Best Olympus Digital SLR Cameras for Birthday Gift – Reviews & Compare Deals

Best Olympus Digital SLR Cameras for Birthday Gift – Reviews & Compare Deals
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Premium picture quality and superb performance come easy with this comfortable to handle digital SLR. At a time when we want complex things to become simple, the EVOLT E-500 succeeds in doing so with a sleek, lightweight design for impressive portability and advanced controls and options that can be accessed with minimal effort. Bursting with speed and producing spotless pictures with exceptional color and detail, the EVOLT E-500 is tailor-made for anyone to use while capturing the imagination in the process. Patented Dust Reduction System uses our Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) to loosen and remove any and all dust and debris from the image sensor. The SWF vibrates at a rate of 35,000 times per second upon start-up as well as when manually activated - and is unnoticeable to the user - for clear, aberration-free images. This removal of dust also means you never have to worry about changing lenses Exercise total control with creative modes like Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter...

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Best Olympus Digital SLR Cameras for Birthday Gift

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Olympus Evolt E500 8MP Digital SLR with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 & 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Lenses

Olympus Evolt E500 8MP Digital SLR with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 & 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Lenses

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  • 8-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD display; 5 metering modes and built-in filters, including nine filters...
  • Exclusive dust-free technology for spot-free photos
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes one 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 and one 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 Zuiko lens
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  1. I have had this camera for 4 months now and its an outstanding pro-sumer grade digital SLR. The Amazon price for this camera body and two lens kit is simply the best price to be found anywhere, and is less than most vendors charge for this camera with a single lens. No longer do I mourn the loss of my Nikon 8008s 35mm Film Camera.Both lenes have outstanding optics and the metering system is superb. The included lens hoods are very helpful, but make sure you take them off for flash photography. The lenses operate quietly and quickly. They have nice grip.The built-in pop up flash is adequate for close-up snap shots, but you’ll want one of the two available dedicated flash units the FL-36 or FL-50. Don’t waste your time or money with the FL-20. I bought the FL-36, which is a full featured dedicated flash with significant manual overrides just as with the camera to meet your creative needs. I’m likely to further upgrade to the FL-50 which is a more powerful full professional grade flash.For serious photographers, this camera gives you total manual control that provides overrides for every possible setting to ensure you realize your full creative needs (just as with any professional 35mm or digital SLR).The automatic settings for focus and exposure are outstanding as well. There are several program modes for various types of shooting and a user program mode where you can essentially make your specific manual settings an automatic set-up.The controls are well placed, except for the the one-touch White Balance and the Auto-Focus frame buttons are right where you may normally want to place your right thumb while holding the camera, especially if you’re taking vertical shots. The large LCD display is excellent and easy to read even in bright light, but be advised that its not for composing and lining up your pictures. The display is for making your camera settings and viewing the pictures you’ve taken. You must compose your shots through the viewfinder only. The viewfinder gives you gives you plenty of camera setting information along with immediate exposure and composition feedback so you can make adjustments without removing your eye from the viewfinder.The camera shoots in every file format that complete amatuers want and serious professional photographers need ranging from various degrees of quality for jpeg all the way up to TIFF and several RAW settings. The has shutter speeds that go from manual settings up to 1/4000th and an ISO range up to 1600.The camera is built solid, is very well balanced and lightweight. It looks great and feels great with a nice grip. The included Olympus LBH-1 battery has extraordinary life. I had in the camera for the first 3 months without a change or charge. In that time I took over 600 pictures, and often found that I had left the camera on when I went to pull it out of my bag for the next shoot. In fact, during my trip to Ireland during this mentioned timeframe. I basically left the camera on night and day for an entire week and had juice to spare when I got home. Phenominal!As mentioned the included lenses with this kit (wide angel to normal & normal to long telephoto) are very, very good. I’m so pleased with the overall performance and capabilities of the camera itself, that I’m definitely going to invest heavily in the professional level lens upgrades. With the exception of the Macro and extreme wide angle, those lenses are essentially the same focal lengths as included with this camera kit. However the upgrades are “faster” lenses allowing for more very low light levels and a greater ability to capture sports activity.Bottomline, this camera is fantastic and has everything that far more expensive professional cameras have. Olympus has a full range of accessories for serious and professional photographers that amatuers can work their way up to. This camera has it all at price that no one seems able to beat.

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    Norman Guilbert Jr. May 14, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I was one of the last holdouts. I stuck with my trusty pentax K1000 and various Nikons over the years because i was a ‘film guy.’ I even went out and bought a professional-grade film scanner and developing equipment so that I could stay a ‘film guy’ well into the future. That was until I really scrutinized the photos, which, no matter how carefully I developed and scanned, all had a grainy look to them. I realized that technology had finally caught up with me, and I needed to get with the program and buy a digital camera. I’m only a hobbyist, not a professional, but I insisted on an SLR to avoid parallax problems. All my cameras save one were SLR’s of 1970’s vintage. The problem was that the fine cameras in the Nikon and Canon lines were way to pricy for my budget and hard to justify for amateur use; I was almost resigned to one of those consumer-grade units with the built-in non-interchangable lenses until I came upon this camera. The package came with a body, a 14 to 45 mm zoom, a 40-150 mm zoom, a battery charger and battery, and various wires and software. I took the camera on a day trip and used it mostly in “Auto” (easy) mode, and was instantly impressed with the quality of the pictures, especially their sharpness. And since they’ve dropped the price, I suppose to make way for the 10 megapixel E-510, this package is a STEAL. It has all sorts of programed exposure settings, plus aperture and shutter priority, as well as fully manual exposure. Bottom line: I think this is the PERFECT camera for serious and semi-serious use, or for anyone who doesn’t mind a little extra bulk and weight in order to have great pictures (it is not tiny, it’s about the size of a standard 35mm SLR). I wish the lenses were a bit faster; they are both only f/3.5, but that’s quibbling. Extra lenses are available, in three grades from Olympus but some of them are VERY pricy. Luckily, the two that came with the kit fill my needs wonderfully. If you have need of a very wide selection of lens availablility, Canon or Nikon may be a better bet, but if the two lenses included in this package is all you need, you’re good to go, and in style.

  3. I’m glad I was able to buy this camera used for a reasonable price. I would never be able to buy a brandy-new camera this nice. If the seller’s description says no accessories or manuals, believe it. I bought a cable from another Amazon seller – standard USB cables won’t work. And I found software and detailed manuals on the Olympus website. The Digital Photography Review website (dpreview) has an excellent in-depth review of the camera’s many features. Be prepared to spend a few hours with the manual; there’s a lot to learn.Too bad the “Four/Thirds” lens system is obsolete already. Seems like planned obsolescence to me. But maybe it means I’ll be able to buy additional lenses for not much money. At any rate there’s not much that newer cameras can do that this one can’t.

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