- 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
- Introduced November 2007
- Alternative Name is EVOLT E-510
- Replaced the Olympus E-500
- Successor is Olympus E-520
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-510 summary
Olympus E-510 is Olympus's Advanced DSLR camera first released on November of 2007. The camera has a 10MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is also known as "EVOLT E-510" in other markets.
Olympus brought out this camera as a way to replace the previous Olympus E-500 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards introduced the newer Olympus E-520 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.
The E-510 is ranked #67 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over-all #602 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your custom requirements.
Here is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Olympus E-510 family
The Olympus E-510 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all past and current models along with key specs.
E-510 vs E-512MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2011
E-510 vs E-3012MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2009
E-510 vs E-52010MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
E-510 vs E-310MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2008
E-510 vs E-3307MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006
E-510 vs E-5008MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005
E-510 vs E-3008MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005
Olympus E-510 Gallery
You can look at the E-510 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus E-510 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Olympus E-510 based on things which are typically regarded as useful in a camera.
Olympus E-510 Sensor specs
The dimension of the sensor on the Olympus E-510 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor boasts 10 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. RAW format is saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the E-510's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The E-510 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus E-510 dimensions
Olympus E-510 weighs about 1.08 lbs (490 grams / 17.28 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams and the Olympus E-510 is less heavy as compared to its rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a image of the Olympus E-510 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.
The top view under will illustrate the button design on the E-510.
Olympus E-510 Lens details
The E-510 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to select from. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the E-510.
Olympus E-510 Connectivity
The E-510 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
A few apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Olympus E-510 Video details
Olympus E-510 does not capture video. If you are wanting a camera to shoot just pictures, it is not an issue.
Olympus E-510 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Olympus E-510 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Olympus E-510 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-510 has a 2.5 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus E-510 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.46x
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are rather helpful.
Olympus E-510 Shutter details
Olympus E-510 can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Olympus E-510 Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus E-510 includes both inbuilt flash and external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/180 seconds.
Olympus E-510 Autofocus details
Olympus E-510 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
The Sensor has 3 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-510 includes manual focus if required during low light conditions or you want more accurate control on focus.
Olympus E-510 Battery life
The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the best (2260) battery life within this category of cameras.
Following is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras with the best battery life:
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Olympus E-510 for different types of photography
The following chart presents a rundown of the Olympus E-510 for different types of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Olympus E-510
The Olympus E-510 receives a points tally of 57 which is average, meaning that it is relatively suited for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.
Olympus E-510 Street photography factors
With a above average points total of 68, the Olympus E-510 is a very decent choice for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus E-510 as a Sports photography camera
A decent sports photography score of 52 suggests the Olympus E-510 is reasonably suited for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus E-510 Travel photography details
Size is really crucial in selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus E-510 gets a reasonable 52 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively suitable to buy for your travels.
Landscape photography with Olympus E-510
If you are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-510 at it's average grade of 56 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable in the current market.
Olympus E-510 Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus E-510 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar rating of 9.
Olympus E-510 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the E-510, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Advanced DSLR.
The line chart listed below gives you a summary of the E-510 versus it's top rated competitors listed previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.