Excerpt: I have owned the Olympus E-510 with the two kit lenses for about a year and a half. I have taken close to 1000 shots with it. It takes great photos and so-so photos. It really depends on you. Straight out of the box it takes pretty good shots. With a little knowledge and some tweaking it takes great shots. One suggestion read and learn.
Excerpt: The Olympus E-510 is a very good starter camera for a professional who is just starting out. The ease of use, and quick start allow the owner to be able to jump in and get started quickly. Interestingly enough, the more you find out about the options, the more the camera becomes a truly professional tool. The quality control, diverse options, and long battery life are as good as any other tier II camera without the extra expense of a Nikon D series.
Excerpt: This is my second digital camera but first DSLR. I read a lot of reviews before choosing this camera and I have to say, I have been happy with the quality of the photos, and the ease of using the camera though I had to read the manual a couple times to get the options down. The image stabilization feature works great and I like being able to let in more light to capture something that may be a bit dark. I have also taken night pictures that have turned out very well.
Excerpt: This is my first DSLR and I bought this with much expectation and lot of fear. Although the camera seems to be delivering as promises it lacks support from users as there are very few users out there. And as a begining to professional protography you would need more support. It seems the rivals from Canon and Nikon are the winners in this segment. Still its not that difficult to master this SLR and you can start shooting pro pictires within no time.
Summary: First of all, don't buy this camera before looking at prices on the newer model E-520. I just saw newer E-520 for less than the price I see listed on this item (subject to change over time, of course). I'll continue with a comment or two on this model in case you have a chance to get a steal of a price on a used one. I've had my E-510 for almost three years now and have loved using it and learning about photography with it. I've gotten some spectacular shots with it.
Summary: Haven't used this camera yet, but it got good reviews from other sites. See those by checking Google or something. Very lightweight and compact. Good for an amateur, then upgrade lenses for better landscaping pics.
Summary: I purchased the Olympus Digital SLR to replace my point-and-shoot so I could get better quality photographs of my grandson's high school wrestling matches... all indoors under widely varying light conditions and at varying distances. I am a photography neophyte so have spent much time reading and studying the manual...
Summary: Good camera - better than the big two in this category of price and quality, Canon and Nikon. This the most highly rated because of its image stabilization feature, which the other two do not have. Otherwise, they are all the same, at the same price. And all take great quality pictures.