Olympus E-500 / EVOLT E-500

Announced Sep 26, 2005 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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I waited 2 years to get this camera. The price came down and I snapped it up. It's full of features and will take a while to learn them all. Everyday I find something new in it. Problems: You have to be careful of the wb button. You can hit it by mistake with you thumb. Other then that I love it.

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Best SLR for the dollar? ...at least before the 510, you could argue. A great Pro-Am camera at a very reasonable price, especially with the 2 lens kit. learning curve is minimal, and rsults are outstanding. My appreciation for Olympus digital continues to strengthen. Great battery life and fast recharge times. Problems: Low light can be tricky, and the hands free modes take special attention. Otherwise, not a thing.

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An excellent value for your money! My first DSLR. Got mine in September 2006. Prior to the E500 I used bridge cams and P&S extensively. Held off purchasing a DSLR with the mistaken notion that a bridge or prosumer cam was "good enough". The E500 proved how utterly wrong I was! Images are truly excellent and stunning! The depth and vividness of which I doubt any prosumer could ever achieve. High ISO pics may be not as clean as it's C&N brethren, true, but there are easy work arounds for this ...

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I wanted to get my wife and I into "serious" digital photopgraphy, and looked into DSLRs. The C & N models were hard to ignore, but with the advent of in-body IS systems, Sony and Pentax came to the fore. In the end, I realized that it wasn't the body that counted but how much lens for the dollar I could get. I made my purchase on the verge of the 410 and 510 hitting the market, so prices are plummeting, also, the new smaller kit lenses and SWD lenses are on their way, so I think I got a good ...

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A good camera that's going dirt cheap at the moment; especially if you look around and get it with the two lenses. Also a good second body for the Olympus E-series and an even better introduction to the E-series. Little to fault but I'd love some of the top end lenses to be a lot cheaper! No noise problems at 200 and 400 which give very high shutter speeds for the tele end of the 40 to 150 zoom. This Japanese lens is a excellent value for money, btw, and turns out beautifull pictures. BTW, ...

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nice cam , easy to use , feels good , lots of detail at 100 iso Problems: very disappointing AF in low light very disappointing noiselevels , noise sometimes visible even at 100 and 200 iso

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After reading many many reveiws i choose this camera over the very popular Canon Rebel XTi. Mostly because of cost. I have fallen in love with this camera, it is a great buy! If fits in my hand well, and is well made. The only con i have found is that the lenses are more expensive than the Canon's, but you are getting very high quality lenses, so totally worth it.

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Excellent camera for various uses. Coupled with the pro-grade lenses 11-22 and 14-54, I have made interesting images with it. Things I love with the E-500: 1. One-touch WB 2. AEL spot meter 3. NR filter for ISO400++; not as good as Neat Image, but good enough non-critical situations 4. Overall ergonomics Problems: Viewfinder is tiny, considering I still shoot OM's. Overall construction is a bit fragile.

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Although the camera doesn't break any barriers, it does finally deal with the E-300's problem of low-light focusing & addresses some of the noise issue. The larger LCD almost balances out the tiny viewfinder. I'm frustrated waiting for the E-3 & if it doesn't break any new ground like the E-1 did with the sensor-cleaner & the E-330 did with the live-preview, then I'll probably sell my Oly gear. The glass is top-quality. I just wish they made their bodies with the same level of quality & ...

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I bought the E500 a couple of months ago as a bundle with the 17.5-45mm & 40-150mm zoom lenses, a 1Gb card and case. The price beat all the other entry level DSLR packages at the time and none of the others had dust reduction in that generation. The widespread copying of the system by other manufacturers in the next series is testament to the percieved value in the feature. 2500 images shot so far (which begs the question how long it will last before a service is needed). Generally, the ...

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