Olympus SP-500 UZ

Announced Aug 29, 2005 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 38 – 380 mm (10×)
Rcky F
 
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Purchased SP 500 to replace C750UZ & C765UZ. My first pics seemed soft and slightly blurry. But the more pictures I took the better the image quality became. It may not equal the C750 & C765 but I'm very happy with it. If it had image stabilization it would be an excellent camera! Problems: None

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nickb800
 
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A fantastic camera, great design. Very comfortable and natural to use. The short lens doesnt get in the way but still makes a comfortable hold on the camera. Perfect weight - not to heavy, but still enough mass to point where you want it. Great live view - you can see the effect of aperture and shutter speed changes as they happen, great for beginners working out what they really do! Massive screen (2.5") lets you scrutinise the photos out in the field. Excellent quality images and easily ...

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Simon RO
 
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This camera was an insurance replacement for my UZ750 which was unfortunately stolen at the Alhambra in Granada. There are pros and cons for the updated model. The larger viewing screen is a plus, as is the easier switching between screens, and a much quicker start up time. Genral handling and battery life are good, and though seemingly flimsy, as other reviewers have noted, the body seems robust enough. I don't mind about lack of image stabilisation, as on other cameras I've seen , this just ...

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fairy69
 
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I had this camera for 6 months, after buying it with high recommendations. I am a Nikon user (film) and this was my first digital, meant strictly for snapshots/reference photos. From a point and shoot standard, it was worth the money, however, I, too had problems with camera shake due to lack of image stabilization even at the shortest zoom length. It was slow to focus in low light situations, if it focused at all - there were many missed images due to this problem. Lastly, the flash was more ...

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unsukim
 
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I've had this cam for seven months now and I think it's the best point and shoot cam you could have. The Pic are great. Easy to use. For a person who just wants a point and shoot, this would be the best and easy to learn. You will get great shots using the presettings that come with the cam. No problems here what so ever. Problems: None

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jtdpalm
 
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I must say that this camera surprised me with its image quality and ease of use. I also have a C-8080 which is an excellent camera for many situations with superb image quality, but the SP-500 fills the gaps at the closest macro ranges and at telephoto shots that the C-8080 cannot do. I also do shots with a Nikon D70 at work now and then and have also tried the Canon 350D with different lenses... The dSLR:s are faster on focusing than the SP-500 (and C-8080) but it seems it's more like of a ...

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Mocca321
 
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This Camera Rocks!! I am producing professional quality images in less time at 20% the cost investment of an SLR with preview. This is one of the few “SLR like” cameras with an option for direct PC control over all the capture features. Shutter, Aperture, ISO, Exposure, Optical Zoom, Flash, White balance, File transfer etc. This is achieved via Olympus Software Development Kit – SDK applications, there are quite a few, I purchased one called Cam2Com by Sabsilk for $30 the best money I ...

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Problems: The lack of a diopter adjustment makes this camera very uncomfortable for me to use. With my glasses on, it's too strong; with them off, too blurry. This is more than a nitpick.

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plaatje
 
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Use the SP 500 uz now a couple of months. It's my first Olympus camera and I like it. Did use a Canon G2 untill now. The SP 500 uz makes great pictures not only in RAW but also in JPEG. Maybe not the best camera in the market but a good camera for it's price.

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nero
 
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I was really shocked when i saw this plastic toy. Nothing remained to compare with the legendary C series, but nevertheless the pics are amazing coming out from this cam. Noise levels aren't that bad either and i was surprised by it's NR control, full features (tons of jpegs to pick+RAW), in-camera foto edit, very accurate exposure and high iso performance. Definetely a Nero's pick!:-) Problems: a little too slow on overall performance! Sometimes you have to smoke the whole cigar waiting for ...

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