Olympus E-510 with Sony A850 Comparison

Olympus E-510 and Sony A850 Main Features

  • November, 2007
  • April, 2010
  • 10 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 25 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 200 - 3200 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentamirror) Viewfinder
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 3.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 3.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 136 x 92 x 68 mm, 490g.
  • 156 x 117 x 82 mm, 895g.
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Olympus E-510 Scores


Imaging score
44
Features score
49
Value for money score
67
Portability score
82
Overall score
52

Sony A850 Scores


Imaging score
67
Features score
51
Value for money score
75
Portability score
64
Overall score
61

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 with Olympus E-510 Overview


Let's compare Olympus E-510 with Sony Alpha DSLR-A850. These models are included in the Semi-Pro DSLR cameras. Olympus E-510 was released in 2007, and Sony A850 in 2010. Alpha DSLR-A850 is newer, which is a plus. E-510 3 years older.
The sensor resolution of Alpha DSLR-A850 is greater than that of E-510. The difference of 15 MP is quite a lot. The more megapixels the camera has, the more detailed and clear the picture will be. The number of megapixels will also affect the maximum size of the photos, which then can be printed without loss of quality.
At the second camera (Alpha DSLR-A850), the minimum ISO value is lower, which gives more opportunities for shooting in daylight. A larger maximum ISO allows you to take good pictures in the dark. At Sony A850, the maximum ISO is greater by 1600. Both cameras have Sensor-shift image stabilization. Sony A850 has a larger 3-inch Fixed screen, the other camera has a 2-inch Fixed screen.
E-510 has optical (pentamirror) viewfinder, and the Alpha DSLR-A850 doesn’t have. All viewfinders has no electronic viewfinderk dot resolution. Burst mode, also called continuous shooting mode, sports mode or continuous high speed mode, is a shooting mode in still cameras. Olympus E-510 has 3.0 fps continuous shooting. Olympus E-510 has 3.0 fps continuous shooting.

General E-510 Alpha DSLR-A850
Brand Olympus Sony
Model E-510 Alpha DSLR-A850
Announced November, 2007 April, 2010
Body Type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Four Thirds Sony/Minolta Alpha
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2 n/a
Number of Lenses 45 143
Macro Focus Range n/a n/a
Screen
Screen Size 2" 3"
Screen Type Fixed Fixed
Screen Resolution 230k pixels 922k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 98%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.46 0.74
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 3 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00 no built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ± EV ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Dimensions mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 0.0 mm² 861.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 10 MP 25 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736 6048 x 4032
Max Native ISO 1600 3200
Min Native ISO 100 200
Max Boosted ISO 0 6400
Min Boosted ISO 0 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 0 shots 880 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Physical
Weight 490 g 895 g
Physical Dimensions 136 x 92 x 68 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo
Storage Slots 1 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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