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Olympus Evolt E510 10MP Digital SLR Camera with CCD Shift Image Stabilization and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens

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E510 with 14-42mm
  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD display
  • Mechanical Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes one 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens
  • Powered by one lithium-ion battery; stores images on CF, Micro Drive, or xD Picture Cards
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Technical Details

Style: E510 with 14-42mm
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: 262071
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Style: E510 with 14-42mm
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000NVXF26
  • Item model number: 262071
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,658 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 5, 2007

Product Description

Style: E510 with 14-42mm

From the Manufacturer

The Olympus EVOLT E-510 digital SLR is a great camera to help you evolve as a photographer. Only Olympus digital SLRs are engineered to be 100-percent digital. Simply put, this means your pictures will have stunning edge-to-edge sharpness that can’t be beat. Olympus’ Live View LCD technology is a unique feature that enhances your picture-taking experience. Whatever life brings, whatever you’re photographing, you’ll capture colorful memories with the E-510’s proven Dust Reduction System and powerful, 10-megapixel imager.

EVOLT E-510 Highlights

Innovative 2.5-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD The E-510 features a Live View LCD to provide users with the freedom to choose how they compose their shots, using either the LCD or the optical viewfinder on the back of the camera. The Olympus Live View LCD empowers users to easily compose their subjects live on the LCD before the shot has been taken, offering a level of versatility that can not be achieved by other digital SLR cameras that only offer an optical viewfinder. By holding the E-510 away from the face and using the Live View LCD to compose, it’s possible to shoot upward from a low angle for dramatic composition, in close for detailed macro photos of a butterfly’s wings or photographing a parade over a crowd of people.

The E-510’s big and bright 2.5-inch LCD display with approximately 230,000 pixels includes HyperCrystal technology, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors, and enables images to be beautifully displayed in vivid color -- both in preview and playback. The HyperCrystal LCD also provides a wide viewing angle, which ensures images can be composed from even the most obscure angles. The larger LCD makes viewing icons and text on the camera’s menu a squint-free process.

Detailed, bright, and colorful photos with 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor The E-510 is loaded with an impressive 10 million pixels for high-resolution photos. The 10-megapixel sensor gives photographers the flexibility to blow up their prints to the large sizes supported by many of today’s printers, or crop the image to print only a part of the image that is important to them. The high-performance Live MOS image sensor in the E-510 delivers excellent dynamic range for accurate color fidelity, and a new state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to eradicate noise and capture fine image details in the highlight and shadow areas.

Mechanical Image Stabilization for sharp images Unlike other digital SLR cameras in its class, the E-510 employs Mechanical Image Stabilization, which compensates for camera movement. This new technology complements Digital Image Stabilization, which compensates for a moving subject. Combined, Mechanical Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization provide a powerful solution, ensuring blur-free photos even in active shooting situations where photographers may encounter camera shake or a moving subject. This powerful combination resides within the camera’s body, translating to blur-free images taken with any of the more than 30 digital-specific lenses.

Dust Reduction System for spot-free images Olympus’ Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter. The patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor, and captures the debris on a special adhesive membrane every time you turn on the camera. These spot-free photos liberate users from hours spent retouching photographs at the computer or sending their cameras back to the manufacturer to remove dust trapped inside.

TruePic III for image clarity Olympus’ enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible for every photo with accurate color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal representation in between. TruePic III also lowers image noise by one step to reduce noise in images shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.

Included 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens The E-410 one-lens outfit includes a compact, Zuiko Digital ED 14 - 42 mm f3.5 - f5.6 lens (equivalent to 28mm - 84mm in 35mm photography) that perfectly matches the imager so light strikes the sensor directly to ensure rich, accurate colors and edge-to-edge sharpness. Its 3x ED Glass zoom lens covers the range most frequently used in everyday photography and weighs just 7.5 ounces, offering users an extremely dynamic, portable everyday-use zoom. Close-ups as near as 9.84 inches (0.25 m) are also possible throughout the zoom range.

All E-Series cameras support the Four-Thirds Standard whereby Olympus and various other manufacturers produce high-quality Four-Thirds-compliant lenses and accessories that are specifically designed for digital SLR image capture. Because the E-410 is part of the Olympus E-System, it is compatible with a large and growing range of Olympus E-System accessories to further enhance personal shooting styles and applications. This includes the full line-up of Zuiko Digital Specific lenses and flashes.

