Olympus SP-500 UZ – Review by Jeff Keller

Jeff Keller, the editor of DCResource, has recently posted his review on Olympus SP-500, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) digital camera with a huge 10x optical zoom lens and large 2.5″ LCD screen.

Olympus SP500 UZ

“The SP-500UZ is an average camera in a sea of really good ones. While I’d say that it’s “okay to buy” the SP-500, there are many other cameras in this category that offer better performance, photo quality, and features (including image stabilization). “


– Good photo quality
– Full manual controls
– Large 2.5″ LCD display (but see issues below)
– Support for RAW image format; images can be edited right on the camera
– Customizable buttons and menus; favorite settings can be saved to spot on the mode dial
– AF-assist lamp; above average low light focusing
– In-camera help system for menus; fancy playback mode
– Support for conversion lenses
– Good bundled software allows for RAW image manipulation


– Sluggish performance when viewing photos in playback mode, or shooting in RAW format
– No image stabilization
– LCD resolution isn’t great, neither is low light visibility
– Unimpressive continuous shooting and movie modes
– No diopter correction for electronic viewfinder
– No USB 2.0 High Speed support
– Ridiculous amount of built-in memory, no rechargeable batteries included
– xD cards tend to be more expensive than other formats
– Full manual only on CD

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