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.
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. The level of customizability is astonishing for the price, both in terms of the function of external buttons and the ability to fine-tune the output of the camera to perfectly suit your subject, shooting style and personal preferences.
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 be nice to disable SSWF at every startup), Comprehensive control over noise/detail balance (Noise filter), Choice of AF mode in Live View, Live view can mimic exposure or auto...
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 a little brighter for outdoor shooting with live view and is prone to smearing, LCD turns monochrome and noisy in low light, Image parameters only offer limited latitude aroun...
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.
Summary: Although the Olympus Evolt E-520 made a good first impression with its solid, ergonomic build and intuitive interface, it quickly lost points for its slow speeds and lackluster image quality. Although the Nikon D40's ($499) interface takes getting used to, we still recommend it to DSLR newbies over the E-520.
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. That's certainly the case with the 10MP Olympus E-520. Especially at $550, street, body only; $630 with 14- 42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital lens.
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. This DSLR camera closes the front that Olympus started when the Olympus E-3 was introduced. The fact that the Olympus E-520 is quite similar to the E-3 was revealed mainly through technical tests.
Excerpt: Though we’ve seen some great cameras emerge as a result of seemingly minor upgrades, it’s mostly been a year of light makeovers, slight tweaks, and progressive developments in the consumer DSLR space. With all of the phenomenal power that’s been released in the upper half of the market since last summer, interchangeable-lens cameras for the masses have largely been laying back to ride whatever waves of technology roll in from their more advanced brethren.
Pros: Image colors awe without overwhelming, Nifty, powerful wireless flash controller, When the AF's fast, it's very fast, Powerful custom options make it feel more expensive than it is
Cons: When the AF's slow, it usually just gives up, Shots are noisy next to those from competition, Interface can be confusing, lots of dedicated buttons, Tries to do too much?