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Olympus E520 Review

Digital camera review overview
Olympus E520 Introduction
Olympus E520 Camera
Olympus E520 Control
Olympus E520 Adjustments
Olympus E520 Storage and Energy
Olympus E520 Test-images
Olympus E520 Test-images
Olympus E520 Camera
Olympus E520 Conclusion

Olympus E520 Review conclusion

Olympus E-520 digitalSLR camera
The Olympus E-520 seems a logical continuation of the E-510. The year is over, so a new type number will attract the attention to the brand again. However, saying just that would not do the Olympus E-520 justice. This DSLR camera closes the front that Olympus started when the Olympus E-3 was introduced. The fact that the Olympus E-520 is quite similar to the E-3 was revealed mainly through technical tests. Naturally, the E-3 aims at a different target group and its application possibilities are multiple; as far as the technical aspects the Olympus E-520, and that of its smaller brother the E-420, are concerned, they prove well-matched to the techniques of the top model of the Olympus stable. And that is a huge compliment for the E-520.

Image quality of the Olympus E-520 has been improved
If you look solely at the camera's specifications, you might want to classify the E-520 as a minor update of the E-510. However, in addition to the number of features that have been added, for example, improvement of Live View or the application of the Shadow Adjustment technology, the image sensor and, with it, the image quality have been improved tremendously. Especially the signal/noise ratio and the dynamic range benefit from this, two important columns for the image quality. This qualifies the E-520 not only for the DSLR compact camera user who wants to upgrade; also for the owner of an E-510. He will instantly notice the improved quality of the Olympus E-520.

Olympus E-520 is an excellent dSLR camera
Olympus are well on their way with their current DSLR assortment as far as quality is concerned. Depending on whether Olympus still know how to reach the consumer, and if the prior advantages of the FourThirds system still apply to the current market. Anyhow, if you sail with a DSLR like the E-520, you cannot go wrong and you will experience a lot of joy in DSLR photography. It simply is a perfect camera.

E-520 delivered with 14-42 mm ZUIKO Digital kit lens
Are there no comments at all? Well; yes and no. Just looking at the camera, the system is fine and the camera offers great image quality. However; there still seems to be room for improvement if we compare the camera to some competing DSLR models. What comes to mind then, is the signal/noise ratio where the high ISO values could in fact be improved somewhat. Besides that, you have to count with chromatic aberration in combination with the kit lens. Olympus, on the other hand, offer an extensive assortment of lenses, so there are still some options left!

Olympus E-520 SLR camera : Recommended !
Olympus offer a nice and convenient assortment of DSLR cameras. Innovative is the word for the Olympus E-520, and where possible, this camera has been improved on essential points. Therefore, we really do like this camera; it is a beautiful tool to perform DSLR photography on quite a high level. The competition in the segment of the E520, is strong, offered features are numerous and it makes it more and more difficult for the consumer to make a choice. The image quality of the Olympus E-520 is solid as a rock, leaving no other option than to go to the closest dealer and make your acquaintance with this camera. How that will work out, is up to you, we have been convinced already! A recommendable camera!

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Olympus E-520 supports CompactFlash & xD Picture cards
CompactFlash is available in many types with as main differences, speed and storage capacity. We chose an Extreme III of SanDisk as a minimum storage medium, to ensure optimal speed and image reproduction in the camera. The Olympus E520 delivers 10 Megapixel files. The format the camera stores in is JPEG or RAW. The latter can be converted with the standard included Olympus Master software, although you can also process the RAW pictures with the latest version of Adobe Camera RAW. In order to work fluently without encountering capacity problems, a 2GB memory card is the minimum capacity you should use.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
RAW - 3648x2736 - 11MB - 182 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 3648x2736 - 1/2.7 - 6.8MB - 294 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 3648x2736 - 1/4 - 4.7MB - 422 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3648x2736 - 1/8 - 2.2MB - 920 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 3648x2736 - 1/12 - 1.5MB - 1374 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 3200 x 2400 - 1/2.7 - 5.3MB - 374 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 3200 x 2400 - 1/4 - 3.7MB - 534 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3200 x 2400 - 1/8 - 1.7MB - 1194 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 3200 x 2400 - 1/12 - 1.1MB - 1776 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 2560 x 1920 - 1/2.7 - 3.6MB - 560 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 2560 x 1920 - 1/4 - 2.2MB - 932 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 2560 x 1920 - 1/8 - 1.1MB - 1854 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 2560 x 1920 - 1/12 - 0.7MB - 2722 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 1600 x 1200 - 1/2.7 - 1.3MB - 1598 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 1600 x 1200 - 1/4 - 0.8MB - 2326 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 1600 x 1200 - 1/8 - 0.5MB - 4568 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 1600 x 1200 - 1/12 - 0.3MB - 6396 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 1280 x 960 - 1/2.7 - 0.8MB - 2460 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 1280 x 960 - 1/4 - 0.5MB - 3552 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 1280 x 960 - 1/8 - 0.3MB - 6732 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 1280 x 960 - 1/12 - 0.2MB - 9840 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 1024 x 768 - 1/2.7 - 0.5MB - 3762 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 1024 x 768 - 1/4 - 0.4MB - 5330 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 1024 x 768 - 1/8 - 0.2MB - 9840 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 1024 x 768 - 1/12 - 0.1MB - 14214 pictures
JPEG - Superfine - 640 x 480 - 1/2.7 - 0.2MB - 9138 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 640 x 480 - 1/4 - 0.2MB - 12792 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 640 x 480 - 1/8 - 0.1MB - 21322 pictures
JPEG - Basic - 640 x 480 - 1/12 – 0.1MB - 25586 pictures

Fast SanDisk Extreme III memory card advisable
Using a faster memory card, in combination with a large storage capacity is advisable. The Olympus E-520 benefits from the processing speed of the memory card. xD Pictures as well as CompactFlash offer these faster cards. I left the xD Picture card for what it is, and turned to the Extreme III of SanDisk which offers a superb performance. High resolution RAW and JPEG pictures are written onto the card extremely fast, and using a fast card reader, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed or FireWire, the pictures are transferred to a desk top or lap top in no-time.

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