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Brand: Olympus
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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.

Built-In Image Stabilization
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.

Autofocus With Live View
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.

Shadow Adjustment Technology
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.

Face Detection
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.

10 Megapixels
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.

Dust Reduction
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.

2.7-inch Hypercrystal II LCD
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.

20 Scene-Select Modes
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
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.

Truepic III.
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.

Wireless 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 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.

Olympus E-520 Features & Benefits

In-Body Image Stabilization is a state-of-the-art technology, preventing camera shake for blur free photography. Built into the camera body using the SWD motors, this image stabilization works with all Four Thirds and Zuiko Digital lenses from the 8mm fisheye (16mm equivalent in 35mm photography) to the 300mm super telephoto (600mm equivalent) for handheld shots. Shoot in low light and slower shutter speeds without worry.

On-screen Autofocus with Live View works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects, in focus, on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way.

Shadow Adjustment Technology captures detail in the bright areas of a frame and opens up detail in the shadows that other cameras would render too dark or underexposed.

  • Face Detection Technology targets and locks on up to eight faces to ensure accurate focus for crystal clear, amazing portraits. The LCD shows the faces detected for ease of use.
  • The powerful 10-megapixel Live-MOS sensor means you'll see more detail in your pictures than ever before. And you'll have the flexibility to crop and still produce large, detailed prints.
  • The Olympus dust reduction system is an industry first and a proven technology. Every time you turn on the E-520, the Supersonic Wave Filter ? located between the shutter and the image sensor ? silently vibrates an amazing 30,000 times per second. Dust is flung away and collected so it can't come back.
  • The E-520's 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD 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.
  • With 20 easy-to-use Scene-Select Modes you can simply select the right mode for your shot; the E-520 takes care of the rest. The 20 modes cover practically every common shooting scenario including Portrait, Fireworks, Sports, Landscape, Sunset and many more, even underwater.
  • Perfect Shot Preview enables you to view and select your favorite effect right on the LCD, and see how the image will look, even before you capture it.
  • The E- 520's TruePic III processor gives you better color and quality through true-to-life skin tones, brilliant blue skies, precise color transitions, more detail and less image noise.
  • Expand your creative reach with wireless flash compatibility. The E-520 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography.
  • Accepting CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards, the E-520 provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.
  • Fire off a burst of shots at 3.5 frames per second. The E-520's burst rate is perfect for capturing the ideal shot at a backyard birthday party or at a youth soccer game.
  • The E-520's Auto White Balance function analyzes information from the scene and calibrates how a white object should appear under a variety of light sources, so your images turn out vibrant and life like.
  • The benefits of the Four Thirds Mount on Olympus E-System cameras are many. You get a digitally designed image sensor, a compact design, as well as expandability and compatibility with the rest of the Four Thirds System.
  • Olympus Zuiko Digital lenses provide edge-to-edge pixel-perfect clarity. Unlike film lenses, these advanced, precision-engineered 100-percent digital lenses are designed to work perfectly with all the camera's digital technology.
  • Underwater Housing PT-E05 (Optional) allows you to take the E-520 to depths of 130 feet. The required, optional lens ports allow the use of lenses from the 8mm fisheye through the 50mm macro -- as well as flashes -- for spectacular underwater photography.
  • Review Snapshot®
    Avg. Customer Rating:
     
    4.7 stars
    (based on 6 reviews)
    100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

    Pros:
    Easy to use(3), Great picture quality(5), Simple controls(6), Strong construction(4)
    Best Uses:
    Art(5), Fun(5), Portraits(3), Sports(3), Travel(5)
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo enthusiast(3)
     
    Lots of fun on top of quality!
    By BrightHeart from Tucson, AZ on 12/17/2008
    Pros:
    Comfortable Controls, Comfortable grip, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Great resolution, Quiet, Strong Construction
    Cons:
    Limited Lens Availability
    Best Uses:
    Art, Fun, Landscape, Portraits, Sports, Travel
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera w/ED 14-42mm Zoom lens:

    I photograph birds and wildlife as well as landscapes, so appreciate the quick response and high resolution. Capturing hummingbirds in flight is especially nice. Color is superb and the variety of settings allows me to set up to grab shots candidly. Picture quality deteriorates in zoom mode. Haven't figured that one out quite yet. Have had the camera just a few months.

