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Olympus E-510

Olympus E-510
alaScore 91

1285 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1285 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the lens and usability. The performance and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed reviews on the shutter and viewfinder.

value for money, portability, performance, usability, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-510 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus E-510 / EVOLT E-510


Just before PMA in March 2007 Olympus lifted the curtain on two new Four-Thirds system compact digital SLRs, the E-410 (reviewed here in June) and this model, the E-510 (which is essentially a replacement for the well regarded E-500). Although the...

Compact and lightweight design with excellent handling ; Surprisingly effective sensor-shift image stabilization ; Excellent control system (via info screen) and lots of external controls for important settings ; Good image quality and resolution, if...

Dynamic Range less than competition (highlights by about three quarters of a stop; 0.7 EV) ; Serious highlight clipping on bright days unless you reduce exposure ; Small viewfinder (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus, difficult to...

I've been using the E-510 for an unusually long time - the delay in publishing this review meant I ended up living with it for several months, which allowed me to really get to know it in the same way an owner would. And my overall impression, I have...

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Olympus Evolt E-510 (body only)


As compact cameras continue to evolve into commodity items, camera makers have shifted the way they approach their entry-level dSLRs. In Olympus' case, the Evolt E-410 and E-510 include LiveView LCD preview mode to mimic the way you frame a shot with a...

Sensor-shift image stabilization; Live View mode (LCD preview) operation.

Sluggish autofocus; Subpar exposure and white-balance performance; some poor choices for default settings.

The Olympus Evolt E-510 has quirky exposure and white-balance issues, but its Live View and Image Stabilization modes may make some photographers give this SLR a chance.

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Evolt E-510 Black Digital Camera Kit


Updated 12/23/08: While many digital SLRs priced under $1000 have severely limited features, Olympus's Evolt E-510 bucks the trend. Priced at $600 with a standard lens (as of 12/10/08), this 10-megapixel camera is designed for photo enthusiasts who...

Live View mode to compose shots with LCD Supports both Compact Flash and xD cards

Difficult access to advanced functions No manual focus switch on lens

Features wouldn't be worth much if the E-510's pictures weren't of high quality, and Olympus didn't disappoint in this respect either. Color fidelity and saturation were very good, and the E-510 handled most shooting conditions easily. At lower ISO...



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Olympus Evolt E-510


It's no secret Nikon and Canon dominate the market for D-SLRs leaving Sony, Pentax and Olympus to pick up the crumbs. That said, D-SLRs from these companies are far from crummy—in fact they can be pretty good as we reported over a year ago with the...

Solid 10MP D-SLR; quick response; Live View

Live View; menu system needs updating

I have no problems recommending the Olympus Evolt E-510 two lens kit...

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Snap into a Beefy Shooter


Olympus may not make the slimmest or sexiest SLRs on the market, but it does manage to pack a lot of photographic oomph into its beefy shooters. And the new

Sharp, detailed images. Can use viewfinder or LCD to compose shots. Image stabilization works incredibly well, regardless of lens. Ergonomic case is comfortable to grip. Dual CF and xD slots double on-camera storage. Great wide-angle performance from...

Two-finger exposure compensation control requires some co-ordination. Default information display is quite crowded

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Olympus EVOLT E-510 First Impressions Review


Very full-featured DSLRs for under $1,000 are becoming common. With a 10-megapixel Four-Thirds format sensor, dust control, live preview and image stabilization, Olympus's EVOLT E-510 has all the hot features of the sub-$1,000 DSLR category. It's also...

- Small size- Enlarged live view - Image stabilization- Dust control system

- Outdated autofocus system - Small optical viewfinder- Flimsy kit lens - Slow projected burst speed

Olympus is steadily improving its Four-Thirds cameras. We like the styling and operation of the EVOLT E-510 much more than the E-330. We don't know about the EVOLT E-510's image quality, but there was a significant jump in quality from the E-300 to the...

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Olympus E-510 SLR


The E-510 employs Mechanical Image Stabilization, which compensates for camera movement. This new technology complements Digital Image Stabilization, which compensates for a moving subject. Combined, Mechanical Image Stabilization and Digital Image...

Olympus' Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter. The patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor, and captures the debris on a special...

Highly Recommended!

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Olympus E-510 Review


The Olympus E-510 is a compact DSLR camera featuring Live Preview, which allows you to frame your shot using either the optical viewfinder or the 2.5 inch LCD screen. The E-510 boasts a built-in image stabilizer in the camera body which will help to...

So, the question is, is the Olympus E-510 worth the extra money over the E-410, which offers many of the same features including an identical 10 megapixel resolution? In terms of ergonomics, the E-510 feels slightly more comfortable to handle due to...

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Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital Camera - Full Review


With just the right combination of features and a mature set of lenses, the Olympus E-510 gives the Four-Thirds system a strong contender in the ongoing battle of the digital SLRs. No longer trying to forge new body shapes, Olympus has crafted the...

Small and light compared to competing designs, Excellent lens beats others in its class, Lens is sharp corner to corner, Wide range of Four-Thirds optics to choose from, Image stabilization works well, helps indoors, Live LCD preview allows shots from...

Slow startup and shut-down times, Live View mode is very slow, introducing extreme shutter lag, Optical viewfinder is small and information is displayed off to the right, rather than beneath the image, Has trouble focusing in low light, Manual focus is...

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Camera Test: Olympus E-510


We've been waiting five years for Olympus to fully realize the benefits of the Four Thirds Standard digital SLR system: smaller camera bodies, compact lens designs, enhanced image quality, and innovative digital features. Sure, we've seen the...

Product Specifications

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.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLM-1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus EVOLT

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:14mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600 / ISO auto
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
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical