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OlympusEvolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple controls (7)
  • Large clear LCD (6)
  • Strong construction (6)
  • Quiet (5)
  • Short lag time (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Fun (8)
  • Travel (7)
  • Art (5)
  • Documentary (4)
  • Photojournalism (4)
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5.0

Grate camera grate pictures.

By skoob

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Loud

Best Uses

  • Art
  • Documentary
  • Fun
  • Travel

Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

Easy to use, and take greate pictures, this is my first camera but I have some experience with others, this is one of the best.

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4.0

Small and good

By colheng

from Singapore

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quiet

Cons

  • Exposed LCD

Best Uses

  • Fun
  • Photojournalism
  • Travel

Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

Lightweight, kit lens good image quality.
Viewfinder too small.

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5.0

Awesome Follow Up!

By CP

from Marysville, CA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Quiet
  • Small Lag Time
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Documentary
    • Fun
    • Travel

    Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

    I purchased the E-510 so that my father would have a camera to shoot with on our Father/Son road trip. I have an E-410 that I purchased about 6 months ago that I have been pretty impressed with. I was anxious to try out the newer model with image stabilization. The E-510 has a much more substantial body than the E-410. I was very pleased with the added grip and the ease of the controls on the back. My father brought along his older Olympus lenses since I have the adapter ring and we both enjoyed using his 75-200mm zoom lens without having to step up to the cost of one of today's lenses. The only real downside to this camera was the change in the battery size. I have two batteries for my E-410 and they are smaller than the one for the E-510 so we had to bring along two chargers. My father has been trying to decide on a digital SLR for months now and after shooting with the E-510, he was hooked.

      • Similar:
      • Olympus Adapter Ring, Olympus E-410

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      5.0

      Good Buy

      By Thom

      from Durham, NC

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Controls
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Exposed LCD

      Best Uses

      • Art
      • Documentary
      • Fun
      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

      Easy to handle and lighter than the 300.
      Pics look good straight from the camera.
      I use this camera to shoot landscapes and flowers.

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      4.0

      Have never been happier

      By Beej

      from Simcoe Ontario Canada

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Quiet
      • Small Lag Time
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Nature enthusiast

        Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

        This camera has the features as a non proffessional like me very eay to use I really like the grip and ease of holding takes tne pictures I expected to get from a 10meg.

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        5.0

        This camera is great!

        By Veronica

        from CT

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Comfortable Controls
        • Quiet
        • Small Lag Time
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Documentary
          • Fun
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

          I went from Fuji A205 digital point and shoot to this one. Fantastic. I grew up in a family of photography people and grandfather had a bunch of cameras, some which he gave to me, so i know photography. This camera will be awesome but will take some time to learn, just because I need time to read the instructions and then use the camera.

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          4.0

          Fun! Fun! Fun!

          By Brown Moose

          from Burbank, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Fun
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

            Wow! I did not know how much fun digital photography can be until I got this Olympus E-510. I use this product for my personal enjoyment. I have been a film photographer for years (E6 & B/W,B/W infrared) which I still love. The thing that is great about this camera is I can get instant playback and see what I have done.
            I love the B/W mode, the sharpness, and the software that came with the kit for editing.I really like the IS and dust removal system. The body feels great even without a extra grip. The kit lens is really impressive and it handles well. This is my first SLRdigital and I am happy with it, it works well for my needs in making my photography book.
            The E-510 is a great , fun camera to have and I will be using this thing for a long time. Good job Olympus!! I can only rate this a 4 star because I know digital will keep improving each years to come.

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            4.0

            nice camera

            By Mike

            from Eagle, CO

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Quiet
            • Small Lag Time

            Cons

            • Kit lens feels cheap

            Best Uses

            • Fun
            • Travel

            Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

            the view finder is an improvement form the E-500 and i love the live view the IS is a little weak but it dose a good enough job the lens is OK its sharp

              • Similar:
              • E-500

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Ivan

              from Serbia

              Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

              This is my first DSLR. Since I was a long time Nikon user Iwas very skeptical when I got this camera and lenses. Ithought that Image Stabilization was just another marketingtrick, and ZUIKO lenses... ZUIKO... what?!But WOW! This camera amazed me how quick, responsive andgreat images produces and stabilization DOES work! It'sloaded with features, fast AF, live-histogram, live-view,many tweaks and good PC software.I'm a hiker/mountaineer and I used this camera high in themountains (3000m altitude), snow conditions & strong wind,heavy rain - and this camera and lenses withstood it all!

              Expertise: Advanced/PRO

              Problems Encountered: None, so far.The only thing I'm not proud of is the rubber door ofUSB/Video out. This thing is tiny and I think it will ripand then my camera will not be fully weather-proof. Thatmight not be the truth, though.

              Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon powershot 620, Nikon FM3a, Nikon F80, Nikon Coolpix 5000

              Items I Recommend: Oly flash units, macro lenses

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              5.0

              Olympus delivers.......again!

              By Jorge

              from Virginia

              Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

              Early in the digital camera era, bought two point & shoot Oly cameras. Very good quality and performance products, and never had any problems. This made me a believer and fan of Oly cameras. Was hesitant to dive into the DSLR world, because of camera level and price. I should have done it when the E-500 came out, but very glad I waited for the E-510. What a camera and what sharp pictures you can take with this well designed and built camera. The resolution is incredible and the shooting/picture setting features are almost never ending.......still learning the capabilities of this camera. Bottom line, after researching for a few months and comparing price and features of similar Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax, this camera is the BIG winner!

              Expertise: Amateur

              Problems Encountered: Not really a problem, because most camera built-in flash are weak/low coverage flashes. But I find myself almost always setting the flash level to full to get right amount of light, while shooting in interior spaces with incandescent lighting. However, nothing either the FL-36 or FL-50 external flash can't fix.....next planned accessory purchase.

              Previous Equivalent Item Owned: None - closes (?) was a C-4000 I still have and use.

              Items I Recommend: Get an extra battery and at least a 2G CF (if not 4G) - RAW files are huge!

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best yet

              By Jim

              from Indiana

              Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

              I own four Olympus DSLRs after switching from Nikon film. The E-510 has been superb in handling and the image stabilization works beautifully. I'm currently in Europe shooting with it and am happy each evening when I review the day's efforts. Even though I brought other bodies, the image stabilization makes it worth switching lenses. Easy to hand hold my 200 mm. Didn't think I'd ever use the live image view, but it has been useful in some situations. Glad to have it. Totally satisfied.

              Expertise: Advanced amateur

              Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Olympus E-1, E-300

              Items I Recommend: Long lenses. Hand held is simple with 510's stabilization.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best

              By Randy

              from Chaska Mn

              Comments about Olympus Evolt E-510 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zuiko Lens:

              This camera has more features than the Canon xti or nikon D40 or even the D80. The in camera image stabilizer beats the lens system of canon or nikon. Also I owned the xti and the dust reduction system is not good I had to clean the sensor all the time. Olympus has the dust system down. Also the color in the photos is much brighter and clearer than the xti. I took a bath when I sold the xti but I just did not like the image quality. But the E510 is the one that does it all. You will not be disappointed with this one If you pas this one up for a canon or nikon or even a sony you would be missing the best.

              Expertise: I an not a pro but take great photos

              Problems Encountered: No problems.

              Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Evolt e500, canon xti

              Items I Recommend: the 50 to 150 lens

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