In-Depth, Hands-On User Report on Olympus EVOLT E-500!|
(Monday, September 26, 2005 - 11:18 EDT)
We got a quick look at a prototype sample of the new Olympus E-500 d-SLR. Editor Shawn Barnett prepared an in-depth "User's Report" describing what it felt like to shoot with.
Representing the third camera in their Four-thirds system, the Olympus EVOLT E-500 could be their finest offering yet. Small, nimble, and well built, the Olympus E-500 is light enough that bringing it along anywhere will be far less of a burden. This new 8mp digital camera comes just a year after the E-300, and brings back traditional SLR design in the smallest expression yet. Button layout is logical, and overall component quality looks good. I especially enjoyed the camera's balance compared to last year's EVOLT E-300 design. The return to the pentaprism has brought this sense of balance back to the Olympus SLR, which was sorely missing on the E-300. A new 49 point Digital ESP metering system joins an automatic pop-up flash and more than a few Scene modes to make digital photography easy for beginners, yet the camera offers plenty of features to allow your photography to grow. We've only shot with a pre-production sample, so we have no test images yet, but we've prepared an in-depth user report to walk you through some of the basics. Overall, the Olympus E500 looks like it will be an excellent digital SLR. Read our Olympus E500 User Report for all the details!