Olympus E-10 Features, Images Quality And Specifications Review

The E-10 is Olympus venture into the expert electronic SLR industry, it’s also priced to tap into the profitable high end compact industry where owners demand superior boasting. Looking a little like Sony’s DSC-D700 the E-10 has a limited 4x visual contact (with actual technical zoom capability and fly-by-wire focusing), a actual TTL viewfinder which gets its picture from a ray breaking prism placed between the lens and CCD. The 4 mega-pixel CCD makes the E-10 the first actual 4 mega-pixel digicam available.

Olympus E-10 Review
Olympus E-10 Review

Olympus have dressed the E-10 in a strong metal situation which gives it a very effective and expert appearance (the last time I held a situation this good it was on a D1), the deep hand hold, sticking out viewfinder eyepiece, modern press shutter launch, moving control switch and nice spread excellent feel control buttons let you know that this is no common digicam, actual Pro design, functions and construction.

Olympus E-10 Body And Design

The E-10 has what we could now dub the “classic electronic SLR shape”, that is an L design which doesn’t require any “rear” to the remaining of the lens gun barrel (as there’s no film). Its form and structure do emphasize me a little of Sony’s DSC-D700/770 cameras.

Olympus E-10 Body And Design
Olympus E-10 Body And Design

As I mentioned earlier the human whole body of the E-10 is metal, the only plastic areas are the control buttons, pop-up display, storage section entrance and relationships entrance. This creates electronic camera feel heavy and durable, there’s certainly no proof a single bad suitable joint and no creaks anywhere, this is one VERY well built electronic camera. The side hold is big and very well designed, deep at the front part for your convenience to put in, excellent form at the front part to connect the hold with a properly located and magnificently soft, modern shutter release.

The electronic camera feels well balanced, the bottom remaining part is nicely formed to be perfectly sustained by your left-hand, fingertips then fall naturally on the zoom capability control. The sticking out viewfinder eyepiece causes it to be far easier to use and you don’t get any problems with “nose smear” on the LCD.

Rear LCD Display

The E-10’s tilt-out LCD can be released from our bodies by pushing a small handle on the remaining part of electronic camera (labelled OPEN on the photos below). When started out the LCD by standard mouse clicks into one of two “locked” roles (this just means that it mouse clicks into a predetermined location, it can still easily be moved). You can of course have the screen at any position in-between but the depend procedure itself isn’t firm enough to hold it there if you move electronic camera around at all.


The E-10’s viewfinder is actually a TTL type, in the path of the lens is a long lasting ray breaking prism which guides 50% of illuminate into the viewfinder this gives you a actual TTL perspective. We calculated the viewfinder as being 92% precise (providing a perspective equivalent to 2080 x 1580 p of the final image).


The E-10 is unique among electronic SLR’s in having a non-removable lens. Having said that it’s has a fairly practical 35 mm – 140 mm (equiv.) variety of central measures and has a technical zoom capability ring (yay!). With an F2.0 – F2.4 aperture variety it’s also VERY fast and shiny allowing lots of sunshine in. The picture on the right below shows the lens with the provided lens bonnet connected.

Battery Compartment

More innovation! The E-10 has a detachable container which is used to load battery power, this container can take either two Olympus CR-V3 Lithium battery power features or four AA battery power (like a excellent set of NiMH rechargeables.. my recommendation). One thing that will definitely fox you when you first put AA’s into the container is that the top relationships don’t touch battery power. Below you can see the container out of electronic camera, half placed and placed and closed into place.

Olympus E-10 Features

ISO (Sensitivity) Adjustment

ISO equivalence on a digicam is the capability to boost the understanding of the CCD to allow for quicker shutter rates of speed and/or better efficiency in low mild. The way this performs in a digicam is by “turning up the volume” on the CCD’s indication amps, nothing is without its cost however and doing so also increases any disturbance that may be existing and often impacts color vividness.

JPEG/TIFF Picture Dimension & Quality

The E-10 is exclusive in enabling the customer to re-programme the standard SQ, HQ and SHQ JPEG image presets to be any mixture of image size (2248 x 1680, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 10247 x 768 or 640 x 480) and JPEG pressure percentages (1/2.7, 1/4 and 1/8). Cheers to Olympus for lastly making your choice about picture top quality / size to the photographer (next time perhaps we could have the rate as a number which can be set in the variety of 1/2 – 1/16). For TIFF and RAW information can only be stored at the utmost 2480 x 1680 quality.

Sharpening Adjustment

The E-10 provides three improving stages selectable through the history method installation selection, compared with other Olympus camcorders the E-10 has effectively applied the improving criteria by splitting out comparison modification. Looking at these examples Smooth seems to be to provide the greenest image with almost no improving relics but still relatively excellent sharpness and details. Regular and Difficult both seem introducing improving / CFA relics into the ultimate image, which are less than suitable.

Contrast Adjustment

Thank benefits Olympus appear to have seen the mild and divided out comparison modification from it’s conventional collaboration with improving modification. Now you have complete, separate management over both of these image handling methods. Overall “Normal” provided the most lifestyle like image, Low was a little too low and rather boring to look at. Thus my perfect configurations for day to day capturing would be Contrast set to Regular and Sharpening set to Smooth.

Macro Focus

The E-10’s “Macro” method would be better described as close-up, it does let you get nearer and allows you to auto-focus at much nearer ranges but the best macro we handled was about 72 mm (2.83 inches) across the structure size. I’m sure this would be much enhanced with the not compulsory Macro lens ripper.

