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Olympus EVOLT E-500

By: Shawn Barnett and Dave Etchells

8.0 megapixels, ZUIKO DIGITAL lens mount, digital SLR design, and loads of features!

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 09/25/2005, Updated: 12/05/2005

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Olympus EVOLT E-500


Model Name:

Olympus EVOLT E-500 
Model Number: E-500 
Camera Format: SLR 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $799.99
Street Price: $513.87
Price Update Date: 2008-02-27
Date Available: 2005-10-31
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: RM-1 wireless 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 15.4 oz (437 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.6 in.
(129 x 95 x 66 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 3264x2448, 3200x2400, 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960
Movie Resolution:  
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 8.15
CCD Size (inches): 4/3 
CCD Filter Type: RGBG 
CCD Manufacturer: Kodak 
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.00
Movie Audio:  
Quality Levels: 6
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 90 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.20x
Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: 3-point TTL Phase Difference Detection 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Auto Focus Min Illum: 0.1250
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 38 cm to Infinity
15.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Min Macro Area: 124 x 84 mm
4.9 x 3.3 in
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Aperture Range Description: f/3.5 - f/22 (W), f/5.6 - ?? (T) 
Aperture Step Size: 0.33
Lens Thread: 58 mm
Lens Thread Type:  
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: SLR type, eye-level penta-Dach-mirror 
Optical VF Accuracy: 95%
LCD Viewfinder:  
LCD VF Accuracy:  
LCD Size (inches): 2.5
LCD Resolution: 215,250 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 14.00
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
ISO Rating Max: 1600
Number of White Balance Settings: 10
White Balance Settings: Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Custom, One-Touch 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 60 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/4000 
Exp Adj Range: 5.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: 49-zone Digital ESP / Center Weighted Average/ Spot/ Highlight Spot/ Shadow Spot (Spot Approx. 2%) 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 2 or 12
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 4
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-synchro, Fill-in 
Flash Guide Number (Meters): 13
Flash Range Default ISO (meters):  
Flash Range Description:  
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, Microdrive, xD Picture Card 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB):  
Uncompressed Format: CCD RAW (.ORF), TIFF v6.0 
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Compressed Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2) 
Movie File Format:  
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable:  
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Connection:  
Included Software:  
OS Compatibility:  
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 3.000 seconds
Shutdown Time: 0.300 seconds
Play -> Record: 0.200 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 1.300 seconds
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.370 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE: 0.380 seconds
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 0.320 seconds
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.095 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 0.880 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 0.900 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 0.860 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 6
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 2.580
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Sec @ Max Res:  
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second: 676.00
Battery Form Factor: BLM-1 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium Ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary BLM-1 Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features: Available in two kits - one with the 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens, and the second one also including the 40-150mm f3.5/4.5 Zuiko Digital. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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