Olympus E-510

Last update: Review by PCWorld (02 February’07)

The Olympus E-510 is the successor to the Olympus E-500 DSLR features 10.0 million effective pixel, 4/3 type Live MOS sensor, ISO ranging from 100-1600, Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection, 3fps with up to seven images in RAW buffer, and Live Preview on its 2.5”/6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD. The camera measures 136 x 92 x 68 mm (5.4 x 3.6 x 2.7 in). weighs 460 g (16.2 oz) and will become available in June 2007. (Full Specs)

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Olympus E-510
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Olympus E-510 Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Color fidelity and saturation were very good, and the E-510 handled most shooting conditions easily. At lower ISO ranges, the E-510’s images show very little noise; as you reach and exceed ISO 800, color noise begins to appear, though it’s no worse than on other cameras of a similar price..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“And said detail is superb with noise control also good from ISO100 to 800 while the top setting of ISO 1600 has obvious but not overly intrusive noise – easily on a par with much of the DSLR competition.”
Rating: ★★★★½

WDC reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“With its new Truepic III processor the E-510 has taken a massive step forward – just as the E-410 stands head-and-shoulders above the E-400. The E-510 still only achieves a modest eight-frame ‘burst’ in its Raw continuous shooting mode, but it’s unlikely that sports enthusiasts would want to shoot in Raw mode, and if you switch to SHQ JPEGs (the highest-quality JPEG) you can happily fire off a dozen frames before the camera needs to clear its memory.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ComputerActive reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Overall Literally the bigger brother of the current E-410 DSLR, the E-510’s chief advantage is that any lens attached becomes immediately stabilised. The lack of this feature wasn’t a noticeable omission on the E-410, so whether you spend that extra £100 largely comes down to whether you prefer the E-510’s more rounded build and so more comfortable handling.”
Rating: ★★★★★

GoodGearGuide reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“If features like live view, image stabilisation and dust reduction appeal to you, then the Olympus E-510 might be just what you’re looking for. While its pictures are a little on the soft side compared to competing models, they are perfectly adequate for most uses and the feature set is certainly enticing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Let’sGoDigital reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Noise is not a big problem, although it is visible, but only at high ISO rates, such as 1600 and 800… All in all, the Olympus E-510 is a very good D-SLR camera. It has a nice and solid build, good image quality and it is easy to use. In addition, the camera is fairly compact, it features Live View, and is part of the FourThirds System so that you can mount a large number of lenses.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

