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Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ 14-45mm and 40-150mm 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.

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Product Identifiers
BrandOlympus
ModelE-500
MPN262064
UPC050332299405, 4046628139094

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution8.0 MP
Screen Size2.5"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size13.0 x 17.3mm
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens For SD14-45mm and 40-150mm
Focal Length Range14mm - 45mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size58 mm
Lens System FeaturesFloating System, Aspherical Lens
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Lens Construction10 group(s) / 12 element(s)
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera28 - 90mm

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed8 min
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100-1600, ISO auto (100-400)
Light Sensitivity Max1600

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level penta-dach mirror
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification1.0x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1

Dimensions
Depth2.6 in.
Height3.7 in.
Width5.1 in.
Weight15.3 Oz.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Size2.5"

Connections
Connector Types1 x USB, 1 x composite video output
Expansion Slot1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II, 1 x xD-Picture Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X 10.2 or later, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, TIFF

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAE/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

Miscellaneous
Shooting ProgramsBeach/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 EffectsBlack & White, Contrast compensation, Neutral, Saturation, Sepia, Vivid

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Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewVery Good

  • THE GOOD

    "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."

  • THE BAD

    "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 BOTTOM LINE

    "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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Customer Reviews

Average review score based on 60 user reviews

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of customers recommend this product

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Created: 03/27/11

Good, solid camera

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.

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Created: 10/27/11

Great value with a little practice great pictures

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ 14-45mm and 40-150mm Lenses)

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.

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Created: 08/22/11

It’s a loss for the seller, and a gain for the buyer.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ 14-45mm and 40-150mm Lenses)

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 .

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Created: 10/14/10

Olympus Evolt E-500 camera and Zuiko lens

Review For: Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ 14-45mm and 40-150mm Lenses)

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.

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Created: 02/14/10

Great Camera!

Review For: Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ 14-45mm and 40-150mm Lenses)

This is my first digital slr camera and I love it!!!!!!!
I did a lot of research on these prior to deciding which one to purchase, and I am so glad I got this camera!
It is easy to use, and if you aren't very tech savy, it is still easy to use!
If I had to say anything I dislike about this camera is that you need to have a telephoto lens and macro lens for close ups, but for the quality of pictures it produces, it is well worth the investment.
There are so many scene options, you can choose auto functions, which is great, or as you become more adapted to the camera, you can choose to have manual selections, its great!
The flash is good, and I love how it comes ready to go, just make sure you have a media card-but it has to be CF or xd it will not take sd cards.
There is not an image stabilizer, but with a little practice you can take great photos without relying on the image stabilization feature that soe cameras hvae.

Also this camera is a little less expensive than say the canon rebel, but after researching the options, the olympus is a great choice!!!!

The software that comes with the camera is oretty basic, and I really like paint.net for all of the options it has, and would reccomend that website to anyone with an slr camera.
But all things considered this is a great camera for the first time slr purchase producing many options and high quality photos.

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