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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

SKU: IOME500K2 MFR: 262064
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• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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:
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)
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) , Professional (2) , Lots of experience (1)

Key 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.).

Technical Specs

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
Type 4/3 type Full Frame Transfer Type CCD solid-state image sensor
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
File Size SQ: 3200 x 2400 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 Approx. 6.2 / 4.4 / 2.4 / 1.8 MB 2560 x 1920 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 Approx. 3.7 / 2.5 /1.3 / 0.8 MB 1600 x 1200 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 Approx. 1.5 / 1.0 / 0.5 / 0.4MB 1280 x 960 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 Approx. 0.9 / 0.6 / 0.3 / 0.2 MB 1024 x 768 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 Approx. 0.6 / 0.4 / 0.2 / 0.2 MB 640 x 480 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 Approx. 0.3 / 0.2 / 0.1 / 0.1 MB
Type Eye level Penta Dach Mirror type Optical View Finder
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)
Type HyperCrystal LCD (TFT Color LCD)
Size 2.5 inch
Pixel Number 215,250 pixels
View field coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Control +/- 7 steps
Type TTL Phase Difference Detection System
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
Detection Range Digital ESP/Center Weighted Average; EV 1 to 20 (50mm F2, ISO 100) Spot/Spot with Highlight, shadow control; EV 3 to 17 (50mm F2, ISO 100)
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
Type Electronic Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
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)
Control Panel Information (Continued) Exposure compensation value indication, Auto bracket, Noise reduction, Single-frame shooting/Sequential shooting, Color saturation compensation value indication, Sharpness compensation indication value, AE bracket, WB bracket
Type TTL Auto FP/TTL Auto for Olympus Dedicated Flash
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%
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