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Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization w/ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens
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Ready to upgrade to a digital camera? Get the Olympus E-520. Your life is full of priceless, fleeting moments that you want to keep just the way you see and feel them. Preserve each moment with the E-520. With the E-520's Live View, you can shoot your subject while viewing it on the LCD monitor, so it's just like shooting with a compact camera. In addition to phase-difference detection AF, the E-520 incorporates a high speed Imager AF that offers easy 11-point multi-area autofocusing with Live View simply by half-pressing the shutter button. Face Detection AF automatically detects up to 8 faces at a time and adjusts focus appropriately. Accurate composition is assured by the monitor's 100% field of view. The E-520 is equipped with a 2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD monitor with high-definition 230,000-dot resolution, improved contrast ratio, and enhanced color reproduction capability. While shooting with Live View, framing-assist patterns or a histogram can be displayed on the LCD monitor to improve your picture composition and check exposure condition. The E-520 incorporates a Live MOS sensor with 10-Megapixels, Olympus' original TruePic III image processing engine delivers improved imaging, gradation expression and color reproduction capabilities as well as minimized noise at high ISO setting. Olympus' highly acclaimed dust reduction system employs a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the image sensor, which vibrates at such high speed and with such great power that it removes even the most stubborn dust; dust that cannot be removed by just shaking the image sensor or by discharging the static electricity. CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Memory Card Slot 3.5 frames per seconds sequential shooting speed, up to 8 frames in RAW mode Built-in Electronic-Flash - 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

Features:
  • 10-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens
  • Enhanced in-body Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology
  • Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment technologies; Perfect Shot Preview
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Olympus E-520 camera review purchased from Amazon.com
    Over the months I reviewed numerous camera's before purchasing the Olympus E-520 w/14-42 lens. I looked at Nikon, Cannon, Pentax, Sony and the normal brand name camera's. I went to the stores and visually reviewed and handled each camera asking questions with a knowledgable saleperson Olympus, by far, was the best choice for me when you compare price verses bang for the buck. I have been completely satisfied. It takes excellent pictures and has all the versitality necessary for your everyday photo requirements. There are always pro's and con's on every camera and it becomes confusing if you do enought searching, but the Olympus E-520 won me over. I ordered this camera from Amazon on a Friday and had it on the following Monday. Excellent job Amazon! You actually shipped it within an hour of me completing the online order with a confirmation email. WOW! For someone looking for a camera, the Olympus E-520 is a great choice and Amazon is the place to buy it...........more info
  • Great features
    I've used this camera for three or four months now and I'm very satisfied with it. I'm not giving it 5 stars only because I haven't compared it to similarly priced Nikon and Cannon models, but I know that although definitely not for the point-and-shoot crowd, this is a good camera for intermediate to professional caliber photographers on a budget. The biggest limitation would be the relatively small choice of lenses available, compared with the Nikon, Cannon, or Sony. Also, the live view feature, while sometimes useful, really slows down the focusing and processing speed, to the point that I usually don't use it. But it's still a nice feature to have. The built-in stabilizer is particularly useful, and only a couple of other cameras have it built in to the body like this one. I highly recommend forgoing the kit Olympus lenses and buy a good Sigma or higher end Olympus lens. I'm using the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 macro, and it's great. The kit 14-44 Zuiko is ok if you're only taking run-of-the-mill snapshots, but if that's what you're doing, why get a camera this sophisticated to begin with? I used the Zuiko for a few weeks, but after getting the Sigma (available for about $375, but well worth it) I have yet to put the Zuiko lens back on. ...more info
  • Great camera for a beginning DSLR user
    Prior to using this camera I shot a lot on a film SLR camera as well as a point and shoot camera. However as I began taking more and more photos for my blog I realized I wanted more features and the ability to use interchangeable lenses. I got this camera because it seemed like a good DSLR to grow into. It had a good range of features and was at a very affordable price point compared to the DSLR category as a whole. I also liked the reviews it got in Consumer Reports.

