Olympus E-510

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Olympus E-510
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
LensInterchangeable Four Thirds System
Sensor17.30 × 13.00 mm Live MOS
Maximum resolution3,648 × 2,736 (10 megapixels)
ASA/ISO range100–1600
StorageCompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II) + xD Picture Card
Focus modesSingle AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focus areas3-point TTL Phase Diff
Focus bracketing3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure modes(7) Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene, and Scene select AE
Exposure meteringTTL open-aperture metering system 49-point multi pattern metering
Metering modesESP multi-pattern, Center-Weighted, Spot, Highlight based spot, Shadow based spot
FlashRetractable flash TTL Auto, Manual
Flash bracketing3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable
ShutterComputerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range60 s – 1/4000 s
Continuous shooting3.0 fps
ViewfinderOptical TTL
Image processing
Custom WBAuto, 7 preset settings, custom, one-touch, ±7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis
WB bracketing3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each R-G/G-M axis.
Rear LCD monitor2.5" TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels, live preview capable
BatteryLithium-Ion rechargeable
Optional battery packsThird party grips available
Dimensions136 mm (W) × 91.5 mm (H) × 68 mm (D) / 5.35 in.(W) × 3.6 in. (W) × 2.67 in. (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight470 g or 17 oz (body only)
Made inChina

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, was released with minor updates to the Live View system, wireless flash capability, and a claimed improved metering system.

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