Olympus Stylus-500WP

Olympus Stylus-500WP

One of the interesting cameras to be announced in the last week or so is the Olympus Stylus-500WP.

This waterproof (hence the WP in the model number) compact point and shoot camera can be used at up to 3 meters under water, has a 10 megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD screen. Colors available for the 500WP are Crystal Blue, Pure White and Midnight Black.

The recommended retail price of the Olympus Stylus-500WP is $199.99 – it should hit stores in February 2009.


Feature list of the Olympus Stylus-500WP

  • Exciting shots in and by the water as the µ-550WP waterproof to 3m
  • Available in Crystal Blue, Pure White or Midnight Black
  • High-precision 3x optical zoom (38-114 mm) to capture landscapes through to stunning portraits, even when it’s wet
  • The easy way to perfect images – Intelligent Auto Mode detects the five most commonly used scenes and adjusts settings, focus and exposure automatically
  • 10 Megapixels to make prints up to poster-size
  • Digital Image Stabilisation for less blur
  • See and share images more easily on the 6.4cm/2.5” LCD (230,000 dots)
  • Face Detection for perfectly focused and exposed faces
  • 17 shooting modes (e.g. Underwater Water Snap) ensure the camera has the right settings for different situations
  • Liven up your memories with movie recording with sound (up to VGA resolution at 30fps)
  • xD-Picture Card and microSD Card compatible


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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Darren Rowse January 26, 2009 08:05 pm

    Serena - this is neither a review or an advertisement. It's an announcement of a new digital camera.

    At this time of year all the major manufacturers release new cameras. As a photography community many of our readers want to be kept up to date of these new cameras.

    If you don't like the camera reviews we have a variety of RSS feeds that you can subscribe to. We have a camera one, a tips one and photoshop one - PLUS we have a megafeed that does them all. I suspect you're getting the one that does them all - I'd suggest unsubscribing from that one and just supbscribing to the others if they interest you. That way you'll only get the tips and photoshop ones and not these camera ones.

  • Serena January 25, 2009 06:15 pm

    Is this a review or an advertisement? 'Cause there's been a lot of posts like these spamming my email lately - these "oh hai look at this shiny new camera and here's a list of features", without any testing or anything interesting that might be helpful.

  • Sime January 24, 2009 12:48 pm

    Hey, Tanya, wait until you see the new Olympus 8000... Bullet proof AND sexy!

    *coming soon*

    Incidentally, why don't you like Olympus?


  • Tanya Plonka January 24, 2009 09:01 am

    I don't like Olympus... I don't want to give in... but... why must they rock the waterproof cameras so much? The price is pretty fantastic too...