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Olympus E-510

alaTest has collected and analyzed 898 reviews of Olympus E-510. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The portability and performance also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the memory and energy efficiency. Reviews about the exposure and shutter are different.

usability, performance, portability, price, image quality

focus, viewfinder, video, energy, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-510 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus E-510

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Olympus E-510 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and lens. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, portability, price, lens, durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus E-510 Digital SLR Camera (ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6)Olympus E-510 Digital SLR Camera (ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus E-510

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 user reviews of Olympus E-510 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality and portability. The usability and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the video.

performance, price, usability, portability, image quality

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus Evolt E510 10MP Digital SLR Camera with CCD Shift Image Stabilization and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko LensesOlympus Evolt E510 10MP Digital SLR Camera with CCD Shift Image Stabilization and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lenses

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Olympus E-510 EVOLT Review

 

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 not...

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 use...

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...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Phil Ryan (cnet.com)

Olympus Evolt E-510 review: Olympus Evolt E-510

 

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.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Rick LePage (pcworld.com)

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...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : David Becker (wired.com)

Review: Olympus E510

 

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...

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

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus E-510 SLR

 

Physical Views Continue on to Page Two Olympus EVOLT E-510 Specifications Type Interchangeable lens digital SLR camera Body Die-cast aluminum chassis, aluminum top cover, polycarbonate Lens Mount Four-Thirds mount Media CompactFlash Type I/II,...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus E510 Test

 

Olympus E-510 digitale Spiegelreflexkamera Im Gegensatz zur E-400, hat es etwas gedauert, bis die E-500 eine Nachfolgerin bekommen hat. Das ist auch nicht weiter tragisch, weil die Olympus E-500 eine tolle Kamera ist. Bei der Olympus E-510 hat Olympus...

Oct, 2007

Excellent!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus E510 review

 

Olympus is making waves with the digital SLR cameras. The models are quickly being improved and renewed. We still await the successor of the E-1 (Olympus E-3), but the Olympus E-510 D-SLR gives us a taste of what is to come. The Olympus E-510 is the...

Unlike the E-400, we had to await the successor of the E-500 for awhile. This is not so bad in itself, because the Olympus E-500 is a fine camera. Olympus has managed to combine the advantages of the E-500 with the E-410 in the new Olympus E-510, which...

Highly Recommended!

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

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...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

Expert review by : Michael J. Mcnamara (popphoto.com)

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...

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

Camera

Calendar: Yes
Camera playback:Single image / Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Custom color: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:2
Playback zoom (max):2
Self-timer:12
Self-timer delay:12
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display resolution (numeric):230000

Flash

Flash guide number:472.4
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, fill-in, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Manual

Lens System

Digital Zoom:3.2
Filter:RGB

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:1600
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:cf, microdrive, xd

Operational Conditions

Maximum operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:10000000
Camera shutter speed:1/4000 - 60
Data compression:1/2.7 SHQ 1/8 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ
Digital SLR: Yes
Dimensions (WxDxH):5.35 x 2.2 x 3.6
Effective sensor resolution:10000000
Interface:USB 2.0 / USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: No

Picture Quality

Image sensor size:4/3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Megapixel:10
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,2560 x 1920,3200 x 2400,3648 x 2736 / 640 x 480,1024 x 768,2560 x 1920,3200 x 2400
Supported aspect ratios:4:3

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: No
PictBridge: No

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.92

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.2 / 3.6
Height:2.2 / 3.6
Weight:16.2
Width:5.35