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Olympus Evolt E-500 Digital Camera Body (Black)

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Olympus Evolt E-500 Digital Camera Body (Black)

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Designed to be used by all photographers of any skill level, the Olympus Evolt E-500 Digital Camera has a compact and durable body that is packed with Olympus innovations like the exclusive Dust Reduction System for spot-free photos, 8 million pixels of detail for bright and colorful images, a TruePic TURBO Image Processor for fast response time, and an oversized, easy-to-view 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD. Compatible with a wide range of Olympus Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses, the E-500 delivers the versatility and power that are the hallmarks of a performance SLR, but at an affordable price.

8-Megapixel Image Sensor
The E-500 is loaded with an impressive 8 million pixels of detail, for bright colorful photos. The 8-megapixel sensor gives photographers the flexibility to blow up their prints to the large sizes supported by many of today's printers, or crop into an image to print only part of the image that is important to them. Moreover, the image sensor in the EVOLT E-500 is a high-performance Full Frame Transfer KODAK KAF-8300CE CCD that delivers improved dynamic range, low noise to capture fine image details in the highlight and shadow areas, as well as excellent color fidelity for brilliant colors.
Exclusive Dust Free Technology for Spot-Free Photos
The Olympus Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter, a patented ultrasonic technology that shakes at 35,000 vibrations a second to remove dust from in front of the camera sensor every time you turn the camera on, liberating users from hours spent retouching photographs at the computer.
TruePic TURBO for Clarity and Speed
Olympus' TruePic TURBO Image Processor provides fast camera response, operation and processing speed for more responsive camera operation. For faster burst rates, the TruePic TURBO processor addresses the dedicated 64MB image buffer for up to 4 TIFF or RAW images at 2.5 frames-per-second, and unlimited burst mode with HQ JPEG images and extreme speed Compact Flash cards. Along with the speed advantages, TruePic TURBO also produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide you with the best digital images possible for every photo.
Large Easy-to-View 2.5-Inch HyperCyrstal LCD Monitor
Big and bright with 215,250 pixels, the E-500 has a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD that offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors, so captured images can be beautifully displayed in vivid color on the screen with exceptional clarity. Because photos are for sharing, the E-500 LCD features a wide, 160° viewing angle on the vertical and horizontal axis, ensuring excellent visibility and beautiful image quality even when everyone huddles around the camera to see what you've created.
Large Selection of Digital Specific Lenses
The versatility of the Olympus E-System comes from delivering a large selection of "Designed-for-Digital" lenses. Olympus' Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses come in a wide range of focal lengths for achieving the best image result, and impress with their spectacular clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness. These digital specific lenses are designed for digital capture with smart technology that allows the lenses to communicate with the camera to ensure the best possible image quality.
Easy-to-Use, Easy-to-Handle, Lightweight and Ergonomic Design
Creating an affordable digital SLR that most anyone can pick up and start to use is about making it easier to operate. That means menus that make sense and buttons on the body that are easy to understand and operate; adding automatic settings for every imaginable situation; making the LCD big and bright enough so you can review a shot without squinting; and making it less of a chore to get images out of the camera and into your computer or printer. Moreover, at just 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.6 inches and only 15.3 ounces, the EVOLT E-500 is light and compact enough to comfortably shoot with all day.
Easy, Basic and Creative Shoting Modes
You don't need a degree in photography to shoot like a pro with the E-500. Instead of working to find the right settings for the subject, select from one of the camera's 25 Exposure Modes (Easy, Basic and Creative) that make it easy to get the results you want, whenever and wherever you want them. In the Easy Modes, choose from a range of 15 pre-programmed Scene Select modes to achieve the optimal results. Every Scene Select mode on the EVOLT E-500 provides a sample image and a description of what is happening to achieve the desired result. To access Basic shooting modes that allow some user over-rides, just select one of the 5 icons on the mode dial. The Creative Modes on the mode dial allow users to take control of the E-500 for the ultimate in artistic expression.
