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.
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Live view and captured images are displayed on a 2.7in LCD screen, featuring the second generation of Olympus’s HyperCrystal technology. With a 230,000-pixel resolution, this is the same as that of the models these cameras replace, though the physical size of the screens now puts them in line with many other entry-level DSLRs such as the Sony A200 and Pentax K200D. An impressive viewing angle of 176° off centre is claimed for each model, as is 100% coverage of the scene.
Olympus has stuck with the same metering system seen in the predecessors; a 49-zone multi-pattern system offering evaluative, centre-weighted and spot options. In addition, the shadow and highlight spot metering options first seen on the OM series of Olympus’s film bodies are also available, allowing for more accurate metering in particularly dark or light conditions.
Dynamic Range Controls
The E-520 features Auto and PASM exposure options as well as 20 scene modes and sensitivity-based image stabilisation. Alongside this Olympus has added Shadow Adjustment Technology, which is claimed to optimise the dynamic range, capturing highlight and shadow details more effectively. This can be set to Auto, with Normal, High Key and Low Key options available.
There are eight white balance presets, plus an Auto mode and a manual ‘shoot a white object for reference’ setting. Colour temperature may also be adjusted over the Kelvin scale, which ranges from 2000K to 14000K.
Sensitivity may be adjusted in full-stop increments over a range of ISO 100-1600. This is augmented by both a long-exposure noise reduction option and a high-ISO noise filter, with the latter’s intensity adjustable over three levels.