|Olympus decided that the message about their "Supersonic Wave Filter" which cleans the sensor each time the camera is powered on wasn't getting through properly. Hence on the E-500 you are greeted by this animation each time the camera is switched on. With the animation enabled startup takes 2.8 seconds, with it disabled you save around one second; 1.7 seconds.|
We assume that much of the 1.7 seconds startup has to do with the execution of the SSWF cleaning the sensor. Surely it would be better to have the SSWF only execute once every 24 hours and automatically after the lens is changed.
(If you can't see an animation above you need the latest Flash plugin, click here)
Record information display / settings change
|An example of the detailed information display which provides a summary of current camera settings and exposure.||Press the OK button to access any displayed setting, move around using the 4-way controller and OK again to change.|
|Here an example of the ISO selection screen, this can be accessed using the method above or simply by pressing the ISO (down-arrow) button.||Use the 4-way controller or main dial to change a setting then press OK to confirm (or half-press the shutter release*).|
|Changing drive / self-timer mode.||Changing AF Area mode.|
* Thankfully the E-500 allows you to quickly change settings without requiring the OK confirmation every time (unlike the Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT).
Record review & Play
If enabled the E-500 will provide a review of the image shot immediately after the shutter release (the length of time this is displayed can be set from 1 to 20 seconds). By default the record review display mode will be a single image with no information overlaid. In Play mode you can choose between the seven display modes by pressing the INFO button, the display mode is then memorized and also used for record review. The only thing you can't do in record review is erase / cancel the image, pressing the erase button does nothing.
Kudos to Olympus for providing a wide range of display modes including the very useful blinking highlights and blinking shadow modes.
|No overlaid information||Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)|
|More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number)||Thumbnail with AF point, quality, four-way histogram and detailed exposure info.|
|Large overlaid histogram with semi-transparent background.||Blinking highlights (either over-exposed or almost)|
|Blinking shadows (either under-exposed or almost)|
Turn the main dial counter-clockwise to enter magnify mode, keep turning to magnify up to 14x. Use the four way controller to pan around the magnified image. Disappointingly beyond 8.0x you don't actually see any more detail, magnify appears to use a low resolution embedded JPEG. UPDATE: We have confirmed that in magnify mode you are only looking at a 1600x1200 embedded JPEG image, hence any magnification 8.0x won't deliver any more detail.
Jump zoom / Side-by-side compare
Two unique features of the E-500 are 'jump zoom' and 'side-by-side compare'. In playback mode simply press the custom WB / multi-function button to display a small bounding box indicating a 10x zoom area, press again to magnify or you can modify the size and position of this box. If you press the AF point button you get a side-by-side comparison view which shows the same part of the next image (you can browse the right side).
Turn the main dial clockwise to switch to thumbnail index views, there are a total of five different index views; 4 images (2x2), 9 images (3x3), 16 images (4x4) and 25 images (5x5) as well as the very useful calendar view which allows you to browse your images by the date they were taken.
Other play functions
|Press the Erase button to erase the current image. Note that this function can be used with multiple items selected.||Press the Copy button to copy this image from one card to another. Note that this function can be used with multiple items selected.|
|An example of using the OK button to select multiple images and then pressing the Erase button.|
|Waffles with fruits by Coolinarka|
from Food photography (desserts)
|Vestrahorn Frozen Reflection by Will B Milner|
from Ice cold
NASA's Juno spacecraft is sending back its first images from Jovean orbit, and they're beautiful. Read more
We got our hands on the first zoom lens available for Fujifim's new digital medium format system. Check out the samples
As summer really gets going over here in the Northern hemisphere, the team at Imaging Resource has put together a list of the best cameras for backpacking.
The Ukrainian Parliament banned statues of Lenin in 2015. Two years later, the monuments no longer adorn public buildings or stand watch over town squares, but they're still there.
If you had to choose one camera to bring along for the ultimate West coast road trip, what would it be? DPR's Sam Spencer choose the X100F. Read more
The a9 boasts impressive capability. As more examples of it in practice pour in, Sony's claims hold up. Watch the a9 track and maintain focus on a rapidly approaching basketball.
Last week, more than a million tonnes of Californian coastline slid into the ocean, taking part of Highway 1 with it. Check out the remodeling in photos taken before and after the landslide.
Even after eighteen months of reviewing the latest, greatest, shiniest and must-buy-me-est new gear, DPReview staffer Carey Rose has continued to use older DSLR cameras for his freelance work. But now, that might be changing. Read more
Sony is the world's leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it's said in a presentation to investors. A focus on high value cameras and lenses should boost operating income, it says. Read more
It's nicknamed the 'Cycloptic Mustard Monster,' and is a 3D printed medium format camera. Read more
The new NanGuang LED lights are battery powered and come with accessories including filters and diffusers.
Have you been telling yourself, "Hey, I really need one of those 8K displays?" A video about Dell's new 8K monitor shows you what to expect. Is it really that much better?
Tamara Lackey, a Nikon ambassador USA and pro shooter, discusses embracing self-consciousness as a means of connecting with subjects.
There's a new Spiderman movie coming out and the poster been generating a lot of online chatter. Mostly about how it looks like the creation of a fevered teenager that just discovered Photoshop.
An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.
Copyright disputes are no fun at all. 'Binded' is a new startup that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers. Read more
Not everyone wants to pay a premium for a long zoom camera. Thankfully, there are many reasonably priced cameras available, though they won't offer the same image quality as enthusiast models. In this updated roundup we look at big zoom cameras with more consumer-friendly price tags. Read more
Think Tank Photo has updated two of its popular bag lines with improvements to functionality. Read more
We’ve all seen Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, but there's another.
The sample footage looks good.
It will automatically pick the best camera settings depending on shooting conditions. It even promises enhanced functionality for your camera, like exposure and focus stacking. It already supports many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony. Read more
As if $13,950 wasn’t enough to pay for a special edition lens, the Leica Store in San Francisco is offering a prototype of said lens for $24,995. Read more
Make those old photos disappear without deleting them forever.
Firmware updates enable 10 fps shooting with adapted A-mount lenses, and faster startup times and better compatibility for 20 fps shooting when using native lenses on the a9.
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its camera models X-T2, X-Pro2, GFX 50s, X-T20, X100F and X-T1 and updates to three of its software products.
A 22 year-old Romanian photographer uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture unique perspectives of the city where he now lives.
What's it like to ride the waves with champion surfer Kelly Slater? This VR video from Teton Gravity Research gives you a taste.
When Nikon released the full-frame D3 in 2007, it changed the professional photography industry. In this week's Throwback Thursday, Barney remembers a legend. Read more
The new stuff should have better red hues, improved sensitivity and finer grain - but don't worry - will still shift blues to green, greens to purple and yellows to pink.
Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more