5 Metering Modes
A 49 Point Digital ESP Light Meter enables digital electro selective pattern metering for accurate exposures under the largest number of conditions. The Digital ESP can also be linked to the AF (auto focus) selection or independent of the AF selection for even more versatility.
A Choice of Two Color Space Settings
Users can choose from two color space settings according to their needs - sRGB, which is the standard for computer monitor viewing and inkjet printer output, and AdobeRGB, which is widely used for commercial applications.
Dual Card Slots
The Evolt E-500 has two memory card slots - one for CompactFlash or Microdrive and another for xD-Picture Cards - which add to the camera's practicality and provide extra data storage. Simply depress a button on the back of the camera to choose which card type to capture to and copy images back and forth from one card to the other in playback.
Comprehensive AF System
The E-500 dedicated auto focus system offers 3 selectable AF points for accurate auto focus operation. When automatic target zone selection is active, a superimposed display confirms the relevant target zone. Focus modes are set via a manual switch on the camera body for Single AF, Continuous AF, and Manual Focus operation. To ensure successful focusing in the darkest environments, the E-500 utilizes an AF illuminator built into the flash.
Simultaneous RAW and JPEG Image Recording
A choice of three image formats is offered: RAW, TIFF, and JPEG. If desired, image data can be simultaneously recorded in RAW and JPEG with the RAW+JPEG format.
Contrast, Sharpness and Tone Curve Controls
Contrast can be set to any of five levels, and sharpness can be set to any of seven levels. So whether users want pro-quality tonal fidelity or sharp vibrant colors, they can customize each image to suit their preference.
High-Precision Flash Control
The flash can be turned ON and OFF manually or with the AUTO FLASH option selected the flash will pop up automatically when ever it is needed. A wide range of flash modes is provided, including Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro (front and rear curtain), and Fill-In.
RGB Histogram Information Display
The EVOLT E-500 will display an individual histogram for each color channel (RGB) as well as the overall luminance of the exposure. This information is valuable to the more advanced user who may need to alter the exposure for specific output sources. A display that identifies overexposed highlights or underexposed shadow areas is also an option in image playback mode.
Direct Button Operation
The unique Direct Button operation enables EVOLT E-500 users to get to the settings they want without wading through endless menus or pushing arrow buttons excessively. Instead, most custom settings can be set by pressing one of the cameras 8 direct key buttons for White Balance, Exposure Compensation, ISO, Flash Mode, Metering Mode, Auto Focus Mode, Auto Focus Frame and Recording Mode, and then turning a dial by thumb to customize the setting as desired. All settings are viewable at once on the camera's "Super Control Panel" displayed on the LCD.
Auto-Connect USB
Transferring images to the computer has never been easier with the Auto-Connect USB that does not require software drivers (for most computers/operating systems) for hassle-free image downloads. Images may also be viewed on a television using the video cable.
Direct Printing Capable
When it comes time to print images, the E-500 connects via the included USB cable for fast and easy PC-free printing, to any PictBridge-enabled printer via USB, like the new Olympus P-11 Digital Photo Printer. Simply select the images displayed on the camera's LCD that you wish and print.
Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera
Image Quality
Image Sensor 4/3" (17.3 x 13.0mm) 8.15 Megapixel full-frame transfer primary color CCD with Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system)
Effective Resolution 8.0 million pixels
Color Depth 36-Bit RGB (RAW)
24-Bit RGB (TIFF & JPEG)
Color Modes sRGB, Adobe RGB, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone, Sepia, Filter effect (Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone or Sepia), Picture tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone)
Image File Formats RAW
TIFF
JPEG (SHQ - 1/2.7, HQ - 1/4, SQ - 1/8 or 1/12)
RAW +JPEG
Exif, DCF, DPOF & PRINT Image Matching II compliant
Recorded Resolution 3264 x 2448
3200 x 2400
2560 x 1920
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Video Recording No
Audio Recording No
Optics
Lens Mount Four Thirds Mount
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Optical Image Stabilization No
Focus Control
Focus Type TTL phase-difference detection system with 3-point multiple AF (Auto, Selectable)) and AF illuminator
Focus Modes Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (MF), S-AF + MF, C-AF + MF, AF lock, Focus tracking, Manual focus bracketing
Exposure Control
Sensitivity AUTO ISO (100-400)
Selectable ISO 100 - 400 (1/3 or 1 EV steps)
expandable to ISO 1600 (noise filter available when expanded)
Shutter Type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed P/Ps/A mode: 60 - 1/4000 second
S/M mode: 30 - 1/4000 second
Bulb: up to 8 minutes (with limiter)
Scene programme and Scene select modes: 2 - 1/4000 seconds depending on selected mode
Mirror Lock-Up No
Exposure Metering TTL open-aperture metering system (Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern), Centre weighted average, Spot, Spot with highlight control, Spot with shadow control)
Exposure Modes Full auto (AUTO), Program AE (P), Aperture priority AE (A), Shutter priority AE (S), Manual (M), Scene program AE, Scene select AE, Exposure compensation (+/-5EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps), Exposure bracketing (3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1EV steps), AE Lock
White Balance Modes Preset white balance (7 settings ranging from 3000K - 7000K), White balance compensation (+/-7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis), Custom white balance, One-touch White balance, White balance bracketing (3 frames. 2/4/6 steps selectable in each R-B/G-M axis)
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night scene, Night Portrait, Children, Sport, High key, Low key, Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Beach & snow
Flash
Built-in Flash Retractable flash with auto pop-up function (Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Slow synchro, Manual)
Effective Flash Range Up to 13' (ISO 100)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
External Flash Control TTL Auto, Auto, Manual
Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/180 second
Performance
Start-Up Time Not Specified
Shutter Lag Not Specified
Time Between Shots Not Specified
Burst Capability 2.5 fps up to 4 frames in RAW/TIFF; up to memory capacity in HQ (1/8 JPEG) when using high speed memory card
Self Timer 12 seconds, 2 seconds
Interval Recording No
Date & Time Stamp No (simultaneous recording on image data)
Memory & Power
Built-in Memory No
Compatible Memory Cards CompactFlash (type I & II)
xD-Picture Card
File Size Not Specified
Battery Type BLM-1 Li-ion battery (included)
3x CR123A lithium battery (optional)
Power Adapter AC-1 AC Adapter (100-240v AC)
Input/Output
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Full Speed)
Direct Print Capable Yes (PictBridge)
Remote Control RM-1 remote control (optional)
Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
System & Software Requirements Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, OS X (10.1.3-10.2.1)
Display
Viewfinder Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder, using penta dach mirror with Neo Lumi-Micron Mat screen and Diopter adjustment (-3.0 - +1.0m-1)
Viewfinder Info AF frame (Super Impose), AE lock, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure mode, White balance, Flash, AF confirmation mark, Metering mode, Number of storable sequential pictures, Exposure compensation value indication, Record Mode, Battery Level Indicator
Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
LCD Display 2.5" HyperCrystal semi-transmissive TFT color LCD (215.000 pixels) with brightness adjust (15 levels)
Information Display Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, 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
Language Options English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Playback Options Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25 frames), Calendar, Close-up (2-14x), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box, Erase function (Single frame, All frames, Selected frames, Potect function), Copy (Single frame, All frames, Selected frames), RAW development, Image editing (Monotone, Sepia, Red-eye reduction, Saturation, Resize)
Physical
Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.7" x 5.1" x 2.6" (95 x 130 x 66mm) excluding protrusions
Weight 15.3 oz. (435g) body only
Olympus Evolt E-500 Digital Camera Body (Black)
  • BLM-1 7.2 Volt 1500 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
  • BCM-2 Battery Charger with AC Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Wide Neck Strap
  • Eye Cup
  • Owner's Manual
  • 90-Day B&H Used Warranty
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