    I also liked that I could shoot in automatic mode now using the various settings and eventually use more in manual mode. So far it has lived up to my expectations. Even though I don't take advantage of all he features and am still learning I get my money's worth.

    Among the features I appreciate about the camera is all the different automatic settings. These are great if you're not comfortable with shooting in manual mode yet. That said, I've noticed that many point and shoot cameras have more modes. For example, a friend has a different Olympus model (point and shoot) that has a food mode. Given I am a food blogger it's one setting I WISH I had. However, you still do get quite a range of modes and they fit most of my needs well.

    I also like that as far as a DSLR goes, this one isn't too cumbersome. Yes, there are smaller ones on the market, especially with the micro four-thirds market, but this one is manageable. I can tuck it into a large purse or normal sized backpack without worrying about it. It's still large enough that I don't take it along to bars or parties much, however this would be true for me of most DSLR's on the market.

    Does it take better quality pictures with a point and shoot? Overall, my experience is that it does. I imagine that the picture quality would be even better for someone with more DSLR or general photography experience. Since I'm shooting primarily in automatic I'm not getting quite the results I hoped for and still have to tinker, but I attribute this to me not the camera. I don't think that for a novice it necessarily makes for better pictures but co-workers who are more experienced than me tell me the quality is superb. I'm hoping to get there some day. That said, I'm very satisfied with the quality I get for my skill level but it certainly won't make your photos look professional if your skills aren't (again, something I fault myself for NOT the camera).

    Overall this is a great camera. I've been very happy with the size, quality of pictures, and range of functions. I highly recommend it for a beginner who is looking to get a DSLR, but wants to start at an affordable price point....more info
  • Happy Picture Taking!
    First camera beyond a simple point-and-shoot for me. I am just constantly amazed at the quality of pictures this camera takes......more info
  • Amazing camera for the price
    I bought this camera in February for my photography class. I'm a returning college student and had an Canon XTI. I just wanted something that offered a little more bang for the buck and did I ever get that.
    This little dynamo is packed with so many features that it seems to be a smaller version of it's big brothers the E-3 and E-30. Live view is fantastic, although I don't use it often, as I prefer the view finder. it's a nice feature. Face dection and shadow adjustment are wonderful tools. The ISO goes up to 1600 and I've seen no loss of resolution. I purchased the 40-150mm lens, which I love. It allows me to get a little closer to that hummingbird or butterfly!
    I also have to mention the fantastic customer service I received recently. Olympus truly cares about their customers and it shows. They're knowledgeable about their product and remained on the phone with me for nearly an hour assisting me with my issue. The tech also went and got an E-520 so he could actually go into menus and settings with me on the phone to help me figure out what was wrong. The customer service makes this another great reason to own this camera.
    Do I recommend the E-520? Highly. A fun camera with fantastic features at a great price and world class customer service. How can you go wrong?!
    ...more info
  • New Experience
    I've had a digital camera for several years, but this is the first one with all the bells and whistles. I'm still learning about all the settings and options, but am very happy with it so far. Also, my dealings with Amazon on this, an additional lens, and a card were first class, and the prices were quite acceptable. ...more info
  • e520 vs, e510


    Although I ended up buying the e510, the reasons might be of interest to people considering the e520 since both are still on the market. To be sure, these cameras have much in common. They both rate excellent image quality, resolution, color accuracy, very low to low noise from ISO 100 to 1600, and very high shadow detail. In addition, they are both of similar shape and easy to hold and handle. Further, like all Olympus DSLRs they are sturdy and have a low frequency of repair rate.

    The e 520 improves on the e510 or adds the following features:
    1) slightly improved dynamic range,
    2) face detection,
    3) ability to fire an Olympus flash remotely and still use TTL (the e510 can do this only on manual)
    4) bigger LCD screen (2.7" vs. 2.5"),
    5) faster processor, and
    6) more scenes and profiles.

