Conclusion: This is a good transitional camera for anyone wanting to progress to DSLR for the first time although it does have some minor limitations that should be considered and, I imagine in many cases, overlooked.
Excerpt: It's too early to declare it "Steal of the Year," since production models are just now hitting stores, and we've yet to run one through the Pop Photo Lab. But judging from the specs and its well-known DNA, the new Olympus E-520 promises to be a strong contender.
Excerpt: Jaded? Amid all the new DSLRs and jaw-dropping technology, it's easy to feel ho-hum about an Excellent image-quality rating from the Pop Photo Lab, topshelf image stabilization, live view, and a price so friendly it damn near invites you over for drinks.
Summary: Even though it has been on the market for six months, the E-520 represents the next generation in Olympus' Four Thirds system DSLRs. This member of the family may not stand out from the pack as much as its predecessors, but it still represents a reliable, capable entry level DSLR camera.
Conclusion: Olympus E-520 digitalSLR camera The Olympus E-520 seems a logical continuation of the E-510. The year is over, so a new type number will attract the attention to the brand again. However, saying just that would not do the Olympus E-520 justice.
Conclusion: The E520 is a very competent DSLR with a high specification that we believe will prove to be highly competitive on price once it has been on the market a little longer and its price has dropped away from the MSRP.
Pros: Good image quality at low ISO settings, JPEG engine conveys just about everything that is captured, In-body image stabilization means the benefit is seen with all lenses, Control panel display allows quick access to the important shooting parameters, Generally snappy performance (though it would ...
Cons: Dynamic range limited compared to the rest of class - can lead to more easily clipped highlights, Small viewfinder, Comparatively soft image output in JPEG and RAW, Disappointing high ISO performance, Auto white balance and presets not brilliant (though there is a fine tune option), LCD could be ...
Summary: The Olympus E-520 is the successor to one of the most popular DSLRs of the past year. With the earlier E-510, Olympus packed 10 Megapixel resolution, image stabilisation, live view, effective anti-dust and a broad array of controls and customisation into a compact, affordable body; the kit lens was...
Pros: Built-in stabilisation which works with any lens., Very effective anti-dust system., Live View with contrast AF and face detection., Quick handling and broad customisation.
Cons: Smaller viewfinder than rivals., Can't see stabilisation in optical viewfinder., Relatively basic 3-point AF system., Screen doesn't flip-out.