The Olympus E-520 DSLR is basically an E-420 with Sensor-shift Image Stabilization and a bigger handgrip. Otherwise, everything else is pretty much the same, give or take a couple more Underwater Scene Modes and a My Mode customization.
The E-520 provides
full exposure flexibility for the advanced photographers
as well as 20 Scene Modes for beginner photographers.
It has dual memory card slots and accepts the
xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash Type I &
II (including Microdrives) cards.
Two lens kits are available for the E-520:
the Zuiko Digital ED 14 - 42 mm
f3.5 - f5.6 Lens (28 - 84mm, 35mm equivalent)
and the Zuiko Digital ED 40 - 150 mm
f4.0 - f5.6 Lens (80 - 300mm, 35mm equivalent).
Being part of the Olympus E-System, the E-520 is compatible with the large and growing
range of Olympus E-System accessories, including
the full line-up of Zuiko Digital Specific lenses
and flashes. However, do note that not all lenses are totally compatible with the Live View system (currently only the above two lens kits use all the functionality of the Live View system, especially the Contrast-Detect AF).
The mechanical Sensor-shift Image Stabilization is built-in so it is active with all compatible lenses. Shadow Adjustment retains detail in the shadows and works automatically when using Face Detection Mode, Live View and in Scene-Select Modes. Face Detection tracks up to eight faces within the image area and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for portrait pictures.
Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter™. Wireless multi-flash photography is also possible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes.
And if you are into underwater photography, the Underwater Housing PT-E05 allows you to take the E-520 to depths of 130 feet. The required, optional lens ports allow the use of lenses from the 8mm fisheye through the 50mm macro -- as well as flashes -- for underwater photography.
The Olympus E-520 is an easy-to-use DSLR for beginners and advanced photographers alike. It's for those who like the idea of an in-camera image stabilization, Live View using Contrast-Detection AF (just like on a compact P&S) and wireless multi-flash photography.
If you are looking for a very compact digital camera for first-time
users (and without Image Stabilization), check
out the E-420.
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust
reduction system for image sensor)
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
RAW: 3648 x 2736 compressed Approx. 11MB
Large: 3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB
3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB
3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB
Middle 3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
Small 1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
Can be checked (when FN button is set in preview mode),
selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose). IS activating mode.
Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment preview, White balance adjustment preview, Gradation setting preview, Face detection preview, Perfect Shot preview, Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS Activating mode.
High-speed imager AF, Phase difference detection AF
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
*C-AF mode is not available with the contrast detection system
3-point multiple AF with the phase difference detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
11-point multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
AF luminance range
(phase difference detection system)
EV 0 to 19 (at 20°C, ISO 100)
Built-in flash (on/off selectable), external flash available
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multipattern metering); (2) Center-weighted average metering; (3) Spot metering (approx. 2% of the viewfinder screen); (4) Spot with Highlight control; (5) Spot with Shadow control
EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering)
(At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
(1) Auto; (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed); (3) A: Aperture priority AE; (4) S: Shutter priority AE; (5) M: Manual; (6) Scene program AE; (7) Scene select AE
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama (requires Olympus xD-Picture Card media), Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro
AUTO (ISO 100 - 1600) / Manual (ISO 100 - 1600), 1 EV steps
±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Muted and Portrait
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
4 levels (Auto, high key, normal, low key)
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 30 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable)
Optical remote control
Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 Remote Control)
Anti shock mode
Available (1 to 30 sec. selectable)
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control
Approx. 3.5 frames/sec.
on sequential shooting
RAW mode: Max. 8 frames
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (LN mode: approx. up to card capacity with SanDisk Extreme III 1GB)
Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m)
Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, FP warning, AF frame, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, RC mode setting
Information (Wireless flash commander)
Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure compensation value, Flash compensation indicator, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification, NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, IS activating mode, Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting
Back light lighting time is selectable (Keep, 8 sec., 30 sec., 1 min.)
Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box
Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available),
Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Americas: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Fn button is available to set 10 functions: Face detection, Preview, Live preview, One-touch WB, AF home position, MF, Record mode, Test picture, My mode, Off
Drive button is available to set six functions: Drive, AF target selection, AF mode, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting)
2 settings are recordable
2 settings are recordable
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)
Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
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