Olympus E-10 Images Quality

Overall Picture Quality

The E-10 generates outstanding, distinct, specific, well revealed pictures with a extensive powerful variety. It’s the first digicam with 4 thousand actual p of quality and is definitely able of using every individual pixel, shirt is a little more more fairly neutral (read “less saturated”) than seen on other digital cameras but that’s often much better over-saturated or incorrect color.

To some the E-10 pictures may look a little “flat”, comprehend however that the E-10 is intended to execute continually and a expert device, as such it works far less handling to the last image so that you may get the best possible (and unaltered) image. Also, because of it’s extensive powerful variety it’s catching far more “light and dark” than a common high end compact digicam would (again because of this slimmer looking images).

I’d like to have seen a little bit milder improving choices, with improving set to Regular (the manufacturer default) some CFA (colour narrow array) interpolation relics are noticeable (at great magnification) as jaggies on distinct diagonals, with improving set to Smooth most of these vanish but the picture may be a little too soft for a lot of individuals.


The E-10 has some critique for loud pictures, and indeed pictures even at ISO 80 do appear to have minor noticeable disturbance over the picture but it is not of the scale seen on other digital cameras and does not take away from the overall the best great quality pictures, it also has no immediate influence on details meaning.

Olympus E-10 Images Quality Macro
Olympus E-10 Images Quality Macro

Trapped / Deceased Pixels

Something which seems to have dogged the E-10 is the topic of stuck (or “dead”) p. A stuck pixel is one which always profits the same strength no issue the quantity of sunshine is actually estimated onto it. Now, just to explain, we’re not discussing about p which do this at lengthy exposures, that’s to be anticipate of nearly all digital cameras, we’re discussing about p which are clearly noticeable in regular sunlight photos (anything higher than 1/8 sec). The E-10 I had for evaluation did indeed have only one stuck pixel at place 1225, 992. Based upon on the kind of taken and hue of around p this could be either a actual issue or not recognizable.. Is it appropriate to have any stuck p on a electronic camera? In my viewpoint, it is not.


The E-10’s color duplication was very excellent, not as soaked or “bright” as other digital cameras, rather erring independently of neutrality, along with it’s excellent white-colored stability efficiency the E-10’s overall color was excellent. It would have been awesome to have an in-camera vividness establishing so that we could get a little bit better colors “straight from the camera”, but that’s not a critique.

Olympus E-10 Images Quality Color
Olympus E-10 Images Quality Color

Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)

Chromatic Aberrations where basically what I predicted, that is very minor and challenging to recognize in every day photos, it took this rather excessive complete wide-angle example to look for a example of chromatic aberrations actually in operation. Overall the E-10’s great lens great quality kept little nasties like this as low as possible.

Powerful Range

Dynamic variety simply describes the variety of sunshine you is able to catch before it either drops details in night (shadows for example) or strikes out a emphasize (edges of chromed materials are cases of this). Most customer digital cameras only have a 8-bit analogue to electronic converters, plus their CCD’s are not designed to have a particularly huge dynamic variety.

Olympus E-10 Specifications

Street Price US: $1,950
Max resolution 2240 x 1680
Lower resolutions 1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3
CCD pixels 4.0 megapixels (3.7 effective)
CCD size 2/3″
CCD colour filter array G – R – G – B
ISO rating 80, 160, 320
Lens Olympus 4x, F2.0 – F2.4, 14 elements in 11 groups
Lens thread 62 mm
Zoom wide (W) 35 mm
Zoom tele (T) 140 mm (4 x)
Digital zoom No
Auto Focus Yes, Dual: Contrast detection / active AF
Manual Focus Yes (approx. 40 focus positions)
Normal focus range 60 cm – Infinity
Macro focus range 20 cm – 60 cm
White balance override Auto, Seven presets, Manual one-touch (button)
Min shutter Bulb, 2 sec (8 secs in Manual and max 30 secs Bulb)
Max shutter 1/640 sec
Flash Internal, manual pop-up
Flash range (ISO 100) Wide: 60 cm – 6.3 m
Tele: 50 cm – 5.2 m
External Flash Yes, Hot-Shoe and PC Synch connector
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye Reduction,On (Fill), Off, Slow (Front / Rear), Ext.
Exposure modes Programmed Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Metering ESP Digital, Center-Weighted Average, Spot
Aperture priority Wide: F2.0, F2.2, F2.4, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.8, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9, F10, F11
Tele: F2.4, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.8, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9, F10, F11
Shutter priority Yes, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2.5, 1/2, 1/1.6, 1/1.3, 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2 secs
Full manual Yes, any combination of above apertures & shutter speeds plus 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 secs and Bulb.
AE Lock Yes, single-press button (AEL) on rear
Exposure adjustment -3EV to +3EV in 1/3EV steps
Bracketing Yes, 3 images @ 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
Continuous shooting Yes, 3 fps @ 2240 x 1680 max 4 images
Movie clips No
Audio clips No
Tripod mount Yes
Self-timer Yes, 10s delay
Video out Yes, varies by region (NTSC / PAL)
Storage types Dual Slot: SmartMedia & Compact Flash Type I & II
(E-10 does NOT support IBM Microdrive)
Storage included 16 MB SmartMedia Card
Uncompressed format Yes, RAW (Olympus proprietary, 10-bit)
Compressed format JPEG (EXIF)
Quality Levels RAW, TIFF, JPEG: SHQ, HQ, SQ (all compression ratios can be set)
Viewfinder Real TTL viewfinder (beam split prism)
LCD 1.8″ TFT tilt-out 3 position
Playback zoom Yes, up to x4.0
Operating system Proprietary
Connectivity USB only
Battery 2 x Olympus Lithium CR-V3 (supplied)
or 4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Battery charger No
Weight (exc. batteries) 1050 g (37 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 161 x 103 mm (5 x 6.3 x 4.1″)