|Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital Camera Black (Kit w/ 40-150mm+14-45mm Lenses)|
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|As digital photography has gained popularity and become affordable for just about everyone, increasing numbers of photographers are demanding the higher quality and flexibility that only an SLR camera can offer, with the availability of interchangeable lenses, external flash systems and other accessories. Now, with the Olympus E-500, the promise of creative digital SLR photography is within everyone's reach.With 8.0 million pixels, the Olympus E-500 ensures subjects are always recorded in brilliant detail. Furthermore, rather than using an ordinary Interline Transfer CCD, this model incorporates a Full Frame Transfer CCD (FFT CCD). This type of CCD has a larger pixel area, because there is no dedicated transfer channel, instead the photodiode itself is used for this purpose. As a result, the FFT CCD captures more electrons, to deliver a higher signal/noise ratio and a wider dynamic range. The photos therefore benefit from greater exposure latitude, more detail and less noise. In addition, the camera is equipped with a special noise filter that minimizes image noise at high ISO values.Incorporation of the TruePic TURBO image processor not only ensures images pack a punch with their life-like color, resolution and contrast, it also adds speed to the Olympus E-500. Sequential shooting at 2.5fps is possible with all image data formats. In the HQ (1/8) or SQ JPEG format, images can even be recorded up to the full memory card capacity when using high-speed media, such as SanDisk SDCFX (Extreme III). In addition, users also benefit from the two memory card slots - one for CompactFlash and another for xD-Picture Cards - which add to this model's practicality and provide extra data security.Operation is further enhanced by the camera's large 6.4cm/2.5" HyperCrystal LCD screen with 215,250 pixels for viewing shots. It conveniently allows results to be viewed in large format directly on the camera without glare, even in direct sunlight and at angles of up to 160°. Views of recorded shots can be enlarged up to 14x to facilitate easy checking. The LCD doubles as the easy-to-read status panel, giving clear, detailed information on all camera settings.|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||8.0 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||14-45mm and 40-150mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 45mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||58 mm|
|Lens System Features||Floating System, Aspherical Lens|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Lens Construction||10 group(s) / 12 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 90mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 min|
|Exposure compensation||±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-1600, ISO auto (100-400)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||1600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||95%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-3 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II, 1 x xD-Picture Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.2 or later, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, TIFF|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Histogram Display, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Programs||Beach/snow, Candle, Children, Document, Fireworks, High key, Landscape, Landscape-portrait, Low key, Macro, Night scene, Night scene with portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Contrast compensation, Neutral, Saturation, Sepia, Vivid|
"Compact design; strong autofocus performance even in low-light situations; intuitive and easy-to-navigate menu system; wide range of automated and manual features to appeal to both serious hobbyists and curious SLR newcomers."
"Unreliable automatic white balance in some conditions; slow start-up time when dust reduction is enabled; compatible Zuiko lenses don't indicate focal distance."
"The Olympus Evolt E-500 is a compact, easy-to-use digital SLR camera with a broad feature set for its class and very nice photo quality overall."
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I would have to say I am very impressed with this camera, I utilize it for work. I am a fire investigator so I rely on my camera to obtain photos of the fire. Once I learned a little more about the features and settings of the camera I began getting the quality pictures I was looking for. Althought I am looking to add an external flash for my no light situations, the camera works great in low light areas but needs a little assistance in no light (which is what I am normally working in). I would have to say if you are looking for a good SLR camera and not looking to invest a ton of money I wouldn't pass this one by.
This is a great way to upgrade from the standard "point and shoot" cookie cutter cameras that are mass marketed. Having an auto focus helps dramatically until you can get in for lessons to be able to decypher the many terms and functions. Manufacturer has a free software download and good support for the Olympus line. The only downside I can find at this time is that it isn't the most popular brand and therefore used lenses can be difficult to find outside of ebay. Ultimately, you may not make a fortune taking pictures for National Geographic, but it will take you to the next level in your photography without requiring a second mortgage for the equipment. I am very pleased.
This one is a very good choice for people like me (beginner) you just put it on auto and it will do all the other things for you with very good picture quality. It has a lot functions that you should read about it before you use it to get the maximum from it, you can get this information either from manual or you can search the web. It’s a little heavy but you will get used to it after some time. You need time and practice to get used to it’s software .
Olympus Evolt E-500 DSLR camera. It is an 8MP. I bought it because this comes with (2) lenses and I need the extra telephoto lens. I already have one such camera. Unless you want to have more lens selections, it matches the popular Canon and Nikon but cheaper in price. It is a fine camera with a lot of bell-and-whistle. It is physically bigger/heavier than the point-and-shoot, meaning two hands operation. Once it is out, it is fast to turn on and quick to shoot, almost no delay. I started with film SLR camera and went to the tiny point-and-shoot and back to DSLR. The point-and-shoot has too many issues, time delay, pictures not as sharp, halo light effects, red-eyes, etc. I am not saying DSLR does not have any issues, but it is much less. Pictures are sharp even in Auto-mode. Unlike the Canon and Nikon where they have a switch for AF/MF (focus) on the lens, Olympus is set through the screen. It has more options of whether you prefer to turn left or right. You have the choice of one or two memory chips. You can read more by going to online and I am making this short. I am please with this Olympus camera.