Olympus Evolt E-510 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with Supersonic Wave Filter and 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD Screen with 14-42 mm f 3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens

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About Olympus

The E-510's has a dust reduction system and powerful, 10-megapixel imager. With this camera you can preview and review photos on a high resolution, 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD. You will see the screen with amazing clarity in bright sunlight and from angles up to 176 degrees. With the E-510's sensor-shift image stabilization, your pictures will come out clear. Inside, a gyro sensor tracks the image while the camera automatically adjusts for the motion. Its image stabilization mode can be activated to assist you in low light settings.

Blurriness is minimized or even eliminated, and because it is in the body it works with all of the lenses. The Evolt E-510 has two memory slots to hold Compact Flash Type I and Type II, Microdrive and xD picture cards. Use the dual slot design to transfer images you want to save from one card to another. Get sharp, high-resolution and high-quality photos regardless of the print size with the E-510's 10-megapixel Live-MOS imaging sensor.

The E-510 and its proven dust reduction system eliminates dust for spotless photos that you don't need to touch up. Using the Olympus E-System, with the largest selection of lenses designed specifically for digital photography, you are sure to get your most memorable shots. Whether you are zooming on the kids, or snapping wide-angle wedding shots, your pristine Zuiko Digital lens is going to get the job done.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Simple controls (8),Large clear LCD (7),Short lag time (6),Strong construction (5),Image stabilization (4),Quiet (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (8),Fun (7),Photojournalism (5),Art (3),Portraits (3),Sports (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (5)

Olympus Features

  • It is not always easy to use an optical viewfinder - in a crowd you can't see over the heads of those around you, and low angle close-ups can be hard to reach. With the E-510, you have another option - use the Live-View LCD screen to preview and review photos. And you'll see the screen with amazing clarity from almost any angle.
  • The high-resolution, 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD screen (230,000 pixels) means you can compose your shots easily, even outside in sunlight.
  • Advanced Image Stabilization keeps your images sharp even when the camera is moving.
  • Keep dust spots off your photos. The Olympus dust reduction system is an industry first and a proven technology. Every time you turn on the E-510, our Supersonic Wave Filter - located between the shutter and the image sensor - silently vibrates an amazing 35,000 times per second. Dust is shaken away.
  • You'll see more details and you'll get stunning color in all your photos with the 10-megapixel Live-MOS image sensor. Create large prints, even after cropping.
  • Portable, easy-to-handle body with grip design. The body is ergonomically designed for superior comfort. If you use a long lens, the E-510 feels balanced.
  • Olympus' digital-specific Zuiko lenses provide edge-to-edge pixel-perfect clarity. Unlike older film lenses, these advanced, precision-engineered 100-percent digital lenses are designed to work perfectly with the camera's digital technology.
  • You'll find 29 exposure modes including 10 advanced modes and 19 Easy to Use Scene Select Modes. Simply select the right mode for your shot. The easy to use Scene Select Modes make you an instant expert, even with the most demanding shots.
  • Get a great shot in any lighting situation with five metering modes including spot metering and the new 49-point ESP Meter.
  • The E-510 provides the flexibility of two memory slots that hold Compact Flash Type I and Type II, Microdrive and xD picture cards.
  • The new easier-to-read menu background color and the one-button access makes the EVOLT E-510 one of the easiest digital SLRs to set and use.
  • Shoot using JPEG format for no-hassle sharing, printing, and viewing. Or shoot using RAW format for highest image quality and control.
  • The new TruePic III processor gives you brilliantly clear, bright photos with accurate skin tones.
  • Compatible with sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces.
  • Fine-tune your photo's colors with five modes: Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone, Sepia. Or shoot in black and white using five monochrome modes. Be as creative as your imagination allows.
  • Choose all or any one of the three selectable AF points.
  • Use the built-in, auto pop-up flash with six modes including auto and redeye reduction. You can even manually adjust flash intensity.

