Olympus SP-500UZ Brief Review


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  • 6 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • manual and program exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO 80-400
  • 4 "AA" batteries or 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2005-08-31
  • Final Grade: 73 3.65 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus SP-500UZ
6 megapixels; 10x optical zoom / 5x digital zoom; autofocus; manual and program exposure; JPEG and RAW file formats; ISO 80-400; 4 "AA" batteries or 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Check out the newer SP-600UZ model. Here's what we had to say about the SP-500UZ when it was released in August 2005:

The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom takes is a still camera that is keenly aware of motion. One of the more alluring features of the SP-500 Ultra Zoom is the predictive autofocus, which anticipates the location of a moving object at the decisive moment. This allows for clearer, more accurate photos of sporting events and always active children. The 10x optical zoom and 6 megapixel sensor are more than enough to deliver sharp, highly detailed photographs of your subjects at long distances while the Super Macro mode has you covered for extreme close-ups as close as 3cm away.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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