The Olympus E-410 is a 10 megapixel Four Thirds DSLR camera oriented toward the entry-level DSLR market. Announced in March 2007 to succeed the E-400, it a 10-megapixel Live MOS sensor, a new TruePIC III processor, a 2.5 inch LCD, and uses both CF and xD memory cards. [Read more…]
The Olympus E-510 is a 10 megapixel Four Thirds DSLR camera oriented toward the prosumer market. Announced in March 2007 to succeed the E-500, it adds in-body image stabilization, a live preview function, and a new “Olympus Truepic III” processing chip that is claimed to provide faster performance. The E-510 uses Olympus’ patented Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system to shake dust from the sensor during startup and when requested by the user.
I’d say the E-510 with the 14-42 and 40-150 lenses would make an excellent starter camera for someone moving up from a digital P&S, especially if cost and size are issues.
This is a camera we would recommend to anyone who wants the image quality of a good SLR without having to think too much. It’s light weight will also appeal. And now that Panasonic/Leica is in the Four Thirds camp there should be some cheaper third party lenses coming onto the market. Olympus have fitted a CF card slot as well as their own xD slot, which makes sense because CF cards are cheaper and available everywhere.
The image stabilization system is surprisingly effective, the tiny kit lens remarkably good and the live view, though far from perfect, is actually very useful in the studio. It’s a well thought out and SLR that is small and light enough to carry with you all day long yet offers very stable handling due to an excellent grip and well balanced, mature design.
The E-510 does a good job at how it handles and how it produces nice images. There’s low image noise which is a real plus. There are a few issues with white balance and the body feels a little inexpensive. But, this is a fine DSLR with excellent performance.
The Olympus E-510 is arguably the most feature-packed DSLR in its class, ticking almost every box on the wish-lists of new DSLR buyers. You get 10 Megapixels in a relatively light and compact form factor, the option of one or two decent kit lenses, and the triple whammy of built-in anti-shake, anti-dust and Live View capabilities, not to mention easy access to a wide variety of settings. It’s certainly a compelling package, especially for the asking price.
The Olympus Evolt E-510 has quirky exposure and white-balance issues, but its Live View and Image Stabilization modes may make some photographers give this SLR a chance.
Overall, the E-510 and E-410 are compact and well designed, with the best image quality of any Olympus DSLR we’ve tested. The E-510 will appeal to more advanced photographers who want the IS, larger grip, and additional control buttons. The smaller, lighter E-410 is for those who want a compact DSLR at a lower price, as well as underwater shooters looking for an affordable waterproof system.
Probably the biggest selling point for the E-510 is its live view feature. While an improvement over the E-330, the technology still has a long way to go. Those of you moving up from a point-and-shoot camera should not expect the same live view quality as you have on your old camera. It’s not as crisp, bright, or fluid, and it can be difficult to see what’s on the screen both outdoors and in low light. Live view isn’t really for action shots either, as the autofocus is disabled when the feature is active. You can manually focus the lens (the AF can be activated for a little help), or you can just fully press the shutter release button and wait an additional second for the autofocusing process to take place. Therefore, I rarely found myself using live view when out and about. However, I did find live view useful when I was taking photos on a tripod. I could compose my photos the way I wanted, preview the white balance, and even digitally zoom in to make sure everything’s in focus (when in manual focus mode).
The Olympus E-510 is a good quality SLR with great controls and the added advantages of image stabilization and Live View. Though its Live View mode is not what it many will expect, introducing extreme shutter lag, it is quite useful on occasion, allowing you to get shots you couldn’t otherwise.
All in all, the Olympus E-510 is a very good D-SLR camera. It has a nice and solid build, good image quality and it is easy to use. In addition, the camera is fairly compact, it features Live View, and is part of the FourThirds System so that you can mount a large number of lenses.
The E-510 is probably the most feature-rich entry level DSLR available on the market today. Competition may be rife, but it seems that Olympus have succeeded with one of the most obvious (yet effective) selling points – it’s affordable. Not ‘cheap cheap’, but if you are looking to buy into the DSLR market and are looking for a camera with decent auto and manual modes whilst remaining portable and light, then there’s not much missing here.
Literally the bigger brother of the current E-410 DSLR, the E-510’s chief advantage is that any lens attached becomes immediately stabilised. The lack of this feature wasn’t a noticeable omission on the E-410, so whether you spend that extra £100 largely comes down to whether you prefer the E-510’s more rounded build and so more comfortable handling.
All in all, I don’t think any other camera has quite so many features at such a price. And that’s what makes the Olympus E-510 so great..this is a camera that will cuddle you until you get to know it well, and when you really know how to use it, it’ll do exactly what you ask of it. Oh, and the pictures look gorgeous, too.
The Olympus E-510 is a very capable digital SLR, offering terrific image quality, an extensive list of useful features and an automatic cure for a common dSLR annoyance – the dusty image sensor.
The E-510’s auto white balance is accurate even in difficult lighting. Colors are bright and hue accurate, but slightly oversaturated. Default contrast is slightly hard. Images shot at ISO 100 have extremely low noise levels – dependably very good to excellent images with decent shadow detail, acceptable highlight detail, and accurate (Caucasian) skin tones.
