot and multi-spot AF with a selectable AF area offering 143 points and, of course, manual focus photographers dictate the level of control they require. The SP-500UZ also incorporates a Predictive AF system. It detects the distance of back or forward moving subjects and then calculates their predictive location at the moment of shutter release - ideal for wildlife photographers. With the sequence shooting function, a series of movement is captured at 2.5 frames per second. Enthusiastic users can extend the capabilities of the SP-500UZ even further with additional teleconversion lenses to achieve even greater focal lengths or wider angles. This model really will satisfy every creative impulse of the keen photographer.



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I received this camera at Christmas, and I am completely new to digital photography. I wanted something that would allow me to develop new skills, but without having to know to much about the technical side of photography.
This camera is excellent for that. I started with the auto setting and found this gave good results, but found some photos a little dark so I moved onto custom settings, which I found quite easy to use. There are four custom settings and a SCENE setting which has about 15 pre-programmed settings for things like behind glass, cuisine, sport etc, which are really useful. This camera if definitely user friendly for the beginner who wants really high detail images. The macro setting is amazing and produces really clear, sharp results. The LCD screen is also good because its so large, so you can view your pictures in good detail before you upload them to a computer. The camera can also record videos, which I haven't really experimented with yet.
The only problem I have had so far is that it can take a while to focus on an object, often up to a second after you press the button. I have tried to find other ways of focussing but as yet have not found any. I would say if you want a camera that can focus and take a picture really fast then this may not be the best one for you.
Overall, I would say this is an easy to use and non-threatening camera, not too difficult for a beginner to use but also good quality enough for those more experienced. I had some prints done yesterday and the colours are amazing, without any editing, and the focus is sharp, even very close up. I'd definitely recommend it.
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Having only received the Camera a couple of days before I went on a few days Holiday to Cornwall, I was expecting a 'hit & miss' start to my usage of the SP500. This is my first real big megapixels and Zoom camera. So I just left the Camera on Auto and just clicked. It was simplicity itself! As I took more pictures it became very intuitive and I was soon playing with the various settings; and there are loads to choose from, taking pictures was becoming real fun. The camera behaved impeccably.

I'm home now and have downloaded all my pictures, over 200, onto my PC,(I purchased a Olympus 512MB XD Card at the same time) which was hassle free, very simple and quick to do. Again I was expecting to see quite a few blurred or badly lit shots (I was taking shots of everything, from sunsets and Surfers, to portraits, close ups and landscapes, in varying light conditions), incredibly every single shot I took has come out pin sharp, picking up detail I did'nt even see, and the colours are superb. Even when I used the Zoom to it's fullest, taking a shot of nesting birds on a cliff face, I was expecting the shot to show some blurring from camera shake, but not a bit of it, it came out great! Apart from a few images that need cropping and straightening (user error, not camera!) I have a fabulous selection of holiday shots.

I cannot rate this Camera highly enough, a magnificent choice for any user irrespective of experience. Well done Olympus, a fabulous digital camera, and well done Amazon for selling it at such an amazing low price, and for the usual faultless delivery service.
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I worked as a wedding photographer for a number of years then gave it up. All my analogue kit was Olympus and U swore by it. I was recently asked to 'do' a wedding for a relative and they wanted digital which necessitated buying a camera. I instinctively went and looked at Olympus. I never liked carrying large cameras around and I only ever used to use my analogue kit on jobs. For my own photos I used an AF compact so I wasn't in the market for a digital SLR. I needed something' however that afforded me some creative control over the images I wanted to take. The SP500 ticked all the boxes for me. It is fully featured and small enough not to be a pain. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for that something more than a point and shoot.
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I have had a variety of 35mm film cameras, and was fairly competent in using it for getting pictures that I wanted, rather than just point & shoot. The problem is that I have a cupboard full of pictures and negatives, so was considering going digital to save space.

Not sure if I would take to it, I looked for an inexpensive camera that was easy to use, had settings I could play with, and would be smaller than my 35mm to be able to carry around with me more easily.

The Olympus SP500 meets all of my needs! It is compact, but still has all the features an experienced amateur would want. Picture quailty is excellent, and using on the hoof and on the computer couldn't be easier. My only problem is that the mode wheel in the top of the camera is easily spun around if you are wearing it around your neck without the case - I just check it every now and then to ensure it's in the mode I want.

Just starting? Get this camera!
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By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2006
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I have been using a C750UZ since they first came out and have been delighted with the camera but always thought that 4mp was too low. With the SP500 having 6mp and a whole host of other features I considerd it to be just what I needed. I was disappointed to find thet you cannot adjust the dioptre on the viewfinder, but given the "big screen", have found it not to be too much of a disadvantage. There are so many programmes built in that I'm not sure that I will ever be able to work out which one to use but I do welcome the "through glass" setting (not that I had much of a problem with the C750)
I like the size because it fits in my pocket and is unobtrusive in use, allowing me to take those shots where an SLR would attract too much attention. I also like my cameras in black!
I recommend it to anybody as a reasonably priced piece of kit with most of the features of much higher priced cameras.
p.s one other grouse is that it only takes AAs - what do I do with my expensive CR-V3s?
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