Olympus E-520 Review

Review Date: July 30th 2008
Author: Zoltan Arva-Toth

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

Type
Lens mount Four Thirds
Body material Glass reinforced plastics
Image Sensor
Effective pixels 10 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 11.8 Megapixels
Type 4/3 '' Live MOS sensor
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Engine
Type TruePic III
Filter
LPF filter Yes Fixed type
IR cut filter Yes Hybrid type
Dust reduction filter Yes Supersonic Wave Filter
Viewfinder
Viewfinder type Eye-level Pentaprism type optical view finder
Field of view Approx. 95 %
Magnification Approx. 0,92 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptres
Depth of field preview Yes Customized Fn button via viewfinder or via LCD in Live View
Eye point 14 mm
Diopter adjustment Yes -3.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Focusing screen Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
Mirror Quick return mirror
Viewfinder Information Yes AF frame (super impose), AE lock, AF confirmation mark, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture value, white balance, exposure compensation value indicator, flash, IS activating mode, battery check
Eye piece shutter Eye-piece cap EP-4 supplied
Live View
AF type Option between phase difference detection system and contrast detection autofocus
Information 100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, gradation setting preview (SAT), face detection preview, perfect shot preview, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogramme, IS activating mode
Image Stabiliser
Type Sensor shift
Modes Two-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 4 EV steps
Focusing System
Method TTL phase difference detection system, contrast detection system
Focus areas 3 points / Automatic and manual selection. For contrast detection AF, 11 points are used.
AF illuminator Yes Built-in flash (external flash available / inactivation possible)
AF lock Yes Locked by first position of shutter release button, AE/AF lock button (customised)
Focus tracking Yes Available in continuous AF mode
Manual focus Yes Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
Single AF Yes
Single AF + MF Yes
Continuous AF Yes only available for TTL phase difference detection
Continuous AF + MF Yes only available for TTL phase difference detection
Detection range 0 - 19 EV (ISO 100)
Bracketing 3 frames - 1 / 2 steps
Exposure System
Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV / 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 3 frames / +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 1 - 20 EV (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
ESP light metering Yes
Spot metering Yes
Centre weighted metering Yes
Highlight Yes
Shadow Yes
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 20
Portrait Yes
Landscape Yes
Landscape with Portrait Yes
Night Scene Yes
Night Scene with portrait Yes
Children Yes
Sports Yes
High key Yes
Low key Yes
Image Stabilisation Mode Yes
Macro Yes
Nature Macro Yes
Candle Yes
Sunset Yes
Fireworks Yes
Documents Yes
Beach and Snow Yes
Panorama Yes
Underwater Wide Yes
Underwater Macro Yes
Exposure Modes
Auto Yes
Programme automatic Yes
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual Yes
Scene Modes Yes
Sensitivity
Auto ISO 100 - 1600
Manual ISO 100 - 1600 (adjustable in 1 EV steps)
Shutter
Shutter type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter release Soft Touch Electromagnetic
Self timer 12 s / 2 s
Anti Shock Yes Release delay: 1 - 30 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/4000-60 s
AUTO 1/4000-2 s
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/4000-60 s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed A priority 1/4000-60 s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed S priority 1/4000-60 s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed Manual 1/4000-60 s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed scene mode 1/4000-4 s
White Balance
AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
One-touch white balance Customised One-Touch WB button
White balance adjustment Yes +/- 7
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
Selectable steps in Kelvin 8 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
Tungsten Yes 3000 K
Flourescent 1 Yes 4000 K
Flourescent 2 Yes 4500 K
Flourescent 3 Yes 6600 K
Sunlight Yes 5300 K
Flash Yes 5500 K
Overcast Yes 6000 K
Shade Yes 7500 K
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode 3.5 fps / Up to card capacity in Large Normal mode
3.5 fps / 8 frames RAW
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
TruePic III Yes
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Black & White (default setting Natural).
Gradation 4 (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Internal Flash
Guide number 12 (ISO 100)
Flash compensation +/- 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
AUTO Yes
Manual Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Slow synchronisation Yes
Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain Yes
Fill-in Yes
Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction Yes
Off Yes
Bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/180 s / 1/4000 s
Type TTL Auto for Olympus dedicated flash, Auto or Manual
Synchronisation modes Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain and slow syncro, Fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity +/- 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Group setting 3 groups
Number of channels 4 channels
LCD
Resolution 230000 dots
LCD type HyperCrystal II LCD
Monitor size 6.9 cm / 2.7 ''
Brightness adjustment 15 levels
Colour balance 15 levels
Super Control Panel
Displayed information
Metering mode Yes
Exposure mode Yes
Aperture value
Shutter speed Yes
Exposure level view Yes
Flash compensation value Yes
Exposure compensation indication Yes
AE bracketing Yes
ISO Yes
Colour space Yes
Picture mode Yes
Gradation Yes
Colour saturation compensation value Yes
Sharpness compensation value Yes
Contrast compensation value Yes
White balance Yes
White balance compensation value Yes
Noise reduction Yes
AEL notification Yes
Flash mode Yes
Focus mode Yes
AF frame Yes
Drive mode Yes
Record mode Yes
Number of storable frames Yes
Memory card Yes
Battery indicator Yes
Super Control Panel (Flash)
Displayed information
Exposure mode Yes
Shutter speed Yes
Aperture value Yes
Exposure compensation indication Yes
Flash compensation value Yes
AEL notification Yes
Noise reduction Yes
Bracketing Yes
AF illuminator disactivated notification Yes
Colour space Yes
Wireless channel setting Yes
Built-in flash intensity Yes
Group settings Yes
View Images
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Zoom Yes 2-14 x
Index Yes 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames
Slide show Yes
Calendar Yes
Shooting information Exposure mode, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation level, ISO, colour space, white balance mode, white balance compensation level, focal length, focus area, file type, picture mode, file name, image size, recorded card type.
Exposure level view Histogram (R,G,B available), High light point warning, Shadow point warning.
Rotation Yes
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single, Selected
Copy mode Single, All, Selected
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Parallel recording
JPEG Yes
JPEG compression 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SHQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ
Image Size
RAW 3648 x 2736 / 11 MB / frame
Large 3648 x 2736 Super Fine / 6.8 MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 4.7 MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.2 MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.5 MB / frame
Middle 3200 x 2400 Super Fine / 5.3 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 3.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Super Fine / 3.6 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 2.2 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.7 MB / frame
Small 1600 x 1200 Super Fine / 1.3 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.8 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.5 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Super Fine / 0.8 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.5 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Super Fine / 0.5 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.4 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Super Fine / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.2
PIM III
DPOF Yes
DCF Yes
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Shadow Adjustment Technology Yes
Trimming Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Black & White Yes
Sepia Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Resize Yes
Menu
Menu languages in camera English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish
Menu languages by download Additional one language from 15 further languages by download via the internet.
Customisation Options
Fn Button Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View, AF home setting, MF, record format, exposure mode, My Mode
Drive button Drive, AF target selection, AF mode, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting
My Mode 2 settings available
Custom preset options 2
Power Supply
Battery BLM-1 Li-Ion battery (included)
Battery life Approx. 650 shots with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard.
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Environment
Temperature 0 - 40 C / -20 - 60 C
Humidity 30 - 90 % / 10 - 90 %
Size
Dimensions (WxHxD) 136 x 91.5 x 68 mm
Weight 475 g (body only)
Interface
Media Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Combined V & USB output Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
Infrared Yes
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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