Lens compatibility All E-Series cameras support the Four Thirds Standard whereby Olympus and various other manufacturers produce high-quality Four Thirds-compliant lenses and accessories that are specifically designed for digital SLR image capture. Because the E-510 is part of the Olympus E-System, it is compatible with a large and growing range of Olympus E-System accessories to further enhance personal shooting styles and applications. This includes the full line-up of Zuiko Digital Specific lenses and flashes.

Easy-to-use, easy-to-handle light and ergonomic design The EVOLT E-510 is extremely portable, measuring 5.35 inches (136mm) by 3.61 inches (91.7mm) and 2.2 inches (56mm), excluding protrusions, and weighing 16.2 ounces (460 grams) body only. The new camera has a classic penta-mirror design that is light and compact enough to comfortably shoot with all day. Beyond its portable size, the E-510 delivers unparalleled ease of use -- from menus that make sense and buttons on the body that are easy to understand and operate, to automatic settings for every imaginable situation.

While the E-510 includes a full range of manual control options to customize your creativity, it also has 28 shooting modes designed to provide the ideal settings for a variety of shooting situations automatically. These include Digital Image Stabilization, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, and Candle Light to name a few, as well as an xD Panorama mode (for use with Olympus xD-Picture Cards). Users also benefit from special color modes and the possibility to apply a variety of Black & White filters.

Accepting both CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards, the camera provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

