Olympus EVOLT E-500

The Olympus E-500 is not just another rumor afterall, as for today (27.09.05) Olympus has released a new Thirds System digital SLR, the E-500 (or Olympus EVOLT E-500). The Olympus E-500 features the same eight megapixel 4/3 size CCD with the Olympus E-300 but has a range of improvements and new features including a new metering sensor, new high ISO noise filter, a 2.5″ LCD monitor and better control system.

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>> REVIEWS (last update: 12.07.06)

MobileTechReview reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
“The EVOLT E-500 does give a lot of bang for the buck, especially if you go with the 2 lens bundle. It has some of the most user-friendly controls we’ve seen, that won’t scare the pants off of point and shoot folks, feels good in the hand, looks and feels well made and it takes very good photos. The feature set is more advanced than we’d expect from a camera in this price range, which is appealing for more serious photographers and gives novices room to grow. Photos do have a somewhat more “computer-ish” look than the more natural photos from the Nikon D70 and Rebel XT thanks to the camera’s image processing algorithms which favor strong contrast and very saturated colors.”

Shutterbug reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
Pros: High resolution, pleasing color rendition, snappy contrast, superb image quality at ISO 100-400, Supersonic Wave filter is highly effective in removing dust from CCD sensor, Overall speed should satisfy most photo enthusiasts, Vast range of features to satisfy both novices and experienced digital shooters, Two lens kit offers excellent value
Cons: Obvious digital noise at ISO 800, problematic noise at ISO 1600; new NR (Noise Reduction) filter blurs image details, Some features less than ideal: complicated depth of field preview, autofocus-assist available only with flash, small viewfinder, only three focus detection points “

TrustedReviews reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
“In terms of picture quality, the E-500 is exceptionally good, providing crisp clear photos in virtually all conditions. Colour rendition from the TruePic TURBO image processor is as close to perfect as it’s possible to get for under £600, and contrast, detail and sharpness are as good as anything else in its class. The supplied 14 – 44mm lens does an excellent job, providing superb corner-to-corner sharpness and a minimum of barrel distortion. The camera has a bewildering array of ISO settings, from 100 to 1600, and these are virtually noise-free below 400, and quite usable up to 800. 1600 is a bit rough, but not appallingly so. “

PocketLint reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
The E-500 is so packed with kit there’s not room to go over it all here, suffice to say this is as comprehensively specified D-SLR as you’re likely to want (or need). At £600 for the standard kit that includes the 14-45mm lens used in the test, it’s great value and with independent lens makers such as Sigma backing the FourThirds standard, it looks set to grow and grow. In short, if you’re looking for a compact, lightweight D-SLR that packs a punch in almost all departments, then you would do far worse than stopping your search right here.

LetsGoDigital reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
“Whereas the E-300 still received some comments as far as image quality was concerned, the Olympus E-500 has truly grown. A resolution of 8 Megapixels offers more than enough for most photographers. In addition, it should be said that they are beautiful and very useable pixels. Digital noise pretty much only plays a part at ISO 1600; even ISO 800 still perfectly suffices, an area where Olympus had failed me in the past. Credit where credit be due! Olympus deserve even more credit in fact, for their simple solution to create your own white balance. This is truly as easy as it gets! When working in artificial light it I would definitely recommend making your own white balance, especially when taking photos in JPEG. The colour reproduction is of good quality, as is the sharpness of the standard Zuiko Digital lens. “

CameraLabs reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
“The Olympus E-500 is a mixed bag with plenty of things going for it, but equally a number of aspects which could be considered deal-breakers by some photographers. Highlights of course include the SSWF anti-dust system, an impressively high level of information and control for a budget body, along with an increasing number of high quality lenses – check back in the future for full reviews of four Zuiko Digital models including the impressive 7-14mm ultra wide angle zoom. On the downside though, the anti-dust process imposes a serious delay every time the camera powers up, the motorised manual focusing (and lack of anti-shake options) could seriously infuriate some photographers, the lack of detail when zooming during playback is disappointing, while the view through the viewfinder has to be one of the smallest from any digital SLR; it’s also a missed opportunity not to automatically switch off the monitor when you go to compose a shot”

Megapixel reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
Pros: 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. Cons: 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. “

CNET reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-500 and wrote:
“The Olympus Evolt E-500’s images are generally excellent, particularly at the lower ISO ratings. In most shooting conditions, our test photos showed nicely balanced colors, good sharpness, accurate automatic exposures, and no visible purple fringing around contrasty details.Our test images were clean and free of noticeable noise up to ISO 400. A handful of colorful speckles show up in dark areas at ISO 800, but even at that setting the highlights show little noise. Images shot at ISO 1,600 are fairly noisy, although the noise-reduction feature makes it less noticeable–with the trade-off that shooting time is doubled. “

Dcviews reviewed the Olympus E-500 and wrote:
“What we liked about the Olympus E-500 is the fact that, for the price of an entry level camera, you get a very advanced machine. The E-500 has so many features that it will take the real enthusiast some time to figure them all out, whereas relative beginners can simply leave the camera in Auto and get great results every time. We believe that this camera might well put Olympus back in the top three of camera manufacturers where they belong. The dual lens kit especially makes it the best value DSLR in its class as you get a complete system to handle almost every photographic situation for a very competitive price. Thanks to its excellent picture quality and delightful handling, we are sure you would find this a great camera to own.”

Shawn Barnett from Imaging Resources.com spent several days Olympus EVOLT E-500 prototype sample and wrote:
“I really like the Olympus E-500. It’s comfortable to hold, handsome, and seems to work quite well. It has almost all the features I’d look for in a digital SLR, including a high enough resolution to stave off any feeling of obsolescence for the next year or so, and a number of modes to assist and enhance a user’s photography as they learn (or re-learn) the craft. No other manufacturer offers a sensor that cleans itself every time you power it on, and few digital SLR currently on the market have a screen this big and beautiful.”

SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 27.09.05)

Olympus EVOLT E-500 sample photos posted at TrustedReviews
Olympus EVOLT E-500 sample picture gallery 1 posted at Olympus-esystem


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Digital SLR photography is gaining in popularity as more and more people become hooked on the higher quality and flexibility that only an SLR camera can offer. Olympus today announces the E-500 – its impressive new addition to the E-System SLR range.

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