Olympus SP-500 UZ Review
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The 10x "Ultra Zoom" lens gives you the equivalent focal range of 38mm - 380mm (in 35mm photography) to bring distant action closer. The 6.0-megapixel CCD image sensor delivers super high-quality images that are consistently sharp and vivid even in large-format prints. Composing and reviewing images is far easier when you don't have to squint. The 115,000-pixel anti-glare LCD enables you to view images in large and vivid detail. Use the big color LCD to share photos and movies with friends and family, no computer needed!
The SP-500 UZ makes it easy to capture great images in a variety of lighting situations with 21 pre-programmed scene modes, such as Night Scene, Indoor Portrait or Cuisine Mode. The Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes gives users versatility and control for optimal performance in any situation. And with its QuickTime Movie Mode, you can record QVGA (320x240 pixels at 30/15 fps) movies of any length, limited only by the size of the xD-Picture Card in the camera.
Olympus' TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor enhances image quality and delivers faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. TruePic TURBO enables the SP-500 UZ to capture information from all 6.0 million pixels with pixel "micro-smoothing" that delivers clearer and more color-accurate photos, even at lower resolutions. The fast startup of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time ensures a high-speed response so you are always ready to take great pictures. Two Continuous Capture modes: High speed; 1.75 frames per second up to 3 frames and Normal speed; 1.2 frames per second up to 13 frames in HQ mode.
With in-camera editing features such as Red-Eye Fix, color brightness and saturation adjustments, users can edit photos on the fly - no longer do you have to tool around with computers and editing software for simple image touch-ups!
Connecting the SP-500 UltraZoom to a computer is easy with the USB Auto Connect feature, which connects directly via USB 2.0 cable and requires no software. Or, if you prefer, forget the computer altogether. The power of PictBridge technology enables photos to be printed directly from the camera with any PictBridge-enabled printer, such as the Olympus P-10 Digital Photo Printer, without using a computer. Printing and sharing images is more convenient than ever, and the P-10's photo lab-quality dye-sublimation printing produces archival-quality prints in rich color.
OLYMPUS Master™ software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive
user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are
searchable by date or keyword in the Calendar View. And with one-click editing tools, such
as red-eye reduction, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online
support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away.
SP-500 UltraZoom Features:
The Konica Minolta Z6 and the SP-500 UZ for size comparison.
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