    However, the e510:
    1) is slightly smaller
    2) is slightly lighter,
    3) focuses a little faster, and
    4) can be had for less than $550 with 2 lenses.

    Size and weight were important in my decision because I take my cameras hiking and the added features of the e520 were not ones I considered deal breakers. However, it was the price of the 2 lens package that tipped me over the edge to buy the e510 as opposed to the e520.

    While these are both very good, sturdy cameras there are some annoyances they share.
    1. Both apparently have trouble focusing in low light. But, my experience says it has to be pretty dark for this to be a real problem.
    2. I was aware of the low light focus problem when I bought the camera and figured one can always switch to manual focus. But, the focus ring on the lens requires a lot of movement making straight manual focus less useful than I had hoped it would be. Fortunately, Olympus includes a mode where you can auto-focus and then touch up manually.
    3. Live view works but, compared to point and shoot cameras, is clunky and will never replace using the viewfinder, not that I want to. (I suspect this is true of all DSLR's with the possible exception of Sony and the cheapest camera they have with a Live View equivalent, the A300, costs more.) Live View is perhaps best reserved for macro shots.
    4. I'm not sure if this is true of the e520, but on the e510 Live View seems to drain the battery at a very rapid rate. I'd be surprised if I could get 60 Live View pictures from a battery charge. (I've never seen this mentioned in reviews and would be curious if anyone else has had this experience.) However, I do believe the claim of about 500 shots without Live View.

    I started photography using a 4 x 5 Speed Graflex (yes I know this dates me), graduated to a Canon film rangefinder, and Nikon film SLRs all the while doing my own darkroom work in B&W. I enjoyed the manual aspects of these early cameras I used and with my digital point and shoots cameras missed easy manual adjustments. I bought this camera so that it would be easier for me to be creative, that is, adjust ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, white balance, etc. And, compared to my Panasonic FZ5, the e510 is much easier to adjust, but still not as easy as my film cameras (not that I would give up digital photography or the digital darkroom). Magazine articles have noted that the menu system is complicated. I don't find this to be true, but then I'm used to Windows. In fact, I find most everything is easily accessible and, at most, just a few clicks away.

    As noted above, image quality is excellent. I have yet to try RAW because the SHQ JPEG's with minimal compression (1:2.7) are reputed to be as good as RAW. But, as with all cameras with high mp sensors, be prepared for large files; these SHQ images are 6 - 7 mb. Of course, if you want the image quality advantage of a DSLR large file size is inevitable.

    All in all I am happy with the e510. It is a good sturdy camera that produces excellent images. The lenses are lightweight and well matched to the camera. However, with advances in sensor design, I suspect that in the near future superzoom cameras such as the Panasonic FZ28 will provide image quality similar to today's DSLR without the price, bulk, or necessity to carry an extra lens. For folks who don't want to fuss with a camera or extra lenses but want a large range of lens focal lengths, superzooms might already be a better choice than a DSLR.

    ...more info
  • Very Satisfied with the camera
    When I decided to purchase an entry level DSLR, I decided upon the Olympus E520 over the Canon Rebel XSi and Nikon D40,D60,D80.

    The price was great for such a feature packed product, and I really liked the layout of all the information. Olympus gives you 3 ways to access all the essentials (ISO, White Balance, Auto/Manual Focus mode, etc) and much more (Saturation, Sharpness, Face Detection, etc.)

