Olympus SP-500 reviews and prices: Hybrid camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 49 reviews.
Olympus SP-500: 6.37 MP (Megapixels), 10x optical zoom, XD Card storage, No image stabiliser digital Hybrid camera. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
produces very good pictures
Bad points:
camera bodywork could be a little stronger
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jun 2006

keith, west midlands

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very easy to use
Bad points:
none yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Aug 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Condensed excellence. Good magnification range for most purposes. Overall excellent image quality, especially in good light.
Bad points:
Other cameras seem to record colour slightly better, but the eye usually can't tell. It doesn't register anything much in shadow, so looses some detail.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Aug 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use with great results. Software is user friendly & easy to follow even for a beginner.
Bad points:
Perhaps a bit on the bulky side, but this is not really a problem.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Oct 2006

David, Edinburgh

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great sub-SLR camera for the more serious entry into Digital Photography. Ideal for the enthusiastic beginner. The Optical Zoom makes this a real camera.
Bad points:
At this price, can't think of any.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Oct 2006

Paul, Hampshire

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Optical zoom...you can't beat it
Bad points:
No Diopter adjustment on EVF
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
zoom power, battery life
Bad points:
strength of flash
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Sep 2006

Product Features

Camera Type Hybrid
Resolution (Pixels) 2816x2112
Optical zoom ratio 10
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 5
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format XD Card
Media format SDXC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Video recorder Movie and Voice
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 285
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 105.5x74.5x71
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-3.7
In-built memory (Megabytes) 10
Built-in flash Yes
Release date 2006-03-01
Height in mm 7.5
Width in mm 105.5
Depth in mm 7.1
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Battery Model AA, LR6, MN1500, KAA, LR6/M,AM-3, 4006, MIGNON/AM3
Zoom Type Optical + Digital
Autofocus Yes
Range Finder Type Optical/Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 380
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 38

Also known as: SP-500, Olympus Sp 500

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