The 10-megapixel Olympus E-520 is the bigger brother of the E-420. The primary difference between the two is that the E-520 benefits from in-camera image stabilisation technology.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus E-520

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:85%


  • Superb handling, dust reduction, effective image stabilisation, consistent AWB.


  • Power switch, highlight control, slow AF system with standard lenses.


Olympus E-520 Review


Price as reviewed:



There is a lot to like about the E-520, with its handling, effective image stabilisation and good image quality being three things that immediately spring to mind.

But as much as we’d like to report that it’s all roses, the 3-point AF system and limited ISO range are still disappointing.


Output Size:3648 x 2736 pixels
Focal Length Mag:2x
LCD:2.7in LCD, 230,000 dots
Lens Mount:Four Thirds
Shutter Speeds:1/4000 – 60sec. / Bulb
File Format:Raw, JPEG, Raw+JPEG
Compression:Super fine, fine, normal, basic
Exposure Modes:Auto, PASM, 20 scene
ISO:100 - 1600
Metering System:49 zone ESP Multi-pattern – multi, centre-weighted, spot, highlight, shadow
Drive Mode:3.5 fps / Up to card capacity Large Normal JPEG / 8 frames RAW
White Balance:Auto, Overcast, Shade, Tungsten Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level pentaprism-type optical viewfinder
Field of View:95% coverage
Memory Card:xD / CF
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Live Mode:Yes
Dimensions:136 x 91.5 x 68 mm
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes
Weight:475g (body only)
Dust Reduction:Yes
Focusing Modes:Single shot AF, single shot AF+MF, continuous AF, continuous AF+MF, MF
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled focal plane
Exposure Comp:+/- 5 EV / 1/3 steps
Colour Space:sRGB / AdobeRGB
White Balance Bracket:Yes
Colour Temp Control:Yes (2000K - 14000K)
DoF Prview:Yes
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 12m @ ISO 100
Max Flash Sync:1/180 sec
PC Socket:No
Cable Release:Optional
AF Points:3 (11 in live view Imager AF mode)
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features: Page 1
  3. 3. Features: Page 2
  4. 4. Features: Page 3
  5. 5. Design
  6. 6. Performance
  7. 7. Image Quality
  8. 8. Value For Money
  9. 9. ISO Comparison
  10. 10. Olympus E-520 Camera Layout Chart
  11. 11. Verdict
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