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Olympus E-500 / EVOLT E-500 review with Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5~5.6 Gordon Laing, February 2006


 



 




Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

Olympus E-500 resolution comparison

  To measure resolving power we photographed our Resolution Chart with each camera using its best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings. The E-500 was tested using our new Enhanced Digital Camera chart, while the other cameras were tested using our older chart; the results are comparable though.

The lenses were set to f8 using Aperture Priority mode. The crops are taken from the originals, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

With 1800 and 1750 lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution respectively, the E-500 performs virtually identically to Canon's EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT, with both bodies using their bundled 3x zoom lenses. The E-500 has a slight edge on horizontal resolution over the 350D, but it's a close-run. Both cameras comfortably out-resolve their 6 Megapixel rivals though.


Olympus E-500
Canon EOS-350D
1800 lpph, 14-45mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
1750 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO

Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
 
Nikon D50
1550 lpph, 18-70mm DT at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
1650 lpph, 18-55mm DX at 35mm, f8, 200 ISO


Olympus E-500
Canon EOS-350D
1750 lpph, 14-45mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
1750 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO

Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
 
Nikon D50
1500 lpph, 18-70mm DT at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
1500 lpph, 18-55mm DX at 35mm, f8, 200 ISO

Results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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