The 10-megapixel Olympus E-510 replaces the E-500 with improvements to the Live View and dust removal systems.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus E-510

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:90%


  • Noise control, Dual mode, image stabilisation, live view LCD mode, Supersonic Wave Filter.


  • SHQ JPEG burst depth slightly limited, limited dynamic range.


Olympus E-510 Review


Price as reviewed:



In-camera image stabilisation and dust-reduction figure prominently on most enthusiasts DSLR shopping lists, but all too often we see one without the other, or we get a weak compromise. With the Olympus E-510 we’re getting both of these things and, more importantly, they both work. On top of that, you’re able to turn the rear LCD on and use the camera like a compact (albeit with manual focus), which is exactly what you want for macro, still-life and landscape photography. Throw in a high-resolution 10MP sensor that delivers largely noise-free images, and all the secondary features you?re ever likely to need and there’s no doubt in my mind that the E-510 is currently the definitive Four Thirds DSLR.


AF Points:3-point TTL phase difference detection
PC Socket:No
Cable Release:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Built-in Flash:Built in, GN12m@ISO 100 Hotshoe
DoF Prview:Yes
Colour Temp Control:7 steps 3000 - 7500 K
White Balance Bracket:3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
Exposure Comp:+/- 5 EV / 1/3 steps
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Focusing Modes:3 AF points with manual or automatic selection
Dust Reduction:Supersonic Wave Filter
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Sensor shift. Two-dimensional or one-dimensional activation. Effective Compensation Range of Approx. 4 EV steps maximum
Colour Space:sRGB / AdobeRGB
Weight:460 g (body only)
Memory Card:Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card
Dimensions:136 x 91.5 x 56 mm (without protrusions)
Power:Li-Ion, Optional AC Adaptor
Live Mode:100% field of view, exposure adjustment view, white balance adjustment view, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/s-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogramme, IS activating mode
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Field of View:95% coverage
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level single-lens view finder
White Balance:Auto, manual, 7 presets, Kelvin
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (max. 3fps)
Metering System:49 Zone multi-pattern, Centreweighted, Spot, Highlight spot, Shadow spot
ISO:Auto 100-400 / Manual 100-1600
Exposure Modes:Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, 18 Scene
Compression:JPEG SHQ (1/2.7), HQ (1/4), SQ (1/8 or 1/12)
File Format:RAW, JPEG, Raw+JPEG
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec + Bulb
Lens Mount:Four Thirds
LCD:2.5in LCD with 230,000 pixels and Live View
Focal Length Mag:2x
Output Size:RAW 3648 x 2736 12 MB / frame, SHQ 3648 x 2736, HQ 3648 x 2736, SQ 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Sensor:17.3 x 13mm LiveMOS sensor with 10 million effective pixels
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality
  6. 6. Value For Money
  7. 7. Verdict
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