Storage Compartment

The storage compartment is located on the right side of the camera (from the back) and makes up part of the hand grip. The door hinge is fully spring loaded so you just have to unclip it for it to open fully. Inside you will find an xD-Picture card slot and a Compact Flash Type II card slot.


Like the E510 and E-420, the E520 has just one multi-function connector which is on the right rear of the body below the multi-direction controller, this serves to provide both USB and Video Out capability depending on which of the supplied cables is connected.

Base/Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find the metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens. The mount also appears to be in line with the focal plane (position of the imager). There's even a rough rubber patch around the mount to improve grip. There's not a lot to say about tripod mounts but this one has clearly had as much thought put into it as could sensibly be done.

Pop-up Flash

The E-520's pop-up flash has an electronic release mechanism meaning that it can be automatically raised in the Auto or Scene modes (this can be disabled if you wish). Once up the flash sits approximately 42 mm (1.7 in) above the top of the lens, this is noticeably less than some of the competitors (the Canon EOS 450D for example has a clearance of around 56 mm). There's no dedicated AF assist lamp and instead the flash strobes in a slightly uncomfortable way, obviously this requires you to have the flash raised in the first place. The flash has a guide number of 12 and an X-sync speed of 1/180 sec.

Flash Hot-shoe

The E-E20 has an 'E System' flash hot-shoe designed specifically for Olympus dedicated flash units, however it can also accept third party units (but sync contact only). Olympus 'E System' flash units communicate directly with the camera and support various features including zoom control, red-eye reduction and slow sync flash.

One of the E-520's new features is wireless flash shooting. It allows you to shoot using multiple wireless flashes and control them in three groups. The built-in flash is used to communicate between the camera and the external flashes. This works with the E-system flashes FL-50R and FL-36R.

Lens Mount

The E-520 is a Four Thirds digital SLR which means that its lens mount/communication system complies to the Four Thirds System standard. This means that as well as accepting Olympus 4/3 lenses it can also accept third party 4/3 lenses.

"Supersonic Wave Filter"

Olympus pioneered the "Supersonic Wave Filter" on the E-1 and the same system is implemented on the E-520. The image sensor is kept clean by making a very thin filter glass in front of the sensor vibrate at very high frequency. This causes dust or dirt to drop off and be trapped on a sticky tape material. The SSWF is triggered each time you power up the camera (we would still like to see this made optional or implemented only when thought to be needed - the delay can be irritating).

SSWF filter is mounted in front of the sensor Click for a video explanation (15 MB)

Box Contents (kit)

  • E-520 body
  • 14-42mm lens (kit contents)
  • Li-ion battery BLM-1
  • Li-ion battery charger BCS-1
  • USB cable
  • Video cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • OLYMPUS Master 2 CD-ROM
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card
  • Eye-piece cap EP-4.