Olympus Specifications

Product type
Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Memory
CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Sensor size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount
Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
10 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit
Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of effective pixels
Approx. 10.9 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF
Fixed type
IR cut filter
Hybrid type
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
Recording File format
RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size
[RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view
Approx. 95%
Viewfinder magnification
Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point
Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter adjustment range
-3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen
Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat screen)
Eyepiece shutter
Eye piece cap EP-4 supplied
Eye cup
Interchangeable type EP-5 supplied, optional EP-6, Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available
Preview
Can be checked (when Fn button is set in preview mode), selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
View finder information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose). IS activating mode.
Live View
Live-MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode, Heat warning.
AF
Available with phase -difference detection system
Image stabilizer System
Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode
2modes (2 dimensional activation: Horizontal + Vertical), (1 dimension activation: Vertical)
Effective compensation range
up to 4EV steps maximum
LCD Display Type
HyperCrystal LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
LCD Size
2.5 inches
LCD Total no. of pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Playback field of view
1
LCD Brightness control
15 levels
AF system
TTL phase-difference detection system
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focusing point
3-point multiple AF (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
Auto/Option selectable
AF luminance range
EV 0 to 19 (at 20, ISO 100)
AF illuminator
Built-in flash (external flash available. Inactivation is available to set.)
AF lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus aid
Available
Exposure Control Metering system
TTL open-aperture metering system (1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering) (2) Centre weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen) (4) Spot with Highlight control (5) Spot with Shadow control
Exposure Control Metering range
EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
(1) Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene program AE (7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Scene select AE
Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama* (* Available with the Olympus xD-Picture Card), Beach & Snow.
ISO sensitivity
AUTO / ISO 100 - 1600 (AUTO: Automatic control is available in AUTO, Program, A, Scene program, Scene select, Flash be fired. Up to ISO 800)
Exposure compensation
±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing
3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1EV steps selectable
Auto White Balance system
Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance
7 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)
Custom white balance
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance
1 custom setting can be registered
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each R-G/G-M axis.
Color matrix
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone (default setting: Natural)
Adjustment parameter
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural or Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Filter effect
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation
4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 8 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Optical remote control
Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)
Anti shock mode
Available (1 to 30sec in each 1sec selectable)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 3 frames/sec.
Max. recordable pictures
RAW mode: Max. 6 frames
On sequential shooting
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (HQ mode: approx. up to card capacity)
Built-in flash
Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash
FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, SRF-11, STF-22
Flash control mode
TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Fill-in, Slow synchronization, Manual, Off.
Synchronization speed
1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control
Up to ±2 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Synchronization timing
1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable)
Flash bracketing
3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable.
Back light timer
Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)
Playback modes
Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25 frames), Calendar, Close-up (2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available)
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu Languages
Americas: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Custom function
Fn button is available to set some functions. (OFF, One touch WB, Test picture, My mode, Preview, Live preview)
Custom reset
2 settings are recordable.
My mode
2 settings are recordable.
Erasing function
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)
Protect function
Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing
RAW development
JPEG editing
Monotone, Sepia, Red-eye reduction, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file)
Print function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
PC interface
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
Battery
BLM-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode
Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 650 shots (optical viewfinder) (with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard)
Temperature
32-140F- 0 - 40 (operation) / -20 - 60 (storage)
Humidity
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Dimensions
5.35 in.(W) x 3.6 in. (W) x 2.67in. (D) / 136 mm (W) x 91.5 mm (H) x 68 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight
16.2 oz. / 460 g (body only)

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's Fabulous

The E-510 is my third Olympus camera, and it is fabulous in every regard -- and a definite step up from the #-300, which I also really like. I studied all the reviews and competitors before I finally settled on this one, and I'm so glad I now own it!

Reviewed by 10 customers

 
5.0

Great Buy

By

from Newport News, VA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this camera for my office. I personaly have a E-1 and E-3. For the price, you cannot beat the Evolt 510. Many of the features of the pro line camera for a fraction of the price. I have recommended this camera to three of my friend and they all love it.

 
5.0

happy camper here

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from maine  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

My new camera has been a great step up from a bridge camera. I was ready for a dsl and the new learning opportunities that come with owning one. Love the quick response of my new Oly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Where the gods live!

