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Olympus E-520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 909 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the performance and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and value for money are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and video.

usability, value for money, portability, image quality, performance

viewfinder, video, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus Evolt E-520


Large LCD, Good build quality, Easy to adjust settings

Mediocre image quality, Slow speeds, No flash-off option on the mode dial

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...

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Olympus E-520


The Olympus E-520 digital SLR camera evolved from its predecessor, the Evolt E-510--but only just. Olympus has added a larger, more ergonomic grip, for one; the company has also increased the size of the LCD to 2.7 inches (from 2.5 inches), added a...

Very impressive autofocus in daylight

Poor performance at high ISOs ; Complicated customizable menus

A good value for the price, but a few more bucks buys you better performance in low light

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Olympus E-520 SLR


The TruePic III Image Processor allows the E-520 to produce crystal-clear photos by using all of the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible for every photo with accurate color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant...

First seen on the E-510, the E-520 features in-body Mechanical Image Stabilization with three modes for increased versatility. IS-1 mode for general shooting adjusts the sensor on both the X and Y axes to compensate for movement by the photographer so...


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Olympus E-520


The Olympus E-520 is a refreshed version of Olympus's upper-entry-level camera, the E-510. As such it's a slightly bulked-up E-420 with image stabilization, which makes it one of the most feature-packed and customizable cameras available for under...

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...

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...

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.

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The Olympus EVOLT E-520 is a 10-megapixel entry-level SLR that features the best Live View in its price class and noteworthy color accuracy. It delivers a range of useful features, good automatic controls for those new to SLR photography as well as...

Solid comfortable construction ; Good color accuracy test results ; Auto focus in Live View mode ; Large number of image presets ; High level of control and customizability for advanced users

Very poor white balance scores ; Noisy images ; Live View auto focus problematic and slow ; Proprietary port instead of standard USB and AV

The E-520 is a camera that manages to package a significant number of excellent features and solid controls into a great body, but really let itself down in our performance testing. There's one of the best Live View modes on the market (with auto...

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Olympus Camedia D-520 Zoom


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Olympus OLYMPUS D-520 ZOOM 2MP DIGITAL CAM (Olympus-225325)


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Olympus Camedia 520 Zoom


Olympus's low-cost digital camera with zoom is simple to use, but the quality of its shots could be better.

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Olympus E-520


If you're ready to replace your stripped-down entry-level DSLR, or taking a step up from the point and shoot world, the Olympus E-520 definitely deserves a hard look. It has all the features of any of its upper entry-level competition, and you just...

10MP resolutionLive View with autofocusIn-camera image stabilization2.7

high ISOs is a little disappointing

The Olympus E-520 DSLR is Olympus' latest model in the upper entry-level...

Highly Recommended!

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Olympus E-520 Review


The new 10 megapixel Olympus E-520 DSLR camera is an evolutionary upgrade to last year's popular E-510 model. It boasts some notable advancements including wireless TTL flash control, Shadow Adjustment Technology, improved image processing, two extra...

I personally enjoyed using the E-520 very much, and doubt it would disappoint anybody who decides to buy one after careful weighing of its strengths and weaknesses. The Olympus E-520 is a camera that I can recommend to beginners and enthusiasts...

Product Specifications

The Olympus E-520 delivers brilliant results thanks to advanced technologies that produce clear, sharp images. The E-520's industry-leading Image Stabilization technology, which is built into the camera body, compensates for movement so you can capture blur-free shots with any lens - even at slow shutter speeds. Autofocus Live View brings subjects into sharp focus; it is the perfect tool for macro, portrait or even landscape shooting. This camera was built to produce amazing results for photo hobbyists and serious digital photographers alike. This product bundles with ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens. This 3x standard zoom lens is the smallest and lightest in its class and features a closest focusing distance of only 25cm. The ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two aspherical lens elements correct aberrations without increasing lens dimensions. The circular aperture diaphragm enables beautiful defocusing - one of the big advantages of this lens. Excellent mobility is assured by a weight of less than 190 grams.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific/Standard form factor
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLM-1
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card/Microdrive / xD-Picture Card / CompactFlash/SmartMedia

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in/2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm/6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Beach/snow / Candle / Children / Documents / Fireworks / High key / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Low key / Macro / Nature macro / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide/Documents / Low key / Anti shake / Underwater wide / Underwater macro / Night scene with portrait / High key / Candle / Sunset / Sports mode / Panorama assist / Fireworks / Children / Landscape-portrait / Beach/snow / Portrait mode / Nature macro

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SmartMedia card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:520 Zoom/E-520
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus CAMEDIA D/Olympus EVOLT

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens
Max Focal Length:15mm/42mm
Min Focal Length:14mm/5mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"/13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm/7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD/Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel/2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:2.5
ISO (Max):1600/320
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (100-1600)/ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 80/ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100 / ISO auto (100-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Blue / Green / Muted / Portrait / Purple / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Sepia/Portrait / Muted / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Blue / Purple / Vivid / Black & White Yellow filter / Black & White Red filter / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical