Excerpt: It’s getting very cramped in the £500 sector of the market, with the Olympus E-520 looking to catch the eye of the DSLR newcomer in search of a highy-featured, yet easy to use camera that can help them take their first successful steps in digital SLR photography. Is it an ideal choice for the beginner? Has it enough in its arsenal of features to appeal to the more experienced user?
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.
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 pretty good too. Subsequent discounting saw the E-510 with a decent twin lens bundle fall to the price of many rivals with only one lens, and become a justified best-seller.
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.
Summary: A fully-fledged mid-range DSLR in a compact body, at an entry-level price – this is how one could distill the essence of the Olympus E-520 into one sentence. The new camera inherits the very well designed body, efficient handling and semi-professional feature set of its predecessor, and gains important capabilities such as wireless TTL flash control, Shadow Adjustment Technology and contrast-detect auto-focus in Live View.
Summary: First impressions are important, as that's where most of us make a decision in the camera shop. As soon as I picked up the camera I was on the wrong footing. Had someone forgot to add the meat to the flesh? The light weight sent out the wrong signal. Then I tried Live View and was instantly disappointed by the slow focusing speed. Yes it's one of the few that has AF in Live View but I couldn't help wanting something that didn't hunt around while using it.
Pros: Lightweight, 10x magnification in Live View, Long lasting battery, LCD easy to view, even in bright light, Impressive low noise at ISO1600, Image stabilisation, Variety of custom functions
Cons: No front exposure dial, AF slow in Live View, Menu not as intuitive as some
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.