"Great starter DSLR+price+quality=almost perfect dslr!"5.0 starson by blakeandrewsmommy
Pros: So many features its like getting the top of the line point and shoot+advanced dslr in one
two IS (Image Stabilitazion) modes
Super Sonic Wave Filter to elimiate dust
In Camera Editing (very rare on a dslr)
23 Scene Selections
Cons: Auto Focus can be to slow at times
Takes too long to charge the battery
Summary: I purchased this camera to start off my own photography studio in my home. I have had great luck with this camera. For the price there is no other camera that has what this one has to offer. For $600 I got the camera, 2 digital lens, battery, charger, 2 gig compact flash card and carrying case- so I was set with a full package! The camera takes awesome professional portraits. I have now done three portrait shoots and they are all amazing with color, clarity, detail, lighting and have yet to miss any important shots. The battery life is long lasting I don't have to worry even if I am at an event and leave my camera on the battery power is always strong. The one thing I have noticed after taking around 1,000 shots with this camera is indoors the camera seems to overexpose images a slight bit and the auto focus takes a couple seconds to focus before you can start shooting if the lighting is low. I found if I take a few practice shots first at the locations I am at and test out the white balance then I am able to get the exposure perfectly. I am amazed at how well the colors and quaility comes out with this camera even if I use camera editing software to crop the portrait down the imagine quaility is surburb. To just start out my photography studio I feel the overall price of this camera was spectacular for what it has to offer. It features 5 focus modes, continuious AF and interlocking, 5 spot metering modes, every type of scene mode you could want: candle, panarama, portrait, landscape, portrait+landscape, night mode, fireworks, night portrait, children, sports, beach and snow, documents,sunset, candle, low key, high key, nature macro, macro and more! Each scene selection tells you exactly on the screen when to use these certain modes. It has ISO settings up to 1600. It has different picture modes that you can use for vivid color, natural, monocolor, sepia and more. Different filter modes. You can choose to shoot in Raw, Raw+Jpeg, Jpeg. This camera just offers so much more. Olympus really put thought into this camera, it is lightweight but feels sturdy, has every feature you can imagine, comes with 2 lens, both wide and telephoto (this is rare for a dslr to come with 2 lens and cost under a $1,000)
The best part about this camera, I'm more professional, but my husband who is very much a novice, he is not into photography at all but he finds this camera fun and easy to use. He took the camera out and took some great outdoor portraits with the auto mode and image stablitation on his pictures looked professional. Olympus made a camera that can be used for beginners and for those that love buttons and to change things around (that would be me) that any professional would love. I have owned 9 digital cameras ( in fact I was one of the first with a digital camera back in 1996 I was in digital photography when no one knew what a digital camera really was) I've seen technology really change in 12 years and things that I never knew could be possible, now most cameras can make anyone feel professional, but Olympus put a lot of thought and effort in this specific model. It offers more than any other dslr camera on the market plus the price...well I would pay twice as much for this same camera. It is by far a camera that deserves to be in the top 5 of dslr cameras.
If you want to go pro or just want to start off with a dslr camera I would highly suggest the Olympus Evolt 510 its ease of use, features and price just hands down makes it 5 stars! You just can't go wrong with this camera!