This review is devoted to E-520 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Aug 20, 2008. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
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Olympus E-520 vs. E-510
In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #135 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #971 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus E-520 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus E-520. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.
Olympus E-520 has the following external dimensions 136 x 136 x 68 mm (53.54 x 36.22 x 26.77″) with the weight of 552 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus E-520, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus E-520 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 68mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus E-520 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus E-520 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus E-520 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus E-520 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Olympus E-520 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Olympus E-520 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Olympus E-520 has the following ISO range 100 - 1600 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Olympus E-520 features a 10.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus E-520, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 55 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus E-520’s sensor.
Olympus E-520 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Olympus E-520 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus E-520 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in E-520 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.46x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus E-520 are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
E-520 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Olympus E-520 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 3 points.
In addition, E-520 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
Olympus E-520 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect E-520 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus E-520 provides a shooting life of 650, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level DSLR category, Olympus E-520 offers the highest battery life that reaches 650 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus E-520’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus E-520’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the E-520 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-520 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-520 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-520 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-520 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-520 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-520 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-520 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-520 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-520 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-520 can be called a 49 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Aug 20, 2008|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
|Lens Mount||Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||45|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||55|
|DxO Color Depth||21.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||548|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||3|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||136 x 92 x 68 mm|
|Battery Life||650 shots|
|Battery Type||650 shots|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card|