Rear of Camera Controls

The rear of the E-520 is - apart from the larger screen and a color change - identical to the E-510's. There are plenty of external buttons, including function and drive-mode buttons that can be customized to do other things, which is very impressive in a camera at this price point. The ergonomics have generally been very well thought out, making it a very pleasant camera to use.

There are a couple of tiny niggles with the E520's operation - The 'one touch' white balance that has no menu-driven alternative, and can easily require 17 button presses to assign it to the Function button, is quite entertaining. Also, any user deciding they want to switch file size or format using the function button may be a little dismayed to find it's seemingly the only function that doesn't remember a button press - and you have to be pretty dexterous to hold the Function button and turn the immediately adjacent control dial. These are not big problems by any means, but are the downsides of such extensive customization.

Buttons (Shooting mode)

Play mode

Enters a shooting priority play mode, you can return to shooting mode at any time by pressing the shutter release half-way or by pressing this button again.

Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
INFO Super Control Panel display mode

This switches the LCD on ('Super Control Panel' displayed) and off.
Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock

The AEL/AFL button can be programmed in a variety of different ways for different focus modes (Single AF, Continuous AF and Manual Focus). It can be programmed to be momentary AE Lock or Memo/Cancel AE Lock, it can also be programmed to perform and lock Auto Focus at the same time (these modes are described later in this review). It's also used to trigger Auto Focus in Live View mode.
Fn FUNCTION (Fn) button

This button can be customized to perform any one of four functions:

 • Face detection 
 • Preview (viewfinder depth-of-field preview)
 • Live Preview (stopped-down live view)
 • One-touch White Balance
 • Home position (Resets the AF point to the center)
 • Switch to manual focus
 • Change quality/format
 • Take test image without saving
 • Jump to My mode settings
 • Off
Auto focus point

After pressing this button turn the main dial to select between the four different AF points/modes:

 • Automatic selection from three points
 • Left point
 • Center point
 • Right point
Live View

Switches to Live View mode, this causes the shutter to open and the mirror to raise (hence the viewfinder can not be used in this mode). Press again to cancel.
4-way arrow keys

As with previous models, the four-way controller is used to navigate menus and make selections (using the OK button). In addition each of the directional keys has a dedicated function - these are listed below:
WB White Balance

 • Auto
 • 5300 K (Daylight)
 • 6000 K (Cloudy)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • 3000 K (Incandescent)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
 • 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
 • 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
 • Custom
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
AF Focus mode

 • Single-AF
 • Continuous-AF
 • Manual focus
 • Single-AF & Manual focus
 • Continuous-AF & Manual focus
ISO ISO Sensitivity

 • Auto
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
Metering mode

 • ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
OK Control panel setting change

Press the OK button to change settings directly on the Control Panel display, navigate around the display using the four way controller.

Buttons (Play mode)

In play mode the multi-direction controller is used to browse through images, left/right move an image at a time, up/down jump ten images.


Protects (or unprotects) the current image, this sets the file system 'Read Only' flag which means you can't accidentally delete the image using the erase button, however this does not protect against formatting of the storage card (an extra 'This card contains protected images, really format?' dialog would be good).
Fn FUNCTION (Fn) button

In play mode the Fn button offers a fast way to magnify the image (jumps to 10x magnification view). Turning the dial changes the zoom level. Pressing Fn again zooms in.
Split screen mode

In play mode the AF button activates a split screen 'Lightbox' view that allows you to compare two shots side by side.
Exit play mode

Returns to shooting mode, you can achieve the same by half-pressing the shutter release button.


Displays a 'Yes/No' confirmation dialog to delete the current image. If images have been marked (using the OK button) you can delete multiple images in a batch.


Enters the camera menu (described later in this review).
INFO Information Display

Rotates through the six different levels of information display:

 • No overlaid information
 • Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
 • More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number)
 • Histogram with detailed information (Y, R, G, B histograms)
 • Large histogram overlay
 • Blinking highlights and shadows
OK Mark/Unmark image

Allows you to mark or unmark (tick mark) images as you browse, marked images can then be deleted or copied as a batch.