Olympus E-520 review

Started Mar 1, 2010 | User reviews
HaroldC3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,125
Olympus E-520 review

I've had the e520 for a couple weeks now. I have had some Canon and Nikon DSLRs and decided to try Olympus because of what you get for your money. I would definitely recommend Olympus to anyone looking for an entry or mid-level DSLR.

Here are the things I really like about the camera:
+ The depth and size of the grip. Fits my hand perfectly.
+ Size of the camera (not overly big but not tiny).
+ Build quality seems pretty solid but I wouldn't take it out in the rain
+ Settings for just about everything (e.g. the size of Medium and Small sized JPGs can be customized!)
+ wireless flash communication
+ Price
+ Battery life

Things that are so-so:
* Focus speed seems average
* There are alot of settings to know about. Luckily the dpreview review does a good job going through them.
* IQ seems about average (images need sharpening)


Here are some things I don't like so far:
- Viewfinder information on the right side of the view finder is sometimes hard to see.
- Can't turn off SSWF
- No incremental ISO & only goes up to 1600
- I personally dislike using CF cards because of the fact camera pins can break.
- Viewfinder is not the brightest
- Only 3 focus points in non-liveview mode

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Olympus E-520 (EVOLT E-520)
10 megapixels • 2.7 screen • Four Thirds sensor
Announced: May 13, 2008
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