The E-510 is compact for a DSLR and crams in dust reduction, mechanical image stabilization, and a live-view LCD. However, its vastly improved image quality is what ultimately helps the Olympus EVOLT E-510 emerge as a contender in the sub-$1,000 DSLR bracket.
At the end of the day you get slightly more flexibility of operation and capture plus better ergonomics with the Olympus E-510, but there’s not a dramatic difference as regards the quality of output, with the same sensor and processor as found on the E-410 doing the lion’s share of the work. So if portability is your prime concern and you’re buying a DSLR mainly for travel and holidays, go for the E-410. If however a greater range of photographic control appeals, then the Olympus E-510 will suit you better, and for the last reason alone it gets individual scores slightly higher than its pared-down but still impressive sibling.
It’s not a gimmick – IS really does work and it’s a very worthwhile feature to include in your photographic armoury. And the Olympus E-510 moving sensor IS is competitive with the OIS served up by Leica’s 14-50mm standard zoom.
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Where to Buy
First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices.
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Olympus Announces Three New Zuiko Digital Lenses For Quiet, Ultra-Fast Autofocus
High-Performance 2x Teleconverter Doubles Focal Lengths for Twice the Power
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 16, 2007 – Launching together with the new Olympus E-3 Digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera, Olympus proudly adds three new ZUIKO DIGITAL™ lenses to its line of 100 percent digital-specific optics. These innovative lenses employ Olympus’ newly-developed Supersonic Wave Drive™ (SWD) technology inside to provide quiet, ultra-fast autofocus (AF) speed, and offer several impressive distinctions, including:
- New ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, in combination with the E-3, delivers the fastest autofocus speed in the world;1
- The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD focuses twice as fast as the previous ZUIKO DIGITAL lens with that focal length; and
- The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD joins the existing ZUIKO DIGITAL 35-100mm f2.0 as the brightest fixed aperture lenses in their class. [Read more…]
Olympus Breaks The AF Speed Barrier With The World’s Fastest Autofocus Technology In New Digital SLR Camera And Lens
E-3 Digital SLR Combined with Zuiko Digital Specific SWD 12-60mm (24-120mm Equivalent) Lens Delivers Fastest AutoFocus Technology to Photographers
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 16, 2007 — Olympus today announces the new Olympus E-3, which is the flagship of its Digital SLR line and provides the high-precision performance demanded by professional and enthusiastic photographers. It combines speed and weatherproof durability for capturing exceptional images in any situation. Olympus pioneered Full Time Live View and Dust Reduction technologies for digital SLR cameras, leading where others have followed. Now, the new E-3 enhances those technical innovations and raises the performance bar with the fastest autofocus in the world. Body-Integrated Mechanical Image Stabilization to stabilize every lens, a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor to capture beautiful images, and a magnesium alloy body for dust-proof and splash-proof durability join the impressive innovations developed for the E-3, including:
Speed: When coupled with three new ZUIKO DIGITAL Supersonic Wave Drive™ Lenses (SWD) announced today, like the ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 (24-120mm equivalent), the E-3 offers unmatched AF speeds, and the fastest AF speed in the world with that lens. It employs a newly-developed high speed 11-point biaxial cross type AF system, 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 1/8000 second top shutter speed for the quickness required in any shooting situation.
Superior Image Quality: In-Body Mechanical Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology ensures blur-free images for all lenses attached to the E-3, so now even low-light telephoto shots are clear and sharp when holding the camera in shaky hands. Its 10-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers high-resolution images for large format print sizes, and TruePic III™ digital processing engine ensures high-speed image processing, accurate color and improved detail with low noise. The camera’s interior components combined with digital-specific lenses offer the edge-to-edge crystal clarity that only 100 percent digital optics can provide.
Swivel Live View LCD: A dual-axis swivel 2.5-inch Live View LCD covers all the viewing angles from low to high and side to side, to assure accurate composition. Real-time image monitoring of white balance and exposure enables greater creative control of settings to secure the best possible photograph.
Reliability: The E-3’s large optical viewfinder provides a 100 percent accurate view and its 1.15x magnification makes it one of the largest and most accurate viewfinders for reliable composition. The proven effective built-in Dust Reduction System with the Supersonic Wave Filter eliminates spots from photos. A durable shutter mechanism with the lifespan of 150,000 exposures meets the demands of serious photographers. Also, the E-3’s sealed magnesium alloy chassis is completely splash-proof and dust-proof for use with pro lenses on expeditions to the most extreme environments on the planet. [Read more…]
Olympus customers are receiving announcements on the E-3 form Olympus today. Read the below letter, then visit the Olympus E-3 Page for the latest details.
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For those of you seeking info on the Olympus E-3, updates can be found on this page. The newest info will appear at the top of that page.
The Olympus 70-300mm f/4-5.6 (a new Four Thirds lens) has a focal length equivalent to 140-600mm on a 35mm camera. That’s a range that you couldn’t possibly find on another DSLR system for $400. It is available for pre-order at Adorama.
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Olympus E-3 is getting close:
Save the Date
Olympus (presents) an Evening of Celebration
To Launch A New Digital SLR
October 16, 2007 ~ 5:30 p.m.
American Museum of Natural History
Columbus Avenue at 79th Street – Weston Pavilion
New York, New York
Take a Journey of Discovery with Olympus…
And Experience the Evolution of Digital Photography
(via DPReview.com forums)
Watch this page for the latest on the Olympus E-3.