Olympus EVOLT-500 Digital SLR Camera, 8 Megapixel, with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ, and 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 EZ Digital Zoom Lenses

Olympus

About Olympus

• Premium picture quality and superb performance come easy with this comfortable to handle digital SLR. At a time when we want complex things to become simple, the EVOLT E-500 succeeds in doing so with a sleek, lightweight design for impressive portability and advanced controls and options that can be accessed with minimal effort.

Bursting with speed and producing spotless pictures with exceptional color and detail, the EVOLT E-500 is tailor-made for anyone to use while capturing the imagination in the process.

25 SHOOTING MODES:
• The EVOLT E-500 makes it so simple to capture great pictures with 15 easily selectable scene modes and 10 exposure modes that all you need to do is point it in the right direction.

ALL DIGITAL LENSES:
• Each pristine Zuiko digital-specific lens is perfectly matched to the camera's image sensor and features an internal CPU for direct communication with the camera to produce super sharp, bright, colorful pictures from edge-to-edge.

BIG, BRIGHT 2.5" HYPERCRYSTAL LCD:
• View and share pictures with outstanding color and contrast - up to a 160-degree viewing angle, from left to right and up and down - on this super high-resolution 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD that makes pictures stand out and menu options and icons simple to see.

DUAL MEDIA SLOTS:
• Shoot, store or backup pictures on your preferred choice of an xD-Picture Card, CompactFlash or both with the convenience of two media card slots SPEED AND QUALITY WITH TRUEPIC:
• The exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor delivers a camera that responds with impressive speed from the moment it's turned on and smooth, colorful images every time.

SPOTLESS PICTURES:
• People don't promote what they can't fix. That's why Olympus is the only one to speak up against dust and deliver the exclusive Supersonic Wave FilterTM that vibrates 35,000 times per second to eliminate dust from the image sensor and any concern you'll ever have about changing lenses...anywhere.

ADVANCED 8 MEGAPIXEL CCD:
• The full-frame transfer CCD is designed to capture more information from each individual pixel to help you receive brilliant results from edge-to-edge with a full range of color, contrast and detail.

• Patented Dust Reduction System uses the Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) to loosen and remove any and all dust and debris from the image sensor. The SWF vibrates at a rate of 35,000 times per second upon start-up as well as when manually activated - and is unnoticeable to the user - for clear, aberration-free images.

This removal of dust also means you never have to worry about changing lenses because if anything gets in, the SWF will get it out.

Capture sharp, detailed photos quickly. The exclusive TruePic TURBO Image Processor provides accelerated performance such as a faster start-up time, rapid shot-to-shot speed, and quicker playback of smooth, detail-rich photos.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Nice features and settings (14),Great resolution (13),Accurate colors (12),Simple controls (12),Rugged (9),Short lag time (6),Strong construction (6),Large clear LCD (5),Quiet (3)
Cons:
Complicated controls (3),Not good in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (17),Outdoors (12),Everyday (11),Weddings (9),Portraits (8),Sports/action (8),Fun (5),Low light (5),Art (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (13),Casual user (3)

