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Olympus E-510 Digital SLRs

4.63/5 (8 Reviews)


  • Warranty1 Year
    MPNE510
    Product ID41164612
    Depth2.67 in.
    Width5.35 in.
    Height3.6 in.
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I • CompactFlash Card Type II • xD Picture Card
    Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • Shoulder Strap • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger
    Exterior ColorBlack
    Release DateJune, 2007
    Weight1.01 lb.
    Image Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
    Interchangeable LensInterchangeable Lenses
    Camera Resolution10.9 Megapixel
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 400 • 800 • 1600
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 12 Sec.
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    White BalanceDaylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Sunset (Preset)
    Resolution10.9 Megapixel
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    Shutter Speed60 - 1/4000 sec
    Camera TypeSLR/Professional
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Frames Per Second6 Frames
    Compression TypeJPEG • Raw Image • EXIF 2.2 • DCF • DPOF
    File Size (High Res.)11 MB (12 images on 128MB card)
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3200 x 2400 • 2560 x 1920 • 1600 x 1200 • 1280 x 960 • 1024 x 768 • 3648 x 2736
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Manual
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    File Size (Low Res.)0.1 MB (about 1,280 images on 128MB card)

Product Description

The Olympus EVOLT E-510 digital SLR is a great camera to help you evolve as a photographer. Only Olympus digital SLRs are engineered to be 100-percent digital. Simply put, this means your pictures will have stunning edge-to-edge sharpness that can’t be beat. Olympus’ Live View LCD technology is a unique feature that enhances your picture-taking experience. Whatever life brings, whatever you’re photographing, you’ll capture colorful memories with the E-510’s proven Dust Reduction System and powerful, 10-megapixel imager.

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The Olympus EVOLT E-510 is a compact consumer DSLR based on the Four Thirds digital camera standard created by Olympus and Kodak. The E-510, as tested, is available in a kit that includes the body and two Olympus Zukio Digital lenses-the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 40-150mm f/4-5.6. The E-510 is also available as body only or in another kit with the 14-42mm lens only.

Olympus Evolt E-510 Review Contents:

Olympus EVOLT E-510 - front and back

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Olympus Evolt E-510 Review at Imaging Resource


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eoghanr a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2008

Strengths:    Light and unpretentious
Live view feature
Image stabalisation in the body --
Sensor cleaning system excellent
incredible amount of features to learn with.
If you get lazy about 20 scene modes there to help


Weaknesses:    A bit slow to focus in low light
Manual a bit technical - could be clearer in the flash functions and the file sizes available and when to use them


Bottom Line:   
Uninfluenced by anybody, I researched DSLRs on the web , read reviews and concluded that the E510 was very good value for money.
I have been using it for about 9 months and have now joined a Camera Club and enter the monthly competitions. The photo quality compares well with other members work but I am very much in the minority with my choice of an Olympus. All other members use either Nikon or Canon, there are a few Sony and Pentax also but no Oly.
I think there is a bit of a herd instinct thing going on.

I added the Zuiko 70- 300mm zoom to the very good kit lenses and I am really very happy with the performance.

Lots to learn with the camera and would recommend highly.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Purchased At:   Park Cameras

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rssarma a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2008

Strengths:    - Image stabilization
- Sensor cleaning
- low price
- well place shortcut buttons


Weaknesses:    - slightly limited dynamic range
- high ISO JPEGs from camera are very noisy, better to shoot in RAW


Bottom Line:   
Initially I bought this camera from Amazon, but then returned and purchased from craigslist since I was getting a much better price.

My main reason for getting the camera was the sheer value for money that this camera offered. In camera IS, sensor cleaning, good build and features overall.

When I started off with this camera, my opinions were very mixed, most of my outdoor shots ended up having clipped highlights, indoor (high ISO) shots were very poor and I was not completely pleased with the camera, but as I used the camera more and more I noticed how a couple of tweaks here and there brought out so much better pictures.

This camera has features which a most cameras in its range lack and are usually found in higher end cameras. Sensor shift IS, sensor cleaning, dual memory card slots, mirror lock, flash, exposure and WB bracketing, shortcut buttons for WB, ISO, AF and metering are to name just a few.

All in all, this is an excellent camera for the price and I'd recommend it highly to any new DSLR buyers.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Asmarlak a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2008

Strengths:    All of the above.

