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I have had this camera for over two years now. The picture quality is excellent and so far I am very pleased with it apart from two problems. It has taken me some time to learn how to use the array of functions and I still havent learnt how to use all of them properly. Unfortunately I do have a problem with the red-eye reduction function. Whilst trying to take some photos of my granddaughter with this function on the camera flashes several times before taking the actual photo and this caused my granddaughter considerable distress with the result that I couldnt take the photo as the continual flashing upset her. The only solution is of course to take the photo without the red eye reduction function on and remove the red eye with my photo editing software. If I do this it means I cant use this function on the camera and it renders this particular function useless. The other problem I have had with the camera is that I bought a special card for the panorama function and the camera doesnt recognise the card. I keep getting an error message which says "XD card required" when I have already inserted the card into the camera. It doesn't recognise that I have already inserted the card. This means that there are two functions on the camera that I cannot use. The red-eye function and the panorama function.
I bought this camera a few years ago with two lenses and I have been very impressed by it. I am by no means a professional photographer so a lot of the technology is wasted on me but the automatic functions are very simple, allowing for point and shoot photography without any thought, which is very useful when that's all that's needed but with the potential to build on that with the multiple modes and seemingly endless adjustability.
The camera comes with an auto mode which is what I tend to use most of the time with a Sport function that allows for rapid shooting. This is one of the most impressive functions on the camera providing very high quality photographs with almost zero delay. The macro is also very good.
The camera comes with a built in flash with anti red eye preflash which is also very effective and well designed, and has the optional fitting for a larger flash to be added.
It is a very good size and weight, and has a good feel of quality to it, with nicely fitting catches, sturdy buttons and a good, logical layout. The screen is large and clear, but does suffer in strong sunlight. The battery has to be removed to be charged but has a very long life of several hundred shots (dependant on how much flash is used etc)
The camera is very easy to use even as a complete beginner and will take fantastic shots straight out of the box with massive potential in improve as your skill improves. It has all the advantages of having all the SLR features but with the usability of a much smaller camera. It is the easiest SLR I have come across to use and is more logical than a lot of compacts.
The Olympus E-510 digital SLR is a great camera to help you evolve as a photographer. Only Olympus digital SLRs are engineered to be 100-percent digital. Simply put, this means your pictures will have stunning edge-to-edge sharpness that can't be beat. Olympus' Live View LCD technology is a unique feature that enhances your picture-taking experience. Whatever life brings, whatever you're photographing, you'll capture colorful memories with the E-510's proven Dust Reduction System and powerful, 10-megapixel imager.