Summary: I have owned mt E-10 for about 3 months now. I am a novice photographer and started out with the Olympus 3000. I love the E-10 as it takes great photos in spite of lack of experience but it does seem to have some drawbacks. For one, the auto focus does seem to have trouble especially in any type of low light. I mostly use the manual focus. In group shots you may find some focus problems. I would recommend nothing smaller than a 128mb memory card even though I used a 256.
Summary: I'm sorry faithful fans of the Camedia E-10, but I must ruin the 5-star reputation of this particular digital camera. I hate to be such a party pooper, so I'll start with the good stuff, and thus, tell you all the good things that earned the 4 stars from me. First, on a superficial level, the physical design of the camera is magnificent.
Not the newest - but solid value at a bargin price
George P., Amazon
5 January 2005
Summary: I bought my refurbished E-10 online from Olympus. It has functioned perfectly. The cost was 1/3 of the price they charged when the E-10 was first introduced. Since then, the price has continued to decrease as the competition has added megapixels and professionals have moved to DSLR bodies. This makes the E-10 a bargin for the weekend photographer. The camera is built like a brick - but a wonderfully ergonomic brick!
Summary: This has been a great camera. The body is largely metal, so there are few plastic parts to break. The battery door is located on the bottom, so batteries can be swapped out even when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The lense is not interchangable, which can be a disadvantage for some, but it ensures that no dust can get into the shutter or behind the lense. I love the dial controls.
Summary: Simply put, this camera is a SOLID machine that offers excellent image quality as well as photographic control. Being an SLR, I never used the LCD screen to shoot, which makes it more like using a standard 35mm. Get the battery pack/grip. Without it, the consumption of batteries is tremendous. With it, I easily got 1000 shots before needing a recharge. My major gripe, and the reason I upgraded to a Canon EOS D60, is that it is SLOW.
Summary: I've had a Minolta SLR for the past 10 years and been very happy with it, but after buying the my "other half" a Canon Digital Elph, I found the ability to immediately review photographs compelling. So, I looked for a digital SLR. Olympus has hit the price/performance sweet spot with this camera. Competitive digital SLRs cost 50% more than the E10 for the body alone -- i.e. before you've bought any lenses.
Excerpt: The Olympus Camedia E-10 has been on the market for approximately 3 years and is about to be superceeded by the E-20.Though the E-10 is packed with every feature the serious ameteur could want, it will soon be out of date with the introduction of the E-20, which is more or less an upgraded version of the E-10 (the E-20 has 5 megapixels instead of 4) for the same price around £1200.
Excerpt: This is the newest camera in many respects. At first, it has 4-megapixel matrix, and secondly, it is first specially developed, as the digital mirror camera, with a possibility of a manual focussing on a dim screen. The camera looks very solidly, both on weight. In common, serious camera, and serious approach. The camera is equipped optics with a 4-multiple modification of a focal length, 9-36 mm, and with an effective relative orifice 1:2 - 1:2,4.
Pros: 4 - megapixel matrix, looks solid, convenient modification of focal length, universality, much features
Cons: IBM Microdrive not supported, some stripes on LCD screen