Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Olympus E-520 is a camera from Entry-Level DSLR category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 10.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Olympus E-500, falls into a Semi-Pro DSLR category and it is equipped with CCD sensor that has a resolution of 8.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500.
Olympus E-520 Key Features:
Olympus E-500 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP vs 8.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||4 fps vs 3 fps||1 fps faster|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||2.7″ vs 2.5″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots vs 215k dots||6.5% higher resolution screen|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.46 vs 0.45||0.01 better magnification|
|Flash Range||13 vs 12||1 better flash range|
|Weight||479 g vs 552 g||73 g lighter|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) vs Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentamirror) | Optical (pentaprism)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Size||2.7″ | 2.5″||Not suitable for flash photography|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots | 215k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP | 8.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus E-500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 73g less than the Olympus E-520. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Olympus E-520 features a 10.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor . Olympus E-500, in its turn, comes with a 8.0 MP Four Thirds sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500 by the size of their sensors.
Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Olympus E-520||Olympus E-500|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Olympus E-520 or Olympus E-500, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Olympus E-520 and Olympus E-500 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Olympus E-520 deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus E-500. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Olympus E-520||Olympus E-500|
|Announced||Aug 20, 2008||Oct 21, 2005|
|Body Type||Compact SLR||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||8.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736||3264 x 2448|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||1,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Four Thirds||Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||45||45|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||3||3|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||215k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentaprism)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye||Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye|
|Max Video Resolution|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||552 g||479 g|
|Physical Dimensions||136 x 92 x 68 mm||130 x 95 x 66 mm|
|Battery Life||650 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card||Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card|