    Gordon Laing from Cameralabs.com does a great review at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEcJsksxsOo

    All in all, it's a great camera and I'm happy with all my results so far....more info
  • excellent!
    This camera is just about excellent. Its size and weight is very ideal, its built and design remarkable, and above all its performance and image quality is very good. And it's got loads of features(withn built-in IS too) that with patient exploring and tweeking, will give you results that's expected of a DSLR made by one of the finest names in the imaging industry. Plus, other than the kit lenses I got with it which aren't really bad, I got a lot more better Zuiko lenses to look forward to for higher levels of photography. As it is right now, I am very much satisfied with its performance. I will highly recommend this to a fellow enthusiast who aims to reach higher grounds in the art of photography. And the price makes it all worth it. Very good camera...in fact, excellent!...more info
  • Exceptional Camera at an Unbeatable price
    If you're wanting to step-up from a point and shoot digital camera, but on the fence about a DSLR versus SLR-like camera, then you can purchase the Olympus E-520 with confidence. There is absolutely no other entry or mid-priced system on the market that has the feature set for the price that you can get the Olympus E-520 for. I carefully researched and compared systems that possessed the features important to my family: live view, image stabilization, optical/sensor quality, and finally, PRICE.

    Buy it now and you won't regret it. I'm using this camera in Iraq and am amazed at the quality of materials, the brightness of the rear LCD, and the ease of use. I replaced a destroyed Canon point and shoot and felt right at home with this system. The myriad of auto function and shooting modes ensures virtually idiot-proof quality photographs that you will be proud to share with family and friends.

    If you can't already tell, I highly recommend this camera. I'm even thinking of purchasing an Olympus E-420 for my wife to replace her aging point and shoot when I return from Iraq.
    ...more info
  • 5-star camera amongst 5-star competition
    I've owned an E510 for over a year. Here are a few comments that might help you.

    The E520 adds face detection, a vertical panning IS (image stabilization) mode, and an improved sensor with better noise and dynamic range. Conventional wisdom is that it is not worth upgrading an E510, and further that it is worth looking at E510s on markdown if you can find a good deal. The E520, though, is certainly improved.

    There are no bad DSLRs any more. They are all really good, although within a given budget and dimension, designers have to prune certain features. Olympus' main feature is the four-thirds sensor - this is one of the smaller sensor footprints available, meaning that lens designs are slightly more compact, but small sensors generate more noise in low-light conditions.

    In good light, sensor noise is not a problem. For most consumer-level users, ISOs up to about 400 or even 800 are very good - but most consumers would notice the more grainy, washed out look at 1600. I would rate an ISO1600 shot as unacceptable at 8"x10" on the E510.

    The small light circle also makes the Olympus view finder smaller and darker. If you peer through, say, a budget Nikon, the view is noticeably larger and brighter.

    However, the E520 has image stabilization in the body, rather than the lenses. Lens stabilization is slightly better - it also works while you are framing up the shot - but obviously you pay for it in every lens. Many Canon/Nikon lenses do not have IS.

    Neither the E520 nor the kit lenses are weather sealed. Be careful in the rain or at the beach. Fortunately, the Olympus self-cleaning sensor is probably the best one out there. I have not had to clean my sensor yet.

    You will need an extra battery. The focusing in low light gets slow or fails completely as the battery runs down. I have a Duracell spare - it has been fine.

    If you are into HDR (and you WILL be), the E-520 offers only +-1 EV brackets. You will have to use a tripod and fiddle with exposure between each shot for other brackets.

    I recommend making a "lens plan" to decide whether to get the body only, or a 1 or 2 lens kit.

    Olympus is respected for the quality of the kit lenses. These lens (the 14-42 and 40-150) are extremely compact, with good image quality. They primarily give up speed, but they are well within the speed range of other brand's kit lenses. If you buy the kit lenses, you will look jealously at the 14-54, and the 12-60 "walking around" lenses - these are highly regarded but much more expensive. Except for the extra speed, most consumers will not notice the difference on a 5x4 print with these lenses over the kit lenses. With larger prints, or with low light, the more expensive glass is worth having.

    Overall, Olympus lenses are highly regarded, even by people who are not fans of the format. Expect to pay $200 to $600 for "Standard" grade, $600 to $1200 for "High Grade", and $1200 to $2000 for "Super High Grade" lenses. Olympus also offers a few obligatory $5000 monsters - these are well into purely-theoretical for an average user like myself.