Olympus Features

  • The advanced 8 megapixel full frame transfer CCD uses less space on the chip fordata transfer and instead utilizes more of the pixel area to capture data, thereby resulting in images with a higher sensitivity, higher dynamic range, lower noise and better overall quality.
  • A large, high-resolution 2.5" LCD provides a big canvas with which to review andshare pictures and features HyperCrystal technology so you can even do so up to a 160-degree viewing angle, left to right and up and down. The big screen also makes it easier to use the menu, identify icons and adjust settings.
  • Compatible with the largest selection of digital specific lenses anywhere. Each Zuiko lens is precision-crafted to deliver pristine images and is perfectly matched to the camera's image sensor for amazing sharpness and color from one edge of the image to the other.
  • Get great photos while barely lifting a finger with 15 scene modes. Just select the one you want from the menu - Beach and Snow, Portrait, Landscape, Sports andmore - and press the shutter button. That's it.
  • For a bit more say in your photos' appearance, choose between 6 basic modes (Auto, Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene Portrait, Macro, and Sports) while stillleaving the aperture and shutter speed settings to the camera itself.
  • Exercise total control with creative modes like Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual.
  • Shoot using any of five metering modes including the new 49-point Digital ESP metering, center-weighted average metering, spot metering, highlight spot metering (for clean, true whites with detail), and shadow spot metering (for rich blacks with detail).
  • Use the five most popular black-and-white modes - Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, and Normal (no filter) - to expand your ability to add even more drama to your black-and-white pictures.
  • Additional features:
  • Automatic pop-up flash provides just the right amount of illumination when necessary and remains out of the way (closed) when not.
  • Select the level of lighting you want via any of the seven (7) available flash modes.
  • Stable and lightweight body is designed with ergonomic styling and an advanced grip making it extremely comfortable to handle and use.
  • Dual Media Slots let you capture, store, and backup photos on an xD-Picture Card, CompactFlash card or both.
  • R, G, B Histogram available with both highlight and shadow waning.
  • PictBridge-compatible.
  • Select from left, center, or right Auto Focus points either automatically or manually.
  • Use the AF Illuminator to focus in dim light or darkness.
  • Shoot using any of five focus modes: C-AF, S-AF, MF, S-AF+MF, C-AF+MF.
  • Choose White Balance or Preset White Balance with the exclusive one-touch WB button on the back of the camera.
  • Eliminate unwanted image noise with Noise Reduction.
  • Control color saturation, contrast and sharpness levels separately for each fileby selecting any of three available color parameters: Vivid (for printer-ready colors); Natural (for true, accurate colors); and Muted (ideal for Photoshop® users who enhance/scale images).
  • Add dramatic effects of color to your black-and-white pictures such as sepia, blue, green, and purple.
  • Choose your preference from two color space settings, sRGB or Adobe RGB, for desired results.
  • Customize the settings that best suit your subject with Contrast, Sharpness and Tone Controls.
  • Olympus Zuiko 14mm - 45mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Digital Zoom Lens:
  • Sturdy and versatile lens delivers stunning images even as close as 15 inches.
  • This compact, lightweight standard zoom lens covers the focal distances most commonly used in normal photography, from wide-angle to short-tele-angle.
  • It offers superb cost performance, and because it was designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it also provides excellent image quality. It is ideal not only for first-time SLR digital camera users, but also for advanced users in need of a lens for day-to-day use.
  • Compact, lightweight "Designed for Digital" standard zoom lens providing the equivalent of a 28-90mm focal length on a 35mm film camera
  • Compact, lightweight "Designed for Digital" standard zoom lens providing the equivalent of a 28-90mm focal length on a 35mm film camera
  • This ultra, compact, lightweight 3.2x standard zoom lens covers the zoom range most frequently used in normal photography. Because it was designed specifically for use with digital cameras, it also provides extremely good image quality all the way out to the periphery of the image.
  • At around 285g, this product is the perfect everyday lens for the photographer on the move.
  • The interchangeable Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 lens (equivalent to 80-300mmin 35mm photography) is perfect for everything from portraits to sports scenes.
  • It features a 3.8x zoom, a f3.5-4.5 brightness for effects like background blurring and compression, a new multi-coating and reliable metal lens mount, along with 13 elements in 10 groups and a weight of just 15.75 oz./450 grams (approx.).

