Olympus SP-500 UZ review
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 degrades quality, and with the eyelevel viewfinder I find it is much easier to keep steady at a relatively slow shutter speed
However there are 2 big minuses which make me long for my 750 (I might go on eBay and try and find one again)
These are firstly - a really terrible little eyelevel viewfinder - no eyesight correction, and nasty distortion. Over about 6 months I have sort of got used to it, but it is much more of strain than the predecessor's , or from what I've seen, rivals like Canon and Panasonic.
Second and most importantly, the lens quality does not match the crystal clarity of the 750. This may have been only 4 megapixel, but the quality was superb, and similar shots taken on the 500 look soft in comparison. To be fair it's not jut the 500. I tried a Canon Powershot S3 and that was no better. In the drive to outdo eachother with ever increasing megapixels, are manufacturers sacrificing good old basic lens quality?
- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%
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