|Olympus E-510 - JPEG & RAW image format
The predecessor used TIFF as an image format, but the Olympus E-510 only uses RAW and JPEG. Not that we have to grieve the loss of TIFF. The TIFF format wastes a lot of memory space and does not offer the same correction possibilities as RAW. That is why it is better to photograph in RAW. If you quickly want a picture without having to convert it, you can also shoot simultaneously in JPEG and RAW. There is a wide range of choices for JPEG settings. This is very luxurious for a camera at this level.
Olympus E-510 DSLR camera - ISO values
The E-410 performed well, but not optimally at high ISO values. This problem has been solved for the most part in the Olympus E-510. This is remarkable, seeing as they both use the same sensor. You do see some noise at ISO 400 and even some at ISO 200, but still a lot less than with the E-410. ISO 800 is still fine to use, but with ISO 1600 I would be more careful. Noise is very much present here. Nevertheless, the photo will deliver a fine result, especially if you do not print it all too big. At the lower ISO values the performance is just great.
Olympus E-510 digital SLR - White Balance
The Olympus E-510’s white balance is fairly accurate if you photograph during daylight. It is not even worth mentioning then. As soon as you photograph with artificial light or mixed light, there is quite a discrepancy. Luckily, the Olympus E-510 has a simple manual white balance, which is what I would recommend using, even when you photograph in RAW format, because you do not always have a neutral point in your photograph for the gray scale.
|Olympus’ manual white balance is unequalled to date. You point the camera at a white surface, push the shutter release button and you not only have your white balance, but the camera also adjusts itself according to this white balance. This is truly ideal.
Olympus E510 reflex camera - Photo mode
Next to the white balance, the ‘photo mode’ can also be used to adjust the colour. You can choose from vivid, natural, muted or monochrome. The latter makes black and white images, of course. The others are a question of taste. I prefer to use the Olympus E-510 in the muted mode, because I find that the colours in the natural mode are a bit too saturated. This does not mean that the colours are no good. Everyone has their own taste, just like we used to choose between Agfa, Kodak and Fuji film. This is how the photo mode should be seen.
Olympus E-510 - Zuiko wide-angle lens
The wide-angle lens that we used during the test is very special, and not only the angle is impressive. At 7 mm, of course, you have an enormous distortion. You have to be careful with subjects at the edge of the frame, like people. They quickly get long noses or legs, for example, but you can also play with that. The quality of the lens is great. The typical round distortion of an ultra wide-angle lens is not too extreme. Even the borders are still sharp for such a lens. The disadvantage of such an ultra wide-angle lens is the sensitivity to overexposure. Even if the Zuiko Digital 7-14mm has a built-in sun hood, you have to watch for this. These are generally the drawbacks of such an extreme wide angle.