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: 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: As expected, shortly after news of the update to the tiny Olympus E-410 comes the replacement for the maker’s popular mid-range E-510. Like the E-420, the new model has seen some cosmetic improvements to the finish and controls. As a result, the E-520 looks slightly better-made now.
Pros: Small lightweight body with effective anti-shake and anti-dust systems; new image processing improves overall image quality.
Cons: Increased shadow noise using optional Shadow Adjustment Technology; small viewfinder image; new 2.7-inch screen difficult to check in bright sunlight.
Summary: Olympus' E-520 is a great D-SLR that is more than capable of competing with the big guns from Canon and Nikon. Its images are impressive and the feature set is robust enough to satisfy all but the most demanding photographer.
Pros: Impressive pictures, great exposure handling, dust reduction works well, sensor-based stabilisation
Cons: Live View autofocus still slow, menus can be confusing
Conclusion: De Olympus heeft een mooi en overzichtelijk assortiment DSLR camera’s in huis. Innovatief en daar waar mogelijk verbeterd op essentiële punten, een omschrijving die de Olympus E-520 past. De camera is ons dan ook goed bevallen en biedt een fraai stuk gereedschap om op kwalitatief hoog niveau DSLR fotografie te beoefenen.