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Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100

Portability
69
Imaging
44
Features
42
Overall
43
Olympus E-510 front
 
Olympus Stylus SP-100 front
Portability
63
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Key Specs

Olympus E-510
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 490g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Launched November 2007
  • Alternate Name is EVOLT E-510
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-500
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-520
Olympus SP-100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Boost to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 594g - 122 x 91 x 133mm
  • Announced January 2014
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Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Overview

Below, we are looking at the Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are offered by Olympus. There exists a sizeable gap between the resolutions of the E-510 (10MP) and SP-100 (16MP) and the E-510 (Four Thirds) and SP-100 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-510 was revealed 7 years earlier than the SP-100 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-510 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Olympus SP-100 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the E-510 grades versus the SP-100 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-510 over the Olympus SP-100

 E-510 SP-100 

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-100 over the Olympus E-510

 SP-100 E-510 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014November 2007Fresher by 75 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-510 and Olympus SP-100

 E-510 SP-100 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-510 has exterior measurements of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") having a weight of 490 grams (1.08 lbs) while the Olympus SP-100 has proportions of 122mm x 91mm x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2") along with a weight of 594 grams (1.31 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the E-510 compared to the SP-100.

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-510 and SP-100 is 69 and 63 respectively.

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reviewing technical specs. The visual here should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-510 and SP-100.

As you have seen, both of the cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The E-510 having a larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF easier and the Olympus SP-100 will offer greater detail because of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The older E-510 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-510 Portrait photography information
Olympus SP-100 Portrait photography information
56
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
44
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-510
Street photography with Olympus SP-100
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than average in class (490g)
fixed screen
42
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
heavier than others (594 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-510 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus SP-100 as a Sports photography camera
52
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
low fps (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
53
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-510 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus SP-100 as a Travel photography camera
52
lighter than average in class (490 grams)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
53
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (594g)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-510
Landscape photography with Olympus SP-100
55
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5")
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
47
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-510
Vlogging with Olympus SP-100
9
no video shooting
29
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic port
slow max aperture (f2.9)
display is not selfie friendly
heavier than others (594 grams)
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Olympus E-510 vs Olympus SP-100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-510 and Olympus SP-100
 Olympus E-510Olympus Stylus SP-100
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-510 Olympus Stylus SP-100
Alternate name EVOLT E-510 -
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2007-11-23 2014-01-29
Body design Mid-size SLR SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum boosted ISO - 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 3 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.9-6.5
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Number of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 920 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1700 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 490 grams (1.08 pounds) 594 grams (1.31 pounds)
Dimensions 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") 122 x 91 x 133mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 5.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 52 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.0 not tested
DXO Low light rating 442 not tested
Other
Battery life - 330 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC/SDXC, internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $550 $400