If you're really…However, if you are looking for something that works great manually, has a live-view screen and the picture quality is good, go ahead and buy this one! Read more ›
It may not please the most fussy but for the average photographer looking to upgrade from a simple point-and-shoot in order to take close-up shots to long distance shots… Read more ›
I decided to shoot in RAW only with my new DSLR. The results have been stunning. Olympus' RAW format seems to give a latitude of 3 (three) f stops or more and enables so… Read more ›
I took exterior shots of buildings at twilight, aided by the FL50. I used unthinkably slow shutter speeds and the photos were sharp. I could not have done this with my… Read more ›
Best 10MP camera in the market. Their Sensor Cleaning and Image Stabilizer are the best on a DSLR. These features along with the better price than both Canon and Nikon make… Read more ›
This camera met all of my expectations. The image stabilization works quite well. I had one surprise; the lenses were also lighter than their predecessors. Read more ›
the 2 automatic kit lenses are great, and got 2 manual lenses (separately) and enjoy that experience as well......I love it and would get it again even if the 4/3 world is… Read more ›
It can fit in a small camera bag with the two lenses. The wide lens is wonderful for landscape and indoor shots. With some tweaking of the settings, the images are… Read more ›
The company is, after all, in the business of making high-powered microscopes and…I have found that the lenses are high quality and will give you great image quality. I… Read more ›
The multiple memory cards was a good idea as XD memory is expensive. The kit lenses are very good and I am impressed with the detail and the color capture. Read more ›
The 4/3 system is great. The Zuiko lenses are compact and very light weight. The two-lens kit gives you the most for your money. Read more ›
I really thought I would buy a Canon but after trying this out in the store, I couldn't resist the features for the money. Two lenses, both are very sharp. Image… Read more ›
It took a long time for me to make the jump from my old 35mm Mamaya/Sekor SLR film camera but I am…The Olympus controls are intuitive, even for an old film person like me. Read more ›
The 510 takes amazing photos straight out of the box when set to Auto,…By working with only one variable at a time, learning to shoot with manual settings is fun and easy. Read more ›
Ease of use is another 5 stars. Settings are easy to change. And lots of ways to sustomize the way you use it. Read more ›
Both lenses work really well and the images are super sharp. I haven't really used all the settings yet but the auto function works pretty well. The live view can sometimes… Read more ›
This is my first DSLR and I am pleased with its performance. It's easy to learn all the different settings and the image stabalization and other features are great. The 10… Read more ›
Even though it is an older model and only 10 mp it is just right for my needs. The photographs are sharp and the features are great. Read more ›
My husband and I shopped around when we bought this camera and read many reviews on many websites. We decided to go with camera because the price was very reasonable. I… Read more ›
Interestingly, all the manual setups if you even get close to perfect wld give an outstanding result. The price is reasonable too. The kit lenses are good for starters. Read more ›
The E-620 is my next purchase. The additional features on it are unbelievable at the price. Test reviews are very good. Read more ›
Great camera for those who are interested in getting into SLR photography. And great price as well. Read more ›
I have used the camera for a variety of pictures over the past month and have found it takes very…This is my first DSLR, and I believe it is a good value for the money. M… Read more ›
What it is: A great digital SLR body with 2 excellent lenses at a good price from Amazon. Light but solid construction. Read more ›
Not much to say other than the camera takes great pictures. Very easy to use, fits great in my hands. I like Olympus Cameras. Read more ›
The main reason for this camera as oposed to…I generally use the eyepiece because I do prefer using the eyepiece however there is sometimes when it is convenient to use. Read more ›
The 510 was a perfect match and after reading many reviews decided to buy it. I am very pleased so far, it is easy to use and the pictures I have taken so far are excellent. T… Read more ›
I'm learning how to use a DSLR. This camera is easy to use, and quality of photos is great. Read more ›
And don't be afraid of the…Some reviewers are saying, although this camera has the most, and most useful settings and features, the camera is not all that easy to use. I… Read more ›
Perfect camera, has everything what is needed to make beautiful pictures. Easy to use, intuitive. Image stabilization working excellent. Read more ›
So, this feature is pretty cool but up to you on how you prefer to use it. Battery life is outstanding. In other words battery life has been a complete non-issue to me,… Read more ›
I was pleased with the quality of the product, it has good weight and good feel to it. The battery life is very good and the expandability of this product makes it great. I… Read more ›
Solid Build, Superb Pictures, Excellent Battery Life and Live View is a boon, just to mention a few... After 400 plus shots(70% with Flash), the Battery is still strong !!! T… Read more ›
4) The battery life is amazing (you can take almost 500 shots!! Read more ›
I used it to photograph several weddings, parties,…I used it with Zuiko 14-54mm lens, and it was a perfect match, AF is fast, battery life is good, sharpness is good. A… Read more ›
It has outstanding battery life, and a great feel in your hand. I suppose some will say the e510 is not perfect, but photographically speaking, it is MUCH more perfect than… Read more ›
Bought this in 2007 and it's still going strong as the day I got it! The 2-kit lenses compliment this system well, giving sharp pictures and nice colors. Built-in image… Read more ›
This camera is great, colors and exposure are excellent, it has many settings to choose from to achieve a great capture. I have been trying other SLR like Nikon and Canon,… Read more ›
Fantastic camera. vibrant colors. Flash strobe can get annoying when on auto focus, but that's easily looked passed with the photo you'll get. Read more ›
But once you get used to it and after zillinons of test shots, I think I got it. Otherwise, the camera gives extraordinary pictures in great detail and vivid colors. The… Read more ›
As a professional photographer I have used Cannon and…I purchased an Olympus E-500 two years ago and was impressed with the sharpness, color capture, and other features. Read more ›
Needing a second camera I tested…I found the Olympus E-510 equal or superior to each in edge-to-edge sharpness and color capture using color charts and sharpness charts. Read more ›
just use it for a short time. overall is very good and worth the money and it would be much better if the focus system is as fast as cannon's. Read more ›
Auto focus in low light is not that great (slow) and it uses the flash to get a focus lock which can be distracting to your…In sunlight the focus is quick and accurate. I… Read more ›
A rich palette of options gives the photographer professional flexibillity, all easily found on the camera's controls and menus. The autofocus is fast and accurate. The… Read more ›
The live view feature is pretty handy when it comes to getting a feel for exposure. The controls for ISO and Focus are pretty intuitive. The quality of the pictures is… Read more ›
I've missed plenty of shots on my digicam due to…The E-510 is fast in autofocusing (in good lighting), shutter lag, and it also has an excellent 3fps continuous burst mode. Read more ›
May be these old cameras are not trying to get perfect focus when they cannot, may be they limiting time to some reasonable interval - I do not know, but Olympus should fix… Read more ›
Cons: LCD is useful, especially with a tripod, but beware ps users, it is not the same. Auto focus in low light is bad, for instance in a restaurant with dimmed light. Read more ›
In addition, the lenses do not need image stabilization because it is already built into the camera. 3: The live view screen is a great feature in a camera this price. 4:… Read more ›
The shortcut buttons for the major functions are an excellent…Oly's menu system allows you to get to whatever setting you need very easily and the LCD screen is bright. K… Read more ›
I had the camera out on a Florida evening that was quite humid. The next morning the LCD was full of what looked like water droplets and the shutter was dead. This camera… Read more ›
I am very happy with the quality. Although the pics don't always look great on the LCD, when you see them on your pc they are amazing. Great to have 10 megapixels. Read more ›
Among other improvements, they have a larger, brighter LCD screen (the E-620 screen also swings out and swivels), face recognition technology and the ability to… Read more ›
Additional to kit lenses I bought the 14-54 that gave to the camera a really professional feel and performance. I bought also the fl-36 flash that works good with the camera. Read more ›
The popup flash is as good or as bad as the others, depending on your perspective. None pop up high enough to not cast a shadow of the lens up close and all are a bit harsh. Read more ›
This would have been so easy to design in? Flash is not powerful enough for more than a few feet close ups. External general purpose flash (non Olympus) sync is only up to… Read more ›
My Canon…I thought it might be the built in flash, so I went and got the top of the line Olympus Flash FL-50 and although the flash is cool, I still got dark pictures. Read more ›
The camera is great! Clear pics, quick response and the flash works pretty good. Read more ›
The two kit…I love having two card slots, allows me to transfer images from one card to another as well as use older compact flash cards that have come way down in price. Read more ›
The user interface is very intuitive, and I must say is a huge improvement over the last Olympus I owned (the C-8080wz - an absolutely fantastic P&S btw). It must be said… Read more ›
I am totally amazed at how easy it is to change settings. The buttons are well placed, at least for me, and the menus are very intuitive. I "glanced" through the manual… Read more ›
I love the Image Stabilizer and the many…Two things that are minor is the function button which is right there where you grab the camera and it gets pushed by accident. T… Read more ›
I like RAZOR sharp…The pictures you get with this camera are modestly sharp, but I usually run my pics through PICASA or ACDSee and hit the sharpen button once or twice. Read more ›
- great image color & detail (although you as a photographer have to be a bit more precise…- pretty straightforward button layout to access features and functions quickly Read more ›
Since then, I have made my way back to Olympus,…I have been very happy with it so far, and I love the interfaces because they are very similar to my 2 older Olympus models. Read more ›
Pictures are sharp and kit lenses perform surprisingly well. I/S is nice as is the relatively compact size. Moved up to DSLR and am thoroughly enjoying it. Read more ›
Good camera. Nice small size, not to big/small. I wear glasses and the viewfinder is not in focus for me, also bifocals...overall is a nice camera. Read more ›
The body size is maybe half an inch smaller than my 35mm, which is…The hand grip is also a good size, and the buttons you might need most often are within easy reach. I… Read more ›
- in-body image stablization - a comfortable size/weight in my hands - some truly great lenses Read more ›
The camera feels very comfortable and solid in my hands. It's a perfect size and not too heavy for my old arthritic grip. I have used the camera for up to four hours… Read more ›
I guess its ok when you don't want blur, but sometimes just getting the quick photo is a lot better…Also, this camera is perfect in size for those transitioning to D-SLRs. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

