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.
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. Read the manual, at least three times. Also google "Wrotniak".
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: 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 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.