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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. Opinions about the portability and zoom are generally positive. The performance and image quality also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the storage and low light performance, and opinions are divided on the focus.

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. People really like the portability and price. The performance and image quality also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the low light performance and shutter. Some have doubts 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.

Sep, 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. Views about the portability and price are overall positive. The zoom and performance are also appreciated. The low light performance and focus get negative comments, and the shutter and image quality get mixed reviews.

usability, performance, zoom, price, portability

stabilizer , focus, low-light

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

Sep, 2019

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

Olympus SP500 UltraZoom review

 

Is the new budget ultra-zoom model from Olympus any good?

Solid all-rounder

Lacking those extras

A very capable camera apart from the image stabilisation omission. If you can, try before you buy and take a few handheld photos at top zoom. If they don't come out sharp, you'll need a camera with image stabilisation to compensate for shake.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (techadvisor.co.uk)

Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom

 

The biggest thing about the Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom is the lens: it's an impressive 10X model that is significantly longer than those on most point-and-shoot cameras. However, it has no type of image stabilisation, so this long zoom can be a mixed...

This well-priced model has a long zoom lens that will suit beginners and casual photographers who want to get close to the action. Shame it doesn't offer anti-shake, but the overall model is so good that you can do without.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by (megapixel.net (en))

Olympus SP-500 UZ

 

Very good image quality.Excellent colour rendition.Big 10X optical zoom.Very good lens.Complete set of shooting modes.RAW format.Compact and light to carry.Large 2.5-inch LCD monitor.High definition EVF.

No optical stabilization.Poorly designed viewfinder eyecup and no diopter correction.EVF refresh rate lower than monitor's.RAW format needs better software support.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by (digicamreview.co.uk)

Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom

 

Announced on the 29th of August 05, the Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is a new 6 megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom ED lens. The cameras 10x optical zoom lens is equiv. 38-380mm on a 35mm camera. The Olympus SP-500 is available from around...

Very good exposure / metering ; Very good colour ; Excellent Macro mode ; Abundance of features, RAW mode, bulb mode, time-lapse photography ; Abundance of picture adjustments, both before photo and after photo is taken - Sharpness, Saturation,...

The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is an appealing digital camera, it feels very comfortable in hand, and produces very pleasing (saturated) colours, with generally low noise. The screen and electronic viewfinder let the camera down due to the screens low...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

SP-500 Ultra Zoom

 

The biggest thing about the Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is the lens: it's an impressive 10x model that is significantly longer than those on most point-&-shoot cameras. However, it has no type of image stabilization, so this long zoom can be a mixed...

Low cost. Long zoom lens. Good colour reproduction.

No image stabilization. Low resolution. Blurring at long zoom.

Colours are impressively reproduced, and the camera accurately exposed the images. We did see some slight distortion when using the zoom lens at its widest settings, and the photos also looked rather soft. With a long zoom and no stabilization, details...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by (photoxels.com)

Olympus SP-500 UZ Review

 

The Olympus SP-500 starts up in about 2 sec. and there is no practical shutter lag at the wide-angle end. At full tele, AF can sometimes take about 2 sec. to lock, depending on your subject. An extra large 2.5 in. LCD makes it easy to view and compose...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by (cameras.co.uk)

Olympus SP-500

 

Olympus SP 500 Review. This is a super zoom digital camera. It has six megapixels and a ten times zoom lens. As well as the long lens there are a selection of more advanced features.

Design and style ; Overall picture quality ; Menu help ; Value for money

No optical image stabilisation

I like the Olympus SP-500. It has a good feature set and feels good in the hand. Compared to other similar digital cameras it has a very reasonable price.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by (dcmag.co.uk)

Olympus SP500UZ

 

Ultra-zoom cameras are increasing in popularity and with all that magnifying power in a compact it is easy to see why. The colour reproduction is excellent and the images are sharp. The absense of an image stabiliser is noticable, however this is a very c

Expert review by : Tim Caddick (thinkcamera.com)

Review: Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom

 

An easy to use 6 mega-pixel camera with plenty of features and advanced modes

10x Zoom (38-380mm in 35mm equivalent) ; 21 different scene modes

10 mb internal memory ; Feels light and plastic

In summary, the SP500-UZ is one of those that allows users to dig further into creative photography with plenty of features and a whopping 35 mm equivalent 380mm lens. Easy to use, even in the advanced modes, the overall build and output is excellent;...

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

Review of the Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom - Digital SLR Reviews

 

The SP-500 is well specified for such a small camera, with an impressive 38-380mm lens and large 2.5in LCD on the back.

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