Summary Olympus E-510

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 7
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 11
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 18x13.5mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.5"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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The Olympus E-510 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Size Quite small Help
Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
Weight Light Help
490 g
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness Thin Help
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds


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The Olympus E-510 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
442 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.2 bits
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
1200 ms startup delay
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
34 lenses
Announced Old Help
March 2007
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
360 ms shutter lag
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Sazzdalam (7:49 PM, January 05, 2012)
I WANT TO BUY THIS CAMERA! i dont know about it! should I Buy  Nikon D3000 or Olympus E520
Avatar for Martin Cura Martin Cura (2:21 AM, December 09, 2011)
Nice beginner camera. Have had it for over 2 years now and learned to love it. Falls short of today's advances but for anyone not demanding too much or the latest, I don't see any problem with it. It's small size has kept it very comfortable and it has travelled quite a lot.