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Olympus IR-500 Digital Camera

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and performance are overall positive. The screen and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the low light performance and manual image adjustments. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

value for money, portability, screen, performance, size

battery, zoom, memory, manual adjust., low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus IR-500 Digital Camera is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Olympus IR-500

 

Excellent playback capabilities; lots of scene modes; large, versatile, high-resolution LCD.

No tripod socket; few manual controls; limited zoom range.

The Olympus IR-500 is a competent 4-megapixel camera with a limited zoom range, but its 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD and playback capabilities will make you want to tote it everywhere as a portable shoot-and-show display.

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A very affordable gem of a camera, with an outstanding screen

 

I bought this camera for my teenagers for $129. I compared it with the current crop of 4-5 Megapixel cameras from Kodak, Nikon, Fuji and Olympus, all retailing at $149-199. The IR-500 won due to what appears like a very durable design, a gorgeoous 2.5"...

Overall value, screen quality, size and design

Proprietary battery and xD memory, no viewfinder, so-so zoom

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A very affordable gem of a camera, with an outstanding screen

 

I bought this camera for my teenagers for $129. I compared it with the current crop of 4-5 Megapixel cameras from Kodak, Nikon, Fuji and Olympus, all retailing at $149-199. The IR-500 won due to what appears like a very durable design, a gorgeoous 2.5"...

Overall value, screen quality, size and design

Proprietary battery and xD memory, no viewfinder, so-so zoom

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One of the better 4mp Cameras for the price

 

I really like the design of this camera though the quick-view button & trash picture buttons are a little slippery. The large 2.5" LCD is very nice and the videos are good if you don't mind the size. All in all a great camera for the price as once...

Tons of shooting modes and a very unique design

Quick Time Movies are huge & Shutter Lag is bad

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Olympus IR-500

 

I bought this camera for my teenagers for $129. I compared it with the current crop of 4-5 Megapixel cameras from Kodak, Nikon, Fuji and Olympus, all retailing at $149-199. The IR-500 won due to what appears like a very durable design, a gorgeoous 2.5"...

Overall value, screen quality, size and design

Proprietary battery and xD memory, no viewfinder, so-so zoom

Consumer review by:

Olympus IR-500

 

I really like the design of this camera though the quick-view button & trash picture buttons are a little slippery. The large 2.5" LCD is very nice and the videos are good if you don't mind the size. All in all a great camera for the price as once...

Tons of shooting modes and a very unique design

Quick Time Movies are huge & Shutter Lag is bad

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good camera for the price

 

I bought my IR 500 for $149 at Fry's about a month ago. The camera has the best view finder I've seen yet, however, the flash is too powerful that you see red eye in all of the photos. It comes with a docking station (which is the only way to recharge...

inexpensive with decent quality pics

Red eye in every picture

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Olympus IR-500

 

I bought my IR 500 for $149 at Fry's about a month ago. The camera has the best view finder I've seen yet, however, the flash is too powerful that you see red eye in all of the photos. It comes with a docking station (which is the only way to recharge...

inexpensive with decent quality pics

Red eye in every picture

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Amazon review summary for Olympus IR-500 Digital Camera

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 user reviews of Olympus IR-500 Digital Camera from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

portability, performance, image quality, screen, size

value for money

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus IR-500 4MP Digital Solutions Camera with 2.8x Optical Zoom & P-S100 Digital Photo Printer (Includes Docking Station)Olympus IR-500 4MP Digital Solutions Camera with 2.8x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)Olympus IR-500 4MP Digital Solutions Camera with 2.8x Optical Zoom & P-S100 Digital Photo Printer (Includes Docking Station)

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Olympus IR-500

 

Great photos are assured with the IR-500 digital camera. It boasts four million pixels, a 2.8x optical zoom and offers a choice of 17 scene programs. Its large, 6.4 cm, 360'° swivel sunshine LCD monitor provides a clear view even under strong light....

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Product Specifications

Great photos are assured with the IR-500 digital camera. It boasts four million pixels, a 2.8x optical zoom and offers a choice of 17 scene programs. Its large, 6.4 cm, 360

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-12B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.1in
Height:2.8in
Weight:0.4lbs/6.1oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:2 in 1 / Behind glass / Cuisine / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Self-portrait / Sunset / Vivid nature

Flash Memory

Form Factor:xD-Picture Card
Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:IR-500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.9-4.8
Max Focal Length:17.3mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:2.8
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:11
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 64-400/ISO auto (50-400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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