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Olympus E-500 Digital Camera Review

Type 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
Number of Effective Pixels 8 million pixels
Image Sensor 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 System 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
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 / 0.4 MB
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
Viewfinder 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 16 mm (-1m-1)
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 value indication, 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)
Playback Monitor Type HyperCrystal LCD (TFT Color LCD)
Size 2.5 inch
Pixel Number 215,250 pixels
View field coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Control +/- 7 steps
Auto Focus 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
Exposure Control 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
White Balance System 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 Vivid/Natural/Muted/Black & White/Sepia
Color Mode Color Space sRGB/AdobeRGB
Saturation 5 levels in each Vivid, Natural and Muted mode
Image Quality Sharpness 5 levels in each Picture mode
Contrast 5 levels in each Picture mode
Shutter 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 System 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 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, 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
Flash Control 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)
Playback Display Mode Single/Zoom ( 2/3/4/6/8/10/14x)/Index (4/9/16/25 frames)/Calendar View/Slide Show/Light Box View
Information 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/Protect Function Erase Mode Single/All/Selected
Image Protect Mode Single
Menu Menu category REC1, REC2, Play Back, Custom, Setup
Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean (depending on region)
Customize Custom Reset 2 types
External Connector 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
Power Supply 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
Size/Weight 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]
Operating Environment Temperature Operating Range: 32F to 104F ( 0C to 40C); Storage Range: -4F to 140F (-20C to 60C)
Humidity Operating Range; 30 to 90%, Storage Range; 10% to 90%
Dust and Splash Proof No

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