Olympus Specifications

Type
Interchangeable Digital SLR Camera
Media
Compact Flash Card (Type I, II), Micro Drive, xD Picture Card (Dual Slot)
Imaging Size
17.3mm x 13.0mm
Lens Mount
Four Thirds Mount
Compatible Lens
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Effective Pixel Number
8.15 million pixels
Aspect
4:3
Filter Array
Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Protect Filter
Yes - Supersonic Wave Filter
Recording Format
DCF (JPEG), TIFF, RAW
Recording Mode
JPEG, TIFF Ver. 6.0 (Exif 2.2), RAW (12bit
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes: RAW + SHQ/HQ/SQ modes
File Size
RAW: 3264 x 2448 Uncompressed Approx. 13.6 MB
TIFF: 3264 x 2448 Uncompressed Approx. 24.5 MB
SHQ: 3264 x 2448 1/2.7 Approx. 6.4 MB
HQ: 3264 x 2448 1/4 / 1/8 1/12 Approx. 4.5 / 2.5 / 1.8MB
View field coverage
Approx. 95%
Magnification
Approx. x 0.9 with 50 mm Lens set to infinity on -1diopter
Eye Point
Approx. 10mm
Diopter Adjustment
Built-in type -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Focusing Screen
Fixed type
Mirror
Quick Return Mirror
Viewfinder information
AF frame, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, White balance, AE lock, Number of storable still pictures, Exposure compensation valueindication, Metering mode, Battry check, Exposure mode, Record mode
Eye Piece Shutter
Interchangeable type, EP-4 supplied
Depth of Field Preview
One-touch WB Button (Customizable)
Size
2.5 inch
Pixel Number
215,250 pixels
Brightness Control
+/- 7 steps
Focus Mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus / S-AF + MF/ C-AF + MF
Focus Area
3 points
Detection Range
EV 0 to 19 (ISO 100)
Focus Area Selection
Automatic Selectable / Manual Selectable
AF Assist Lamp
Built-in Flash type
AF Lock
Locked by first position of Shutter Button/ AE/AF Lock Button (Customizable)
Focus Tracking
Available in Continuous AF Mode
Manual Focus
Available by rotation of a Lens Focus ring
Available for setting Manual focus operation in AF Mode
Light Metering Mode
Digital ESP/Center Weighted Average/Spot (Approx. 2%)/Spot with Highlight, shadow control
Exposure Mode
Full Auto, Program with Program Shift/Shutter Priority/Aperture Priority/Manual/Scene Program AE/Scene Select AE
Scene Program
Portrait/Landscape/Macro/Sports/Night Scene & Portrait
Scene Select
Portrait/Landscape/Landscape & Portrait/Night Scene/Night Scene & Portrait/Firework/Sunset/Macro/Sports/High-Key/Low-Key/ Documents/Beach & Snow/Candle/Children
Sensitivity
Auto: ISO100 to 400 Manual: ISO100 to 400, Expandable to 1600 (in each 1/3 EV step possible) (Noise filter is selectable in ISO boost)
Exposure Compensation
Up to +/- 5 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step
AE Lock
Locked by first position of Shutter Button / AE/AF Lock Button (Customizable)
Exposure Bracketing
3 Frames in +/- 1, 2/3, 1/2 or 1/3 EV step
WB mode
Auto WB, Preset WB, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Preset WB
Lamp1(3000k) / Fluorescent 1 (4000k) / Fluorescent 2 (4500k) / Fluorescent 3 (6600k) / Daylight (5300k) / Claudy (6000k) / Shade (7500k)
WB Compensation
R-B/G-M up to +/- 7 step in each 2mired step for each Auto / Preset setting
Custom WB Compensation
up to +/- 7 step
2000-6000K in 100K steps
6000-8000K in 200K steps
8000-10000K in 500K steps
One-touch Mode
4 one-touch Settings
WB Bracketing
3 Frames with +/- 4/8/12 mired steps
Picture Mode
3 Frames with +/- 4/8/12 mired steps
Color Space
sRGB/AdobeRGB
Saturation
5 levels in each Vivid, Natural and Muted mode
Sharpness
5 levels in each Picture mode
Contrast
5 levels in each Picture mode
Shutter Speed
A,P,Ps: 1/4000 to 60 Sec. (depends on conditions) S: 1/4000 to 60 Sec. M: 1/4000 to 60 Sec. and Bulb (up to 8 minutes) AUTO: 1/4000 to 2 Sec. Scene: 1/4000 to 2 Sec (depends on selected mode)
Self Timer
12 or 2 Sec (possible to cancel)
Remote Control
Wireless with bulb function by RM-1 (RM-1:option)
Drive Mode
Single/Sequential Shooting
Sequential Shooting Speed
Approx. 2.5 fps.
Max. Frame Number on Sequential Shooting
RAW; TIFF:4 Frames JPEG (HQ, SQ); Up to full capacity with high speed Media (with SanDisk Extreme III CF card on default image quality mode {HQ 1/8})
Control Panel Information
Flash mode, Flash compensation value indication, Metering mode, Focus mode, Record mode, Aperture value, Shutter speed, Battery check, Number of storable still pictures, Image quality adjustment, ISO, Color space, Mono tone, Hi/Lo Key, White balance, Remote control, Self-timer, Exposure level indicator, Exposure compensation indicator, AF frame, Number of storable sequential pictures, (Continued)
Built-in Flash
Yes. Flash Guide Number: 13
Flash Modes
Auto/Red-eye Reduction/Slow synchro/ Fill-in for Exclusive Flash
X-Sync Speed
X = 1/180 Sec.
Intensity Control
Up to +/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step
Syncro Timing
Front curtain and Rear curtain selectable
Multi Flash Control
Yes (control built in and ext FL flash independently)
Display Mode
Single/Zoom ( 2/3/4/6/8/10/14x)/Index (4/9/16/25 frames)/Calendar View/Slide Show/Light Box View
nformation
Exposure Mode, Metering Mode, Shutter Speed, F-Stop, Compensation level, ISO, Color Space, WB Mode, WB Compensation Level, Focal Length, Focus Area, File type, Picture Mode
Erase Mode
Single/All/Selected
Image Protect Mode
Single
Menu category
REC1, REC2, Play Back, Custom, Setup
Languages
English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean (depending on region)
Custom Reset
2 types
Personal Computer Interface
Full Speed USB 2.0 (12Mb/s)
Personal Computer Connector
USB connector: MiniB
Video Signal Output
Video Out Jack (NTSC or PAL selectable)
X-synchronization Socket (PC Socket)
Hot Shoe
Remote Cable
N/A
Battery
Rechargeable Li-ion battery Pack BLM-1/3x CR123A with LBH-1
Battery Check
Automatic check
Sleep Mode
Yes (1, 3, 5, 10 min. selectable)
Date/Time saving
Approx. 5 months using the built-in battery
Dimensions
5 x 3.7 x 2.6 in. (129.5 x 94.5 x 66 mm)
Weight
15.34 oz. (435 g) [body only]
Temperature
Operating Range: 32°F to 104°F ( 0°C to 40°C);
Storage Range: -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Humidity
Operating Range; 30 to 90%,
Storage Range; 10% to 90%

