Our review partner Designtechnica reviews the Olympus SP-500, a compact 6MP digital camera.
"Olympus is struggling mightily to keep with the digital camera leaders (Kodak, Canon and Sony). Sometimes they win with models like Stylus 800 and E-500 D-SLR while in other instances they fail miserably with IR-500 and M:Robe. Yet you can't blame them for trying; they can't just quit the game or they'll end up in the trash heap of CE companies.
Where Olympus really shines is with its Ultra Zoom digital camera like the new 6-megapixel SP-500UZ, the company's latest 10x optical zoom digital camera (the ancient 2MP C-700 Ultra Zoom was one of the first in the industry). This equals 38-380mm in 35mm terms, a very nice range.
At $379 it's more expensive than the $299 10x Kodak Z740 with slightly less resolution (5MP). It's also a bit cheaper than its other ultra zoom competitors, the $499 5MP Sony DSC-H1 and Canon PowerShot S2 IS with 12x optical zooms and image stabilization.
Kodak's new P850 is a non-image stabilized 5MP digital camera with a 12x zoom that costs $449 while Konica Minolta's 6MP DiMage Z6 with a 12x optical zoom is $399. Looking at these prices, you can see the SP-500UZ has a ballpark price battling it out with some tough competitors. Now does it swing and miss or hit it out of the park? (As you can probably tell, I can't wait for baseball to start again!)"
Read the full Olympus SP-500 Review.
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