    I added the 9-18 and 70-300 lenses to my 2 kit lenses, for roughly an extra $1000. This gives me coverage from 9 through 300. These are all Olympus "Standard" quality lenses, good image quality, but not weather sealed, and a bit slow.

    It is fair to say that the four-thirds system is a bit of a pariah in the camera world. There are a few pro's shooting with it, but you should be aware that Canon has over 60% of the market, and Nikon something like 15%. If you search B&H, you will find pages and pages of Canon lenses, but only 2 pages of Olympus. Many photographers will pointedly sniff at your 4:3 ratio pictures, instead of their "classic" 3:2 ratio. However, 4:3 is a better crop if you often print out 8x10 pictures instead of the small 5x3 or 6x4, and Walmart and many other developers offer a 5x4 size.

    I wish there were more lenses to choose from - yet I would still buy the ones I already bought. I wish the noise performance were better - but I have never really lost a shot because of it, and may add an E-30 body to my bag soon. I'm satisfied with the 4/3 format, and very happy with my camera.

    You should google up Wrotniak, four-thirds (on Wikipedia), or four-thirds forum for more information....more info
  • Great price
    This is my first DSLR and I picked the E520 over Nikon and Canon models because it does everything and more at a much lower price. Camera works great and pictures are fantastic. The only complaint is the auto focus is slow in low light but I expected that and the manual focus is not as easy as my old SLR cameras. Overall I am very satisfied with the camera and after years of waiting I bought the E520 because I think its the best DSLR Under $600 and I paid much less. ...more info
  • Olympus e520 is super
    After extensive research of beginning level DSLRs and finally waffling between the Canon eos Rebel XSi and the Olympus e520, I picked the Olympus for my first DSLR. I am extremely pleased. I have taken pictures under all sorts of circumstances and on different settings and am very pleased with the results. The Olympus is easy to use and can cover a range of situations. As of yet, I have not had any difficulties or problems. The camera arrived in just 3 days after ordering and was just as advertised. I'm having a ball!...more info
  • Olympus Evolt E520 Camera
    The best camera I have ever owned. Takes excellent pictures. I have had Canon cameras and have been very disappointed with the quality of pictures. This camera takes the best pictures yet. I am very satisfied with this product. ...more info
  • 5 stars considering the price-point
    I bought the e-520 for one simple reason... it has several mitigating features that allow for an overall system price break while still giving pretty good quality images.

    Yes, I know that other cameras have an edge when it comes to digital noise, dynamic range and number of megapixels BUT from a practical, real-world shooting stand-point you can get great images from the Olympus E-520.

    The fact that even Olympus's lower range of lenses are pretty good quality means that a person who is trying to scrimp can come up with a good "prosumer" camera system.

    Consider this. You know that the drawback to Olympus's four-thirds sized sensors mean that there is SLIGHTLY more digital noise at higher ISO settings, right? Well the smaller sensor means that my 70-300 f4-f5.6 tele-zoom is really the 35mm equivalent of a 140-600mm!!!... And still at f4-f5.6!!! That's pretty good. And I spent WAY less then someone purchasing a 140-600mm.

    Now... Image stabilization that is in the lens means that there is a premium added to the cost of the lens. Well, the E-520 comes with GREAT image stabilization in the camera body. No need to add that expense to the lens! Cool!

    On top of that Olympus tends to price their cameras slightly lower than other similarly ranked cameras. AND they tend to put a couple other features in there for the price... like THE BEST sensor dust reduction system in DSLRs!!! Cool!

    So far I'm quite happy with the E-520. If the E-620 had come along earlier I might have decided on that simply because of the higher mega-pixels. However, I've been quite happy with the image quality coming from this camera, "for the price-point".

