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Olympus E-520
Olympus E-520

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Olympus E-520

We've given the E-520 a grade of B+.

Editor's Review

Olympus continues to build incrementally on their digital SLR roster with the Evolt E-520, an upgrade to last year's E-510. The new camera picks up a number of tricks from the more powerful Evolt E-3, as well as some features all its own. The biggest technical feature is the new contrast detection AF mode, which allows the camera to autofocus even when the mirror is in the up position. Also included are a larger LCD screen, face detection, and a greater dynamic range than the E-510. As with most recent Olympus dSLRs, it offers sensor-shift image stabilization and Olympus's Supersonic Wave Filter to rid the sensor of dust particles. A fine pro-consumer dSLR, the E-520 should compete well with similar offerings from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony.


  • 10 megapixels
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • TruePic III image processor
  • Supersonic Wave Filter sensor dust cleaner
  • RAW and JPEG file formats
  • 4/3 standard lens mount
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • Compact Flash and xD-Picture Card Digital card storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: OLYMPUSE5201442
  • UPC: 4545350016135
  • Release Date: May 15, 2008

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Olympus E-520 Reviews

Olympus E-520 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
blurry photos at full zoom (bruce meyers — 02/20/2010)
i have owned my evolt 520 for about a year. i am fairly new to dslr's so i am learning as i go.most things i have figured out. but i bought a 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 zoom lens and at full zoom my pictures come out blurry. can you give me some suggestions on how to remedy this? other than that i think this is a great camera. thanks
  • 2.0 out of 5
E520 Shadow (Lisa — 01/02/2009)

If you are saving to purchase the E520, you'd better plan on saving a little more for the external flash because the incamera flash doesn't raise high enough to flash above the lens leaving a dark half moon shadow at the middle bottom, of every photo. I had to purchase an external flash get beyond this problem.