Olympus EVOLT E-520 10 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera (Body with Lens Kit) - 14 mm - 42 mm - 262086

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Stunning upgrade from E-510

by Joe on 7/9/2008

I recently sold my E-510 and moved to the E-520. A great move, the picture quality is remarkable when teamed up with the Olympus 14-54mm midgrade lens. I highly recommend this camera, since it is often overlooked by others.

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e-520 meets expectations

by dkopas@optonline.net on 7/26/2008

My first DSLR. I haven't used an SLR camera for 20 years. I'm mostly a family shooter and have been prviously satisfied with 4 different digital point and shoot Olympus cameras. My first was the 360L, then I purchased the C-4000, 350UZ and finally the C-8080. I've been a long time Olympus fan dating back to the OM2 SLR. The e-520 fits right in, the menu's are similiar to other cameras from this manufacturer and the feel is also familiar. Shutter lag is non-existant. With the camera in the auto mode it takes beautiful photos. I am planning on doing some concert shooting in a couple of weeks so I'm brushing up on my manual set up skills, I have a bit to remember. So far the camera works beautifully in manual. Manual focus is simple to use with the adjustment ring on the lense body. I have every confidence that this camera will do exactly as I expect, and that is to take terrific shots under extreme conditions. I ordered this camera when it first arrived on Buy.com and I still pinch myself in disbelief that I was able to save so much money buying from Buy.com. No other seller on the web was with in $100 of the price I purchased it for. With my savings I'm planning on buying the 40-150 lense kit this afternoon also from Buy.com. This lense is $70 cheaper than anyone else on the web!!! Buy.com rocks and so does my new e-520. There is one slight problem with this camera, in low light the auto focus gets confused and sometimes refuses to take a picture. This only occurs when using both autofocus systems, I suspect that this can be corrected with a camera bios update? For now I just choose to turn off the 2nd auto focus system and the camera works wonderfully.

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Product Overview

The Olympus E-520 delivers brilliant results thanks to advanced technologies that produce clear, sharp images.
The E-520’s industry-leading Image Stabilization technology, which is built into the camera body, compensates for movement so you can capture blur-free shots with any lens -- even at slow shutter speeds. Autofocus Live View brings subjects into sharp focus; it is the perfect tool for macro, portrait or even landscape shooting. This camera was built to produce amazing results for photo hobbyists and serious digital photographers alike.


Manufacturer Olympus
Mfg Part# 262086
SKU 208088254
UPC 050332163973
UPC 14 00050332163973
The E-520's in-body Mechanical Image Stabilization has three modes for increased versatility. The IS-1 mode adjusts the sensor on both the X and Y-axes to compensate for movement by the photographer, so images stay sharp even at slow shutter speeds. To capture the action of athletes or animals, in-body Mechanical Image Stabilization offers two specialized modes: IS-2 and IS-3. IS-2 is ideal for capturing a racecar flying down the track -- by panning and holding the camera horizontally you can dramatically portray the car’s high speed. For sharp images of moving subjects like a basketball player charging up the court, IS-3 allows a photographer the option of holding the camera vertically while panning for dramatic effects of action. The artistic effects of panning enhance the shot and render the subject in sharp detail with a motion-blurred background.
Two innovative technologies merge to create a unique digital experience. The E-520’s on-screen Autofocus works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way. And the Live View LCD enables photographers to hold the camera away from their faces and at angles they cannot easily reach by using the optical viewfinder alone.
Shooting scenes with shadows can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas. The E-520 addresses this challenge with Shadow Adjustment Technology that compensates for extreme contrast when shadowed areas lack visible detail. Shadow Adjustment Technology adjusts the exposure in the shadows while retaining all the detail in the bright areas. This technology works automatically when using Face Detection Mode, Live View and in Scene-Select Modes.
The E-520’s Face Detection feature distinguishes between people’s faces and the background and is shown right on the LCD. This innovative technology tracks up to eight faces within the image area and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.
Get amazingly detailed, colorful and clear images with the 10-megapixel Live-MOS image sensor. This high-resolution sensor captures all the detail needed to make large prints, or even crop without losing detail. The E-520 sensor's high dynamic range, accurate color rendition and low noise characteristics let you capture great images, even at high ISO settings.
Life moves too fast to spend time worrying about dust ruining your images. Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter™. The patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor and captures it on a special adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on. Change lenses in anytime, anywhere, without worry.
New and Improved HyperCrystal™ II Technology delivers twice the contrast and better viewing in extreme lighting conditions, a broader range of color detail, and a wider angle of view on the LCD so you and your friends can see it up to 176 degrees off-center.
With 20 preset scene-select modes for every imaginable shooting scenario from underwater photography to fireworks, and program, automatic modes and full manual controls, the E-520 offers a world of possibilities to photographers.
Perfect Shot Preview enables you to view and select your favorite effect right on the LCD, and see how the image will look before you even capture it, so you know that what you see is what you get.
The 10.1 megapixel E-520’s TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal-clear photos with accurate color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal representation. TruePic III also lowers image noise by one step to reduce graininess in images shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.
If you decide to try your hand at advanced lighting techniques, the E-520 is ready to meet the challenge. The E-520 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography. When these flashes are used in combination with the E-520, wireless multi-flash photography is possible.
Tech Specs
Product type: Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Memory: CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card™ (Dual-Slot)
Sensor Size: 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount: Four Thirds Mount
Number of effective pixels: 10 million pixels
Product type: Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels: Approx. 11.8 million pixels
Aspect ratio: 1.33 (4:3)
Filter array: Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF: Fixed type
IR cut filter: Hybrid type
Dust reduction: Supersonic Wave Filter (dust-reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format: DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format: RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Product type: Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view: Approx. 95%
Viewfinder magnification: Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point: Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter adjustment range: -3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen: Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen)
Eyepiece shutter: Eyepiece cap EP-4 supplied
Eye cup: Interchangeable type. EP-5 supplied. Optional EP-6, EP-7, Magnifier eyecup ME-1 available.
Preview: Can be checked (when FN button is set in preview mode), selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
AF: High-speed imager AF, Phase difference detection AF
System: Built-in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Effective compensation range: Up to 4 EV steps maximum
HyperCrystal™ II LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
Size: 2.7 inches
Total no. of pixels: Approx. 230,000 pixels
Playback field of view: 100%
Brightness control: 15 levels
Focus mode: Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focusing point selection: Auto/Option selectable
AF lock: Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure mode: (1) Auto; (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed); (3) A: Aperture priority AE; (4) S: Shutter priority AE; (5) M: Manual; (6) Scene program AE; (7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
ISO sensitivity: AUTO (ISO 100 - 1600) / Manual (ISO 100 - 1600), 1 EV steps
Exposure compensation: ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock: Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing: 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps selectable
Color matrix: sRGB, Adobe RGB
Mode: Vivid, Natural (default setting), Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom
Picture tone: Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation: 4 levels (Auto, high key, normal, low key)
Self-timer: Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release: Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable)
Anti-shock mode: Available (1 to 30 sec. selectable)
Compatible external flash: FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20
Flash control mode: TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
Synchronization timing: 1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable)
Weight: 16.8 oz. / 475 g (body only)
Dimensions: 5.4 in. (W) x 3.6 in.(H) x 2.7 in. D / 136 mm (W) x 91.5 mm (H) x 68 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Product Attributes
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 10
Focus Mode Auto
Image Format Raw
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Memory Card Type CompactFlash
Minimum Aperture f/3.5
Product Line EVOLT
Resolution 3648 x 2736
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