    Check out cameralabs dot com and search for this camera....more info
  • Great buy, great deal, great camera!!!!
    I have done a long research before I decided to go ahead with this camera, I was thinking about Nikon, Canon (like most of us), Olympus (in the past I had p&s Camedia 4000 and it was excellent camera) and Pentax.
    Finally I decided to buy this one and I am so very happy with the buy!!!
    Photos are great and even if you are not advanced photographer you manage to take some good shots! It is easy to operate and relatively light....more info
  • money well spent
    i read countless reviews in PC Photo and other photography magazines before deciding to purchase the e-520. the most common complaint was confusing menus, which have never been a problem for me. in reality, nearly every setting can be changed with the menu button, but pressing the ok will superimpose your settings over the lcd image, allowing you to see and change them on the fly. a third option is using the buttons on the camera itself to change settings instantly. i found this arrangement intuitive rather than confusing. all reviews i read seemed to agree that this is a lot of camera for the money. and i've shot some amazing pictures with it already. i am especially impressed with its low-noise, long-exposure low light shooting ability, and the olumpus' command of color and white balance is nothing short of breathtaking. want to warm up your shot? use the manual white balance setting and shoot a light blue piece of paper instead of a white one to give the glow of sunset to a mid-day shot. i'm even getting some awesome infra-red shots through a hoya r72 filter, with exposures up to 15 seconds. i got the fl36r wireless electronic flash a couple weeks after the camera, and i'm glad i did. a few nights later, a train derailed in front of my house, blocking the highway for hours. that flash lit the scene like daylight out to well over 50 feet, giving very high detail and contrast with shockingly little noise. i got the only night shots and they've been very popular with neighbors and newspapers alike! (there were no injuries and no damage except to 11 rail cars and some track, if you were wondering) i will have some of my work posted at [...]. could you get better shots with a Canon Rebel or the new Nikon? maybe. but i have nothing to complain about with respect to the e-520, and i now have an excellent flash, reflector, remote control, extra batteries, four filters and a bag for about what i would have spent on one of those other cameras. my advice: if you're reading this, stop thinking about it and buy one! then get some toys to go with it and have fun with your photography!...more info
  • awesome camera
    this is my first SLR camera and so far i'm very satisfied with it. it takes great pictures, lots of manual controls and the speed is awesome. after buying a few lenses for it ive been experimenting and it definitely is worth the price in my opinion....more info
  • Damaged
    My camera's Compact Flash drive slot came damaged. Almost half the pins are bent, thus the camera's ability to not read a CF memory card. Very disappointed in this "new" item arriving damaged....more info
  • Quick Transaction
    The complete process did not take as long as first believed and my camera was in great condition....more info
  • Excellent Camera, Best Value for the Money
    First, it is my opinion that the Olympus e520 is absolutely the best DSLR camera you will find in its price class. Sure, there are more expensive models from other brands that are better. But for the money, you will not find a more capable camera.

    Also, it is my opinion that there are three components that determine the quality of a photograph.
    1) the camera. 2) the lens, and 3) the photographer's ability to use the camera properly.

    So keep those things in mind when deciding which camera to buy, you need a good lens too, and you will need to learn how to use the camera's various features to get the best photos.

    This is my first DSLR camera. I spent two months researching various DSLR cameras and read many reviews. And I admit, at first I did not seriously consider Olympus as an option because it is not as popular as the two leading brands (Nikon and Canon). Most of my friends and relatives have one of those two brands so I figured they were the best. But I was overwhelmed by the many conflicting reviews I read about Nikon and Canon models. It seems there are many opinionated and passionate brand loyalists out there who love their choice of camera. Which is perfectly fine except for their biased bashing of the other brands.

