Olympus SP500 Digital Camera [6MP, 10 x Optical Zoom] - £129.99 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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If you want a high quality camera that offers amazing 10x optical zoom power, this is the camera for you. With its large 6.4cm LCD and 6 million pixels, the SP-500 lets ambitious photographers frame and shoot creative images with ease. A predictive auto focus and a movie recording function with sound expand your creative options even further.

Get to the heart of the action with the Olympus SP-500 digital camera. With its user friendly, professionally formed body combined with a large range of advanced features; this is the perfect camera to take on action packed holidays or for use at live sporting events.

The SP-500 offers photographers the power and flexibility of a precision 10x optical zoom lens system for taking quality shots from a distance. Matched with 6.0 million pixels, the camera guarantees high-definition images every time.

For more ambitious photographers, this camera offers Aperture and Shutter Priority shooting as well as the option of full manual exposure control. Light distribution can also be checked by using the histogram function accessible in both shooting and playback modes, giving photographers ample room for creativity and experimentation.

With its bright (1:2.8-3.7) 10x optical zoom that covers a 38-380mm focal range (35mm camera equivalent), the SP-500 allows subjects to be picked out and captured up close. Even greater zoom power is available by using the optional TCON-17* tele converter, which extends magnification by a factor of 1.7x for a maximum focal length of 646mm (35mm camera equivalent). The camera's wide angle capabilities can also be boosted with the WCON-07* enabling stunning 27mm views (35mm equivalent). For extreme close-ups photographers can shoot in Super Macro mode from as little as 3cm away.

A variety of focusing options, from iESP autofocus through to spot and multi-spot AF and manual focus, allow photographers to dictate the level of control they require. As with the EISA Award-winning Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom, the SP-500 incorporates a Predictive AF system, which predicts the location of a moving subject at the moment the shutter closes. This is especially useful when photographing subjects such as wildlife. The compact Olympus SP-500 is the perfect choice for the more ambitious photographer.;* Usage requires CLA-4 adapter ring.

Features & Specifications

* Olympus SP-500 UltraZoom
* Sensor Resolution: 6.0 Megapixel
* Optical Zoom: 10 x
* Digital Zoom: 5 x
* Focal Length: 6.3 mm - 63 mm
* Min Focus Range: 60 cm
* Viewfinder: Electronic
* Display: LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - colour
* Supported Flash Memory: XD-Picture Card
* Integrated Memory: 10 MB
* Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
* Lens Aperture: F/2.8-3.7
* Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
* Camera Flash: Pop-up flash
* Red Eye Reduction: Built-in
* Microphone: Microphone - built-in
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.6 cm x 7.1 cm x 7.5 cm
* Weight: 0.3 kg
* Supported Battery: 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional ) ¦ 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )
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A good price for a long zoom camera but not so good is that it doesn't have optical image stabilisation which for a 10x (38 - 380 mm) lens is a big miss. Even my Canon with only a 6x zoom has that.
A good price for a long zoom camera but not so good is that it doesn't have optical image stabilisation which for a 10x (38 - 380 mm) lens is a big miss. Even my Canon with only a 6x zoom has that.

Depends how you hold the camera in my opinion. I have a Fuji S5600 and never had camera shake, even at full zoom. Only my opinion but image stabilisation is for cameras without optical viewfinders. If you use the LCD as viewfinder you naturally hold it away from your body which isn't a stable way to hold it. In the case of compact cameras I think another reason why manufacturers are adding image stabilisation is the fact that the lens is so small hardly any light is getting to the sensor, forcing slower shutter speeds.
IS allows for a 3 to 4 stop advantage when hand holding.

If you can hand hold a particular focal length e.g. 200mm in 35mm equiv. at 1/200th sec without camera shake, then IS will allow you to hand hold the same focal length at around 1/25th and still get a shot without camera shake. This is a massive advantage on still subjects in low light and/or gives the advantage of using lower ISO for better quality shots, especially using a small sensor like in most digicams.

IS works amazingly well which is why I not only have it on my Canon A710 IS but also on my short and long zoom on my D-SLR!

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