Olympus C-500 Zoom

Review Date: May 5th 2005

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Introduction / Price
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Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Conclusion / Links


Type Digital camera with 4.6cm/1.8” colour TFT LCD monitor.
Image sensor
Image sensor 1/2.5” CCD solid-state image pickup with 5.04 million pixels.
Effective pixel number 5.0 million pixels. (The actual number of pixels used in image processing.)
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB).
Storage media type 14 MB internal memory, Removable xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB and 1GB).
Optical zoom 3x.
Structure 6 lenses in 5 groups, 3 aspherical lens elements.
Focal length 6.3 – 18.9mm (equivalent to 38 – 114mm lens in 35mm format).
Maximum aperture 1: 2.8 (wide) – 4.9 (tele).
Digital zoom 4x.
Viewfinder Optical real image.
LCD monitor 4.6cm/1.8” colour TFT LCD monitor with 85,000 pixels.
System TTL system iESP auto focus with contrast detection.
Mode Auto iESP autofocus.
Working range Standard mode 0.5m(wide)/ 0.9m(tele) – infinity.
Macro mode 0.2m – 0.5m (Wide), 0.6m – 0.9m (Tele).
Super Macro mode 2cm.
Light metering
Mode Digital ESP metering.
Spot metering.
Exposure control Programme AE, Auto Exposure, manual exposure setting.
Scene programmes (Portrait, Self Portrait, Night Scene, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Sport, Beach, Snow, Cuisine, Indoor, Firework, Sunset, Candle, Behind Glass, Available light Portrait).
Shutter speed 15 – 1/2,000 sec .
Compensation Yes, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
Auto Automatically selected from ISO 50-250.
Manual ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
White balance
Mode Auto iESP auto.
Preset Sunlight, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light.
Manual One-touch.
Built-in flash Modes Auto (automatic activation in low and backlight),
Red-eye reduction,
Fill-in (forced activation), Off (no flash).
Working range 0.2m – 3.7m (wide) / 0.6m - 2.1m (tele).
Guide number 7.3.
Sequence shooting 1.2 frames per second, up to 5 pictures.
Image processing TruePic TURBO, pixel mapping, noise reduction (at 0.5 sec shutter or longer).
Function shooting 2 in 1, Panorama (with optional Olympus xD-picture Card), Sepia mode, Black & White mode, Vivid.
Still image edit Re-size with frame illustration, Black & White, Sepia, Rotation.
Motion picture edit Index, Edit.
Recording system
Still image JPEG (DCF: “Design rule for Camera File system”), Exif 2.21 support,
Print Image Matching III support, DPOF support, DPS.
Motion picture QuickTime Motion JPEG®* with sound.
Voice recording Wave compatible.
Number of storable frames (approx., with 14MB internal memory)
Still picture mode 2,560 x 1,920 SHQ: 3
HQ: 11
1,600 x 1,200 SQ1: 28
640 x 480 SQ2: 108
Motion picture mode Up to memory card’s capacity. With internal memory: in HQ mode (320 x 240 pixels), 30 fps: 20 sec. in SQ mode (320 x 240 pixels). 15 fps: 40 sec.
Power supply
Rechargeable battery 2 x AA Ni-MH,
2 x AA Ni-Cd.
One time use battery 2 x AA alkaline batteries, Lithium battery LB-01 (CRV3).
AC adapter Optional AC adapter C-3AC;
AC 100V-240V, 50-60Hz; DC 3.3V and 3A.
Interface DC input terminal,
AV and USB AutoConnect multi interface (storage class).
Other features
DPOF setting Single-frame print reservation, all print reservation, number of prints, date / time display.
Direct printing (DPS) PictBridge support allows direct printing with compatible printers.
Multilingual menu English / French / German / Spanish / Russian / Italian. Additional languages can be downloaded through OLYMPUS Master software from the Internet.
SDK compatible Possibility to develop software for camera control.
Self-timer Yes.
Date/time/calendar system Up to year 2099.
Dimensions 104.5 x 60.5 x 36.5mm.
Weight 150g (without batteries and xD-Picture Card )
Box contents Strap, USB cable, audio/video cable, 2 x AA batteries, OLYMPUS Master 1.1.
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Introduction / Price
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Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Conclusion / Links

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