|Olympus E-510 DSLR - FourThirds System
On the front of the camera the most obvious feature is the metal mount. The advantage of the FourThirds System is that you are not restricted to a particular brand of lens, as long as it is compatible with the system. You can easily use a Leica/Panasonic lens on the Olympus E-510, and vice versa. Behind the mount is the mini mirror. Because the sensor is not very big, the mirror does not to be so big either. This is one of the space-saving advantages of the FourThirds system. On the handgrip to the left, made of solid rubber, is a LED which shows when the self-portrait function is on.
Olympus E-510 SLR - Live View LCD monitor
The back of the camera has become the most important area of digital cameras. In the middle of the back of the Olympus E-510 is a large, high quality, 2.5-inch screen. You don’t only use the screen while reviewing your images and searching through the menu, but also while using the Live View. The screen then shows a much clearer picture than in the viewfinder so that you can easily assess the sharpness. Above the screen is the optical viewfinder. Just like in the E-500, it is fairly small, but thanks to the enlargement you can still get a decent view. This is much better than its predecessor. It is not quite as big as the Nikon D80’s, for example, but it is workable. Besides, it is not as dark as its predecessors. With the dial to the right of the viewfinder you can adjust the dioptre, which is handy if you wear glasses.
Olympus E510 - Reviewing & Deleting photos
To the left of the LCD screen is a row of buttons for reviewing and deleting photos, the menu button and the info button. If you push the latter, you can adjust the information given on the screen. Not only can you get a histogram and highlight and shadow warnings while reviewing photos, but also while photographing. You can choose whether you want no information, basic information or a detailed display while shooting. The detailed display shows all the settings, which is very handy. Unfortunately the top two buttons have a darker colour, so that you cannot easily see what they are for.
|To the right of the LCD is a lock button for the lighting and/or the autofocus. The button underneath that, activates the image stabilizer. Underneath that is the Live View button. This is an ideal feature, especially because it offers the live histogram function.
Olympus Evolt E510 - Buttons & Connections
The nerve centre of the camera is made up of four buttons placed in a circle around the OK button. These four buttons activate the white balance, focus, ISO rate and light metering. Underneath that is the connection for external devices, protected by a rubber cover. Finally, at the thumb grip there are two buttons, one is the function button, where you can adjust the white balance, for example, and the other one adjusts the focal point.
Olympus E-510 D-SLR - Flash & Dust reduction
If we look at the Olympus E-510 DSLR camera from above, we see a standard flash mount on top of the prism housing, with connections dedicated to Olympus flashes. Of course a built-in flash is not missing. To the left of the housing are buttons for the flash settings and speed of sequence shooting. On the other side is a setting dial for the different lighting programmes, surrounded by the main switch. A small light in front of the mode dial shows when the dust reduction is active. Next to the thumb is a control dial with which you can select several settings. The shutter release button is in a great spot on the handgrip right next to the exposure compensation button.
Olympus E-510 - Memory cards & Battery
The memory card is inserted at the right side of the camera. The door of the compartment shuts well and you can use xD Picture as well as CompactFlash memory cards. The battery is inserted underneath the camera, next to the metal tripod mount in the middle. The Olympus E-510 is organized logically and feels nice and sturdy. The design resembles the E-410, but I think this is an advantage.