Storage Compartment

The storage compartment is located on the right side of the camera (from the back) and makes up part of the hand grip. The door hinge is fully spring loaded so you just have to unclip it for it to open fully. Inside you will find an xD-Picture card slot and a Compact Flash Type II card slot.


The E-510 has just one multi-function connector which is on the right rear of the body below the multi-direction controller, this serves to provide both USB and Video Out capability depending on which of the supplied cables is connected. The E-510 supports USB 2.0 Hi Speed. Note that the E-510 also has an IR receiver (on the front of the grip) for use with an optional wireless remote control (RM-1).

Base / Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find the metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens. The mount also appears to be in line with the focal plane (position of the sensor).

Pop-up Flash

The E-510's pop-up flash has an electronic release mechanism meaning that it can be automatically raised in the Auto or Scene modes. Once up the flash sits approximately 42 mm (1.7 in) above the top of the lens, this is noticeably less than the E-500 and EOS 400D (which both have a clearance of around 54 mm). The E-510 doesn't have a dedicated AF assist lamp and instead strobes the flash unit to illuminate the subject, obviously this requires you to have the flash raised in the first place. The flash has a guide number of 12 and a top X-sync speed of 1/180 sec (unlike the E-410 you can change this using one of the record menus).

Flash Hot-shoe

The E-510 has an 'E System' flash hot-shoe designed specifically for Olympus dedicated flash units, however it can also accept third party units (but sync contact only). Olympus 'E System' flash units communicate directly with the camera and support various features including zoom control, red-eye reduction and slow sync flash.

Lens Mount

The E-510 is a Four Thirds digital SLR which means that its lens mount / communication system complies to the Four Thirds System standard. This means that as well as accepting Olympus 4/3 lenses it can also accept third party 4/3 lenses.

"Supersonic Wave Filter"

The "Supersonic Wave Filter" is a method of keeping the image sensor clean by making a very thin filter glass in front of the sensor vibrate at very high frequency. This causes dust or dirt to drop off and be trapped on a stick tape material. The SSWF is triggered each time you power up the camera (it's a pity you can't disable or modify when it occurs as it does introduce a slight delay). On the positive side this is still the only dust reduction system that has proven effectiveness.

SSWF filter is mounted in front of the sensor Click for a video explanation (15 MB)

Box Contents (single lens kit)

  • Olympus E-510 digital SLR body
  • 14-42 mm F3.5 - F5.6 lens
  • PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion battery
  • BCS-1 battery charger
  • Body cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • Video and USB cables
  • Software CD-ROMs
  • Manual, System chart, Warranty