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Olympus Mju/Stylus Digital 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and performance. The screen and portability also get good feedback, but reviews are divided on the lens. There are some less positive reviews about the image stabilizer and memory.

usability, portability, screen, performance, image quality

viewfinder, shutter, low-light, memory, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Mju/Stylus Digital 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Cliff Smith (

Olympus µ (Mju) Digital 500 - Digital Camera


The Olympus Mju brand has pretty much become a household name, but does the company's latest top-of-the-range digital Mju live up to expectations? Cliff Smith finds out.

The Olympus µ Digital 500 is a superbly designed, well-made camera (apart from the battery and card hatch) with very good overall image quality. It looks the part, handles well, shoots quickly, and although it lacks an optical viewfinder it does offer...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Spencer Dalziel (

Olympus Mju Digital 500


It's difficult to make an impression in the cutthroat compact camera market. How will Olympus's Mju Digital 500 shape up? It's got a weatherproof metal body, a 2.5in LCD and 20 scene programs, making it a good option for the novice - it's very...

The Mju 500 has some nice touches, and will suit newcomers to digital photography. But if Olympus wants to keep this range going, it will have to do better on picture quality and sort that LCD out.

Sep, 2005

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Olympus Mju Digital 500


The Olympus Mju Digital 500 (aka Stylus 500), is available for £229 / $299 - the Mju Digital 500 is a compact weatherproof 5 megapixel digital camera, with a 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera), and a large 2.5" TFT screen....

Good colour ; Good image quality ; Very fast switch on time / fast operation ; Weatherproof metal body ; Excellent, clear, large 2.5" screen ; Excellent super macro mode ; Good battery life ; Lots of scene modes ; Low noise

The Olympus Mju Digital 500 is a very nice digital camera - it has an excellent large 2.5" screen, good image quality, a stylish weatherproof metal body, an excellent super macro mode, and is extremely fast and easy to use as well. The only negatives I...

Apr, 2005

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Olympus MJU 500


Olympus MJU 500 Review. This camera has five megapixels and a three times zoom lens. It is also part of the range of Olympus digital cameras that are protected from the rain.

Picture quality - indoors and outdoors ; Weatherproof ; Large LCD screen

Slow recycle time

"There is a lot to like about The Olympus MJU 500. I was very happy with the pictures that it produced. This is an attractive, weatherproof model with a large LCD screen. It should prove a very popular camera."

Feb, 2005

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Olympus Mju Digital 500


If it had USB 2.0 and a lock on that annoying battery hatch, this camera would be totally perfect. Despite those niggles, it is easily the best camera in its class. Its comely, well made, performs flawlessly and is supremely easy to us

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (

Review of the Olympus Mju 500 Digital - Digital SLR Reviews


Consistently popular range gets an update in the shape of a camera boasting a larger 2.5-inch LCD, meaning that the viewfinder has exited stage left...

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (

Olympus MJU 500


Olympus' MJU Digital 500 is a disappointing offering in the 5 megapixel digital camera category. We have come to expect great things from them, with ...

New user friendly

Blocky design, poor menu system

A fairly poor choice in this price point, especially compared to Olympus' other offerings. Only recommended for new users

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Anush Yegyazarian (

Olympus Stylus 500


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Big, bright 2.5-inch LCD ; Very sharp images

No manual focus ; No advanced exposure controls

Big, bright LCD is easy to use even in direct sunlight, but some text exposures were dark and colors seemed cold.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Olympus Stylus Digital 500


Continue on to Features & Controls Stylus 500 Specifications CCD Imager 5.0 megapixel effective, 5.4 megapixel gross, 1/2.5" (1.0cm) CCD Lens 5.8 -17.4mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 5 lenses in 3 group, 3 aspherical lens Seamless...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (

Olympus Mju 500


The Olympus Mju 500 is an average snapshot camera with a big LCD and a weatherproof body.

Weatherproof ; Affordable ; Large and bright 2.5-inch LCD, abundant scene modes ; Album functions ; Underwater housing available

Average performance and image quality ; No optical viewfinder

Sep, 2005

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