Olympus E-510 reviews and prices: SLR camera

110 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 110 reviews.
Olympus E-510: 10 MP (Megapixels), 10x optical zoom, Compact Flash storage, Yes image stabiliser digital SLR camera.

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Graham, Bangor

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Upgraded from e500. Image stabiliser is great, picture quality as good as anyin its class
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Aug 2008

Confirmed purchaser Amateur photographer 30 years

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fully automatic point and shoot - if that is your style. On the other hand, you can use this mode until you get used to the many different ways you can set up the camera to take your own style of picture, be that aperture or shutter priority. Good depth of field and edge to edge definition.
Bad points:
Cannot fault the camera, but at this price, it would be nice if it came with an ECR case for protection, instead of no case at all.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2008

Phil , LEEDS Normal guy not photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Impressive quality prints. The facility to take pictures in monochrome, tints. The DVD was good to help me to learn how to use my first digital SLR. Batter capacity is good. The lenses are easy to change and the lens cleaning mechanism is clever.
Bad points:
The function buttons take a while to find but okay once you know where they are. Would be good to have a memory card and camera bag supplied but these can be purchased reasonably on internet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jul 2008

Adrian, London Semi-pro photographer

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Good value and well made. Potentially excellent picture quality.
Bad points:
Doesn't focus properly! Tends to focus too close (particularly with wide angle zoom lens) and objects near infinity are often out of focus.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 5.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jun 2008

Kamrul, London Best for beginers

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use. Included a training DVD. That helps me a lot. Excellent emage quality. For a learner or a beginner it is superb.
Bad points:
Accesorries like flash guns and lenses are too expensive. (Same as other DSLR). Should be included an extra lense as well.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jun 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The quality of images/photos is excellent, you do need to have the additional zoom lense for distant shots.
Bad points:
I think some of the features are over complicated and it is too easy to get into the wrong mode which can take time to sort out
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2008

Ken, South \benfleet An ageing rocker.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It's much more compact than a Canon and the controls are not overly complicated. Being a 4/3rds system the lenses are also compact. Battery life is superb. I bought two spare but have not needed them. Being Olympus it is very well made and feels well balanced. The fact that with an adaptor I can use my old OM System lenses is a definite bonus. As the rest of the world seems to use Canon DSLR's the E510 makes you feel that you are not another sheep following the flow. To use a car analogy, everyone else drives a Ford Focus, but you drive an Audi.
Bad points:
Coming from a film SLR background I find the lack of manual focusing aides frustrating, also the shutter speed information in the view is very unclear - not a patch on my old OM2. E System is not as extensive os the OM System and the lenses are split into 3 group: Standard, Pro, and Top Pro. The image quality of the Standard lenses is prehaps not as good as I was expecting, but maybe I'm just getting old.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jul 2008

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Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 3072x2304
Optical zoom ratio 10
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 1
Digital zoom ratio 5
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format Compact Flash
Media format XD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder No
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 460
Weight (g) 325
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 105.5x74.5x70
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-3.7
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 58
Release date 2007-06-11
Height in mm 91.5
Width in mm 136
Depth in mm 56
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: E510, OLYMPUS E510, Olympus, Olympus Evolt

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Manufacturer's Description

The latest example of Olympus’ commitment to imaging excellence and precision. The 10 megapixel Olympus E-510 digital SLR is ready to deliver nothing short of the ultimate in professional-grade photography. Live View, a built-in image stabiliser for razor-sharp shots in shaky conditions and a new engine to guarantee exceptional noise performance create a legend. This model features a high resolution 6.4cm/2.5" HyperCrystal LCD, hi-speed USB 2.0, a dual-slot memory compartment for xd-Picture Card and CompactFlash, and a range of 18 convenient scene modes.

*D-SLR with built-in image stabiliser
*Live View with 7x / 10x magnification for accurate focusing
*10 megapixel Live MOS sensor
*New processing engine
*Strong dust reduction (Supersonic Wave Filter)
*Compact and ergonomic design
*6.4 cm / 2.5’’ HyperCrystal LCD
*Built-in pop-up flash


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