Olympus E-500 / EVOLT E-500

Announced Sep 26, 2005 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Great camera with many features. I sold it to a friend after purchasing an E1. Problems: Only problem was what I considered a "not so great" jpeg engine, so I just shot RAW.

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Ah, those colors! Not many cameras have colors like the E-500 have. The Kodak sensor really does it for me. I think it's the last Olympus to use that sensor. I generally use my 14-54mm lens with it. Great results. I also own the E-330, released just a couple of months after but I really wanted to own this one based on the pictures posted on pbase web site. Really worht it. Paid $299 brand new in the box last week, with one lens 14-45mm. I am currently waiting for my new E-520. Problems: No ...

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One of the lightest and smallest SLRs of its time. Many photographic and creative options. Very good jpegs, punchy pictures. with pro glas this one can keep up with many more expensive models from other brands.

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Owned for 15months. Great build, comprehensive features and fantastic image quality. Iso 200 is the best as it retains a natural sharpness. Its great up to iso 400 but a litttle noisy after that, you will need to put it through pp after iso 400 for the best resullts. The jpegs this camera can take are unbelievable and because of the low compression pretty well match what you could get from raw. Get the exposures there or thereabouts and you can just use jpegs all the time. Use custom white ...

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I have had the E500 for 2 years. Excellent camera for hobby! + easy to use menu rich features clear & large LCD screen good contruction Problems: - iso 800 is not good, noise is too much USB 1.1, quite slow

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I have had the E500 for 2 years and I use it mainly for cityscapes. The automatic focusing is consistently good and I cannot improve on this manually or with the focus bracketing feature. Exposure compensation adjustment works reliably every time. I use the 7-14 wide angle frequently and this works consistently well, though it's heavy. I use a tripod a lot. Problems: The press buttons around the "OK" one stick sometimes. Only two presets are not enough and so rapid extra adjustments are ...

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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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