The Olympus E-520 is a solid sub-$700 Four Thirds digital SLR with point-and-shoot appeal. It supplies all the staples of the EVOLT line — 10 megapixels, Live View, Face Detection — while integrating a number of features tailored to hands-on shooters. For all intents and purposes, the Olympus E-520 is basically a slightly-larger E-420 with mechanical image stabilization. The additional real estate on the body offers a more formidable grip and comfortable shooting experience, though the added perks come at an extra $100 cost.
The moderately compact, yet highly versatile E-520 carries an exhaustive degree of control and customization potential, and is backed by reliable point-and-shoot defaults.
Here’s a list of notable improvements found in the new Olympus E-520:
- New 10-megapixel Live MOS sensor
- Face Detection in Live View
- Contrast-Detect autofocus: Auto Focusing in Live View enabled by partially depressing the shutter release button (as you would on a point-and-shoot camera)
- Shadow Adjustment Technology (opens-up underexposed shadow areas)
- Increased maximum burst speed up to 3.5 frames per second
- Wireless remote flash capability (compatible with Olympus FL-36R or FL-56R flash units)
- Perfect Shot Preview — Live exposure effects displayed in a thumbnail view on the LCD for easy selection/adjustment prior to capturing the image
- Larger grip with deep finger groove affords a more comfortable, controlled hold on the camera
- Enlarged 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD Display shows twice the contrast of its predecessor for improved visibility in extreme lighting; broader color gamut displays a greater range of color detail; wider view up to 176 degrees off center