Olympus Stylus 500

Olympus has announced what they dub their next generation Stylus series camera: the Stylus 500. Featuring a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD, 5.0-megapixels of image resolution, and a compact, durable, all-weather body, the Stylus 500 offers Olympus' exclusive image processor, TruePic TURBO(tm), which is said to significantly enhance image quality and deliver faster overall processing speeds for rapid startup, shutter release and playback. The fast startup of less than one second and nearly instant shutter release time ensures high-speed response. The body is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow or sand won't get in the way. The Stylus 500 has a new flat-surface body design that takes the series in a new direction and, at a compact size of 3.9" (W) x 2.2" (H) x 1.2" (D), it fits snugly into a pocket. The circular lens barrier tucks away inside the camera body with a snap when powered on, and protects the lens with an impenetrable seal with closed, leaving the camera face smooth and flat. The camera's 23 shooting modes now include two new underwater shooting modes and two Shoot & Select modes, which enable users to shoot rapid sequences of frames then select the best shot from the series and delete the rest.

And, with a new Album Function, photos can be easily organized into photo albums stored on the camera's xD-Picture Card. Create up to 12 individual albums of 100 images each, in the order you want to show them, and take your photos everywhere.

The Stylus 500 will be available in January 2005 at an estimated street price of $399.99.