|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.|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||14-42mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 42mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||58 mm|
|Lens System Features||Internal Focusing System, ED Glass|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Lens Construction||8 group(s) / 10 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 84mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 min|
|Exposure compensation||±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-1600, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||1600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, flash exposure bracketing|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, IBM Microdrive, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M|
|Floppy Drive Storage||None|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical, Optical (Through-the-lens)|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||95%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-3 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - 2.5" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II, 1 x xD-Picture Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||DCF, DPOF, EXIF 2.2, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, Contrast Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Focus Bracketing, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, Saturation Control, Sharpness Control, Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF), USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Programs||Beach/snow, Candle, Children, Document, Fireworks, High key, Landscape, Landscape-portrait, Low key, Macro, Nature macro, Night portrait, Night scene, Panorama assist, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White Green filter, Black & White Orange filter, Black & White Red filter, Black & White Yellow filter, Blue, Green, Monotone, Neutral, Portrait, Purple, Sepia, Vivid|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Overcast (Preset), Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||8 frames per second|
Average review score based on 33 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
For the past few years I have been shooting well with a Canon S5 IS bridge camera. Excellent photos but I was missing the old SLR experience. I did a lot of research before I chose Olympus over the more numerous Canon and Nikon options, not the least being it's easy adaptability for legacy glass (and that it was not a Canon or a Nikon - I like to be a little different). I picked up an E-420 because of it's compact size, especially when wearing my old Zuiko 50mm 1.8 it reminded me of my old OM-10.
That E-420 took great pictures but it soon became apparent that I was missing the in-the-lens image stabilization my S5 IS afforded me. So I looked around and found a nice lightly used E-510 body with in-body stabilization.
The E-510 is not much different or bigger than the E-400 series but with a few less bells and whistles than the E-420 and 520, particularly its lower resolution LCD (which I NEVER use except to check/adjust camera settings). It also shoots 3sps as opposed to their 3.5sps but for me that's almost no difference. As with the other Olys it takes both a CF card and an Olympus proprietary SD card which increases your storage capacity by at least 50%. The battery holds a pretty good charge, giving me about 350 RAW shots per charge. Another nice touch is the optional wireless remote shutter release. You can pick one up from outside vendors for almost nothing but keep in mind it only works head on, for self portrait shots.
Using the 4/3 mount means that there aren't as many available digital lenses as you have for Canon and Nikon but the Olympus glass is top notch. The easy to find inexpensive kit lenses are quite good and very light weight to boot.
I'm having a blast playing around with old lenses using Fotodiox's inexpensive mount adapters. Only the Zuikos will focus to infinity but my old Canon macros work great close in. With the latest software upgrade IS will work with these older lenses. But no AF, only manual focus. A smallproblem here, as many have already stated, is the viewfinder. Not real big and not real bright, but this is the result of the 4/3 sensor, a disadvantage that is more than made up for by the camera's compactness and adaptability. (Besides, I hear the same complaint from other camera owners.) For manual focus, close in or telephoto work I recommend picking up Oly's magnifying eyepiece, the ME-1, And of course, be careful because all the eyepieces can easily fall off. I would use a little Elmer's Glue on the mount if I didn't change the pieces out occasionally. (The viewfinder is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board.)
One thing I noticed that originally alarmed me: I found the camera surface at the thumb rest to become noticeably warm after a few shots. After checking the web I found that this is the normal result of the image stabilizer working. I don't know if this could be a problem or not but, just to be safe, unless the light is low or I am using a long lens, I keep the IS turned off.
With a monopod, an old Soligor 230mm (effective 460mm) 4.5 zoom and a Vivitar thyristor zoom flash I have taken amazing hummingbird shots at dusk at 100 ISO. Very versatile camera. (Be careful, btw, never use old flash equipment on digital bodies - the high voltage will end up frying your camera's circuitry.) I have taken many beautiful shots in the last few months, some of the best I've taken over the past 30 years.
Very light to carry and very sophisticated DSLR camera, every function can be adjusted to your needs. lenses are very light and super sharp. the pictures are brilliant sharp and rich of colors ,I bought this camera and two lenses on ebay for less than 200$. If you need to make big enlargements from your photos go and buy a large format or at least a medium format camera ,If you need to make impression that you are a very Professional photographer go and spend your hard earned money on those very expensive ,heavy weighted and clumsy cameras that unfortunately will not give you better photos only a pain in your neck and your hands after a day of shooting ...!!! Awesome camera, Great value for the money.
I buy this camera due to is chipper then repair my old camera which is actually the same type.
I don't like reaction speed during low light. Is not enough fast for me. Metering and focus have not fas reaction during shooting.
This camera is a good upgrade from the E-500. I have both and the image stabilization is my main reason for the upgrade. I keep them together in my camera bag and use them interchangeably. The 510 feels better in hand with a well-designed thumb rest so I don’t hit the AF button like I do on the 500. It’s worth the money to upgrade, but keep your 500 if you have one.
I chose the E-510 because of my experience with Oly slr..For my budget and requirements it was the perfect solution..a good used camera well care for allowed me to smile all the way to the bank.It works well. Definitely a great improvement over my point and shoot..The seller sold me a great camera with lens and accessories. I got a great deal..I would certainly recommend purchasing a pre-owned camera..yes it was a few years old,but the camera having minimum use was as if new..Features are great.Lens quality great...lighter than its competition.