e-Photographia reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“All in all, I don’t think any other camera has quite so many features at such a price. And that’s what makes the Olympus E-510 so great..this is a camera that will cuddle you until you get to know it well, and when you really know how to use it, it’ll do exactly what you ask of it. Oh, and the pictures look gorgeous, too.”
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CNET.UK reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“The layout of buttons on the E-510 is very nice, making it a comfortable camera to use, though like most entry-level SLRs, its body is a tad short, and our last finger dangles from the bottom of the grip when we hold it.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Megapixel reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“The Olympus E-510 is an excellent amateur dSLR. It fits nicely just above the E-410 and its slightly higher price is easily justified by its additional features. The kit lens — the one used in this review — is of good quality, but the auto focus of the E-510 would likely perform even better with a slightly brighter lens such as some of the high quality lenses manufactured by Olympus.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyReview reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“…it’s the simplicity of the Olympus E-510, along with its light weight, compact size, and great ergonomics that should appeal to photographers who want DSLR quality without DSLR bulk and weight. In addition, the E-510’s pleasing, film-like image quality will satisfy photographers looking for good images right out of the camera without the time and hassle of post-processing.”
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Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“.. E-510 provides an effective image editing function that can operate on RAW and JPEG images. The E-510’s in-camera editing feature will appeal to beginners or those who print directly from the camera using DPOF or PictBridge printers….The Olympus E-510 is a very capable digital SLR, offering terrific image quality, an extensive list of useful features and an automatic cure for a common dSLR annoyance – the dusty image sensor.”
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ePhotozine reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
he ISO100 image gave promising results with a nice even grey and no noise evident in the image and great detail in the flower. The ISO200 image also gave good results as did ISO400 and I am failing to see all this noise that is said to be showing from ISO400 onwards in other reports. ISO800 shows a little paling in the petals and the noise is starting to show with definition in the low key areas.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“I have no problems recommending the Olympus Evolt E-510 two lens kit for D-SLR newbies or those who don’t have an extensive collection of older lenses. However if you have a collection of glass, go with similar 10MP Canons or Nikons. And, as noted, any fans of Olympus’ Live View let me know what I’m missing. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“After weeks of use, my primary complaint about the camera is that the interface to some of the advanced features is a bit clunky, but that’s tempered by the fact that access to the primary features is intuitive and easy. I also didn’t like the fact that there are no focus switches on the Olympus lenses; you need to change the autofocus setting in the camera. Aside from these small issues, however, all of the basic functionality an entry-level or serious shooter would like is readily available on the camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Autofocus in low light was weak, resulting in many a missed shot; and its tendency to blow highlights and underexpose the mids left some shots similarly out of reach… Despite its foibles, the Olympus E-510 is a very good digital SLR, one I’d recommend to photographers who want to travel light, anyone with a need for Live View on occasion, and anyone wanting to learn more about photography with a digital SLR. Add it all up, and the Olympus E-510 is worthy of a Dave’s Pick.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Stick to ISO 800 and below in the main and there are no problems to report, while noise levels at ISO 1600 are more than acceptable…So if portability is your prime concern and you’re buying a DSLR mainly for travel and holidays, go for the E-410. If however a greater range of photographic control appeals, then the Olympus E-510 will suit you better, and for the last reason alone it gets individual scores slightly higher than its pared-down but still impressive sibling.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“The Olympus E-510 took 1.2 seconds to start up and snap the first shot. While this may not seem terribly slow to users upgrading to a DSLR from a point-and-shoot camera, most DSLRs now keep it under 1/2 second… The 10-megapixel Olympus EVOLT E-510 is a decent DSLR but it shouldn’t be bought solely for the novelty of having the live view LCD screen. Rather, it should be considered based on the merits of its nice design and handling, manual controls, and dual media compatibility. ”
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FourThirdsUser reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“It’s not a gimmick – IS really does work and it’s a very worthwhile feature to include in your photographic armoury. ”
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TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“The Olympus E-series continues to get better and better. The E-510 is a superb photographer’s camera, offering superb handling, outstanding performance, a huge degree of control and first rate picture quality, in a compact and robust package and at a price which comfortably beats most of the competition. It is without question one of the best semi-pro DSLRs currently available, and a genuine pleasure to use.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhoto reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Yet RAW images at ISO 1600 were even better, showing noise levels nearly identical to JPEG images shot at ISO 100, for a noise rating of Very Low. Although resolution at ISO 1600 dropped about 10 percent, it still averaged above 1700 lines, earning it an Excellent rating. At ISO 100 to 400, noise ratings for RAW files were Extremely Low; resolution was slightly higher at ISO 100.”
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DCRP reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“I like the Olympus EVOLT E-510 — much more so than the E-410. That’s not just because I like the larger grip, either. I like the optical image stabilization (on every lens), improved battery life, and the extra features (mostly custom settings) that were not found on the E-410.. The E-510 is a great entry-level D-SLR, and one I can recommend highly — just be sure to fool around with the settings a bit. Unless you must have the small size of the E-410, I’d spend the extra $100 and get the E-510 — the image stabilization and more powerful battery are well worth the price.”
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DigitalCameraReviews reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“The E-510’s default noise reduction does a very good job, but there really is no free lunch. Aggressive NR naturally and unavoidably results in softer images and the E-510 doesn’t get a pass in this department. Compromise is the soul of photography, so shooters who need tack sharp images will want to set the E-510’s noise filter to low or off. Images will be sharper, however they will also be noisier. ”
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John Isaac reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“I was so impressed that even at 1600 ISO, the noise was very very low and almost unnoticeable, without any noise enhancement…The last thing I want to mention about the 510, and this really applies to all of the Olympus professional and pro-sumer bodies – are that they are made very tough. ”
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Olympus E-510 with Leica D 14-50mm Video Demo by Camera Labs;

PhotoReview.AU reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“The image stabilisation system performed extremely well and allowed us to obtain sharp pictures at shutter speeds right down to 1/3 second with the camera hand-held and the lens set to full tele zoom. The test camera’s autofocusing system also appeared to be slightly faster than the E-410 camera we tested. Close-ups were also competently handled.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Olympus E-510 and writes;
“Between 100 and 400 ISO, the Olympus E-510 delivers good, clean results with little noise or noise reduction artefacts. Like most DSLRs, the big fall in quality occurs at 800 ISO, where the E-510 exhibits much higher noise reduction and smearing of ultimate detail as a result. The 1600 ISO result looks quite fuzzy and has been quite compromised…. But its unrivalled feature-set and affordable pricing makes it one of the most compelling – not to mention important – DSLRs to date. It propels both Olympus and the Four Thirds standard to the premier league and should be seriously considered by anyone in the market for a new 10 Megapixel DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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Olympus E-510 Samples

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Olympus E-510 User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Olympus E-510 User Manual in English (PDF – 16.6 MB)

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Live View LCD Demo

Olympus E-510 Demo Video

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Olympus E-510 Press Release

London, 5 March 2007 – It’s about forethought, professional specifications and the seamless integration of cutting-edge technology: The Olympus E-510 delivers nothing short of impeccable performance. This successor to the E-500 gives photographers a better way to frame their compositions since – unlike most D-SLRs – it boasts Live Preview on its 2.5”/6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD. Olympus proves itself once again as a technology leader with this camera’s built-in image stabiliser, which incorporated directly into the body, so there’s no need for the costly inclusion of a stabiliser in each lens. Experience dramatically improved shooting results with a new image processing engine that offers excellent noise performance – thus bringing picture quality to a whole new level. And, as with all of its E-System cameras, Olympus eliminates the threat of dust with Supersonic Wave Filter. What’s more, the addition of a new Live MOS sensor in this Four Thirds- based camera delivers 10 Megapixels of high-quality detailed photography.

Advanced technology for superior photography

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