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great digital SLR package

I have owned several Olympus SLRs starting with the OM-3. I have found them to be solidly built, high quality, and utterly relaible. After enarly a year of usage, I believe I can say the same about the E-500. While some call the controls complicated, I find them consistent with many other digital SLRs offering similar capabilites. The sensor has reasonable noise levels even using ISO 1600 in low light conditions. Burst mode with high speed CF cards allows continuous shooting until you reach t...

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I have owned several Olympus SLRs starting with the OM-3. I have found them to be solidly built, high quality, and utterly relaible. After enarly a year of usage, I believe I can say the same about the E-500. While some call the controls complicated, I find them consistent with many other digital SLRs offering similar capabilites. The sensor has reasonable noise levels even using ISO 1600 in low light conditions. Burst mode with high speed CF cards allows continuous shooting until you reach the capacity of the card using only moderate compression. The lenses are very high quality though I would have preferred them to be faster. I find the 40-150 mm lens to be excellent for wildlife photography. The 14-45 mm lens does a good job for everyday use. Overall I rate this as an excellent package.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Amice amoung men!

This product is terrible in a competetive market. My Canon Digital Rebel runs laps around the olympus evolt 500. Slow focusing, unpredictable focus makes this an unreliable piece of garbage. In low light you're playing russian roulette and poking and hoping to get a quality in focus shot or plain just miss it. It's manual focus option, not good. My advise pay a little more for the Canon it's well worth it and you'll definitly be totally satisfied. The E-volt is not even worthy of a beginners...

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This product is terrible in a competetive market. My Canon Digital Rebel runs laps around the olympus evolt 500. Slow focusing, unpredictable focus makes this an unreliable piece of garbage. In low light you're playing russian roulette and poking and hoping to get a quality in focus shot or plain just miss it. It's manual focus option, not good. My advise pay a little more for the Canon it's well worth it and you'll definitly be totally satisfied. The E-volt is not even worthy of a beginners quality camera. This was suppose to be a back up camera for my business and it is not even worthy of that.

Reviewed by 21 customers

 
5.0

Best Purchase I've Ever Made

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from Colorado  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I've had this camera for over a year now and it always has been and still is reliable. It is fairly easy to learn without the manual, but it takes time and a lot of playing with the settings. The focus is pretty fast and accurate, but when trying to photograph airplanes flying at a distance it tends to run through the entire focus range. The only real problem I have is that the 14-45mm kit lens isn't as sharp as I'd like, but that's not a big deal, I recently bought a Sigma lens kit with the 18-50mm and 55-200mm for about [$] and they work great. There is a noticeable difference in macro pictures.Overall this is an awesome camera and makes very nice prints even up to a 20x30in. poster. I love this camera and I would definitely buy this camera again. Thanks Olympus.

