|Olympus SP-500 UZ - Functions & Settings
The Olympus SP500 UZ has a host of functions and setting possibilities. Via the command dial on top of the camera, you can approach the main programs like aperture and shutter priority as well as Scene and Playback. It is striking that the Olympus SP-500 UZ has not got many quick review buttons. Important settings like ISO, resolution, white balance, etc. can be accessed quickly, but only through the menu. It is possible to program the top button on the camera so that one of the important functions from the menu can be directly accessed by the button and this is very useful. It is also possible to make (four) personal profiles, the so-called My Mode function. You can then switch quickly between the various profiles you have made via the command dial.
Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom - AUTO or P mode
Thanks to its straightforward operation, the Olympus SP-500 UZ is also suitable for beginners. If you set the camera in AUTO or P, you won’t need to make any more adjustments yourself. The Olympus SP500 UZ sets everything itself according to the situation in which you are taking the photograph. If you activate the menu you will come across the familiar Olympus lay-out, blue and divided into different categories. You can navigate your way through the menu using the multi controller. The menu looks convenient but I can imagine that many people will need to consult the instruction manual to be able to interpret the jargon correctly.
Olympus SP500 UZ - Optional tele converter lens
The speed with which the Olympus SP-500 UZ starts up is not very impressive. The start-up time takes approximately 2.5 seconds before you can take the first picture. If you want to zoom in totally for the first picture, you will need to add 2 seconds to the start-up time.
|The zoom lens can be adjusted very accurately, and it is possible to bring your subject closer fairly smoothly. The digital zoom can be activated via the menu to give you a total range of 50x zoom. The quality deteriorates visibly when you use the digital zoom. It is advisable to use the optional tele converter lens to maintain the best quality possible.
Olympus SP-500 UZ - Automatic setting
Despite the varied selection of settings, a large group of users will want to use the Olympus SP-500 UZ in its automatic setting. By setting the camera in AUTO the Olympus SP500 camera will take all the decisions itself. Everything will then be done automatically with one exception; the built-in flash. A red symbol lets the user know if the flash is needed to take a successful picture, but it must be folded out manually. It is a pity that Olympus has not made this automatic, especially as beginning photographers would appreciate as much automation as possible.
Olympus SP500 Ultra Zoom - Olympus Master software
The Olympus SP-500 UZ is delivered with six languages. If your own language is not in the menu, you can download and install extra languages using the accompanying Olympus Master software and an Internet connection. This may be useful but it’s hardly user-friendly. If you look at the competition whereby twenty languages is not unusual, I would expect to find at least this many in an Olympus digital camera. The pictograms used and the way in which the pre-programmed scenes are reproduced deserve praise. In particular the explanation and reproduction in the Scenes part is very well ordered.