20 Most Recent Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera Questions & Answers


When I turn on my olympus sp-500uz it often goes straight to card setup when i turn it on. I often lose the pictures that I have on the card because I have no choice but "POWER OFF" or "FORMAT" and wh

I'm afraid you have a bad memory card. Would be better to buy a new one. see it as an extra. They are not that expensive today. And if your camera tells you to format, first switch off the camera. Then remove the card and try to read the pictures to your computer first. There are programs can recover pictures, your camera can't show. see these links if you don't already have recover software. www.cardrecovery.com www.wondershare.net with free trail www.cardrescue.com with free evaluation version Take care you never remove the card before switching off the camera complete and wait till no light is on or blinking. When you switch of the camera it could be it has to access the memory card, to write the last info it still had in its internal memory. they is when a light goes on or blinks. If you then remove the card or the battery, your file structure can be damaged very easy. Most camera's show a light when the camera is accessing the memory.
1/18/2014 10:09:54 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Jan 18, 2014

How do you restore bios

If your camera does act strange, it is just malfunctioning and you need to contact a service centre. If there was a bug in the software, all registered users would have had a mail, for a firmware upgrade. I'm afraid there is not such a thing as restore bios. The deepest restore, is reset settings in the camera to factory settings, but for that, your camera has to work normal. What settings you can set back and how, you can find in your manual.
1/15/2014 11:06:52 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Jan 15, 2014

Wet digital camera

I have had a camera do this before and I left it in a bowl rice for about a week. Then it turned right on. Since rice will absorb the moisture we cant find or see. But I would make sure to take it apart as much as possible. :) Hope that works. GL
12/10/2013 1:39:07 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Dec 10, 2013

I cannot connect Olympus SP500 via USB port to

Consider NOT connecting your camera to your computer.The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa ( http://picasa.google.com ).
8/2/2013 2:03:13 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Aug 02, 2013

Have youthe manual for olympus sp -500 uz digital

Click on the above link and download the manual.
hope u will find ur solution.
9/17/2011 11:13:31 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Sep 17, 2011

Will my olympus sp500uz support

According to the Specifications page of the manual, the SP-500 UZ supports xD cards from 128MB to 1GB.
7/12/2011 11:50:56 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Jul 12, 2011

I have deleted photos on

Hi, I had a similar problem and solved it by formatting the card when in the camera, this will delete any old memory the card is retaining, hope this helps.
6/23/2011 1:47:54 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Jun 23, 2011

Camera wont turn on

1. Are you sure the battery is fully charged?
You can charge the battery by connecting the Olympus USB cable to the camera and computer.
Or using the delivered wall charger. When charging the orange LED on the camera should light.
When fully charged, the LED is off.
2. If this does not help you, check if your battery is well seated in the camera.
3. Check if the battery is faulty by replacing it by another one.

See users manual page 9, 12 and 53
5/25/2011 5:57:46 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on May 25, 2011

I have deleted all of

Take memory card out and try to view any internally saved photos. If thats not it try formating the memory stick. Hope this helps.
5/12/2011 3:10:15 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on May 12, 2011

Camera (Olympus SP500-uz) turns on,

Make sure you have the switch turned to "take picture (camera)" instead of "reveiw photos (green triagle)". On this one, i think it is a wheel on the top of the camera.

Only thing I can think of...

5/5/2011 2:27:13 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on May 05, 2011

Have had Olympus SP 500 UZ for several years but

Check your manual to make sure that a setting has not been over looked.
It seems as if the light meter has gone out. This will require contacting Olympus' Service and Repair.
You should also check that you are not covering a 'window' with a finger when taking shots- thus blocking the light thus making it read low light.
If all this is to no avail - check out the Olympus technical help team.
I’m happy to help further over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/jeremy_69f3cc28d95bf514
2/24/2011 1:18:53 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Feb 24, 2011

We are trying to set up some product photos with a

1 • Unlock focus area selector. • Auto-area AF selected for Custom Setting 2 (AFarea mode): choose another mode. • Press shutter-release button halfway to turn monitor o?¬? or activate exposure meter • Memory card is full, locked, or not inserted. • Flash is charging. • Camera is not in focus. • CPU lens with aperture ring attached without locking aperture at highest f/-number. • Non-CPU lens is attached: rotate camera mode dial to M. • Mode dial rotated to S after shutter speed of bulb selected in mode M: choose new shutter speed • P, S, A, and M modes: lower ?¬? ash. • Digital Vari-Program modes: turn ?¬? ash o?¬? Turn long exposure noise reduction o?¬? Turn long exposure noise reduction o?¬? Press multi selector up or down or rotate sub-command dial to choose photo information displayed Select All for Playback folder. Note that Current will automatically be selected when next photo is taken •
1/31/2011 3:31:38 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Jan 31, 2011

How do I use the timer to take a photo of the

From the top-level menu, select MODE MENU then CAMERA then the one-handed clock then ON.
12/13/2010 7:09:42 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Dec 13, 2010

I want to put date

The program you're using to print the pictures should have an option to print the date either on the picture itself or in the margin (or maybe even on the back, depending on the printer). Check the documentation for the program.
11/28/2010 6:36:44 AM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Nov 28, 2010

Hello, My olympus sp-500uz has

Many people find it more convenient to just take the memory card out of the camera and put it in a card reader, especially now that these readers are built into computers and printers. That would be a "work around" for your problem.

As to the problem itself, a bad cable might be the cause, with damaged connectors. That is something you can replace cheaply (search Amazon on "Olympus SP-500 USB") so it won't be expensive to check it out.

Slow transfer might be due to using an older standard USB port. The first USBs were much slower than USB2 widely used now. Some older computers only have the earlier standard, and some have a mix of old and new.
11/19/2010 12:11:36 PM • Olympus SP-500... • Answered on Nov 19, 2010
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