By

from Texarkana, Tx  -  Professional

This is the second Olympus camera that I have own and neither have disappointed me. I switched from using a Nikon DSLR to the Olympus E-510 and I am very satisfied with my choice to do so. The shutter lag is very low, the frame per second rate is good (and faster than the Nikons you will get for this price). The built in anti dust sensor is very well effective and activates every time you turn it on. The Image Stabilizer is really good and is effective.. Most say it works up to 1/15 shutter speed but I have been shooting since I was a kid and can hold it to 1/5. Just make sure you turn off the IS while on a tripod, and when you turn the camera off with the IS on it will make a shaking sound.. don't worry, it's normal. The only problem I have found so far is that it has trouble focusing in low light, but I have also heard that this is due to the two kit lenses available with this model and the E-410. I will be going for a Zuiko 12-60mm to correct this problem soon. Also, the white balance is a little off but that can be fixed manually and because of the 2X crop sensor in the four thirds system you get noise in the photo at higher ISOs. I try to keep the ISO at 400 maximum and use compensation to lighten then photo. Bottom line- This camera is well worth the money, it's light, it's durable, produces great images and has more features than any other in it's price range. This camera is easily comparable to a Canon 30D which you will pay a lot more for and have to pay LOTS of extra $$ to get IS on each lens instead of in the camera.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Camera, Little Price

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from Tempe, AZ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a great Camera, at a little price. First you have 10MP for high-resolution photos. Image Stabilizer so you don't end up with blurry pictures. Top that off with live preview for the high or low shots. And don't forget the dust reduction sensor, it eliminates dust for spotless photos. You can spend more on a camera but for me this works just Perfect.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's Fabulous

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from Oberlin, OH  -  Professional

The E-510 is my third Olympus camera, and it is fabulous in every regard -- and a definite step up from the #-300, which I also really like. I studied all the reviews and competitors before I finally settled on this one, and I'm so glad I now own it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Even easy for a mom!

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from Ohio  -  Casual user

I am just a mom that has a new baby and two other kids. They are only young once and decided to splurge to get a good quality camera.I did a lot of research and found that this E-510 had it all. I really wanted a camera to take telephoto pictures. I am tired of not getting my kids expressions, but getting a far away picture with no detail. The ability to use live viewfinder or use the regular viewfinder was great. Also the image stabilization will be a great help when I am taking pics with the telephoto at TBall games and school concerts.[...]

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good Starting Point of a DSLR System

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from Sydney, Australia  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I purchased the camera 2 weeks ago [...]and it has been travelling with me all the time since. So the weight is clearly not a problem - with the kit lens (14-42mm), the 35mm f3.5 and the flash, my gear weighs a combined 1.5kg only.What impressed me most is clearly the Image stabilisation. The weight of the camera and the combination with the lens is optimal (contrast to E-410 which is too light) and clearly Olympus spent a lot of time and effort to put the combo together in a balanced way. Together with the sensor-based IS (which works perfectly), I have not experienced any blurred image due to camera shake - and neither does my 7-year-old daughter!The camera almost starts instantaneously (after the dust removal system works) and the handling has been very intuitive. At first I thought that the learning curve is steep due to the Live View - Not true! It just adds more fun (makes the DSLR handles like a compact without the noisy sensors!) and after all you don't really have to turn on Live View if that's bothering you. Live View helps the focussing especially in macro-photography.My only little comment is the AF which is only 3-points compared to the competitions. But other than that this gem is very very superior to Canon and Nikon at the same price bracket. Given the fact of the sensor-based IS & the excellent line-up of four-thirds lenses (Zuiko, Leica and Sigma) I think the E-510 is a very good starting point of not only a DSLR but a whole system. I plan to purchase a few lenses before I upgrade to the E-3. But I will definitely keep the E-510 for the general purpose photography.For those who are looking to spend around under $800 for the camera, I really can't see a better choice than the E-510 Kit. [...]

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera even better price

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from Tempe Arizona  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This is a wonderful camera, having the E-500 this was the next upgrade. I got it for the Image stabilization but discovered so much more. The live preview is great for shooting over your head. The 10MP blows other cameras photos away and at 3 frame a second it will shoot till your finger falls off(or your card fills up).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Camera

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from Near Boston, MA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Olympus continues to amaze me. I Started with an OM2N film camera and now have the E-510. This camera is light, quick, comfortable and easy to learn.I am an amatuer who does weddings and scenic photography. The images POP out crisp & clean. Colors are right on and the Image Stabilization is great. I also use my manual Olympus lenses with the adapter and they are so crisp & clear.Camera beats the Nikon D-80 I had, hands down. [...]

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"A great value"

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from Helena,Montana  -  Semi-Professional

Great pictures in the outdoors. Takes good portraits.Big LCD screen.Feels good in your hands.Lots of lenses to add.Very happy with Olympus quality.

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