    This made it very difficult for me to make an objective comparison between the brands. I had almost given up on my quest for the right DSLR for my needs until I talked with another friend who has the Olympus e510. He let me try it out and I found it to be very impressive and very easy to use. So I read as many reviews about the Olympus cameras that I could find and it turns out that nearly all those who own an Olympus love it and wouldn't trade it for any of the other brands. So, for reasons I'll explain below, I finally made the purchase and I soon found my new e520 was on the door step. Although the camera is not perfect (neither are the Canon or Nikon cameras), it did not disappoint and I am very satisfied with my choice.

    +++ Pros +++

    + Excellent construction quality. This camera feels very substantial, sturdy and tough.

    + Excellent layout of buttons, and controls. The buttons and dials are easy to find and seem natural and comfortable when using them while taking photos.

    + The LCD screen is the biggest in its class if camera.

    + Very easy to use. I'm a first time DSLR user and it was very easy for me to learn how to use almost all of the cameras features. For those who prefer auto, no worries, it takes very excellent photos in auto mode. For those who want to customize the heck of the settings, no worries either, the Olympus e520 has more manually setting ability than any of the competition in the same price range. And changing the manual settings is so easy and quick with the super control panel that only Olympus has.

    + Image stabilization built into the camera body. This is a big deal. For crystal clear photos you really do need image stabilization. Especially if using telephoto lenses. The difference between Olympus and the other brands is Olympus puts image stabilization into the camera body while the competition puts it into the lenses. Lenses with image stabilization cost more to manufacture than lenses without. Therefore, with the Olympus system you will get more lens for the money since you won't be paying for the image stabilization.

    + Unlike the competition, the entire Olympus system is designed from the ground up for digital photography using the new four thirds standard. This makes their telephoto lenses more capable and much less expensive. And Olympus has a very large selection of lenses to suite your needs.

    + The e520 has the fastest continuous shooting speed in its price range and received best scores for color accuracy in independent reviews. It also has the best dust reduction system in the market.

    + The kit lens takes very excellent photos and is a more capable lens than the competition's kit lenses. This is because the four thirds system provides higher telephoto ability in the same size lens plus image stabilization is in the camera. Watch out for the other brands' kit lenses. Many of them do not have image stabilization.

    + There are many more pros worth mentioning but not enough room!

    --- Cons ---

    - No camera is perfect. And for the entry level price I would expect some cons. Don't worry, this camera takes awesome photos in almost any circumstance. And it also takes awesome photos in poor lighting situations as long as you use the flash. But, if you're looking to take flashless photos in dim light by using a high ISO setting, you may be disappointed by the noise. The image sensor in the Olympus camera is smaller than other DSLRs and therefore is more susceptible to noise at high ISO settings. ISO 100 and 200 have no noise problems in any light condition. ISO 400 has an acceptable amount of noise. Anything 800 or above will produce way too much noise in my opinion. However, this is not a big issue for me because I use a flash when taking photos in dim light. Or, for night time scene shots, I just slow the shutter speed down rather than adjust the ISO settings. I do sometimes use ISO 400 with acceptable results.

    - Generally, the auto focus works great. However, in dim light, the auto focus has to use the flash to help it focus. It does this by rapidly flickering the flash like a strobe light for a half a second while it focuses. This can be annoying and distracting to the subject you are photographing. Other brands use a red led to assist in dim light focusing. Not sure why Olympus didn't do the same because the strobe light thing is really annoying. To solve this problem, I bought a hot shoe flash which uses the red led to assist focusing. I like this much better.

    In conclusion, you can't go wrong with Olympus. They manufacture very high quality cameras and lenses with many features that outshine the competition in the same price range. Too many people tell me their Canon or Nikon is better but then they paid two, three, or four hundred dollars more for their setup. Of course I would expect it to be better. Olympus also has higher end cameras that are more capable than the e520. But for my needs, the e520 is the best value....more info
  • E520
    This camera is my first DSLR and I am satisfied. A couple of draw backs though and they are a weak flash if subject is more than 15 feet away and the auto focus is terrible if the lighting is not great. ...more info