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Olympus SP-500 UZ Ultra Zoom 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
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- 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
- 10x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
- 27 selectable shooting modes, plus full manual and automatic control
- Threaded lens barrel allows the addition of Olympus conversion lenses (not included; must be purchased separately)
- Powered by four AA-size batteries (included); stores images on xD-Picture Cards
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|Screen Size||2.5 in||2.7 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 4.17 x 2.95 in||0.91 x 3.66 x 2.05 in||4.1 x 3.4 x 2.7 in||3.58 x 4.33 x 3.54 in|
|Item Weight||0.85 lb||4.32 ounces||0.72 lb||1 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6 megapixels||20 megapixels||12 megapixels||14.7 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||320 x 240, 15/30 fps||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720, 640 x 480||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
The SP-500 is a hybrid digital-camera. It's shaped closer to an SLR than a compact model. The optical zoom, however, is 10x - compared to 3x on a compact model. When compared to a 35mm, the SP-500 has a focal length of 38mm to 380mm. That's wide-angle to large telephoto, yet the lens remains extraordinarily compact. It's designed for easy use but has manual capabilities to let you exercise your creative potential. Overall...a very fine camera. Recording Modes - DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG , PIM 27 shooting modes - AUTO, Program Auto, A, S, M, MY, Scene Preset (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Sport, Night + Portrait, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Behind Glass, Cuisine, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow) Panorama Modes Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with Olympus Master software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture card Switch things up by adding an optional conversion lens via the threaded lens barrel. Camera speed and image quality receive a great boost thanks to the exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor Record up to 4 seconds of sound with each still picture captured, or add sound later on Uses xD-PictureCard storage Uses 4 AA batteries - We advise purchasing optional rechargeable AA Playback images on the LCD, a computer or your TV in a slideshow using any of 9 transitions Comfortable ergonomic grip Windows PC and Macintosh compatible Size 4.15 W x 2.93 H x 2.80 D / Weight 10.05 oz.
From the Manufacturer
Boasting the most powerful zoom in this new series, the 6.0 megapixel SP-500 UZ gets you much closer to your world. Whether your child is scoring her first goal or you've set your sights on a distant eagle's nest, its 10x optical zoom will serve you well. With a full complement of high-quality features, the SP-500 UZ puts no limits on your ability now and can grow with your skill level. Take comfort with a true, ergonomic grip and a large 2.5-inch LCD that gives clear evidence of your subject's proximity. Includes Easy Print for one-button printing to a PictBridge-enabled printer, full manual and automatic settings, 27 shooting modes, the flexibility to accept lenses with its threaded barrel and our exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor.
10x Ultra Zoom
The powerful 10x optical zoom, 30x total zoom--and Olympus precision-crafted lenses--bring your subject within easy view, on your local soccer field or on vacation.
Capture subtle detail and increase the size of printed images without loss of clarity.
This large LCD helps you view and share images during shooting and playback.
One-button printing from the camera to any PictBridge-enabled printer (including the Olympus P-11).
Full Manual and Automatic Control
Whether you're feeling creative or prefer the camera to handle things, you have the power to decide.
27 Selectable Shooting Modes
Simply turn the dial and select the desired shooting mode from 21 creative scene options--including landscape, portrait, indoor, night scene, candle, or fireworks.
As your needs change or ability improves, enjoy the freedom to add Olympus conversion lenses.
TruePic TURBO Image Processor
This exclusive Olympus technology enables smoother, more accurate images with accelerated startup and shutter release times.
QuickTime Movie Mode with Audio
Bring your pictures to life, then e-mail them to family and friends.
What's in the Box
Olympus SP-500 UZ digital camera, strap, multi-connector for USB and AV, 4 AA batteries, basic instruction manual, quick start guide, warranty card, CD ROM: Olympus Master Software, and advanced manual.
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Although listed as a "point and shoot", ie, many automatic features, this camera is considered by many to be a HYBRID between P&S and a DSLR. No lens replacements here, although a wide angle attachment is available. HOWEVER, it does shoot RAW, if one is so inclined, and has all the manual operation possibilities of a much more expensive camera, plus a number of pre-set shooting condition 'helps'. There are many internal processing features, too, if one wishes to use them. The original manual is still available online.
Another key, and increasingly rare and valuable feature is the presence of a VIEWFINDER! Newer, less-expensive cameras seldom have these today, as they are expensive to include.
I have used the camera exclusively for five years and have yet to be disappointed or felt the strong desire to "upgrade". I post my pictures to Flickr and get great responses; last month one of my photos was selected for publication in an art magazine in Asheville/NC, and my annual photo calendar sold well this past Christmas season (70 units sold locally). So, as this purchase proves, I'd "buy it again", and I have.
I have used Olympus digitals for some time and still have an old C2040 that performs great. I got this one to get a little more reach for nature photos. The lens is pretty good, though it isn't the F1.8 that is found on the 2040. The 10X zoom is very nice and does what I wanted. It is nice to have a "little" more modern media card. SmartMedia cards are expensive and have limited capacity. The SP-500UZ uses xD cards, but skip the modern m+ cards with capacities greater than 1gb. The current card is a 1Gb xD-H type card and it works fine with a reasonably fast write time. I really like all of the added electronic features and controls, though it is a great idea to spend some quality time figuring out what everything does. 6MP is decent resolution for most web applications or for presentations.
I was able to get this as a factory Refurbished unit for a very reasonable price. After using it for a month, I would hunt another one down!
Although it's sporting only 6MPs, the detail this camera captures is amazing. And the ability to go into full manual mode makes it more versatile than your standard point-and-shoot. Four AA batteries mean no special chargers or batteries to deal with, and the memory card access on the side means no fumbling batteries to swap the card out.
Image stabilization would be a nice addition but by being careful and/or using a monopod I have gotten excellent pictures even at full zoom.
I would recommend this camera highly for immediate photographers.
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