recently announced the IS-500. This "All-in-one" AF SLR is aimed at
those photographers that want compact dimensions but the benefits of a conventional
Ideal for the photographer with a creative
eye, the IS-500 offers versatility, performance and the practicality of a compact
The IS 500's design and control layout ensure comfortable handling.
An array of photographic features guarantee superb image quality, balance and
responsive handling. Flexible shooting modes automatically adjust the camera settings
to suit particular compositions. In addition, the Olympus 'All-In-One' IS design
has been enhanced to present a more elegant and streamlined model.
with a high-resolution 4.3x zoom lens, the IS-500 provides a wide range of focal
lengths, from a 28 mm wide-angle to 120 mm telephoto position. The precision-crafted
optical system comprises multi-coated glass lenses, including an ED (Extra-low
Dispersion) lens element, to preserve image clarity even at the highest magnification
To guarantee optimum illumination at every focal length, the IS
500 incorporates a powerful, advanced twin flash system and versatile flash modes.
Flash tube selection is automatically determined by the zoom factor - one flash
tube for telephoto settings and a second flash tube for wide-angle and macro shots.
addition, to secure the correct exposure for flash portraits and close-ups, an
intelligent variable-power flash system regulates the intensity of illumination
according to subject distance and ambient light level. When the presence of fluorescent
or artificial light is detected the IS 500 fires an auto colour-balancing flash
if necessary. Other key features include -
- Convenient Mode Select button allows instant access
to Program AE, Aperture-Priority AE and Long Time shooting modes.
- Spot metering to optimise the exposure settings for a
specific area in the frame. In addition fuzzy-logic ESP and centre-weighted
average metering are selected automatically according to the shooting mode and
- A large, rear-mounted LCD panel on the back of the
camera provides confirmation of the mode settings and shooting parameters at a
Real-image zoom viewfinder equipped with LED indicators for autofocus, flash charge,
Optional Accessories -
- 1.3x tele-converter offers edge-to-edge optical
clarity and maintains the full performance of the original lens. It is also
multi-coated to reduce flare.
- Infrared remote
control can trigger the shutter from up to 5 metres away.