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    Pro results at a novice price
    By GusVerified Reviewer from Sanford, N.C. on 11/14/2008
    Pros:
    Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Strong Construction
    Best Uses:
    Art, Documentary, Landscape, Sports
    Describe Yourself:
    Pro Photographer
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera w/ED 14-42mm Zoom lens:

    This E series camera has all of the bells and whistles to accomplish professional work in my field of publication. Have a number of shots which have appeared as magazine covers. Manual settings provide pro results as do the variety of lenses available for the E series. You don't have to spend a fortune to get the job done!

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    Flying high at the North Carolina State Fair

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    Balancing Act - telephone lens

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    [1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Can't beat it!
    By Sam from Westminster, CO on 11/13/2008
    Pros:
    Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Lightweight, Quiet
    Best Uses:
    Fun, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera w/ED 14-42mm Zoom lens:

    Started with the Sony A-350 but found it less than desirable for several reasons so I shifted to what was originally my second choice, the Olympus E520. What a difference! In all situations, this camera takes pictures that appear better than you can see with the naked eye. You will appreciate the live view focus feature and the light weight of this camera, even with telephoto lens. The manual is easy to understand too!

    [4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

     
    BEST QUALITY!
    By s2k01 from Atlanta, GA on 11/7/2008
    Pros:
    Colors were beautiful, Comfortable Controls, Image quality, Image Stabilization, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
    Best Uses:
    Art, Documentary, Fun, Portraits, Skin tones, Travel
    Describe Yourself:
    Photo Enthusiast
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera w/ED 14-42mm Zoom lens:

    INCREDIBLE COLOR!
    Best lens quality I have ever seen!

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    WIDE ANGLE QUALITY LIKE NO OTHER!

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    [3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Incredible Color and Quality
    By S2K01Verified Reviewer from Atlanta, GA on 11/6/2008
    Pros:
    Comfortable Controls, Great Picture Quality
    Best Uses:
    Art, Family Photos, Fun, Travel
    Describe Yourself:
    Semi-pro Photographer
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera w/ED 14-42mm Zoom lens:

    I have not seen color this perfect - straight out of the camera - from anyone and I have shot them all. This blows away my Nikon I had - I was always in post, working out the color on my Nikons. Excellent machine and so much power in such a small pacakge. The best camera is the one you take with you and the guy behind the counter at Wolf Camera was right - this is the BEST!

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    My 9-18mm I just got!

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    [4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Beginner digital slr user
    By Photo enthusiast.Verified Reviewer from Yuba City, CA on 10/12/2008
    Pros:
    Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy to Keep Clean, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
    Cons:
    Poor Operation in Low Light
    Best Uses:
    Art, Family Photos, Fun, Travel
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual Photographer
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Olympus E-520 Digital SLR Camera w/ED 14-42mm Zoom lens:

    This camera is a great camera during the day. Takes beautiful pictures outside. The LCD screen shows you exactly what the picture looks like so you can set up new settings to retake the picture if you aren't completely happy with your picture. I have had a lot of point and shoot cameras (10) and I find this camera has a very accurate LCD screen. I really enjoy using it. Responds quickly. I have found that using it outside in the dark it seems to have a problem focusing and is extremely slow at focusing in the dark. I like the information window. I have found the more you use this camera the easier it is to navigate the various menus and use the camera. After accomplishing something new with this camera I feel a sense of satisfaction of accomplishment. It took me a month to learn about using this camera in the dark. I almost gave it away and now I am glad I kept it. It takes beautiful pictures of my dog and freezes her when she is jumping or running. I can hardly wait until I can get a telephoto lens for it. The Image Stabilization works great.

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