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.
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).
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.
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.
Summary: This is an excillent camera(so underrated) and I also use a Nikon D-80, Fuji s100fs. The lenses are the only ones I am aware of that get updates by themselves over the internet with Olympus software. Features that are too numerous to list but the pictures are pristine.
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.
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.
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.
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
4 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.