|Type||Digital single-lens reflex|
|Lens||Interchangeable (Four Thirds mount)|
|Sensor||Kodak KAF-8300CE Four Thirds System FFT-CCD|
|Maximum resolution||3,264 × 2,448 (8 million)|
|Film speed||ISO 50–3200|
|Storage media||CompactFlash (Type I or Type II); XD card|
|Focus modes||Single shot AF, Continuous AF and/or Manual|
|Focus areas||3-Point Multiple AF|
|Exposure modes||Automatic, Portrait, Landscape, Landscape and Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Children, High Key, Low Key, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Beach and Snow, Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority|
|Exposure metering||TTL full-aperture exposure metering system|
|Metering modes||Spot, Center Weighted, Digital ESP|
|Flash||Built-in TTL Speedlight with hotshoe|
|Flash bracketing||+5/−5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 step|
|Shutter||Computerized focal-plane type|
|Shutter speed range||1/4000 to 60 s (max 8 Min in "Bulb" mode)|
|Continuous shooting||2.5 frame/s, unlimited shots (JPEG) or 4 shots (RAW/TIFF)|
|Viewfinder||Optical TTL with pentamirror|
|White balance||Automatic, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset (in kelvins)|
|LCD screen||2.5 in (64 mm), 215 kpixel|
|Battery||Olympus BLM-1 family|
|Weight||430 g (0.95 lb) without battery|
The Olympus E-500 (Olympus EVOLT E-500 in North America) is an 8-megapixel digital SLR camera manufactured by Olympus of Japan and based on the Four Thirds System. It was announced on 26 September 2005. Like the E-300 launched the previous year, it uses a Full Frame Transfer (17.3 x 13 mm) Kodak KAF-8300CE CCD imaging chip.
Unlike the E-300 and the E-300's successor, the Olympus E-330, the E-500 retains the traditional SLR appearance, with a humped pentamirror box instead of the E-300's unique Porro mirror arrangement. The mirror box also bears the onboard flash, in similar manner to most recent consumer-level SLR cameras. The viewfinder hump means the E-500 is taller than the E-300, but in other dimensions it is smaller.
The E-500 uses Olympus' patented Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system to shake dust from the sensor during startup and when requested by the user; this largely eliminates the problem of dust accumulation on the surface of the image sensor. Image processing is done with Olympus' TruePic Turbo system.
Improvements over the E-300 include a 2.5-inch (64 mm) rear LCD screen, 49 zone metering (the E-300's total is undocumented, but believed to be 3), spot metering, an RGB histogram to identify clipping across the three color channels in post-shot review, optional improved noise filtering for low-light photography, and the ability to apply software color filters in black-and-white shooting.
In a buyers guide distributed by the UK Digital SLR magazine (December 06, 2nd edition), the Olympus E-500 camera was identified as an intermediate digital SLR camera — capable of functioning as a professional tool in most situations, well above what the average street price of £379 (at time of article) reflects.
The E-500 was available in five different packages in the United States; these were:
- Body only (no lens)
- Body plus 14–45 mm Zuiko Digital lens
- Body plus 17.5–45 mm Zuiko Digital lens
- Body plus 14–45 mm and 40–150 mm Zuiko Digital lenses
- Body plus 17.5–45 mm and 40–150 mm Zuiko Digital lenses (Costco in-store package)
The successor to the E-500 is the E-510. Released in 2007, the E-510 provides several feature improvements including a new 10-megapixel Live MOS Sensor with claimed lower image noise at high ISO compared to the E-500, LiveView and in-body Image Stabilization in approximately the same body size as the E-500.
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