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Olympus EVOLT E-510 DSLR


Olympus EVOLT E-510

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Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Olympus EVOLT E-510 DSLR replaces the E-500 and has three of the most sought-after features on a digital camera:

  1. 10MP Live MOS Image Sensor that permits live composition of the picture on the 2.5-in. Live View LCD. With a high 230,000 pixels resolution, high contrast image and wide viewing angle, the LCD is bright and clear from any angle.
  2. CCD-shift Mechanical Image Stabilization (IS) that compensates for camera shake. Digital Image Stabilization compensates for subject movement. Since the IS is based on the Imager, it is available with any of the more than 30 digital-specific lenses available for the Four Thirds Standard.
  3. Dust Reduction System using Olympus' exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter™. This patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor every time you turn on the camera.

The EVOLT E-510 has 28 shooting modes and provides full exposure flexibility for the advanced photographers as well as 18 Scene Modes for beginner photographers. It has dual memory card slots and accepts the xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash Type I & II (including Microdrives) cards.

A new kit lens is available for the EVOLT E-510: a light and compact Zuiko Digital ED 14 - 42 mm f3.5 - f5.6 Lens (28 - 84mm, 35mm equivalent) which weighs just 7.5 ounces. Close-ups as near as 9.84 inches (0.25 m) are possible throughout the zoom range.

Being part of the Olympus E-System, the EVOLT E-510 is compatible with the large and growing range of Olympus E-System accessories, including the full line-up of Zuiko Digital Specific lenses and flashes.

The Olympus EVOLT E-510 has joined a select group of DSLRs that are pointing the way to the future of digital imaging. Though other competitors have Dust Reduction System and Image Stabilization, only the Olympus has had a Live View LCD in its DSLRs for some time now. [Panasonic and Leica use the same Live MOS Sensor. Only the newly introduced Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a similar Live View.] This combination of features should make the E-510 a favourite of advanced and beginner photographers alike.

If you are looking for a digital camera for first-time users (and without Image Stabilization), check out the EVOLT E-410.

If you want to compare with the Panasonic equivalent, check out the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 DSLR.


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Olympus EVOLT E-510
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Olympus EVOLT E-510  
Type Type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Media CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Imaging Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Lens Mount Four Thirds Mount
Number of Effective Pixels 10 million pixels
Image Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixel Number Approx. 10.9 million pixels
Aspect 1.33 (4:3)
Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF Fixed type
IR cut filter Hybrid type
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording System Recording Format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size [RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size

- RAW:3648 x 2736 compressed Approx. 11MB

- SHQ: 3648 x 2736 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 6.8MB

- HQ: 3648 x 2736 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 4.7MB

- SQ: 3200 x 2400 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 5.3MB
- 3200 x 2400 Approx. 1/4 compressed Approx. 3.7MB
- 3200 x 2400 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 1.7MB
- 3200 x 2400 Approx. 1/12 compressed Approx. 1.1MB
- 2560 x 1920 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 3.6MB
- 2560 x 1920 Approx. 1/4 compressed Approx. 2.2MB
- 2560 x 1920 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 1.1MB
- 2560 x 1920 Approx. 1/12 compressed Approx. 0.7MB
- 1600 x 1200 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 1.3MB
- 1600 x 1200 Approx. 1/4 compressed Approx. 0.8MB
- 1600 x 1200 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 0.5MB
- 1600 x 1200 Approx. 1/12 compressed Approx. 0.3MB
- 1280 x 960 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 0.8MB
- 1280 x 960 Approx. 1/4 compressed Approx. 0.5MB
- 1280 x 960 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 0.3MB
- 1280 x 960 Approx. 1/12 compressed Approx. 0.2MB
- 1024 x 768 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 0.5MB
- 1024 x 768 Approx. 1/4 compressed Approx. 0.4MB
- 1024 x 768 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 0.2MB
- 1024 x 768 Approx. 1/12 compressed Approx. 0.1MB
- 640 x 480 Approx. 1/2.7 compressed Approx. 0.2MB
- 640 x 480 Approx. 1/4 compressed Approx. 0.2MB
- 640 x 480 Approx. 1/8 compressed Approx. 0.1MB
- 640 x 480 Approx. 1/12 compressed Approx. 0.1MB

Viewfinder Type Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
View field coverage Approx. 95%
Magnification Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye Point Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter Adjustment -3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing Screen Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat screen)
Eye Piece Shutter Eye piece cap EP-4 supplied
Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-5 supplied, optional EP-6, Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available
Preview Can be checked (when Fn button is set in preview mode),
selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
Viewfinder information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose), IS activating mode.
Live View Live View Live-MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view,
Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view,
Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF,
AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode, Heat warning.
AF Available with phase-difference detection system
Image stabilizer System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode 2 modes (2 dimensional activation: Horizontal + Vertical), (1 dimension activation: Vertical)
Effective compensation range Approx. 2EV steps - 4EV steps
LCD Display Type HyperCrystal LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
Size 2.5 inch
Total no. of pixels Approx. 230,000 pixels
Playback field of view Approx. 100%
Brightness Control 15 levels
Focusing AF system TTL phase-difference detection system
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) /
S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focusing point 3-point multiple AF (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Auto/Option selectable
AF luminance range EV 0 to 19 (at 20?, ISO 100)
AF illuminator Built-in flash (external flash available. Inactivation is available to set.)
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus Tracking Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus Aid Available
Exposure Control Metering system TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering) (2) Centre weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen) (4) Spot with Highlight control (5) Spot with Shadow control
Metering range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure Mode (1) Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene program AE (7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Scene select AE Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama* (* Available with the Olympus xD-Picture Card), Beach & Snow.
ISO sensitivity AUTO / ISO 100 - 1600
(AUTO: Automatic control is available in AUTO, Program, A, Scene program, Scene select, Flash be fired. Up to ISO 800)
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE Lock Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1EV steps selectable
White Balance Auto WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Preset WB 7 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
WB Compensation ±7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch WB 1 custom setting can be registered
WB Bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each R-G/G-M axis
Color Mode Color matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode Mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone (default setting: Natural)
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural or Muted Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Shutter Type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 8 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self Timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Optical remote control Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)
Anti shock mode Available (1 to 30sec in each 1sec selectable)
Drive Drive Mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential Shooting Speed Approx. 3 frames/sec.
Max. recordable pictures
on sequential shooting
RAW mode: Max. 6 frames
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (HQ mode: approx. up to card capacity)
Integrated Flash Built-in flash Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, SRF-11, STF-22
Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Fill-in, Slow synchronization, Manual, Off.
Synchronization speed 1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control Up to ±2 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Synchronization timing 1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable)
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable
Super control panel Information Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT warning, NR warning, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, FP warning AF frame, AF illuminator, Color mode, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, IS activating mode, Heat warning.
Back light timer Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)
Playback Playback modes Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X),
Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available)
Information display Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available),
Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu Languages Americas: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Custom setting Custom function Fn button is available to set some functions (OFF, One touch WB, Test picture, My mode, Preview, Live preview)
Custom reset 2 settings are recordable
My mode 2 settings are recordable
Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing RAW development
JPEG editing Monotone, Sepia, Red-eye reduction, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file)
Print Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input / Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
Power Requirements Battery BLM-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
(with 50% flash light)
Approx. 650 shots (optical viewfinder)
(with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard)
Dimensions / Weight Dimensions (W x H x D) 136 x 91.5 x 68 mm /
5.35 x 3.6 x 2.67 in.
(excluding protrusions)
Weight 460 g / 16.2 oz. (body only)
Operating Environment Temperature 32-140F- 0 - 40? (operation) / -20 - 60? (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Box Contents

E-510 body, 14-42mm lens (kit contents)

Li-ion battery BLM-1, Li-ion battery charger BCM-2
USB cable, Video cable
Shoulder Strap
Instruction manual, Warranty card
(Estimated Street Price)
Body only CDN $899
with 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens US $899.99 / CDN $679.99
with both ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 and ED 40-150mm f4.0/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens US $999.99 / CDN $749.99

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Olympus Evolt E-510 8MP Digital SLR
Body Only with 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens with 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lenses


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