Olympus SP-500 UZ Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
review has been submitted to DIWA
Awards [Total: 71%].
38mm, Program Auto, ESP, 1/40 sec., F2.8 and ISO
The Olympus SP-500 is packed with features
that should appeal to an aspiring photographer.
It is well-built, handles comfortably and looks
very professional in its black body. A 10x optical
zoom brings far subjects close but image stabilization
The Olympus SP-500 starts up in about 2 sec.
and there is no practical shutter lag at the wide-angle
end. At full tele, AF can sometimes take about
2 sec. to lock, depending on your subject. An
extra large 2.5 in. LCD makes it easy to view
and compose shots, though we would have preferred
extra resolution and a faster refresh rate. The
LCD "gains up" slightly in low-light
to permit composing.
Image quality is very good, though highlights
tend to be blown. Noise is very low at ISO 80
The Olympus SP-500 has full exposure flexibility,
displays a live histogram, provides 15 sec. of
long exposure (plus Bulb), and allows you to save
images in RAW. It uses 4 AA Alkaline batteries.
The Olympus SP-500 has many advanced features
and should prove attractive to both beginners
and more advanced photographers. It is easy to
get good results with this camera, and so it makes
a good family camera. The high degree of control
it allows the photographer also makes it a good
choice for photography students.
See if you fit the Olympus SP-500 User Profile
Desire a 6MP resolution
digital camera with very good image
Want a long zoom. Want a long
zoom. Want a long zoom.
Want a well-rounded digital
camera for general family use.
Want eveything a beginner or
serious amateur photographer needs to learn,
experiment and grow in digital photography.
Want more exposure flexibility
than provided by a point-and-shoot digital
Want pro-level features,
such as RAW, manual WB, Histogram, time-lapse.