|Olympus SP-500 UZ review : The Olympus SP-500 UZ digital camera is an advanced digital camera that straddles the border between compact digital cameras and digital reflex cameras. The Olympus SP500 US was officially introduced in the second half of last year providing a compact version of a Megazoom digital camera. The Olympus SP500 UZ is equipped with a six Megapixel image sensor and an optical range of 10x. In addition to its Megazoom capacities, the Olympus 500-UZ camera has many versatile setting options.
Olympus SP500 - Evolution of the Olympus digital camera
Olympus has many years of experience with digital cameras. In the early days of the digital camera, Olympus was one of the first companies capable of producing a serious, advanced digital camera. I can still remember the days of the Olympus 1400XL and later on, the Olympus 2100 UZ. Both cameras were immensely popular with professional customers and demanding hobby and semi-professional photographers. Olympus had an impressive share of the market and little competition from other manufacturers. The digital reflex camera was no where near suitable for the general public and so there was no competition in the segments to which the abovementioned models belonged.
Olympus SP-500 - Advanced Megazoom digital camera
Olympus has brought out an impressive series of digital camera ranging from beginners models and stylish designer compact cameras to advanced Megazoom cameras and a series of digital reflex cameras. The Olympus SP-500UZ is the advanced Megazoom digital camera that has to fight its corner against a strong selection of Megazoom models in a fiercely competitive market. Megapixels, optical zoom, image stabilisers, the format of the LCD screen and ISO quality are just some of the factors playing an important role in this struggle.
Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom - Specifications
The Olympus SP-500UZ’s specifications are: 6.0 million pixels, a 10x optical range of 38 - 380 mm (equivalent of a 35 mm camera), a large format 2.5 inch LCD screen, automatic and manual settings, JPEG and RAW format storage and a variety of expansion possibilities in the form of optional macro, tele and wide-angle converters. The Olympus SP-500 UZ comes with 4x AA format batteries, USB and A/V cables and a CD-ROM with Olympus Master software.
Olympus SP500 Ultra Zoom review
The Olympus SP-500 UZ is the result of many generations of Olympus digital cameras. Anyone choosing Olympus expects a product whereby photography comes first and foremost. The Olympus 500 UZ is full of photographic functionalities and offers a choice of possibilities for the creative amateur or hobby photographer. I was able to use the Olympus SP-500 UZ Megazoom camera for a while. You can read about my findings in the Olympus SP-500 UZ digital camera review that follows.
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