Conclusion: Olympus E-510 digital reflex camera Unlike the E-400, we had to await the successor of the E-500 for awhile. This is not so bad in itself, because the Olympus E-500 is a fine camera. Olympus has managed to combine the advantages of the E-500 with the E-410 in the new Olympus E-510, which has made it a very interesting camera.
Summary: The E-510 may not be 100% perfect but it's the closest Olympus has come yet with any of its digital cameras. If you're prepared to opt into the Four Thirds system favoured by Olympus - and now Panasonic - rather than going with the tried and tested Nikons and Canons of this world - and favour a camera that's more portable than either - then the E-510 is worth your serious consideration.
Pros: Four Thirds system allows for physically smaller lenses that offer twice the focal range of their 35mm equivalents, making for a lighter camera all round, built-in stabilisation allows for steadier shots in low light avoiding image blur, plus a better, more rounded grip than the E-410 makes holding and using the DSLR easier
Cons: Physically bulkier than its E-410 baby brother, meaning that it cannot similarly lay claim to 'smallest DSLR in the world', auto white balance is sometimes inaccurate
Conclusion: I've been using the E-510 for an unusually long time - the delay in publishing this review meant I ended up living with it for several months, which allowed me to really get to know it in the same way an owner would. And my overall impression, I have to say, is very positive indeed.
Pros: Compact and lightweight design with excellent handling, Surprisingly effective sensor-shift image stabilization, Excellent control system (via info screen) and lots of external controls for important settings, Good image quality and resolution, if not optimum straight out of the box, Low noise across the ISO range by default, turning down noise filter doesn't spoil images, Through the lens Live View with Auto Focus (although requires mirror up/down), Up to ten times m...
Cons: Dynamic Range less than competition (highlights by about three quarters of a stop; 0.7 EV), Serious highlight clipping on bright days unless you reduce exposure, Small viewfinder (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus, difficult to use with glasses), Live View usefulness countered by LCD which doesn't tilt, not bright enough outdoors, Long, unstructured menus make finding some less common settings frustrating, Live histogram and preview brightness ina...
Excerpt: It’s no secret Nikon and Canon dominate the market for D-SLRs leaving Sony, Pentax and Olympus to pick up the crumbs. That said, D-SLRs from these companies are far from crummy—in fact they can be pretty good as we reported over a year ago with the Sony alpha . Many people opt for Canon and Nikon because they have older 35mm lenses from those systems and want to use that glass in the digital era.
Excerpt: Just over a year ago, I reviewed the EVOLT E-500 from Olympus and it was by far the best digital SLR I’ve ever used.
Pros: Fast continuous shooting mode., Optical image stablization system works great., Lightweight and comfortable., Live View allows you to see a preview on the LCD., 18 scene modes., Dual memory card support (CF and xD)., Excellent battery life.
Excerpt: Physical Views Continue on to Page Two Olympus EVOLT E-510 Specifications Type Interchangeable lens digital SLR camera Body Die-cast aluminum chassis, aluminum top cover, polycarbonate Lens Mount Four-Thirds mount Media CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Image Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor Size .7" x .5" Number of Pixels 10.9 Megapixels (total) 10.0 Megapixels (effective) Aspect Ratio 4:3 Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB) Dust Protection...
Excerpt: When it comes to camera brands, Olympus has a touch of Marmite about it: people seem either to love or loathe its camera designs. At this point, I should declare an interest: I've been an Olympus fan since the late '70s when I owned two OM SLRs and a clutch of Zuiko lenses.
Excerpt: The Olympus
E-510 is an entry-level digital SLR that is the "big
brother" to the E-410 which I recently reviewed.
For an additional $100, the E-510 offers all of the
things that made the E-410 impressive (and, in some
cases, not impressive) and throws in image stabilization,
a larger grip, better battery life, and more.
Pros: Excellent photo quality if you tweak the settings; minimal noise until ISO 1600 (with noise filter set to low), Optical image stabilization for every lens you attach, Great value for the money, Well built, easy-to-hold body, Live view on LCD allows you to see 100% of the frame, preview white balance and exposure, and check focus (but see issues below), Dust reduction system, Full manual controls (even more than on the E-410), Tons of scene modes (great for people migr...
Cons: Soft photos at default settings (adjust the noise filter to fix that); occasional underexposure and dull colors, Live view feature not as robust as on a fixed-lens camera: view is grainy and sluggish, difficult to see outdoors and in low light; adds 1 second of shutter lag if autofocus is on; not available in continuous shooting mode, Low light focusing a little slow when flash is closed; camera seems to "give up" some times, Setting custom white balance is more diffi...
Excerpt: The diminutive Olympus Evolt E-510 looks and feels like its iconic 35mm OM series predecessors, but the similarities end there. The E-510 is Olympus' flagship digital SLR and at this point in time it may be the ultimate bridge camera - an imaging device that almost perfectly spans the gap between P&S (point & shoot) prosumer digicams like the Canon Powershot S5 IS and mid-level digital SLRs like the Canon EOS 5D . The E-510 has all the bells and whistles users have...