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Olympus SP-500 UZ Ultra Zoom 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Olympus SP-500 UZ Ultra Zoom 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 66 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 10.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Image4.4   above average
Zoom4.2   average


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Color

Color:
"The color reproduction is very, very good."
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"There is some noise in the details, especially shadow areas if you enlarge drastically but for all intents and purposes, the final output (I get 4x6 size prints) is very crisp and the color fantastic."
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"I love the ability to manipulate colors- I dont like to use flash when it will wash out my subject, and adjusting lighting conditions in the camera gives me that option to get a great picture, without the washed out look."
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"PROS: HIGH QUALITY -- EXELENT ZOOM -- EFFECTIVE 6MP --NICE COLORS --ACCEPTABLE BATTERY LIFE--NICE COLOR AND FEEL-- LIGHT WEIGHT AND HANDY--POWERFULL--LOTS OF PRESET OPTIONS FOR THE INEXPERIENCED...ETC."
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Image

Image:
"The most annoying thing happened today: we lost all the pics taken recently in my wife's graduation celebrations."
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"User can choose between image quality settings to compromise between quality and memory occupation while the highest setting - SHQ (super high quality) - really makes superb images."
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"Positives:Great image quality (Accurate 6MP)Good color representationQuick shutter speedsNice large 2.5 Bright LCDExcellent Build (fits hand nicely)Negatives:No Diopter for EVFNo image stabilizer (but not everyone needs it)Plastic Feel (Not enough metal)Macro mode only available through menu (not click wheel)In closing..."
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"The SP-500UZ is a little dated by 2012 standards where consumers are led to believe that without 14-16 megapixels, image stabilization and 32x zoom lenses it is not possible to capture great images."
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"I post my pictures to Flickr and get great responses; last month one of my photos was selected for publication in an art magazine in Asheville NC, and my annual photo calendar sold well this past Christmas season (70 units sold locally)."
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"I ended up having her bring my heavy old Canon S30 with her to Thailand so I could have some decent pics."
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"I haven't had any problems with blurry images or indoor lighting."
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"It worked fine except for (1) poor pic quality in low light environment, even with scene mode justifications (a lot of dark dots); (2) images easily get blurred if you do not have super steady holding hands."
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Price

Price:
"I absolutely hate this camera and am sorry that my wife wasted her money on it! "
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"I was able to get this as a factory Refurbished unit for a very reasonable price."
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"Wow - what a great camera for a low price."
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"It's not too big and the price was good."
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"I bought this camera on impulse one day - it was a display model on sale for a great price."
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"I did alot of research and found that this had everything I wanted for a great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"User can choose between image quality settings to compromise between quality and memory occupation while the highest setting - SHQ (super high quality) - really makes superb images."
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"I really like all of the added electronic features and controls, though it is a great idea to spend some quality time figuring out what everything does."
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"Picture quality is good."
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"Very pleased with the picture quality and ease of use."
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"The quality of the pics are wonderful."
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"For regular use it is much more convenient than my Canon D350 SLR and the quality of the images has mainly been very satisfactory."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Zoom error The camera turned off."
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"At the begining I tought it was pure advertizing BS, but I was wrong it really has an amazing zoom with an effective 6 megapixels."
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"The only downside to the zoom is you need good lighting conditions in order to take a good picture but other than that it's pretty great."
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"The SP-500 is the latest in a new trend of digital cameras, that I like to call Power Point N Shoot Higher resolutions 7 and 8MP, more features but still the same crappy 3x optical Zoom."
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"The 10X zoom is very nice and does what I wanted."
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"The SP-500UZ is a little dated by 2012 standards where consumers are led to believe that without 14-16 megapixels, image stabilization and 32x zoom lenses it is not possible to capture great images."
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"It does what it says, it really is an ULTRA zoom, and anyone can take great pictures with it."
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"The zoom is fantastic and I could easy video swimming and zoom in at the same time for an amazing close-up."
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