Olympus E-510 SLR Review

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Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital SLR




Body, Lenses & Imager



Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital SLR

The EVOLT E-510 is constructed of tough and durable polycarbonate plastic. It measures 5.4 inches (W) x 3.6 inches (H) x 2.7 inches (D). Weighing only 16 ounces, the EVOLT E-510 is light and compact enough to comfortably shoot with all day.

The E-510 has the "traditional look" of a digital SLR with a standard roof prism viewfinder design.



Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital SLR

The all-metal lens mount for the Four Thirds System is twice the diagonal measurement of the imager. With this lens mount the body size, lens size and overall weight are reduced.



Digital Specific "Smart" Lenses

Olympus Zuiko Digital Lenses are designed so light strikes the camera's image sensor directly, ensuring rich, accurate colors, sharp contrasts and bright images, even at the edges.

Zuiko Digital Lenses are smart, that is they "talk" with the camera about their specific optical designs and imaging information. Lenses, particularly zoom lenses, cause some distortion. However Zuiko Digital Lenses store data in the header portion of the digital file allowing for software-assisted correction of anomalies including pin cushion and barrel distortion.

Shoot wide-open or stopped all the way down and achieve superior results over 35mm film-based lenses. Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses are about three times the resolution of ordinary film based lenses.

Internet-Upgradeable Firmware

The Smart Lens Design allows users to shoot with the most current firmware versions of each particular E-SLR System component. Update the camera system using:

  • Internet-Enabled Computer
  • Camera Connected via USB
  • Olympus Software; one Button Update
The firmware information is collected for the lens, flash, and body and updated accordingly.



Zuiko Digital Lenses, 14 - 42mm and 40-150mm Zoom

Olympus' digital-specific Zuiko lenses provide edge-to-edge pixel-perfect clarity. Unlike older film lenses, these advanced, precision-engineered 100-percent digital lenses are designed to work perfectly with the camera's digital technology. All Zuiko lenses are compatible with all Olympus digital SLR cameras.

Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital SLR

The Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 (equivalent to 28-90mm in 35mm photography) comes standard with the EVOLT E-510 and covers the zoom range most frequently used in everyday photography. This 3x standard zoom lens is the smallest and lightest in its class and features a closest focusing distance of only 25cm. The ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two aspherical lens elements correct aberrations without increasing lens dimensions. The circular aperture diaphragm enables beautiful defocusing - one of the big advantages of this lens.

Olympus EVOLT E-510 Digital SLR

The Zuiko Digital, 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 (300mm 35mm equivalent) lens has a short 7.2cm body with ED lens elements, ensuring both picture quality and portability. Boasting the smallest size and lightest weight in its class, this cost-efficient 3.8x telephoto lens uses an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element for optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. Incorporating a circular aperture diaphragm for beautiful defocusing, this lens assures high picture quality throughout the zoom range, as well as providing an astonishingly short closest focusing distance of 90cm throughout the zoom range.



Four-Thirds CCD Image Sensor

Olympus EVOLT E510 Digital SLR

With 10 million pixels of resolution, you'll see more details and you'll get stunning color in all your photos. Create large prints, even after cropping or zooming.





Exclusive SuperSonic Wave Filter

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A common problem with interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras is dust settling on the image sensor. The EVOLT features an Olympus exclusive patented ultrasonic technology, the SuperSonic Wave Filter, to reduce the effects of micro dust settling on the image sensor and impacting the image quality. Located between the shutter and the CCD, the Supersonic Wave Filter uses high-speed ultrasonic vibration to cause most types of dust to fall away from the image sensor so it will not appear in photographs.

The filter vibrates at 35,000 times per second and is activated every time the camera powers on, or manually via a menu selection, to instantly remove the dust from in front of the image sensor. The CCD assembly is isolated from the Supersonic Wave Filter by an airtight seal to protect it even more. This unique Olympus feature gives you the confidence to shoot photos and change lenses in the field, just as you've always done, without the worry of images being damaged or ruined by dust on the imager.





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