 
5.0

Great Value, beautiful package.

By

from Richmond VA  -  Professional

I must say I am very impressed with this camera. I've always, ALWAYS been a Canon man. In my studio are the a Rebel xti, and a A2. I've only touched a nikon once and enjoyed it just a little. I took a chance on this camera just to see what it could do for the price and I was floored! I'd never leave Canon but this camera is operating well as my backup. The picture quality is great and the lenses have worked well other than a few minor focusing problems. You cannot beat what you are getting for the price. Definitely good for the amatuer.

 
4.0

Delighted

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from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The response time is fast, the color accurate, the picture focus clear even at high zoom with the 40-150mm lens. The learning time is relatively short, but the manual must be read. Thus far I have only taken pictures through the view finder, but I am sure there is a way to use the LCD. Since I prefer this method, I am not at a loss. My only complaint is that the view finder is located so that each time I use it, my nose smears the LCD.

 
5.0

Great Inclusive Package

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from Dallas, TX  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great little package for the money with good lens coverage. The "white balance issues" written about in other reviews seems a little overplayed unless you're a pro. This is a good solid camera with a great Zuiko lens kit.

 
5.0

Great Deal Buy Now!

By

from Tempe Arizona  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great deal, Its like buying 2 lens and getting the body free. The ZUIKO DIGITAL lens are fast and light, prefect for hiking or backpacking.

 
5.0

Quality Camera

By

from Durham, Ontario, Canada  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Excellent quality camera. Takes great, clear pictures and has very little lag time. I am able to take quick consecutive pictures. Very strong construction too, my one year old son pulled it off a desk onto a tile floor. The lens did break but the body is fine and still works. I love that it also takes two types of memory cards.

 
4.0

Exceptional Product

By

from Fort Lauderdael, FL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The overall use of the product is great and provides some quality photo's. I've taken this camera all over the world and have captured some excpetional photo's both at night and day. I've also gotten some great action shots. It could be a little better at focusing on action shots, but it does Ok. The built in flash is a little over powering indoors in low light situations and it also has some difficulty focusing indoors if there isn't enough light. Although, when you add on the external flash unit, many of the lowlight situations are resolved. Overall, great camera for the hobbyist looking for high quality photo's with the flexibility of a SLR camera.

 
5.0

Awesome Camera

By

from Albuquerque, NM  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This camera is the best deal around. The 2 lenses work great and the camera itself does everything I was hoping it would!

 
5.0

The Best Camera I have ever owned

By

from Lexington, KY  -  Professional

I have a small photo business and although not listed as a pro SLR it does everthing I need it to do.

 
4.0

Detail Oriented Type? This Is For You!

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from Nashville, TN  -  Lots of experience

The things which annoy me about the camera are relatively minor: smaller than avg. viewfinder, slow kit lenses, and (because of that) a fair amount of AF seeking in low light settings. Having said that, the Zuiko kit lenses are no slower than Canon or Nikon at entry level, and are faster than some, especially at the smaller apertures. Overall, the kit lenses perform well. I haven't been disappointed with the glass quality. Within a month I purchased a Zuiko 50mm f2.0 macro lens for closeup work and for low light shooting. It makes a big difference, and the glass is also better quality. A few months later I purchased an Olympus MF-1 adapter and an old OM 300mm f4.5 telephoto. Other adapter rings are available (not from Olympus) which permit using older 35mm-mount lenses from Canon, Nikon, and Minolta on the E500 body. They are used in Manual mode, with slight adjustments needed for exposure, but for far less than the cost of a digital lens, additional reach is possible with the older glass available. Sigma is now making several lenses for the Four Thirds system, including 135-400mm tele (270-800 35mm equiv.), 50-500mm tele (100-1000 35mm equiv). As for the camera body itself, it is a detail oriented person's dream. I really appreciate the camera's layout. Buttons are, for the most part, well situated and important settings are contollable without recourse to menus. It doesn't take long to learn to adjust and shoot without ever taking your eye from the viewfinder. Canon and Nikon can't match this quality at this price. The Oly E500 two lens kit is the best Bang for the Buck! Their customer support in NY was very responsive and provided quick turnaround and reliable work when needed.

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