Olympus E-510 Review

Review Date: August 6th 2007
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

Type    
  Lens mount Four Thirds
  Body material Glass reinforced plastics
     
Control Panel Information    
  Displayed information
  Metering mode Yes
  Exposure mode Yes
  Aperture value Yes
  Shutter speed Yes
  Exposure level view Yes
  Flash compensation value Yes
  Exposure compensation indication Yes
  AE bracketing Yes
  ISO Yes
  Colour space Yes
  Picture mode Yes
  Gradation Yes
  Colour saturation compensation value Yes
  Sharpness compensation value Yes
  Contrast compensation value Yes
  White balance Yes
  White balance compensation value Yes
  Noise reduction Yes
  Yes
  Flash mode Yes
  Focus mode Yes
  AF frame Yes
  Drive mode Yes
  Record mode Yes
  Number of storable frames Yes
  Memory card Yes
  Battery indicator Yes
     
Image Sensor    
  Effective pixels 10 Megapixels
  Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
  Full resolution 10.9 Megapixels
  Type 4/3 '' Type Live MOS sensor
  Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
     
Engine    
  Type TruePic III
     
Filter    
  LPF filter Fixed type
  IR cut filter Hybrid type
  Dust protection filter Supersonic Wave Filter
     
LCD    
  Pixel number 230000 pixels
  LCD type HyperCrystal LCD
  Monitor size 6.4 cm / 2.5 ''
  Brightness adjustment +/- 7 steps
     
Viewfinder    
  Viewfinder type Eye-level single-lens view finder
  Field of view Approx. 95 %
  Magnification Approx. 0.92 x
  Depth of field preview Yes
  Eye point 14 mm
  Diopter adjustment -3.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type
  Focusing screen Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
  Mirror Quick return mirror
  Viewfinder Information AF frame (super impose), AE lock, AF confirmation mark, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture value, white balance, exposure compensation value indicator, IS activating mode, flash, battery check
     
Live View    
  Information 100% field of view, exposure adjustment view, white balance adjustment view, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/s-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogramme, IS activating mode
     
Image Stabiliser    
  Type Sensor shift
  Modes Two-dimensional or one-dimensional activation
  Effective Compensation Range Approx. 4 EV steps maximum
     
Focusing System    
  Method TTL phase difference detection system
  Focus areas 3 points / Automatic and manual selection
  AF illuminator Built-in flash (external flash available)
  AF lock Locked by first position of shutter release button, AE/AF lock button (customised)
  Focus tracking Available in continuous AF mode
  Manual focus Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
  Single AF Yes
  Single AF + MF Yes
  Continuous AF Yes
  Continuous AF + MF Yes
  Detection range 0 - 19 EV (ISO 100)
  Bracketing 5 / 7 frames - 1 / 2 steps
     
Light Metering    
  Method TTL open aperture light metering
  Zones 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
  Detection range 1 - 20 (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
  ESP light metering Yes
  Spot metering Yes
  Centre weighted metering Yes
  Highlight Yes
  Shadow Yes
     
Exposure Modes    
  Auto Yes
  Programme automatic Yes
  Aperture priority Yes
  Shutter priority Yes
  Manual Yes
  Scene Modes Yes
     
Scene Modes    
  Number of scene modes 18
  Portrait Yes
  Landscape Yes
  Landscape with Portrait Yes
  Night Scene Yes
  Night Scene with portrait Yes
  Children Yes
  Sports Yes
  High key Yes
  Low key Yes
  Image Stabilisation Mode Yes
  Macro Yes
  Nature Macro Yes
  Candle Yes
  Sunset Yes
  Fireworks Yes
  Documents Yes
  Beach and Snow Yes
  Panorama Yes
     
Exposure System    
  Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV / 1/3 steps
  Exposure bracketing 3 frames / +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps
     
Sensitivity    
  Auto ISO 100 - 400
  Manual ISO 100 - 1600 (in each 1 EV steps possible).
     
Shutter    
  Shutter type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
  Shutter release Soft Touch Electromagnetic
  Self timer 2 s or 12 s
     
Shutter Speeds    
  Shutter speed range 1/4000-60 s
  Shutter speed P, Ps 1/4000-60 s
  Shutter speed A priority 1/4000-2 s
  Shutter speed S priority 1/4000-60 s
  Shutter speed Manual 1/4000-60 s
  Shutter speed scene mode 1/4000-4 s
     
White Balance    
  AUTO WB system
  Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
  Selectable steps in Kelvin 7 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
  Overcast Yes
  Shade Yes
  Tungsten Yes
  Sunlight Yes
  Flourescent 1 Yes
  Flourescent 2 Yes
  Flourescent 3 Yes
  White balance adjustment Yes +/- 7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and preset WB mode)
  White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
     
Internal Flash    
  Guide number 12
  AUTO Yes
  Red-eye reduction Yes
  Slow synchronization Yes
  Slow synchronization 2nd curtain Yes
  Fill-in Yes
  Slow synchronization with red-eye reduction Yes
  Off Yes
  Flash compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 EV steps
     
External Flash Control    
  X-sync speed 1/180 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)
  Type TTL Auto for Olympus dedicated flash, Auto or Manual
  Synchronisation modes Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain and slow syncro, Fill-in for exclusive flash
  Intensity +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
     
Sequence Shooting    
  Sequential shooting mode 3 fps / Up to card capacity in HQ
  3 fps / 8 frames RAW
     
Image Processing    
  Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
  TruePic TURBO Yes
  Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
  Saturation 5 levels
  Contrast 5 levels
  Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
  Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
  Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Black & White, 
  Gradation 3 (high key, normal, low key)
     
Image Editing    
  RAW data edit Yes
  Red-eye reduction Yes
  Sepia Yes
  Black & White Yes
  Resize Yes
  Correction of saturation Yes
     
Erase / Protect / Copy Function    
  Erase modes Single, All, Selected
  Image protect mode Single, Selected
  Copy mode Single, All, Selected
     
View Images    
  Histogram in playback mode Yes
  Zoom 2-14 x
  Index 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
  Slide show Yes
  Calendar Yes
  Shooting information Exposure mode, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation level, ISO, colour space, white balance mode, white balance compensation level, focal length, focus area, file type, picture mode, file name, image size, recorded card type.
  Exposure level view Histogram (R,G,B available), High light point warning, Shadow point warning.
     
Still Image Recording    
  EXIF 2.2
  PIM III
  DPOF Yes
  DCF Yes
     
Recording Formats    
  RAW 12 bit
  RAW & JPEG Parallel recording
  JPEG Yes
  JPEG compression 1/2.7 SHQ 1/8 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ
     
Image Size    
  RAW 3648 x 2736 12 MB / frame
  SHQ 3648 x 2736
  HQ 3648 x 2736
  SQ 3200 x 2400
  2560 x 1920
  1600 x 1200
  1280 x 960
  1024 x 768
  640 x 480
     
Interface    
  Media Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card
  USB 2.0 HI-speed Yes
  Combined V & USB output NTSC or PAL selectable
     
Menu    
  Menu languages in camera English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish
  Menu languages by download Additional one language from 15 further languages by download via the internet.
     
Customisation Options    
  Fn Button Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View
  Custom preset options 2
  My Mode 2 settings storable
     
Environment    
  Temperature 0 - 40 C operating temperature -20 - 60 C storage temperature
  30 - 90 % operation humidity 10 - 90 % storage humidity
     
Size    
  Dimensions (WxHxD) 136 x 91.5 x 56 mm (without protrusions)
  Weight 460 g (body only)
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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