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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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  • 3264 x 2448
  • 8.15 MP

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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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Customer Reviews of the Olympus America Inc. EVOLT E-500

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  • Scott W.
  • 9/4/2007 10:04:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Prosumer Camera

Pros: Great camera package at a great price if you need more than a point and shoot but not a full- blown professional model. It takes very good high quality photos and the 2 memory card slots are great for extended sessions.

Cons: If you put a filter on the wide angle lens along with the sun shade you may get parts of the shade in your picture at the widest settings.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for work first (due to budget) and was so impressed I purchased one for home. My wife and I took it on a 4 week camping trip from Michigan to Alaska and back capturing over 3000 amazing pictures.

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  • Richard M.
  • 9/2/2007 8:24:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsE-500

Pros: Excellent "walking around" camera. It is much more convenient than the E-1 for landscape & nature photography. Easy to change lenses.

Cons: Not worth mentioning when you consider the price.

Other Thoughts: The kit lenses aren't bad as far as kit lenses go. For professional grade photos the pro grade lenses are the way to go. Zuico lenses are excellent for any photographer.

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  • Andrew W.
  • 8/1/2007 5:22:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat entry-level DSLR

Pros: The best thing I can say about this camera is that it's a great traveler. It was a shock how light and balanced the E-500 is after moving from my friend's Nikon D50. The kit lenses are not bad, but investing in a nice macro (Zuiko makes a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/2) and wide-angle will be worth the money. It's on the small side, so fitting the camera with a few other lenses is easier than with most DSLRs. It's easy to use, supports both xD and CF cards and the screen is fairly large and bright.

Cons: Small sensor makes for lots of grain at ISO 400 and up, but going B&W makes for a cool film-grain effect. Max ISO 1600. Plastic body, kit 14-45 lens feels a little flimsy, could also use a wider f-stop on it.

Other Thoughts: I've had this kit since September of 2006, and I love it. It's good for hikes if you want something more than a point-'n-shoot but don't want to lug around a larger DSLR. Rather than trade this in for a 30D, I might just get a few more lenses.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/20/2007 4:23:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: takes great pictures. has great features that my old camera doesnt have. the feature for the scenes is great. we used the one for fireworks on the 4th and pictures came out great. battery is great. bought a extra one and havent had to use it yet and i have taken tons of pictures with the flash and still havent changed batteries.

Cons: the only con that i can think of right now is that i wish the second lens that came with is has a longer zoom like the canon. its good to 150mm. we took pictures with mine and my brothers canon and he could closer to a item we where taking the picture of then i could. also doesnt come with any memory sticks, you have to buy seperatly.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/28/2007 4:52:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAn excellent consumer digital SLR

Pros: Takes great quality pictures. The second longer lens is perfect for those outdoor shots. Loads of picture taking options.
You can spend hundreds more on more pro level cameras & lenses, but for the average consumer, this one fits the bill.

Cons: Takes only 4 pictures before pausing to write data to the memory card.

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  • Dewan A.
  • 6/22/2007 5:11:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best of ALL CAmeraS out there now

Pros: This camera is the best of all cameras out there. Everything is so great about it the quality of the images and the clearness.
FAst shipping by newegg like always

Cons: None so far hopely never

Other Thoughts: If you looking for an high quality cheap camera the Evolt-500 is your man!!!!

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  • Eugene P.
  • 6/17/2007 7:21:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLoving My Camera

Pros: Best camera I have owned, right out of the the box it takes better pictuers than any "point and shoot" Camera I have owned.
Easy to use and learn the modes on, and compatible with 123 LI batteries for long backpacking trips without a charger (that was the selling point for me)

Cons: None yet although I am a novice photographer.

Other Thoughts: Buy from newegg they have the best price on this great cammera.

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  • Kurt W.
  • 6/14/2007 7:37:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell Worth It

Pros: Excellent quality; a real value for the money. If you understand the limits of this camera you will be very satisfied. This is not a pro-level camera and it's not a point and shoot. As far as not being a pro level camera this means many settings are menu driven and a smaller body. But top quality images are just as possible with this camera as any other DSLR, pro or otherwise. The E-500 has more advanced features than other DSLR's at a similar price. Build, image, mirror lock up, advanced menus, no noticeable shutter lag and price were the big items for me. Olympus balanced them all pretty well in the E-500.

Cons: My dislikes are similar to many other reviews.
The view finder is smaller than other cameras and took a bit to get used to see the exposure data on the right side of the view finder.
Occasionally my right thumb bumps on of the buttons on the back of the camera.

Other Thoughts: Great starter DSLR with lots of room to grow. The 4/3 rds system has had a luke warm reception, but I've made plenty of 8x10's and a few gallery size prints with great success. After owning several brands of film SLR's, I'm very satisfied and plan on staying with Olympus for my DSLR. BTW, Olympus lenses are excellent too. I am always impressed with the image quality of the humble kit lenses included with the E-500.

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  • Donald M.
  • 5/1/2007 3:07:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for kids' sports

Pros: If you want to capture your kids' sporting events, you'll love it over the point and shoots. Eventually you'll discover this camera provides many extra features. Package value is unbeatable for those looking to upgrade to digital SLR.

Cons: Haven't seen any.

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  • Paul L.
  • 3/11/2007 4:10:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood pictures bad in the dark...

Pros: Takes grat pictures, the LCD is so good that I cant and the local printer cant get an equal image, Has a strong build, dual-card slot (as i have a large colection of xD and CF cards),and amazing kit lens for the price (The tele zoom is the best, not only does it get a focal lenght of 80-300mm but it has a 3.5 appature!)

Cons: The low light AF is sad really, only 3 point AF, my nose always smuges the viewfinder (normal for a DSLR BUT I CANT STAND IT!), poor viewfinder compared to my film SLRs, hard to focus MF with the small viewfinder and no writings on the lens.

Other Thoughts: I loved my camera but the flash was broken. Before I boughtthe camera from Newegg i bought it from another reseller and the flash was broken, now I bought it from newegg I am confident it will not eb broken! All in all, i think this camera is one of the best budget DSLR, but look out the new model came out the day i bought it (E510)!

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