Olympus E-510 specification, as supplied by Olympus

Lens mount: Four Thirds

Body material: Glass reinforced plastics

Image Sensor

Effective pixels: 10 Megapixels

Filter array: Primary colour filter (RGB)

Full resolution: 10.9 Megapixels

Type: 4/3” Live MOS sensor

Aspect ratio & area: 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0mm


Type: TruePic III

Filter : LPF filter Fixed type

IR cut filter: Hybrid type

Dust protection filter: Supersonic Wave Filter


Pixel number 230,000 pixels

LCD type HyperCrystal LCD

Monitor size 6.4cm / 2.5”

Brightness adjustment +/- 7steps

Control Panel Information

Displayed information:

Metering mode, Exposure mode, Aperture value,

Shutter speed, Exposure level view, Flash

compensation value, Exposure compensation

indication, AE bracketing, ISO, Colour space,

Picture mode, Gradation, Colour saturation

compensation value, Sharpness compensation

value, Contrast compensation value, White

balance, White balance compensation value, Noise

reduction, Flash mode, Focus mode, AF frame,

Drive mode, Record mode, Number of storable

frames, Memory card, Battery indicator


Viewfinder type: Eye-level single-lens view finder

Field of view: Approx. 95%

Magnification: Approx. 0.92x

Depth of field preview: Yes

Eye point: 14mm

Diopter adjustment: -3.0 – +1.0 diopter /built-in type

Focusing screen: Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)

Mirror: Quick return mirror

Viewfinder Information

AF frame (super impose), AE lock, AF confirmation

mark, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter

speed, aperture value, white balance, exposure

compensation value indicator, IS activating mode,

flash, battery check

Live Preview Information

100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview,

white balance adjustment preview, gridline

displayable, 6x/10x magnification possible,

MF/s-AF, AF frame display, AF point display,

shooting information, histogram, IS activating

mode, heat warning

Image Stabiliser

Type: Sensor shift

Modes: Two-dimensional or one-dimensional activation

Effective Compensation Range: Approx. 2 – 4 EV steps

Focusing System

Method: TTL phase difference detection system

Focus areas: 3 points / Automatic and manual selection

AF illuminator

Built-in flash (external flash available)

AF lock

Locked by first position of shutter release button,

AE/AF lock button (customised)

Focus tracking Available in continuous AF mode

Manual focus

Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting

manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)

Single AF Yes

Single AF + MF Yes

Continuous AF Yes

Continuous AF + MF Yes

Detection range 0 – 19 EV (ISO 100)

Bracketing: 5 / 7 frames – 1 / 2 steps

Light Metering

Method: TTL open aperture light metering

zones 49 zones. Multi-pattern Sensing System

Detection range 1 – 20 (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)

ESP light metering: Yes

Spot metering: Yes

Centre weighted metering: Yes

Highlight: Yes

Shadow: Yes

Exposure Modes

Auto: Yes

Programme automatic: Yes

Aperture priority: Yes

Shutter priority: Yes

Manual: Yes

Scene Modes: Yes

Scene Modes

Number of scene modes 18

Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Night

Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, Sports,

High key, Low key, Image Stabilisation Mode,

Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks,

Documents, Beach and Snow, Panorama

Exposure System

Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV / 1/3 steps

Exposure bracketing: 3 frames / +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps


Auto: ISO 100 – 1600

Manual: ISO 100 – 1600 (in each 1/3 EV steps possible).


Shutter type: Electronically controlled focal plane shutter

Shutter release: Soft Touch Electromagnetic

Self timer: 2s or 12s

Shutter Speeds

Shutter speed range: 1/4000-60s

Shutter speed: P, Ps 1/4000-60s

Shutter speed: A priority 1/4000-2s

Shutter speed: S priority 1/4000-60s

Shutter speed: Manual 1/4000-60s

Shutter speed scene mode 1/4000-4s

White Balance

AUTO WB system

Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes

Selectable steps in Kelvin 7 steps (3000 – 7500 K)

Overcast Yes

Shade Yes

Tungsten Yes

Sunlight Yes

Flourescent 1 Yes

Flourescent 2 Yes

Flourescent 3 Yes

White balance adjustment

Yes +/- 7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and

preset WB mode)

White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps

Internal Flash

Guide number: 10


Red-eye reduction: Yes

Slow synchronization: Yes

Slow synchronization 2nd curtain: Yes

Fill-in: Yes

Slow synchronization with red-eye reduction: Yes

Off: Yes

Flash compensation: +/-2 EV / 1/3EV steps

External Flash Control

X-sync speed: 1/180s in Super FP up to 1/4000s


TTL Auto for Olympus dedicated flash, Auto or


Synchronisation modes

Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with

red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain and

slow syncro, Fill-in for exclusive flash

Intensity +/-2 EV in each 1/3steps

Sequence Shooting

Sequential shooting mode: 3fps / Up to card capacity in HQ 3fps / 7 frames RAW

Image Processing

Colour space sRGB/AdobeRGB

TruePic TURBO: Yes

Sharpness + Contrast: 5 levels

Saturation: 5 levels

Contrast: 5 levels

Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green

Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode

Picture mode: Vivid, Natural, Muted, Black & White, Sepia.

Gradation 4 (auto, high key, normal, low key)

Image Editing

RAW data edit: Yes

Red-eye reduction: Yes

Sepia: Yes

Black & White: Yes

Resize: Yes

Correction of saturation: Yes

View Images

Histogram in playback mode: Yes

Zoom 2-14x

Index 4, 9, 16, 25 frames

Slide show: Yes

Calendar: Yes

Shooting information

Exposure mode, metering mode, shutter speed,

aperture value, exposure compensation level, ISO,

colour space, white balance mode, white balance

compensation level, focal length, focus area, file

type, picture mode, file name, image size, recorded

card type.

Exposure level view

Histogram (R,G,B available), High light point

warning, Shadow point warning.

Erase / Protect / Copy Function

Erase modes Single, All, Selected

Image protect mode Single, Selected

Copy mode Single, All, Selected

Recording Formats

RAW 12 bit

RAW & JPEG Parallel recording


JPEG compression 1/2.7 SHQ, 1/8 HQ, 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ

Still Image Recording

EXIF 2.2



DCF: Yes

Image Size

RAW 3648 x 2736 12MB / frame

SHQ 3648 x 2736

HQ 3648 x 2736

SQ 3200 x 2400

2560 x 1920

1600 x 1200

1280 x 960

1024 x 768

640 x 480


Menu languages in camera

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian,

Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish

Menu languages by download

Additional one language from 15 further languages

by download via the internet.

Customisation Options

Fn Button

Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live


Custom preset options: 2

My Mode 2 settings storable

Power Supply

Battery BLM-1 Li-Ion battery (included)

Battery life: Approx. 650 shots with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard.

Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.

Interface Media

Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II),

Microdrive and xD picture card

USB 2.0 HI-speed: Yes

Combined V & USB output NTSC or PAL selectable

Environment Temperature

0 – 40°C operating temperature -20 – 60°C storage

temperature 30 – 90% operation humidity 10 – 90% storage humidity


Dimensions (WxHxD) 136 x 91.5 x 56mm (without protrusions)

Weight: 460g (body only)

Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.