Olympus E510 DSLR camera top view.
Shown with protective dust cover, (no lens attached).
Olympus E510 DSLR camera front view.
Shown with protective dust cover, (no lens attached).
Olympus E510 DSLR camera rear view.
Olympus E510 DSLR camera base view.
Shown with protective dust cover, (no lens attached).
Olympus E510 DSLR camera right hand side view.
Shown with protective dust cover, (no lens attached).
Olympus E510 DSLR camera left hand side view.
Shown with protective dust cover, (no lens attached).
SanDisc Extreme III 4 Gigabyte Compact Flash Card.
Olympus 1 Gigabyte xD "H"picture card.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 17.5 - 45mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 Zoom Lens.
Focal Range 0.28 Meters / 0.9 Feet - Infinity.
52mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 40 - 150mm 1:3.5 - 4.5 Zoom Lens.
Focal Range 1.5 Meters / 4.9 Feet - Infinity.
58mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 35mm 1:3.5 Macro Lens.
Focal Range 0.146 Meters / 0.479 Feet - Infinity.
52mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 18- 180mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens.
Focal Range 0.45 Meters / 1.5 Feet - Infinity.
62mm thread fit.

Personal Olympus E-510 DSLR Review.

I had been reading certain camera magazines and different reviews on various camera web sites when I stumbled across this 35mm single lens reflex camera which is a few technical upgrades compared to the Olympus E-500 DSLR.

To be honest I did not even know of it's existence until just recently so I thought I would investigate what changes had been made in comparison to the old Olympus E-500.

I waded through a dozen or so online reviews and found that they all had a very similar conclusion, oddly enough I never found a bad review so I took this to be a good sign that the camera was a decent one.

The main changes that I found where few but quite impressive in my opinion! They are as follows:-

Live View:

The first thing that caught my eye was the "Live View" feature that is now included in this DSLR camera. This means you no longer have to rely on composing your shots through the viewer as you can now use the LCD screen in the same way as you do with compact cameras, this is handy in situations where it is awkward to get to the viewer. For example, confined spaces, or if you want to hold the camera above peoples heads in crowd situations. Using "Live View" makes it possible to still be able to compose your shot.

Image Stabiliser:

The image stabiliser in this instance is built directly into the camera body of the Olympus E-510 DSLR. Usually image stabalisation is built into camera lenses thus making each lens more expensive to produce. However, by including it into the camera body, camera shake, (which can cause blurred results) is always kept to a minimum no matter what lens you attach to it. Basically whatever lens you attach to the body becomes image stabalised.

TruePic III Engine:

This new engine improved the ability to reproduce colours more naturally by enhancing the Advanced Proper Gamma III technology to control luminance and chrominance difference signals independently, this led to better reproduction of paler colours. Colour reproduction was also fine-tuned so that they are correct and pleasing to the human eye. A result of this is that sky blues and human skin tones appear more natural.
Another improvement is that 3 frames per second image sequences are now possible even at the maximum 10 megapixel resolution setting.

The Purchase:

Having decided that I liked the reviews on this camera I thought it was time for an upgrade! I found the camera, (body only) available for £299 + £10 P&P, (which seemed to be the going rate) at Bristol Cameras who I have used in the past and found to be quite reliable. The beauty of buying another Olympus Four Thirds Mount camera is that all my existing lenses and accessories fit this body and as mentioned before they all now become image stabalised.

The only other accessory that I bought was a SanDisc Extreme III 4 Gigabyte Compact Flash that boasts a Min 20MB/second sequential read and write speed, handy for continuous shooting!

Included In The Kit:

Olympus E-510 DSLR 10 Million Pixel Camera Body, BLM-1 Rechargeable Llithium-Ion Battery, BCM-2 Llithium-Ion Battery Charger, Olympus Master 2.0 (Software CD-ROM), Eyepiece Cover, Carry Strap, Video Cable, USB Cable, Warranty Card, Manual.

Olympus E-510 DSLR:

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R/H Side View.
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L/H Side View.


Effective Pixels: 10.0 Million, (Full Resolution 10.9).
Max resolution: 3648 x 2736 Pixels.
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 - 60 sec.
Drive Mode : 3 fps / 8 Frames RAW.
Lens Mount : Zuiko Digital Four Thirds System.
Sensitivity: Auto: ISO 100 to 400.
Manual: Expandable To ISO 1600.
Flash Modes: Auto Pop-Up, TTL Auto Or Manual.
Image Sensor 4/3 Type Full.
Storage Types: Compact Flash & XD Picture Card.
Capture Format : RAW (12 bit) /JPEG.
LCD Screen: 6.4cm Hyper Crystal LCD.
Presets: 18 Scene Modes Plus P/S/A.
Full Manual Operation.
Metering: Centre-Weight Average And Spot.
49 Area AE Sensor.
Focus Areas: 3 Points Auto & Manual.
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 13.6 x 91.5 x 5.6cm.

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SanDisc 4GB Compact Flash Card.
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Olympus 1Gb xD type "H" Picture card.

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