Record review & Play

The E-520 has a wide variety of playback modes and options that allow you direct access to the information you want to know about the image. It also has a variety of screens for viewing and selecting multiple images, steepening the learning curve a little but allowing you to use the camera exactly as you want to. The only real niggle is that the image that appears immediately after shooting cannot be deleted - you have to go into playback mode proper, in order to do that. (You can customize the camera to jump straight to playback mode after you take a shot but it then remains there until you turn it off, which isn't terrifically handy).

Display modes

The E-520 retains the wide range of display modes seen on the E-420 - including combined blinking highlights and shadows.

No overlaid information Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number) Thumbnail with AF point, quality, four-way histogram and detailed exposure info.
Large overlaid histogram with semi-transparent background. Blinking shadows (blue) and highlights (orange)

Image magnify

Turn the main dial counter-clockwise to enter magnify mode, keep turning to magnify up to 14x. Use the four way controller to pan around the magnified image.

Press the Fn button in playback mode to show a 'loupe' that can be moved around the image. The control dial adjusts the magnifcation level and re-pressing the Fn zooms in.

Press the AF point button in playback mode to compare images to one another. Pressing the Fn button in this mode allows you to selectively move one of the images and the dial, as usual, controls the zoom level.

Thumbnail index

Turn the main dial clockwise to switch to thumbnail index views, there are a total of seven different index views: 4 images (2x2), 9 images (3x3), 16 images (4x4), 25 images (5x5), 49 images (7x7) and 100 images (10x10) as well as the very useful calendar view which allows you to browse your images by the date they were taken. (Screenshots from E-420)

Other play functions

Press the Erase button to erase the current image. Note that this function can be used with multiple items selected. Press the Copy (Drive Mode) button to copy this image from one card to another. This function can be used with multiple items selected.
The OK button can be used to select multiple images, you can then use this selection for deletion or copying. The protect button can be used to mark images as read-only.
The JPEG EDIT option allows you to apply after-effects to images. The E-520 comes with a Shadow Adjustment filter which works similarly to the digital fill-lighting we have seen in other cameras. If a RAW file is chosen, then the option is given to process that file as a JPEG using the current camera settings (no preview is offered, which is a pity).