|Type||Digital single-lens reflex|
|Sensor||17.30 × 13.00 mm Live MOS|
|Maximum resolution||3,648 × 2,736 (10 megapixels)|
|Lens||Interchangeable Four Thirds System|
|Flash||Retractable flash TTL Auto, Manual|
|Shutter||Computerized focal-plane shutter|
|Shutter speed range||60 s – 1/4000 s|
|Exposure metering||TTL open-aperture metering system 49-point multi pattern metering|
|Exposure modes||(7) Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene, and Scene select AE|
|Metering modes||ESP multi-pattern, Center-Weighted, Spot, Highlight based spot, Shadow based spot|
|Focus areas||3-point TTL Phase Diff|
|Focus modes||Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF|
|Continuous shooting||3.0 fps|
|Flash bracketing||3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable|
|Focus bracketing||3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable|
|Custom WB||Auto, 7 preset settings, custom, one-touch, ±7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis|
|WB bracketing||3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each R-G/G-M axis.|
|Rear LCD monitor||2.5" TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels, live preview capable|
|Storage||CompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II) + xD Picture Card|
|Dimensions||136 mm (W) × 91.5 mm (H) × 68 mm (D) / 5.35 in.(W) × 3.6 in. (W) × 2.67 in. (D) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||470 g or 17 oz (body only)|
|Optional battery packs||Third party grips available|
The Olympus E-510 (or Olympus EVOLT E-510 in North America) is a 10 megapixel digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera oriented to the "prosumer" or "hobbyist" market. Announced in March 2007 to succeed the E-500, it represents the first use of the new Panasonic MOS sensors instead of the Kodak CCD sensors that Olympus had used previously. It also is the first Olympus DSLR to include in-body image stabilization; most subsequent E-system cameras include an IS system.
The E-510 body and lens mount conform to the "Four Thirds System" standard, providing compatibility with other lenses for that system. Four-Thirds is a digital SLR standard using a crop factor of 2x; this means that Four-Thirds lenses can be made smaller and cheaper, but that the cameras exhibit somewhat worse high ISO performance.
As with all E-system cameras, the E-510 uses Olympus' Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system to shake dust from the sensor during startup and when requested by the user; this largely eliminates the problem of dust accumulation on the surface of the image sensor.
The E-510 was released in a number of different iterations for purchase: the camera body only, the body bundled with a 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens, and the body bundled with 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 lenses. Note that, as Four-Thirds has a crop factor of 2x, the 35mm equivalent focal length of these lenses is twice the actual focal length.
In the second quarter of 2008, the E-510's successor, the E-520, hit the markets. It adds minor updates to the Live View system, wireless flash capability, and an allegedly-improved metering system.
Media related to Olympus E-510 at Wikimedia Commons
- Press release
- Specifications from Olympus America
- Specifications and ratings at dpreview.com
- Full review at dpreview.com
- 4-3 equipment reviews Reviews of E-510 and Lenses]
- Four Thirds Photography
|Olympus Four Thirds System Digital SLR timeline|