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Olympus EVOLT E-500 8.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Silver (Body Only)
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E500 w Duel Lens Kit
Feb 2, 2007 (Updated Feb 5, 2007)
Review by maddogmd11
Rated a Very Helpful Review
I evaluated cameras for about 6 months and have now had this camera for 8 months. This camera is an outstanding value for someone getting into digital photography that wants a DSLR. If you just want to point and shoot dont get a DSLR your wasting your money. But if you do want greater flexibility, higher quality images, and more control of the camera then I highly recommend this kit.
Recommend this product?
The Camera is made of high quality plastic over a metal lower frame. It is very well made and very comfortable to hold and shoot with. I am not going to go into all the specs, features, and functions because they are just to numerous. If you want all the technical details please follow the link below.
Please see: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1192
There are a couple of functions I will discuss that are NOT covered at the Olympus site. The first is infrared photography. This is one of the few DSLRs that you can shoot IR with without great expense. This is near IR and you will need a $50 filter but it is very interesting photography.
The second which is discussed but not greatly is the dust protection. Any DSLR can get dust in it when you remove lenses. However all Oly DSLRs and the new Sony Alpha have dust protection built in. This is NOT available on Canon or Nikon.
The E500 is not great in low light for autofocus nor is it great for high ISO settings as the images will either be noisy or soft if the autonoise filter is used. Please note that NEITHER of these is an issue if you have and can use a quality flash.
The lenses supplied with the kit are fine lenses. They are quiet in operation and provide a wide range of potential work. One area that is weak on the kit lenses is that neither is particularly fast. However neither are the competitors kit lenses and the Oly gives you 2 lenses and the body for about 50% of the price you would pay for a comparable Canon or Nikon.
The proof is in the image. I am going to post a link to another site so you can see the quality of the output for yourself and make your own judgment.
Please see: http://fourthirdsphoto.com/
The camera is easy to operate by either the beginner or professional. You can set the camera on full auto as a beginner and get good quality prints. Your use of the camera will grow with your ability. This is one of the great reasons to have a DSLR rather than a point and shoot type camera. But you CAN point and shoot with this camera if that is all you want to do. The camera will autofocus, allow manual focus, continuous focus, or an auto manual combination. You shoot in multiple modes automatically and like most DSLRs it has a pop-up flash for indoor shots. However for quality indoor shots you will want to purchase a separate flash with more power.
The Oly is the lightest DSLR available so taking it with you is not a chore. The battery life is excellent. I had the camera on and working for an entire day at the grand canyon and had no battery problems.
The bottom line is that this camera is easy to operate but has more features than the average photographer will ever use. It is built well. It comes with 2 lenses that will fill the needs of the average photographer as well. It is an outstanding value for the money.
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Amount Paid (US$): 630
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