Olympus SP500 Digital Camera [6MP, 10 x Optical Zoom] Silver
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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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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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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.
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.
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!
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had set myself a very restricted budget for this camera. It came in, including delivery, at slightly under that budget. Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Kindle Customer
I bought this camera for basic use, to take nice pictures of parties or any kind of event to remember but without being pretentious. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Kiara
As the reviews say, a lovely camera but I dropped mine [it can happen you know]. Dropped just 14 inches onto grass, the result: smashed TFT screen and dud electronics, only fit for... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2008 by Mr. R. W. Huxford
On holiday I became frustrated in trying to frame scenes in an LCD screen which was almost impossible to see in the bright summer sunlight. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2006 by JayKay
I picked the SP-500 as a replacement to my old ultra zoom Olympus, the C-765. The 10x lens was the same, but whereas the C-765 was 4.0MP, the new camera was 6. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2006 by Mr. M. J. Robotham