Olympus E-510

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Olympus E-510
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
ASA/ISO range 100–1600
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
Viewfinder Optical TTL
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
Battery Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Optional battery packs Third party grips available
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)
Made in China

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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