Rear of Camera Controls

The rear of the E-510 is superficially very similar to its little brother, the E-410, but (inevitably given its more enthusiast-orientated positioning) it has more in common with the E-500 (and the E-330). The key differences are that White Balance, AF, Metering and ISO get their own external buttons (the four directional arrows) and there are two small buttons on the 'thumb rest' just below the control dial. Like the E-500 one of these is dedicated to the auto focus Point, the other (renamed 'Fn') can have one of four functions assigned to it. Last but not least there is a new IS button for activating the two-mode CCD-Shift image stabilization system. The four 'LCD control' buttons; Play, Erase, Menu and Info remain in the same order and the same position (down the left side of the LCD) as per the E-500, E-300 and E-330.

Overall it's hard to fault Olympus when it comes to control layout; it's logical, easy to master and it makes changing virtually any setting fast and simple, without the need to access menus slowing down your shooting. Combined with the information screen (which allows fast access to less commonly changed settings) this is as good as it gets in this class of camera, control-wise.

Buttons (Shooting mode)

Play mode

Enters a shooting priority play mode, you can return to shooting mode at any time by pressing the shutter release half-way or by pressing this button again.

Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
INFO Control Panel display mode

Selects Control Panel display information level:
 • Off
 • Basic information
 • Detailed information
Auto Exposure / Auto Focus Lock

The AEL/AFL button can be programmed in a variety of different ways for different focus modes (Single AF, Continuous AF and Manual Focus). It can be programmed to be momentary AE Lock or Memo/Cancel AE Lock, it can also be programmed to perform and lock Auto Focus at the same time (these modes are described later in this preview). It's also used to trigger Auto Focus in Live View mode.
Fn FUNCTION (Fn) button

This button can be customized to perform any one of four functions:

 • One-touch White Balance
 • Test Picture (hold to take a shot without saving)
 • My Mode (hold to use recorded 'My Mode' settings)
 • Preview (depth of field preview)
Auto focus point

After pressing this button turn the main dial to select between the four different AF points / modes:

 • Automatic selection from three points
 • Left point
 • Center point
 • Right point
Live View

Switches to Live View mode, this causes the shutter to open and the mirror to raise (hence the viewfinder can not be used in this mode). Press again to cancel.
4-way arrow keys

As with the E-400 the four-way controller is used to navigate menus and make selections (using the OK button). In addition each of the directional keys has a dedicated function - these are listed below:
WB White Balance

 • Auto
 • 5300 K (Daylight)
 • 6000 K (Cloudy)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • 3000 K (Incandescent)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
 • 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
 • 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
 • Custom
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
AF Focus mode

 • Single-AF
 • Continuous-AF
 • Manual focus
 • Single-AF & Manual focus
 • Continuous-AF & Manual focus
ISO ISO Sensitivity

 • Auto
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 125
 • ISO 160
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 250
 • ISO 320
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 500
 • ISO 640
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1000
 • ISO 1250
 • ISO 1600
Metering mode

 • ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
OK Control panel setting change

Press the OK button to change settings directly on the Control Panel display, navigate around the display using the four way controller.

Buttons (Play mode)

In play mode the multi-direction controller is used to browse through images, left / right move an image at a time, up / down jump ten images.

Protect / Unprotect

Protects (or unprotect's) the current image, this sets the file system 'Read Only' flag which means you can't accidentally delete the image using the erase button, however this does not protect against formatting of the storage card (an extra 'This card contains protected images, really format?' dialog would be good).
Fn FUNCTION (Fn) button

In play mode the Fn button offers a fast way to magnify the image (jumps to 10x magnification view).
Split screen mode

In play mode the AF button activates a split screen 'Lightbox' view that allows you to compare two shots side by side.
Exit play mode

Returns to shooting mode, you can achieve the same by half-pressing the shutter release button.


Displays a 'Yes / No' confirmation dialog to delete the current image. If images have been marked (using the OK button) you can delete multiple images in a batch.


Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
INFO Information Display

Rotates through the six different levels of information display:

 • No overlaid information
 • Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
 • More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number)
 • Histogram with detailed information (Y, R, G, B histograms)
 • Large histogram overlay
 • Blinking highlights (and quality)
 • Blinking shadows (and quality)
OK Mark / Unmark image

Allows you to mark or unmark (tick mark) images as you browse, marked images can then be deleted or copied as a batch.