Olympus debuts E-520 dSLR

Olympus' new dSLR replaces the E-510 as the step-up from entry level model.

Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens
Olympus E-520 with 14-42mm lens. Olympus America

Today, Olympus announced the E-520 dSLR, the replacement for the E-510 and step-up model from its E-420. The feature set is very similar to the E-420, but for the extra dough you do get some significant capabilities, such as sensor-shift stabilization (including an updated system with a mode that accommodates panning while vertically oriented), a larger continuous-shooting buffer and a deeper grip.

Like the E-420, the E-520 incorporates the same sensor as in the higher-end E-3. It also seems to use the same viewfinder and LCD as its little brother, and also includes support for face detection (still unusual for a dSLR), wireless flash and tonal-range correcting Shadow Adjustment Technology.

 Olympus E-420 (body only)Olympus E-520 (body only)Pentax K200D (body only)
Sensor10-megapixel Live MOS
17.3 x 13.0 mm
10-megapixel Live MOS
17.3 x 13.0 mm
10-megapixel CCD
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensitivity rangeISO 100 - ISO 1600ISO 100 - ISO 1600ISO 100 - ISO 1600
Focal-length multiplier2.0x2.0x1.5x
Fastest continuous shooting3.5fps
6 raw/JPEG unknown
8 raw/JPEG unknown
4 raw/4 JPEG
Mechanical image stabilizationNoYesYes
Viewfinder95 percent coverage
0.92x magnification
14mm eye point
95 percent coverage
0.92x magnification
14mm eye point
96 percent coverage
0.85x magnification
Eye point n/a
Autofocus3 points11 points contrast detection
3 points phase detection
11 points
Live ViewYesYesNo
Wireless flash controllerYesYesYes
LCD size2.7 inches
176-degree viewing angle
2.7 inches
176-degree viewing angle
2.7 inches
160-degree viewing angle
Price (body only)$449.99$599.99$699

The company also announced a new f4.0-5.6 9-to-18mm wide-angle lens (19-to-36mm equivalent), shipping this fall, though at $599 I think my idea of an "affordable consumer lens" and Olympus' diverges a bit. Slated to ship in July, a body-only version of the E-520 will run about $599.99, while a kit with an ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens (24-to-48mm equivalent) has an estimated street price of $699.99.

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