Olympus E-520 Reviewed
Is this entry-level SLR worth the upgrade from the E-510?
Trusted Reviews says no, but that doesn’t mean you should stay away from the camera is you’re looking for a quality SLR.
This isn’t a major upgrade by any means and wouldn’t warrant a switch from the E-510, but if you’re looking for a feature packed midrange DSLR, the E-520 is worth considering. The improvements, particularly the new image stabilisation mode and autofocus accuracy of Live Modes show that these important technologies are still being perfected, and the latest versions on the E-520 are pretty much as good as they get at the moment.
Olympus still has problems with noise though, and this is letting down the full potential of the four-thirds system. As the push towards higher resolution continues, and competitors offer 15MP at similar price points, Olympus is going to encounter further difficulties as the photosites get smaller potentially leading to more noise. This can be seen with all of its 10MP models, and the E-520 is no exception.
The problem I have with noisy cameras is that photo moments don’t always pop up outside on sunny days. In fact I would dare say that over 75 percent of your photography will take place in less-then-well-lit places. So I might be careful when it comes to this camera.
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