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Epson L-500V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and usability. The image quality and portability also get good views. The manual image adjustments and features get critical reviews.

screen, portability, image quality, usability, performance

viewfinder, low-light, features, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Epson L-500V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Epson L-500V


The EPSON L-500V is a compact, five megapixel digital camera that includes Epson Photo Fine Technology, along with high-speed continuous shooting and a creative feature called PRINT Image Framer®, which adds unique frames to any photo with a touch of

Bottom line - The Epson L-500V will make a good choice for anyone who needs or wants a very compact and highly durable camera. It will make an excellent camera for family, tourist, and business users. With a street price of around $399, it offers a good v

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Epson L-500V


Megapixels: 5, Included Memory Amount: 48 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format:...

Attractive, compact, and sturdy. Large LCD. Very good pictures. Decent video.

No optical viewfinder. Limited manual controls. LCD is hard to read in bright sunlight.

This sleek little beauty performs very well, shooting accurate, detailed pictures. Its 2.5-inch LCD is gorgeousin the right lightingbut the camera lacks an optical viewfinder.

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Epson L-500V


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Sharp 2.5-inch LCD ; Continuous shooting mode ; Low noise

Awkward thumbstick ; No optical viewfinder ; Mediocre video quality


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Epson L-500V review


Epson's L-500V adds a new twist to the digital photography home market, adding fast continuous mode shooting (three frames per second) and user-choosable picture frames to their five megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD display, and an...

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Epson PhotoPC L-500V


The Epson PhotoPC L-500V is small and rectangular, well-shaped for larger coat pockets and most purses, with a sophisticated, minimally-styled body. Though quite compact, the camera accommodates a very generous 2.5-inch LCD monitor, which serves as the...

Compact size, Solid build, In-camera image stabilization makes all lenses better for low light shooting, Same sensor as 7D, Kit lens covers 18-70mm 35mm equivalent range, Very good to excellent low-light capability, Excellent battery life, Decent...

Proprietary hot shoe, No PC sync port, No video recording (a fact of life with SLRs), Hand grip may be uncomfortably small for some users, Image noise slightly high at ISO 1600, RAW+JPEG option only saves fine-mode JPEGs. (But that's not a bad...

The L-500V's 3x optical zoom lens has a focal range from 5.6-16.8mm, the equivalent of a 34-102mm lens on a 35mm camera. Focus ranges from 19.7 inches (50 centimeters) to infinity in normal focus mode, with a macro setting that lets you get as close as...

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Epson L-500V


The L-500V takes good pictures, but most casual shutterbugs will prefer a cheaper, slightly lower-resolution model.

Low noise ; sharp 2.5-inch LCD ; continuous shooting mode

Awkward thumbstick ; mediocre video quality ; no optical viewfinder

The most obvious differences are the L-500V's spacious 2.5-inch LCD (but at the expense of an optical viewfinder) and rechargeable battery. The oversized, sharp LCD makes it exceptionally easy to read and navigate menus, but the thumbstick is awkward...

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Epson L-500V


The Epson L-500V is a compact 5 Megapixel digital camera combined with a 2.5 inch Photo Fine viewer. It is the world's highest definition consumer display on the market with 256 pixels per inch (ppi) which enables accurate viewing and sharing of photos...

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Digital Camera


The trend in consumer digital cameras has finally settled into three stable categories: the big digital single lens reflex (DSLR) with 8-14-megapixel resolution, the midsize ãenthusiastä models offering 8-megapixels and longer/faster non-removable...

In the shooting department, I have no complaints. The L-500V is as good or better than any subcompact from any maker Iâve seen this year. The camera is responsive, with imperceptible shutter lag and rapid reset for the next shot. AF/AE is virtually...

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Owners Opinion: Epson PhotoPC L-500V (veroman, 28 Feb 06)


This has to be one of the most under-reviewed and under-rated cameras ever made. Why this camera didn't receive more attention and applause when it was first released in anybody's guess, because it should have. It is a superb piece of picture- ...

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Epson L-500V


My buddy had had one of these for about a year, then dropped it. He sent it back to Epson for repairs and I bought a Casio S600. Sweet little camera (at 6 MP it takes about the same quality pics as the Epson L500). It's movie quality is much better...

Quick start-up and time between shots, Cool blue light when using timer, decent quality photos, nice huge screen, nice flash, good price

Crappy videos (grainy), white balance lacking, image finder seems blurry until you take the picture

Product Specifications

With a large 2.5" Epson LCD, the compact Epson L-500V digital camera was designed with Epson's exclusive Photo Fine LCD technology for unbeatable clarity and color. Now, it's easy to capture and view photos like never before. And, with 5.0-megapixel resolution, it's a snap to get brilliant shots for crystal-clear enlargements. Best of all, with a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, this digital camera won't miss a moment. It shoots up to three photos per second until the optional high-speed memory card is full. For that extra special touch, Epson PRINT Image Framer adds fun photo frames at the touch of a button - over 100 frames are available to choose from. Add a frame before a photo is captured, or before it's printed on a supported printer - all without affecting the original image! This point-and-shoot digital camera even records video clips with sound for up to 30 seconds. And, it includes a convenient rechargeable battery and charger. When it's time to print, the Epson L-500V prints directly to select Epson printers. With the large LCD and convenient Print button, users can quickly and easily select specific photos. And, they'll get the best possible prints automatically from PRINT Image Matching -enabled printers. Enjoy crystal clear images on-screen or print eye-catching enlargements directly from the camera - it's all possible with the Epson L-500V.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Night portrait / Portrait mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson PhotoPC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:16.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.6mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto (50-200)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None