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A range of test shots are shown over the next two pages. Here, the full resolution image has been reduced in size for bandwidth purposes, and a crop (taken from the original full resolution image at Adobe ImageReady jpg quality 60) follows each image in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The next page consists of resized images (to Adobe ImageReady jpg quality 50) in order for you to evaluate the overall exposure.
The µ 500 captures an impressive amount of fine detail as well as subtleties of shade and tone.
(f4.6, 1/250, ISO-64)
This outdoor macro shot with flash is slightly over exposed, but no highlights have been lost so the problem could be corrected by manipulation.
(f16, 1/100, ISO-250)
This indoor shot shows the range and coverage of the µ 500's built-in flash, both of which are excellent, especially considering its small size.
(f3.1, 1/30, ISO-400)
Although the sky is burned out, a certain degree of coloured fringing around high-contrast edges can be seen - a problem that is not uncommon in high-res, optical zoom compacts.
(f3.1, 1/50, ISO-64)
The µ 500's lens copes extremely well with respect to lens flare. There is only a tiny amount caused by the glare from this car's bumper.
(f9, 1/125, ISO-64)