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Why Your First DSLR Camera Must Be An Olympus-E510

Updated on March 27, 2013

Olympus E-510 DSLR Camera - Review

You are an amateur photographer with a Compact Digital Camera. Your shots are good and you know that you can make it better, but how...

Compact Digital Cameras are designed to be easy to use, sacrificing advanced features and picture quality for simplicity.

These are great for travel, family snapshot or the roadside landscape. But what if you want to expand your photographic horizons?

You need a midrange Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera. They are much cheaper than a high end Single-Lens Reflex and you can take professional quality photographs with them.

The Olympus E-510 10 megapixel DSLR is ready to deliver nothing short of the ultimate in professional-grade photography.

Will see here why it should be your first DSLR camera.

Olympus E-510 DSLR.
Olympus E-510 DSLR.
Live MOS sensor :
  4/3 type (Aspect Ratio)
  Effective 10 MegaPixel
Viewfinder :
  2.5” HyperCrystal LCD
  Live Preview 
  Ranging from 100-1600 
Dust Protection :
  Supersonic Wave Filter
Built-in Anti-Shake :
  Work with any lens
Capture-Rate :
  Up to 7 images in RAW buffer 
Measures :
  5.4 x 3.6 x 2.7 in
  (136 x 92 x 68 mm) 
Weighs :
  16.2 oz
  (460 g)

Olympus E-510 DSLR

Olympus attracts the attention with its Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras (digital SLR or DSLR). Their models are improving and renovating quickly.

The Olympus E-510 DSLR it's very different from their predecessors. The Olympus E-510 is a great camera to help you evolve as a photographer.

The Olympus E-510 it is a very complete DSLR Camera, with many adjustments available and clearly organized.

The handling of Olympus E-510 it is quite simple, even for less experienced photographers, this is due to the fact of showing the adjustments in the screen.

The Olympus E-510 has a wide range of adjustments making it an appropriate camera for the novice photographer as for the experienced one.

Everything has a quick access, this makes possible that the novice photographer can experience and the experienced one can find what needs quickly.

Olympus E-510 - 10 Megapixel

The Olympus E-510 is a feature packed 10 Megapixel DSLR based on the maturing Four Thirds standard.

With 10 Megapixel the Olympus E-510 offers a high image resolution, resulting in superior quality images.

Even when printed in large formats (poster sizes of 16 x 20 inches or larger), images are consistently sharp and vivid.

LiveMOS Image Sensor

On most DSLRs the LCD can be used only for menu navigation and image review.

The E-510 LCD screen is bright, fairly sharp, and can be used as a viewfinder, to frame and compose images. This is what is known as LiveView.

You can easily shot from complex angles and see the result, since LiveView shows you exactly what the sensor is seeing (the finder shows a partial view).

Four Thirds System

The metallic mount of the Four Thirds Standard stands out in the frontal of the camera.

The advantage of the Four Thirds System is that it doesn't limit to a brand of lens, any lens compatible with the standard can be used.

Four Thirds is a new All Digital format developed by Olympus and Kodak for DSLR camera design and development.

Four Thirds is not based on any existing film SLR system and uses a totally new lens mount, so all the lenses in the system are designed for digital.

With the smallest sensor size Four Thirds offers slightly more compact camera bodies and lenses.

Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization

Image Stabilization is a technique that increases the stability of an image.

With long focal length lenses or at slow shutter speeds, camera shake/movement is particularly problematic with still cameras.

The E-510 is the first Olympus DSLR to feature image stabilization, the camera detects shake/movement and compensates by shifting the sensor.

Image stabilization allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds than would have been possible without Image Stabilization.


Nowadays, the back is the most important area of the digital cameras. In the Olympus E-510 we find:

  • In the center the high quality LCD screen of 2,5 inches.

  • At the left the line of buttons to see and erase the images.

  • At the right the button for blocking the exposition and/or the autofocus, below the button to activate the image stabilization, and below the LiveView button.

  • Four buttons located in circle around an OK button activate the white balance, the focus, ISO sensibility and light measurement. Underneath that is the connection for external devices, protected by a plastic cover.

Olympus E-510 - Flash

The Olympus E-510 has a standard flash mount, with special connections for the Olympus flashes.

The camera also has an integrated flash.

Third party flash units may be used, but only in manual mode.

Olympus E-510 - Dust Reduction

The Olympus E-510 features a Dust Reduction System that reduces problems caused by image sensor dust contamination.

The system utilizes a Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF) positioned in front of the CCD.

The dust that is captured by the filter can then be instantly removed by ultrasonic activation prior to shutter release.

This filter is activated automatically when lighting the camera, eliminating any particle that is stuck to the sensor.

Olympus E-510 - Memory Cards

The Olympus E-510 admits the xD Picture cards and CompactFlash. It is recommended to use high-speed Memory Cards.

Which CompactFlash? A big one. And bigger is better. An 8GB CompactFlash in your camera is preferable to four 2GB CompactFlash in your bag.

The SanDisk Extreme Memory Cards has good benefits, the images are recorded quickly and with the SanDisk FireWire Card Reader the images can be transferred to the computer.

Olympus E-510 - Battery

Proprietary Olympus BLM1 rechargeable Li-ion battery.

With a fully charged battery, you can take 200 to 300 images.

Olympus E-510 - Image Formats

One of the biggest advantages of the Olympus E-510 is that it lets you shoot your pictures in RAW format.

The RAW format produces a digital negative very much like a film negative. If you get the exposure wrong, you can fix it on your computer with no to very limited loss.

If you need an image without having to convert it, shoot in JPEG format.

With 10 Megapixels the E-510 generates files of large size, a RAW file (ORF or Olympus RAW File) has a size of 11MB easily.

To process the RAW files, Olympus includes the Olympus Master 2 software.

Olympus E-510 - Lens

The quality of the glass in front of the sensor will largely influence in the DSLR image quality.

The Zuiko Digital lenses was designed specifically for the Olympus E-410/E-510. The Zuiko lenses are lightweight and very compact.

There are 17 of Olympus Zuiko lenses to choose from, ranging from fish-eyes up to a 300mm f2.8 super telephoto.

Olympus E-510 - Kits

The E-510 is available in a kit that includes the body and two Olympus Zukio Digital lenses-the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 40-150mm f/4-5.6.

The E-510 is also available in another kit with the 14-42mm lens only and body only.

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