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Olympus SP-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 552 reviews of Olympus SP-500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and zoom. The performance and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the focus, while there are some negative opinions about the storage and low light performance.

usability, image quality, performance, zoom, portability

stabilizer , viewfinder, shutter, low-light, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SP-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus SP-500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Olympus SP-500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and price. The performance and image quality also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the low light performance and shutter. There are some less positive views about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, image quality, performance, price, portability

stabilizer , durability, viewfinder

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus SP-500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 198 user reviews of Olympus SP-500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and price are generally positive. The zoom and performance are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the shutter and image quality. Some have doubts about the low light performance and focus.

usability, performance, zoom, price, portability

stabilizer , focus, low-light

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Olympus SP-500UZ Review

 

Five and a half years ago, long before Panasonic launched the FZ series, before Canon, Kodak, Minolta - or anyone else for that matter - had joined the 'big zoom' party there was the Olympus C-2100UZ. With its image-stabilized 10x zoom, electronic...

Decent results with good detail and natural color Low noise at low ISO settings, still fairly low at ISO 400 Comprehensive photographic controls Rugged, lightweight construction and excellent handling Lots of scene/subject modes Huge range of advanced...

JPEG images look soft compared to much of the competition Mild exposure problems in high contrast / bright scenes Writing to xD picture card slow (much better with newer high speed cards). Raw mode slow (much better with newer high speed cards)....

Taken on its own merits the SP-500UZ is a more than capable camera with a huge feature set, great handling and perfectly good results - at a very competitive price point. But the 'super zoom' sector is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

SP-500 UZ Digital Camera

 

The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is the lowest-priced advanced camera we've ever examined. Previously, the PC World Test Center tested the SP-500 as a point-and-shoot model. But after its impressive performance in that category, we chose to test its...

Long zoom lens Long zoom lens High image quality

No image stabilization

We were impressed with the color in the photos we took with the SP-500, and the camera accurately exposed the images. We did notice some slight distortion when using the zoom lens at its widest settings, and the photos looked rather soft: Details such...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom

 

Artwork: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

High image quality ; Powerful zoom

No image stabilization

The low-priced SP-500 delivers high image quality, long battery life, and a powerful zoom. But it lacks image stabilization.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (cnet.com)

Olympus SP-500 UZ

 

Olympus SP-500 UZ

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus SP-500 UZ

 

Continue on to Features & Controls SP-500 UltraZoom Specifications Imager 6 megapixel effective, 6.37 megapixel gross, 1/2.5" CCD Lens 6.3 - 63 mm (38-380mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 11 lenses in 7 groups, 2 aspherical lens Zoom Seamless to 50x...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : LetsGoDigital (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus SP 500 UZ Review

 

Olympus SP-500 UZ dijital fotoğraf makinesini test ettiğimiz süreç içerisinde cihaz bizde farklı izlenimler uyandırdı. Görüntü kalitesi ve fonksiyonellik açısından tatmin edici bir seviye sunan ürün diğer megazum modellerle karşılaştırıldığında zayıf...

Mar, 2007

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus SP 500 UZ review

 

The Olympus SP-500 UZ digital camera is an advanced digital camera that straddles the border between compact digital cameras and digital reflex cameras. The Olympus SP500 US was officially introduced in the second half of last year providing a compact...

The Olympus SP-500 UZ is a digital Megazoom camera that a creative photographer can really work with. The camera’s multitude of possibilities means that you can capture a variety of subjects in practically any way imaginable. The camera is multifaceted...

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus SP-500 UZ

 

The 500UZ's long zoom reaches from 38-380mm, a full 10x. That used to be a lot more impressive, but these days there are quite a few competitors with similar specs, and most of those cameras have something the SP-500UZ doesn't: image stabilization....

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Olympus SP-500UZ

 

While many of Olympus' competitors have added image stabilization to their ultra zooms, Olympus has not had this feature on their cameras since the legendary C-2100UZ from the year 2000. What you will find on the SP-500UZ is a 10X optical zoom lens, 6...

Good photo quality ; Full manual controls ; Large 2.5" LCD display (but see issues below) ; Support for RAW image format; images can be edited right on the camera ; Customizable buttons and menus; favorite settings can be saved to spot on the mode dial...

Sluggish performance when viewing photos in playback mode, or shooting in RAW format ; No image stabilization ; LCD resolution isn't great, neither is low light visibility ; Unimpressive continuous shooting and movie modes ; No diopter correction for...

The SP-500UZ is an average camera in a sea of really good ones. While I'd say that it's "okay to buy" the SP-500, there are many other cameras in this category that offer better performance, photo quality, and features (including image stabilization).

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Olympus SP-500 UZ (UltraZoom) digital camera Review and Prices

 

Olympus has given photographers a hybrid between ultra-thin digital cameras and large 35mm-type models with its SP-500 UltraZoom. At 2.8 inches in thickness, the SP-500 UZ isn't going to fit in a pocket like an ultra-thin digital camera, but it is...

10X zoom lens, good photo quality, good mix of beginner and intermediate features, good response times

EVF won't appeal to everyone, LCD could be sharper, camera shake can be a problem

Sep, 2007

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