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OLYMPUS EVOLT E-500 Black 8.15 MP 2.5" 215K LCD Digital SLR Camera w/ ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 & ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Le

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Both hobbyist and advanced photographers can have a lot of fun and take some memorable pictures with this offering from Olympus. The E-500 is a true digital SLR with a sleek, lightweight design, offering all the image control and possibilities that implies, including being able to use a wide variety of Olympus and other 4/3 system lenses, and this dual lens kit allows you to control your shot precisely in almost any situation.

The crystal-clear 2.5 LCD gives you a great view for shot setup and review, even in outdoor light. The Olympus TruePic Turbo image technology gives you sharper, clearer images with RAW and JPEG formats at the same time. 25 scene and exposure modes compliment the lenses to provide unparalleled opportunities for stunning photography. The E-500 is tailor-made for anyone to use while capturing the imagination and the moment! This is a great chance to expand your photography experience and bring you years of memories.

  • newegg 8.0 Megapixel Effective The advanced 8 Megapixel full frame transfer CCD utilizes less space on the chip for data transfer and more pixel area to capture data for images with higher sensitivity, larger dynamic range, lower noise and better overall quality.
  • newegg Dust Reduction System Dust Reduction System uses Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) to loosen and remove any and all dust and debris from the image sensor. The SWF unnoticeably vibrates at a rate of 35,000 times per second upon start-up and when manually activated for clear, aberration-free images. SWF dust removal means you don’t have to worry about dust when changing lenses.
  • newegg 2.5-inch Large Size Hyper Crystal LCD The large, high-resolution 2.5" LCD features a big canvas and Hyper Crystal technology for convenient reviewing and sharing of pictures at viewing angles of up to 160-degrees. The big screen truly simplifies the use of the menu, identification of onscreen icons and adjustment settings.
  • newegg CF/xD Dual Slot Shoot, store or backup pictures on an xD-Picture Card (xD), Compact Flash (CF) or both with the two media card slots.

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Package Type
Dual Lenses Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
17.3mm x 13.0mm
Effective Pixels
8.15 MP
Aspect Ratio
4:3 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Dust Cleaning System
Supersonic Wave Filter
Image Processor
3264 x 2448

White Balance

White Balance
Auto WB, Preset WB, Custom WB, One-touch WB

Lamp1(3000k) / Fluorescent 1 (4000k) / Fluorescent 2 (4500k) / Fluorescent 3 (6600k) / Daylight (5300k) / Claudy (6000k) / Shade (7500k)


Viewfinder Type
Eye level Penta Dach Mirror
Approx. 95%
Approx. x 0.9 with 50 mm Lens set to infinity on -1diopter
16 mm (-1m-1)
Dioptric Adjustment
Built-in type -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Focusing Screen
Fixed type
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
Depth-of-Field Preview
One-touch WB Button (Customizable)

LCD Monitor

2.5" 215K
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment
+/- 7 steps


Focus Type
TTL Phase Difference Detection System
Focusing Modes
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus / S-AF + MF/ C-AF + MF
AF Points
3 points
Focusing Point Selection
Automatic Selectable / Manual Selectable


Exposure Control
Full Auto, Program with Program Shift/Shutter Priority/Aperture Priority/Manual/Scene Program AE/Scene Select AE
Exposure Compensation
Up to +/- 5 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step
Metering System
Digital ESP/Center Weighted Average/Spot (Approx. 2%)/Spot with Highlight, shadow control
ISO 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)
AE Lock
Locked by first position of Shutter Button / AE/AF Lock Button (Customizable)


Shutter Type
Electronic Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
12 or 2 Sec (possible to cancel)
Remote Control Support
Wireless with bulb function by RM-1 (RM-1:option)


Flash Type
TTL Auto FP/TTL Auto for Olympus Dedicated Flash
Flash Mode
Auto/Red-eye Reduction/Slow synchro/ Fill-in for Exclusive Flash

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single/Sequential Shooting
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 2.5 fps
Maximum Burst
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})


Scene Modes
Portrait/Landscape/Landscape & Portrait/Night Scene/Night Scene & Portrait/Firework/Sunset/Macro/Sports/High-Key/Low-Key/ Documents/Beach & Snow/Candle/Children
Single/Zoom ( 2/3/4/6/8/10/14x)/Index (4/9/16/25 frames)/Calendar View/Slide Show/Light Box View

Recording System

Image Type
JPEG, TIFF Ver. 6.0 (Exif 2.2), RAW (12bit)
Color Space
Recording Media
CF Card Type I and II / Microdrive / xD Card


Compatible Lenses
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Lens Mount
Four Thirds Mount
Lens Spec
Focal Length 14-45 mm (equivalent to 28-90 mm on a 35 mm film camera)

Lens construction 12 Elements in 10 Groups, including 2 Aspherical Lens Elements

Angle of View 75 deg.-27 deg.

Closest Focusing Distance 0.38 m-infinity

Maximum Image Magnification 0.16x (equivalent to 0.32x on a 35 mm film camera)

Minimum Field Size 107 x 80 mm

Number of Blades 7

Maximum Aperture f 3.5 (14 mm)- f 5.6 (45 mm)

Minimum Aperture f 22

Filter Size 58 mm

Dimension Diameter 71.0 x 86.5 mm



Power Source

Rechargeable Li-ion battery Pack BLM-1/3x CR123A with LBH-1

Dimensions & Weight

5" x 3.7" x 2.6" (129.5 x 94.5 x 66 mm)
15.34 oz. (435 g) [body only]
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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