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Olympus E500 | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
The Olympus E-550 D-SLR offers a surprising amount of settings, in fact even more than one would expect from a camera in this class. It makes the E-500 an ideal camera to take the first steps into the world of photography. The Olympus E500 is a digital camera perfectly suited to grow in to, but would also be an excellent choice for the more experienced photographer interested in a second camera.
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Olympus E-500 D-SLR camera - JPEG, RAW & TIF
A remarkable feature is that apart from the well-known JPEG and RAW, the user also the option to take photos in TIFF. This is something that has become increasingly rare these days, especially where consumer cameras are concerned. The advantage of TIFF is that the quality is better than JPEG, even though the test results show that the differences are marginal as long as you are photographing in the highest quality JPEG. The Olympus produces good JPEG images that can instantly be used. It has to be said TIFF is rather large; RAW would perhaps be the better option here. This would really give you the best available quality. In addition, the Adobe Camera RAW 3.3 plug in enables you to work directly in Photoshop with the images from the Olympus E500. Another luxury is the option to take photos in RAW and JPEG at the same time. Besides this, you also have a choice of several different JPEG formats; something that can not be found with the camera's direct competition. It has to be said there are plenty of JPEG options. Well done Olympus!

Olympus E500 SLR - ISO 100 up to ISO 1600
The sensitivity of the Olympus E-500 ranges from ISO 100 up to ISO 1600, which is a very nice range indeed. Standard however, it is only ISO 100-400 that are active, 800 and 1600 have to be set separately. Don't hesitate to do this though, as ISO 800 can still very easily be used. Personally, I would choose to utilize ISO 1600 in emergency situations only, or when you don't plan on using such a large photo; for the web or as a small illustration for instance. If such is the case, you simply decrease the image; as doing so will pretty much eliminate any digital noise. The Olympus E-500 is equipped with the same sensor as the E-300, which means that Olympus has significantly improved the processor.

Olympus E-500 digital SLR - sRGB & AdobeRGB
The fact that the user has a choice between sRGB or AdobeRGB gives the camera a distinctly professional air. For the regular snap shooter sRGB will suffice nicely. It is what the printer often handles best. In addition, browsers and e-mail programs never encounter problems with sRGB. When you want to edit or publish the photos however, the enhanced colour space will be a welcome addition. It contains more colour shades; this means an image with too much saturation won't occur quickly.

Olympus E-500 SLR camera - White balance
The colour rendering of the photos from the E-500 is of good quality. Granted, the white balance is a little off when working with incandescent, but this is easily solved by creating a manual white balance; to which the Olympus E-500 offers a very handy answer indeed. Olympus calls it "One-touch" and that is exactly how it works.
You push the white balance button down with your right thumb whilst also pushing the shutter release button and there you have it: the white balance has been created! Naturally this requires a white or grey surface in front of your camera in order to put together the right white balance. We've got to hand it to Olympus, this feature truly deserves some bonus points!

Olympus E-500 - Photographic settings
The Olympus E-500 offers more than enough options for those who want to alter the photo to their own preference. In addition to several default settings that are there to help you along, the camera also gives the possibility to fine atune. You will find, for instance, Vivid for saturated colours and Muted for more pastel shades. Black & white is also present, a feature in which you will also have the option to work with colour filters. This is exactly similar to the analogue photography yet spares you the light-gulping filters usually needed for the lens. For those with a hankering for nostalgia, sepia can also be selected. Worth mentioning is the Shadow compensation, which eliminates vignetting of a lens. This is of particular interest when working with wide angle lenses.

Olympus E500 digitale SLR - Image alteration
It is not only during the actual photographing that the image can be altered; it is also possible to do so with a photo that has already been taken. You can get rid of red eyes, convert a photo to black & white or sepia, change the saturation and make a crop. All of this can be done in RAW, TIFF and JPEG! The RAW image will however be converted to a JPEG. This feature can also be used when you want to quickly print a RAW photo with DirectPrint. Swiftly change it to a JPEG and your photo is ready to print! Smart!

Olympus E-500 D-SLR - Memory card
There are two types of memory cards that can be used in the Olympus E-500, a feature that Olympus makes use of by adding a copy function. This means the photos are easily transferred from one card to the other. This is most handy indeed when you want to backup or want to give the photos to someone that happens to not be in possession of an xD memory card. Yet another clever function is the possibility to delete a RAW and JPEG image independently from each other when shooting in both formats at the same time. Perhaps this does not come across as very useable at first, but just imagine you in a situation where just that little extra space is needed! Thanks to this function you will now be able to remove a few JPEG images and have enough space for a new photo, without actually having deleted anything.
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