Olympus E-510

Released March, 2007
  • 10 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
As Live View modes in SLRs go, the 510's version is pretty nice, but it's still clunkier than shooting with a real compact camera or using the 510's optical viewfinder.
by c|net (Sep, 2007)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-510

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

E-510
7.8
D7200
10.0
EOS 40D
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

E-510
6.5
D7200
8.2
EOS 40D
9.3
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

E-510
7.8
D7200
8.8
EOS 40D
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

E-510
9.3
D7200
9.2
EOS 40D
9.3
Reviews from trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

E-510
8.4
D7200
9.3
EOS 40D
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-510

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

E-510
442 ISO
D7200
1,333 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-510
360 ms
PEN E-PL1
820 ms
EOS 40D
128 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

E-510
91 ms
D7200
54 ms
SLT A58
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

E-510
1,200 ms
PEN E-PL1
2,200 ms
D7200
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-510
3 fps
SLT A58
8 fps
EOS 40D
6.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

E-510
650 photos
D7200
1,110 photos
EOS 40D
1,100 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-510


9.0
Build quality is superb, even better than the far-from-shabby E-500.

7.1
For example, the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that comes with the single and double lens kits becomes more akin to a 28-84mm lens.

9.0
The E-510 is slightly wider than the E-410, but its glass-reinforced body is exquisitely built and feels very solid.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

True, the lens range is pricey but with the basic kit almost everything you need is included.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2007)
That means that you have to multiply the focal lengths of the two available kit lenses by two to come up with the effective field of view that you'll get with the lenses.
by c|net (Sep, 2007)
Its default setting is for depth of field, but it can also be turned off completely or set to set the custom white balance, let you shoot a test picture (without saving it to your memory card), or set the camera to My Mode, which can save all the current camera settings as your own custom shooting mode.
by c|net (Sep, 2007)

Sensor

Instead, you can access info, such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, on the camera's main LCD screen.
by c|net (Sep, 2007)
The best compromise we found was that from ISO 100 to 400 you could get away with turning the Noise Filter Off and setting Sharpness to -2 (right hand image below).
by DPReview (Nov, 2007)
Of course, there are also hard buttons for commonly changed settings, such as ISO, white balance, and AF mode, in case you want to bypass the status screen, which you access by pressing the OK button in the middle of the five-way touchpad.
by c|net (Sep, 2007)

Image quality

These settings shift the brightness of the image but don't change the overall dynamic range.
by DPReview (Nov, 2007)
Live View performance in low light is surprisingly good, though in very dim conditions the picture starts to get a little grainy and eventually gets too dark to see.
by DPReview (Nov, 2007)
The improvement is clear to see, with the veil of the noise reduction algorithm removed the true detail and sharpness of the captured image is revealed.
by DPReview (Nov, 2007)

Focus

The E-510 provides for Auto Focus in Live View, it does so by closing the shutter and dropping the mirror so that the AF sensor can be used.
by DPReview (Nov, 2007)
The AF system is amazingly quick, easily able to capture spur-of-the-moment action shots.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The E-510 can hesitate a little when focusing, and this could be due to the measly trio of auto-focus points.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2007)

Photography

Once again it's worth pointing out that you'd need to be producing very large prints for the detail / sharpness differences to be visible.
by DPReview (Nov, 2007)
I was impressed by its simple and compact design, beginner-friendly interface and superb handling, and especially by its very high picture quality and wide range of creative options.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
These flowers would look a lot better with a bit of sunshine.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type NMOS
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3648 x 2736
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 24.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 650 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 360 ms
Shutter lag 91 ms
Startup delay 1,200 ms

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.46x

form factor

Size 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Thickness 68 mm
Weight 490 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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