153 of 153 people found the following review helpful By S. Sen on July 21, 2007
Style Name: E510 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lens
I have had this camera for about a month and after using this, I felt compelled to write this review, especially after seeing some comments from first time SLR owners.

My advice to them, please think carefully before buying a dSLR. If all you are going to do is set this camera in Auto mode and shoot, you are making a mistake, an expensive mistake. E-510 or any other dSLR is not designed to excel in this department, definitely not as good as an advanced P&S.

If you want better image quality (color, dynamic range, low noise at high ISO, interchangeable lens etc) and convenience (IS, more buttons, speed), DSLR is the way to go. With power, comes the responsibility. You should also be ready to take the challenge of trying out different settings and spend some time in post processing the RAW images. You can get dynamic range that no P&S can match, if and only if, you are ready to spend the time on it. JPEGs straight from camera will not be significantly better, unless you tweak the settings for each situation perfectly.

Most complaints about this camera are about focusing, under or over exposure. You have to learn how an SLR camera works. There are different metering and focusing modes and you have to choose carefully. Also you have to decide whether to shoot aperture priority or shutter priority based on situations. You can also choose whether to shoot for high key or shadow areas.

No SLR in auto mode can give you a perfect shot of a person when the sun is behind him/her. Either use the proper P mode, or you use spot metering (or at least fill flash).

When something is moving, shooting with slow shutter will also result in blurry image and an SLR expects that the person behind the view finder knows these basics.
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Larson on October 6, 2007
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As a professional photographer I have used Cannon and Nikon cameras. I purchased an Olympus E-500 two years ago and was impressed with the sharpness, color capture, and other features. Needing a second camera I tested several Cannon and Nikon pro-level cameras. I found the Olympus E-510 equal or superior to each in edge-to-edge sharpness and color capture using color charts and sharpness charts. Additionally, the ease of use of the E-510 was a contributing factor. I am also impressed with the four-thirds system lenses produced by Olympus; they weigh less then their equivalent lenses in the Cannon or Nikor lines and I feel give better edge-to-edge sharpness. The only negative is the narrow line of pro-level lens in the Olympus line.

I recommended the E-500 to my photography students and now I'll recommend the E-510 as the cost factor is important to students. If you are looking for a solid D-SLR I highly recommend the E-510. I suggest that consideration be given to purchasing the Olympus "high-grade" lenses rather then the kit lens for the advanced photographer. The kit lenses are fine for the consumer.
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Vlad G VINE VOICE on August 30, 2007
Style Name: E510 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lens
I would give this camera five and a half stars, really, if not for one issue.
And a pretty serious one.

But first the good news: the camera is great.
It works blazing fast, controls are excellent and so is the level of control.
All important SLR options, all those many competitors usually "reserve" for "professional" models - like all metering modes, auto ISO limit, custom WB, mirror anti shock, remote control capability, manual focusing after AF and even shutter release priorities - are there.
Anti-dust system and set of two lens gives you worry free 28-300 (10.7x) range, image stabilization works surprisingly good, widely rumored problem of dynamic range that is half EV below the competition is not visible in 99.95% of the pictures. The rest 0.05% requires microscope and 100% zoom to point out the blown out highlight.

All things considered - an excellent camera and value for money.

Of course, there are many things one may complain about, like slow kit lens (and fast lens are available, but expensive) or aggressive noise filter at high ISO (and it could be turned off) or one second delay at start up (never bothered me much) etc. But all these issues are pretty minor and every camera has list of them.

Now the bad news - low light focusing. I just do not understand that.
Here it is: below certain light level camera just struggles to get focus. That level is somewhat below standard living room illumination - so it does not bother many people in standard situations, but try to shoot at the dark bar or at the street in the evening - and change in camera behavior is dramatic. Suddenly it may take several seconds before focus is locked - way too long.
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129 of 137 people found the following review helpful By N. Livadas on June 11, 2007
Style Name: E510 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lens
Here are my initial thoughts on this Olympus. The E510 makes its predecessor (the E500) proud. This camera will definitely keep the DSLR competition honest and only benefit us consumers! I am thrilled to-date. (3 days with it)

* Image Stabilization
* Great Construction, feels well made
* Light weight (lighter than my friend's Pentax K100)
* Phenomenal Kit Lenses
* Lightning fast AF with 2 very good & light Zuiko kit lenses
* Image quality, lower noise at higher ISOs
* Great battery life (500+ photos in mixed shooting conditions)
* Image sensor dust removal (at bootup)
* Both CF and xD cards

* Not a con, but Live View is quirky. When I use a DSLR I prefer to use the viewer, but I can see how some folks would LOVE to use the LCD. Its more of personal thing and if you dont want to use the LCD you just don't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews

In-depth review from dpreview.com:
Read the full Olympus Evolt E510 review at dpreview.com.
Once you start to look under the hood there are actually a surprising number of differences between the E410 and the E510, even putting aside the obvious: the latter's CCD-shift image stabilization system and bulkier design (the E510 has a true 'grip,' something the E410 does without). This is obviously a camera aimed far more squarely at the 'enthusiast' market than its kid brother, and it offers a far more sophisticated level of control and customization. Read the full Olympus Evolt E510 review at dpreview.com.