Olympus E-520

Released May, 2008
  • 10 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
As for the exposure options, the camera has the full complement of Manual, Program AE, Shutter and Aperture Priority AE and auto as well as a wide range of scene modes.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-520

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

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DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

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Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

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Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

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Reviews from techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, dpreview.com and 43rumors.com


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-520

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

548 ISO
Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
Nikon D810
2,979 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

135 ms
298 ms
276 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

80 ms
Nikon D600
54 ms
Nikon D810
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

1,400 ms
Nikon D600
300 ms
Nikon D90
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

3.5 fps
Nikon D600
5.5 fps
EOS 60Da
5.3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

650 photos
Nikon D810
1,200 photos
EOS 60Da
1,100 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-520

At ISO 800 it's obtrusive and ISO 1600 is usable but noisy, and is a far cry from the low noise of Canon CMOS sensors.

The E-520's TruePicIII image processor can pull out more detail from shadow areas without blowing highlights; this is similar to Nikon's D-Lighting and Sony's D-Range Optimiser technology.


8.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


By contrast, Adobe Camera Raw has been able to pull much more detail out of the Pentax RAW file than the camera's JPEG engine could.
by DPReview (Aug, 2008)
Featuring the same sensor resolution as the earlier model, the new camera sees a few tweaks to improve the performance and handling.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Olympus has maintained the cameras drive speed of 3.5fps, which allows 8 frames of Raw images, or around 20 fine JPEGs.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


There are two further AF mode options in the menu, Sensor AF which uses the sensor built into the pentaprism and Hybrid AF, using a combination of both sensors, depending on whether the shutter is depressed halfway or all the way down.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The improvements, particularly the new image stabilisation mode and autofocus accuracy of Live Modes show that these important technologies are still being perfected, and the latest versions on the E-520 are pretty much as good as they get at the moment.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
This mode is useful if you want to use the Imager AF mode with a lens that is not compatible with this mode.
by DPReview (Aug, 2008)

Image quality

The Olympus does just as well, producing more conservative color rendition and a good balance between sharpness and sharpening artefacts.
by DPReview (Aug, 2008)
Image quality is generally good.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
When used with dark or light subjects, the camera will automatically compensate for the subject to enable accurate exposures.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


The command dial on the top plate is the only way to change aperture and shutter during shooting and in manual mode, the exposure compensation needs to be pressed to change aperture.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
And, true enough, if you pixel peep long and hard at the images from a Four-Thirds sensor you may notice slightly higher noise levels, but the E-520 does a really good job of keeping them under control.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)


They're not cheap to buy but the system works well and opens up new creative opportunities.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2008)
If you plan to shoot JPEG at low ISO (or don't need large prints), the Olympus is as good as its rivals - but it will struggle to match them if your needs are more demanding.
by DPReview (Aug, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3648 x 2736
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 24.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 3.5 fps
Battery life 650 photos
Continuous shooting 3.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 135 ms
Shutter lag 80 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.46x

form factor

Size 136 x 92 x 68 mm
Thickness 68 mm
Weight 552 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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