Summary: I wanted a DSLR but didn't want to spend the bucks for a new one, so I settled for a used camera. This camera may be dated by DSLR standards, but I find that it is very much capable of almost anything I can subject it to, although I am no professional by a long shot. As a casual shooter, it works very well for me and the four thirds lenses can be had for cheaper than some Nikon and Canon lenses, but there aren't as many choices.
Summary: I purchased this outfit (E-510 plus two kit lenses) not because it's "best in class" (it isn't), but because it seemed the best value in what I was looking for (I concentrate on landscapes, vacations, people; I do not concentrate on sports or formal portraiture). The price for this outfit shrunk from $1,000 to $620 in less than a year and a half. With Olympus introducing the tweaked E-520, the 510 became old hat.
Summary: I love taking photos with this camera! It's just what I needed to take my photography skills to the next level. The kit lenses are surprisingly good and light which are traits that don't often go together in lenses. It's quick compared to even the nicest P&S cameras (I had a Canon S3 IS before this). IS in the body is a nice feature so I don't have to buy more expensive lenses to get that feature.
Summary: I generally agree with all the positive reviews of this camera. It was a determining factor in the purchase for me. I am not a professional photographer but I do insist on professional looking photos. The main reason for this camera as oposed to others was it is one of the only possibly THE only DSLR that allows you to use the screen to take photos instead of looking through the eyepiece.
Summary: I've had this about a month, taken it on one trip to Baja California, and shot perhaps 2,000 exposures total. Good image quality and metering. I lugged 35mm SLR's for decades and switched to point-&-shoots 15 years ago but finally succumbed to the removable lens/TTL viewing desire. My chief complaint about this camera is that it is heavy -- not a heavy as most of its competitors, but still heavy.
Good bang for the buck, but with some shortcomings
R. Sarma "rssarma", Amazon
17 March 2008
Summary: I've had this camera for over 6 months now and so far have taken over 2000 images, a good mixed bag of indoors and outdoors shots. since all reviews favor the pros, based on my personal experience, here are the shortcomings of the camera: 1. Limited dynamic range will cause highlight clipping in very bright conditions. This can be corrected to an extent by using ND or Polarizer filters. 2.
Conclusion: While the exposure quirks mentioned above might sound bad, you really can create very good photos with the Evolt E-510, though it can be a bit frustrating when compared to competitors, such as Canon's EOS Rebel XTi or Nikon's D40x. However, if you like the idea of this Evolt's Live View mode or built-in Image Stabilization (something neither of the aforementioned competitors have), then you should give the E-510 a look.
Pros: Sensor-shift image stabilization; Live View mode (LCD preview) operation.
Cons: Sluggish autofocus; Subpar exposure and white-balance performance; some poor choices for default settings.
Why I researched to death, then bought the Olympus E-510
HandyGuyWithTools "Jeff In Milwaukee", Amazon
5 February 2008
Summary: Have you narrowed your choice down to a couple of camera yet? It took me about 4 months to get that far. So I'm writing this to help ease the tortoured minds that are like my own, and research to death what camera to buy. A few things to note about the Olympus E-510. Right out of the box, the camera is going to take better pictures than that 5 megapixil point and shoot you are thinking of advancing from. I like RAZOR sharp pictures.
Summary: I recently purchased the 510 after owning the 500 for about 2 years - while I was looking forward to the "LiveView" feature - I have not been satisfied with the way it works. Unless I am not doing something right! when using live view the camera does not pre-focus before taking the picture - Instead when I aim the camera at my subject and press the shutter half way (which would be the way to focus normally) the camera does nothing, instead you have to press the shutter...