The Olympus Stylus 500 is as compact point-and-shoot camera that looks good, resists water, is super-fast, and has some neat features. Unfortunately photo quality isn’t as good as it should be. But first, the good news. This latest Stylus is compact (but not too much so), metal, and weatherproof. It can get a little wet, but that doesn’t mean it can go snorkeling with you — for that you’ll need the optional underwater case. The Stylus has a large and sharp 2.5″ LCD display that is viewable in both bright and dim lighting. Camera performance is very good for the most part, especially the startup speed — wow. The camera doesn’t have any manual controls, but you’ll find plenty of scene modes to make up for it. Other nice features include in-camera cropping, special effects, and albums.