Olympus SP-500 UZ

Announced Aug 29, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 380 mm (10×)
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I took my new Olympus on vacation, and was very happy with it's performance. I took almost 200 pictures, and had to replace the batteries only once. The only features that this camera is missing is Image Stabilization and an automatic lens cap. It's a bit of a pain to have to take off and put on this little plastic cap, that sometimes comes off it's string too. The 10X zoom works well, but without IS, you really need to use a tripod or leverage yourself on a stationary object. The camera ...

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John Erhardt
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I had previously owned a C770UZ and was partial to Olympus and the UZ line of cameras. When my 770 packed it in, I decided to go for the SP500. Based on some reviews that I saw on the web (most negative) I thought with an open mind that I would give this camera a go. One word sums up my short experience with this camera: disappointed. Olympus has certainly cheaped out on this camera. The C770 was a solid camera, albiet with 4MP, it had a number of features that were not passed to the SP500 ...

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Teacher
 
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This camera probably does take excellent pictures for some people but for some reason almost all of MY pictures kept coming out blurry. I took it back to the store and the Photo Manager suggested that I purchase something with Image Stability. So I returned the Olympus and purchased a Canon S3 IS that just came out. The Olympus has great features and is easy to use but the lack of Image Stabilty made my pictures look terrible.... you really have to have a steady hand especially when you ...

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I´ve been testing this camera for a month now and all I can say is that daylight pictures are ok, but lowlight situations such as weddings, parties, in house, this camera doesn´t perform well. Almost al pictures in lowlight are out of focus, at different degrees, no matter what method for focusing I try. Manual ,Auto, Full auto, Spot, any. Auto-focusing is too slow and most of times wrong. Pictures are way too noisy. I took my Uzi C2100 and the SP-500 UZ to a wedding andthe UZI s pictures ...

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