Weaknesses:    The one and only thing I had problem with was the small dynamic range. It only accures when a subject has a variation of shady and bright sunlighted areas, the image becomes too contrasty and dark areas become darker and bright areas become overexposed and lose details. You just have to be careful in those situations. The thing I was successful doing is to reduce the EV exposure by -0.3 to -1.0 or even more depending on the situation in order to preserve details in the bright areas, then I darken the bright and lighten the dark in post proccessing.

Bottom Line:   
The Olympus E-510 is an excellent camera especially when you pay less than $650 for the body and two excellent kit lenses (I think it costs less now). I added the Zuiko 70-300mm for another $399 and ended up spending total of $1150 for the body and three lenses that provide 28-600mm. The camera passed the test with great success in my East Africa safari vacation. The features and photo quality are comperable to $1200 (body only) cameras. The camera feels good in the hand thanks to a comfortable hand grip, easy to use, light weight, and compact which along with the price make it apeal to first time DSLR users such as myself. not to mention the live view, in camera IS, and the Sonicwave dust removal system. The lenses are compact and light weight as well.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   B&H Photo

Similar Products Used:   Nikon D40x
Nikon Coolpix 8800
Panasonic Z7
Canon Powershot S3 IS
Olympus C-765
Olympus C-770




Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by davoonroe a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2007

Strengths:    Lightweight but sturdy. Only slightly heavier than the Fuji s9000 I had been using.
Body and two lenses covering 28-300 plus flash (fl-36) for less than 1000.00.
Vivid colors right out of the box.


Weaknesses:    Only 3 AF points. To me this is the one place where Olynpus may have cut corners, but I can work with it.
Low light focus aid is the built in flash. Get the FL-36 or fl-50. They make for a much faster focusing aid.


Bottom Line:   
Absolutely the best value in its class. Compact, but with a solid feel. I love the Olympus palette, which I first enjoyed in the SP-350. Focus is fairly quick,even with only three points. It's been said before, but I'll say it here... Olympus gives you the best quality right out of the box. The Image Stabilization works well with the 14-42, I haven't tried with the 40-150. Overall a great package. Next year's shooting will be a lot of fun.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   fuji s9000
olympus sp-350
fuji s602


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John marzich a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2007

Strengths:    Sharp pictures from edge to edge. The first 40-150mm was 3.6-4.5 Fast! Wonderous pictures from that lens. The size of the camera is perfect and build quality is extreme for sucjh a low price. I compare all the time to my D80 and they are close in many ways.
The image stableizer work very well in spite of all the "You need the lenses with this feature built in for best effect". Battery life is great. Dual media is great.
The agressive firmware updates for the lenses and body is wonderful and easy to use on the internet! ISO >800 is very good and above can still be used in many areas of shooting. The speed of shooting is fast. The focus in spite of all the "It has to be MEGA points" works great and in nature photography I use with speed and low light all is well. The camera is not slow to focus from my experience.
A few of their lenses are true deals 18-180mm which is 36-360 is incredible for a wide zoom. Took it to San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park and the pictures are breathtaking! Even when the days I was there were dark and gloomy. They have 70-300mm coming out with a low price abd that will be insane with the 2x factor of the camera. Not seen a cheap lens from them yet. 14-45mm, 30mm macro, 40-150mm, 18-180mm all performed ex in my tests.


Weaknesses:    Not as quiet as some of the competition above ISO 400. Again if you need it then this may not be your camera. Up to 800 works great for my pictures and I have no complaints in that areas. battery door to some is fragile? Again I havenever had problem with this on the E-300, E-500, E-510 and have taken all over in rough areas for hours.
4/3 at this time has few lenses that are not real expensive for wide angle.
Their comming though...

Again buying a camera is a compromise and always will be. The balance here is extremely great in my view across the board.


Bottom Line:   
A true bargain among digital slr cameras. As with all cameras there is no perfect one and on top of that the way a camera looks at the world is like all eye's of people. Always see in a different light. Pictures are subjective and all the facts in the world do not matter if you do not like the way a given camera takes them,
The E-510 Olympus is a very high quality camera with true state of the art features for digitals cameras. This camera needs to be adjusted out of the box for sharper pictures if that is what you want. The engine "truePic III" is a perfessional process to say the least. The body at the time of this writing is down to $500.00!
Show me any competition in that range that gives so many features.
I started way back with the E-300 and realized almost immedially that the pictures were incredible at times or say as good as any camera would take them. Very devoted to the Olympus line with e lenses that once in your hand you know right away they mean business and higher quality construction than the competition.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $619.00

Purchased At:   jr music world

Similar Products Used:   Nikon D80, Leica V-lux 1, canon SD 900, Canon 5s IS....


Type of photography:   Other



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