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Olympus E-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 794 reviews of Olympus E-500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the image quality and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the low light performance, while the storage and control panel get negative views.

usability, price, performance, portability, image quality

viewfinder, focus, stabilizer , control panel, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Olympus E-500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance and screen. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the size. Many are critical about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, price, screen, performance

battery, durability, viewfinder

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus E-500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 221 user reviews of Olympus E-500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the image quality and portability are generally positive. The performance and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the video and viewfinder. There are some mixed reviews about the image stabilizer.

usability, price, performance, portability, image quality

viewfinder, video

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : Cliff Smith (trustedreviews.com)

Olympus E-500 - Digital SLR

 

The Olympus E-500 is set to give the Canon EOS 350D and Nikon D50 a run for their money.

The E-500 should secure Olympus a place on the lucrative consumer D-SLR shelf alongside the Nikon D50, Canon EOS 350D and Pentax *ist DL. It is a very well designed camera, combining excellent picture quality, outstanding performance and lots of...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Olympus E-500 review

 

Does it make a mark?

Easy and pleasant to use ; Surprisingly free of fringing ; Good definition levels ; A classy build

Sluggish manual focus ; Inferior high ISO performance

It's a very likeable camera with some clever photographic options

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Gordon Laing (techadvisor.co.uk)

Olympus E-500

 

The Olympus E-500 is the latest model to join the increasingly competitive budget digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera market, sporting 8Mp (megapixels), a unique antidust system and a great-value twin-lens bundle.

The Olympus E-500 has 8Mp quality, matching the best budget digital SLRs and a unique approach to combating dust on the sensor. Some may not like the motorised manual focusing, but few will complain about a body and two lenses for £675. It's great value.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by (megapixel.net (en))

olympus E-500

 

Excellent image quality.Excellent value with 2 lens kit.RAW, TIFF, and low compression SHQ format and selectable compression level for HQ and SQ.Mirror lock-up.CCD cleaning system.Good ergonomics.

A bit too heavy on power consumption in comparison to other dSLR cameras.Soft focus at the widest angle with the 14-45 mm lens.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Olympus E-500 : Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera

 

The Olympus E-500 is a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera and I was sent it with a couple of lenses, the first a macro lens great for those close ups and the send a more general 14-45mm offering.

Perhaps a camera those who come from a 35mm background would fall in love with, mainly because they are used to making decisions that the modern digital photographer either does not make or does not have to make. However the 'Auto' mode is there but it...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : best4reviews.com (best4reviews.com)

Olympus E-500

 

The E-500 is packed with kit too much to go over in detail here. Suffice to say, this is as comprehensively specified D-SLR as you're likely to want (or need) and at £600 (for the standard kit that includes the 14-45mm lens used in the test) it's great...

Lightweight and easy to use, excellent image quality, comprehensive control options

Styling is a bit on the chunky side

Jan, 2007

Expert review by (ixbtlabs.com)

Olympus E-500: The Price of Passing the $600 Barrier

 

The box is very small. When you hold it in your hands, you may think that you got the BODY bundle without a lens. But a label on the box ran SE kit – hence there must be a lens inside. Indeed, the lens is inside all right. The package is just very tight.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by (digicamreview.co.uk)

Olympus EVOLT E-500 DSLR Review

 

Announcedon the 26thof September 05, the Olympus E-500 is a new 8 megapixeldigital camera with a Zuiko 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 lens. The cameras 3.2xoptical zoom lens has a 28-90mm 35mm film equivalent. The Olympus E-500is available from around £499,this...

Very good image quality ; Excellent battery life ; Very pleasing natural colours ; Simple to use, thanks AUTO and Scene modes (although practice is recommended) ; Good kit lens ; Wide-angle / telephoto lenses available, note also with an adapter can...

This is an impressive digital SLR camera, offering excellent image quality, an excellent range of lenses with very precise manual zoom control. The screen is good, and the camera can produce excellent photos - although be aware that in low light...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by (dcmag.co.uk)

Olympus E-500

 

A more classic design from Olympus that veers away from the E-300(tm)s eccentric body shape. Same 8mp sensor but with a new noise filter makes this a far more attractive buy. Good colour rendition and a special anti-dust mechanism for clean images...

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Review of the Olympus E-500 - Digital SLR Reviews

 

With the arrival of Olympus's third E-system camera, we see a return to traditional values, with a camera that looks like a traditional SLR.

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