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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With the TruePic III processor seen in the last few Olympus DSLRs, the E-520 manages to shoot JPEGs up to the capacity of the card and up to eight Raw images at a constant pace, though burst speed sees a slight increase now at 3.5fps. Lacking the 11-point biaxial AF system of the E-3, no claims are made of world’s-fastest focusing, with focusing limited to three horizontally arranged points. This expands to 11 points when used in conjunction with live view in Imager AF mode.
The built-in flash has a guide number of 12 (at ISO 100) and is operated automatically through the camera or manually via a button on the top plate. An assortment of slow-sync, rear-curtain-sync and flash compensation options may be selected.
As was the case with the Olympus E-3, wireless flash operation is also possible. The camera is able to synchronise safely with up to three compatible off-camera flash units – at present, this will work with the FL36R and FL50R wireless flashguns. This allows individual positioning and control over each separate unit and is clearly something Olympus is pushing, having also recently made it possible on its SP range of bridge models. The camera is also compatible with Olympus’s non-wireless units, including the two ring and twinflash options, but not the FL-40 flashgun.
Face Detection and Perfect Shot Preview modes are both available, allowing you to view a preview of an image at different exposure and white balance settings so that you can select the most appropriate settings. Images are whisked onto the user’s choice of either CompactFlash, xD or the less common Microdrive media formats.