The New Olympus 10x Zoom camera

The SP-500UZ offers a 10x optical zoom and 6 million pixels in an impressive package
The new SP-500UZ seems to be a pretty impressive package. Six million
pixels and a 10x optical zoom with a decent maximum aperture may make
this a great camera for parents of sporting children, as well as
photography enthusiasts.

Main features:

  • 6.0 million pixels
  • Bright 10x zoom lens (equiv. to 38-380mm) 1:2.8-3.7, plus 5x digital zoom
  • Electronic viewfinder with 201,600 pixels
  • 6.4cm/2.5″ LCD
  • Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter priority and manual
    exposure and 21 scene modes (e.g. Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Sunset)
  • Focusing options: iESP autofocus and Spot incl. option for
    selectable AF area with 143 points, plus Predictive AF for back or
    forward moving subjects
  • Super Macro mode up to 3cm
  • Histogram function in shooting mode and playback
  • Auto Bracketing for up to 5 frames
  • Sequence shooting with 2.5 shots per second up to 3 images
  • Recording in JPEG or RAW format
  • Movie recording with sound up to VGA size at 30fps (recording up to the capacity of the memory)
  • 10MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • USB AutoConnect
  • PictBridge compatible
  • SDK support
  • Optional macro, tele and wide converters can be attached

As goes with such a long zoom, the camera has an electronic viewfinder
and has RAW capability. We’ll be reviewing once we can get a unit.

The SP-500UZ will be available from October 2005 in selected retail
outlets, at an Australian RRP of $599. Check local pricing in other