Olympus E-520 Review

Overall Score

55

Main Features

  • 10 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentamirror) Viewfinder
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 136 x 92 x 68 mm, 552g.
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  • Replaced: E-510

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Olympus E-520 Overview


First introduced in August, 2008, Olympus E-520 is a 10 MP DSLR with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Olympus replaced the older Olympus E-510 with E-520. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Olympus E-520 with Olympus E-510


Olympus E-520 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Olympus E-520

Sensor resolution of Olympus E-520 ~ 3646 x 2742 pixels.

Olympus E-520 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 9,997,332 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Olympus E-520


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus E-520 with competitors in entry-level dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
External Flash
AF Face Detection
4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
552g Light Body
Flash Sync Port
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
Optical Viewfinder
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
5 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Small LCD Screen: 2"
Slow Continuous Shooting: 230 fps
Low Battery Life: 650 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
Low Max Native ISO: 1600
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
Weight: 552g
Type Scores

Olympus E-520 has an Overall Score of 55/100 and ranked #132 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #420 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Olympus E-520 Scores
Imaging score
45
Features score
55
Value for money score
71
Portability score
80
Overall score
55
Average Scores in Entry-Level DSLR
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
59
Value For Money Score
75
Portability Score
79
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Olympus E-520


Olympus E-520 weighs 552g and has external dimensions of 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.35 x 3.62 x 2.68"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level DSLR cameras is 538g, Olympus E-520 is 14 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-520
552g
Average weight
538g
Min weight
365g
Max weight
690g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-520
68mm
Average Thickness
73mm
Min Thickness
53mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Olympus E-520 with the dimensions:

Olympus E-520

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight E-520 Dimensions E-520
Olympus E-510 Olympus E-510 490 g 552 g 136 x 92 x 68 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Olympus E-620 Olympus E-620 500 g 552 g 130 x 94 x 60 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Olympus E-500 Olympus E-500 479 g 552 g 130 x 95 x 66 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Nikon D3300 Nikon D3300 430 g 552 g 124 x 98 x 76 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Nikon D5300 Nikon D5300 480 g 552 g 125 x 98 x 76 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Olympus E-420 Olympus E-420 426 g 552 g 130 x 91 x 53 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Canon EOS 1200D Canon 1200D 480 g 552 g 130 x 100 x 78 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Canon EOS 450D Canon 450D 524 g 552 g 129 x 98 x 62 mm 136 x 92 x 68 mm

Specifications of Olympus E-520


General
Brand Olympus
Model E-520
Announced August, 2008
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 45
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 2"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.46
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 3
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00
Flash Modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 10 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 650 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 552 g
Physical Dimensions 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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