Nic Rossmüller : May 13th 2008 - 09:35 CET
Olympus E520 : The perfect moment doesn’t wait. That’s why serious photographers need serious equipment so that they are ready for whatever comes. With its pro features and top image quality, the new Olympus E-520 D-SLR fits the bill perfectly. The next evolution to the EISA Award-winning Olympus E-500 digital camera series incorporates a built-in image stabiliser to ensure blur-free shots irrespective of the lens attached - no matter if wide-angle or ultra-tele and without the need for a tripod. Matched with the Supersonic Wave Filter dust protection system and improved Live View capabilities, the freedom to frame and take great, crystal-clear photos with the Olympus E520 digital camera is virtually limitless. |
E520 Olympus digital camera - 3.5 fps sequential shooting
Sequential shooting at 3.5fps with up to eight images in RAW buffer lets every moment be captured. Matched with fast processing speeds and the exceptionally low noise performance that’s attributable to the TruePic III image processor, high-speed action becomes your friend. Broad-ranging sensitivity from ISO 100-1600 adds versatility, and the bracketing function let series of shots to be taken with varying adjustments to exposure, focus or white balance, allowing the best of the shots to be selected.
Zuiko 9-18mm lens - Olympus E-520 digital camera
The Olympus E520 relegates blurred photos to a thing of the past. Its built-in image stabiliser ensures subjects are captured in ultimate sharpness, shot after shot - no matter if shooting from the back of a motorbike on rough terrain or capturing a spontaneous “stolen moment” out of the hand in a market square. Because the stabiliser is located in the camera body and not in individual lenses, photographers can shoot with confidence regardless of which lens is attached: from wide-angle models like the soon-to-be-released Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 to high-performance zooms such as the new Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 (equiv. to 140-600mm in a 35mm format).
Olympus E-520 DSLR - Lighting set up
For low-light shooting situations photographers can select the built-in flash or choose an optional external unit. Wireless flash control is also possible with this model, making customised lighting set ups an easy reality. As with all cameras in the Olympus E-System line-up, the Olympus E520 incorporates the Supersonic Wave Filter to protect against the effects of dust, which can enter the camera during lens changes or otherwise result from normal operation. Photographers therefore enjoy blemish-free pictures at all times.
E520 D-SLR - HyperCrystal II LCD display
Despite being the powerhouse it is, the Four Thirds System-based Olympus E520 remains a pleasure to use. Its ergonomic body houses the capabilities that not only advance image quality but also enrich the complete photo-taking experience. Live View has been enhanced to boost user friendliness. In addition to allowing depth of field previews, providing the facility to control exposure compensation and white balance on-screen, and being able to see the effects of Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology in real time on the 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD, autofocus changes can now also be seen directly on the display. This has been made possible by implementing a contrast AF system in addition to the customary phase difference detection AF system, which means that the mirror needn’t move to the down position for AF measurements to be made and previewed in Live View.
Olympus E520 camera - Shooting modes
The LCD boasts viewing angles of 176° and has a field of view that covers 100% of the frame. Live View is also ideal to support the needs of macro photographers wishing to focus visually, as sections of the subject can be enlarged by a factor 7 or 10 to aid manual focus adjustments. The Olympus E-520 includes a total of 32 consumer-friendly shooting modes to make shooting easy no matter the situation: whether at a candlelight dinner, taking a portrait or shooting under water. Operability is a cinch too: users can choose on-screen menus in up to 10 languages - and many more are also available for download. A long-life rechargeable battery ensures extended shooting. Dual CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card slots enable excellent storage flexibility, and the downloading of files is fast thanks to USB Hi-Speed 2.0.
E520 Olympus SLR - Accessories
As part of the Olympus E-System, the Olympus E520 is compatible with virtually all system accessories. This embraces numerous flash units including the wireless FL-36R and FL-50R to take advantage of the camera’s remote flash control capabilities. More than 20 Zuiko Digital lenses - all featuring near telecentric construction - are available, covering a focal length range of 14-600mm (35mm equivalents). Among the latest Olympus ED 14-35mm 1:2.0 SWD (28-70mm), Olympus ED 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 (140-600mm), and Olympus 25mm 1:2.8 (50mm) Pancake lens. Beyond this, thanks to the one-of-a-kind compatibility the Four Thirds System provides, photographers can also use lenses from other manufacturers adhering to the standard.
Olympus E520 digital SLR - Underwater case
Further enhancing shooting opportunities, a special underwater case will also become available for the Olympus E520. Waterproof to a depth of up to 40m, it opens up an entirely new realm of creative photography. Satisfying demands for pro results and remaining surprisingly compact, the Olympus E520 makes sure every photo comes out razor-sharp thanks to its built-in image stabiliser. It will go on sale from June 2008.
Olympus E520 DSLR - Features
• Built-in image stabiliser for all lenses
• Autofocus Live View
• Excellent dust reduction system
• 100% D-SLR quality
• Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology
• 6.9cm/2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD
• 10 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
• 3.5fps with up to 8 images in RAW buffer
• Built-in flash and wireless flash control
• 32 shooting modes
• Optional underwater case available
• Four Thirds Standard
• Compact and ergonomic design
• Bracketing functions
• ISO 100-1600
• AF/ AE lock functionality
• Depth of field preview
• Anti-shock (mirror lock) function
• One-touch white balance
• Perfect shot preview
• 100% field of view via LCD
• TruePic III image processor
• Detailed playback info screen with histogram
• Hi-Speed USB 2.0