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Olympus Evolt E520 10mp Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization with 14-42mm lens - £321.99 @ ebuyer
Olympus Evolt E520 10mp Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization with 14-42mm lens - £321.99 @ ebuyer

Olympus Evolt E520 10mp Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization with 14-42mm lens - £321.99 @ ebuyer

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Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization w/ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens

The new Olympus E-520 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera delivers brilliant images thanks to advanced technologies that help take the blur out. Industry leading Image Stabilization built into the portable camera body compensates for movement so that images are sharp and blur-free with any lens and even at slow shutter speeds. Autofocus Live View brings subjects into sharp focus on the cameras HyperCrystal II LCD. Together, these technologies produce amazing results, along with the following features that further expand the DSLR experience:

* In-Body Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology provides blur-free images when using any of the more than 30 digital-specific lenses;
* Face Detection Technology targets and locks on faces to ensure they are in focus and blur-free for amazing portraits;
* Shadow Adjustment Technology opens up detail in the shadows that other cameras would render too dark or underexposed while maintaining detail in the highlights; and
* Perfect Shot Preview enables photographers to view and select White Balance and Exposure Compensation effects right on the LCD, and see how the image will look before they even capture it.

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It's a good camera but I think you'll get this soon as a double lens kit for this price, as other companies have over-taken Olympus with live view.

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14-42mm does not seem to have much reach for a kit lens compared to 18-55mm and 18-70mm for Canon/Nikon and Sony ....

toonarmani;3881772

14-42mm does not seem to have much reach for a kit lens compared to … 14-42mm does not seem to have much reach for a kit lens compared to 18-55mm and 18-70mm for Canon/Nikon and Sony ....



Physically smaller sensor so the focal length is essentially the same.

Besides what does it matter? Its an SLR, you can buy a lens that fits your needs...

Although these do suffer from higher noise levels than sony/canon sensors due to the increased pixel density.

14-41mm = 28-84mm (35mm Film equivalent)
18-55mm = 28-88mm (35mm Film equivalent)

As Condieboy has it, they are the same... And yeah, higher noise for a smaller kit and lenses... Voted HOT as this is the cheapest price for a e520 atm!

Condieboy;3881869

Physically smaller sensor so the focal length is essentially the … Physically smaller sensor so the focal length is essentially the same.Besides what does it matter? Its an SLR, you can buy a lens that fits your needs...Although these do suffer from higher noise levels than sony/canon sensors due to the increased pixel density.



Sony has one of the highest noise levels of all present SDLRs (I presume Sony cameras have a Sony sensor).

Although the Olympus sensor is smaller, the noise level of the E-520 is about the same as the Canon 450D or Nikon D40/60.

Nikons D80/60/40x all share the same sensor with the Sony A200/A300. These all have similar noise levelsl, although Nikon is ever so slightly better due to superior algorithms. The A350 has alot more noise than the others (unless used with a high end lens) due to the large amount of pixels.

Canon have the best noise suppression as the 450d uses a CMOS sensor rather than a CCD chip, which inherently produces less noise.

Sony CCD sensors are used in Pentax, Sony(obviously) and Nikon SLR's.

Can I ask what you all mean by "noise level"? Is it picture distortion?

kotic;3882525

Can I ask what you all mean by "noise level"? Is it picture distortion?


It's 'electronic noise' - appears as 'speckles' in your pics, especially at lower light levels. Inherent in all digital cameras but some are worse than others. larger sensors (as used in DSLRs) tend to have less than compacts. It's one reason why a high pixel count in a small camera is not necessarily a good idea.

pet2000;3882325

Sony has one of the highest noise levels of all present SDLRs (I presume … Sony has one of the highest noise levels of all present SDLRs (I presume Sony cameras have a Sony sensor).



Only really an issue with ISO800+ and low light - the denoise isn't very good. It's solved by using RAW, where the extra size of the sensor makes it better all round than the Olympus.

Hot deal, and a good choice of lenses available at reasonable prices covering 9mm to 300mm for standard grade, (or 18mm to 600mm in 35mm equv). Pretty good range of pro lenses as well. Love my E510 - right up until i sold it (upgraded to an E3!)

The Olympus 'E' cameras are excellent. You find the magazines throw Canons down your throat as Canon aggressively market, sponsor and offer incentives for good reviews and store positioning, i like the Canon brand but have found the Olympus cameras to be a touch ahead as an overall package. This is a great price for a pro-sumer(?) camera and would recommend it all day.
Olympus use the four thirds standard as well which has great benefits to the more serious photographer.
Akwaaba, don't know how long you've had your E-3 for but you might be able to claim a free flash gun from the Olympus site
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brilliant camera , the lenses on these are as good as Canon L glass.

none of the softness u get with ALL the other entry level cameras, the 520 is a semi pro camera and on par with the likes of canon 40d

Can someone offer some advice? I have just ordered the Lumix F28 camera for £225 delivered, is this camera considered to be better? Does it have video capture?

BeerGoggles;3886075

Can someone offer some advice? I have just ordered the Lumix F28 camera … Can someone offer some advice? I have just ordered the Lumix F28 camera for £225 delivered, is this camera considered to be better? Does it have video capture?


This camera is very different, you can't really compare the two. The Panasonic you've ordered is a bridge camera whereas the E-520 is an SLR, the main difference is that the Panasonic is an 'all in one' camera which means it has a good zoom range and has video support. The E-520 is far more flexible, faster and better in low light however it relies on its interchangeable lenses - out of the box it only has a wide to normal lens, there's no telephoto coverage and very limited macro support. It has no video capture mode.

In pure image quality terms, the E-520 is better but you'll need to spend considerably more money on the SLR to get the same range and flexibility as the Panasonic and you won't have a video mode. Personally I'm a big fan of SLRs but I don't believe them to be automatically superior to bridge cameras as their flexibility and speed comes at much higher cost, bulk and lack of practicality.

John

how does this compare to a Nikon D80 with 18-135mm for £339?

poopscoop;3887005

how does this compare to a Nikon D80 with 18-135mm for £339?



Hi, where are you getting that price poop? I can't find that kit for less than £499. Thanks :thumbsup:

Johnmcl7;3886386

This camera is very different, you can't really compare the two. The … This camera is very different, you can't really compare the two. The Panasonic you've ordered is a bridge camera whereas the E-520 is an SLR, the main difference is that the Panasonic is an 'all in one' camera which means it has a good zoom range and has video support. The E-520 is far more flexible, faster and better in low light however it relies on its interchangeable lenses - out of the box it only has a wide to normal lens, there's no telephoto coverage and very limited macro support. It has no video capture mode.In pure image quality terms, the E-520 is better but you'll need to spend considerably more money on the SLR to get the same range and flexibility as the Panasonic and you won't have a video mode. Personally I'm a big fan of SLRs but I don't believe them to be automatically superior to bridge cameras as their flexibility and speed comes at much higher cost, bulk and lack of practicality.John



Cheers mate.. :thumbsup:

poopscoop;3887005

how does this compare to a Nikon D80 with 18-135mm for £339?


D80 -older,bigger,no live view,peharps slightly more user-friendly, 18-135 is great all-around lens
Oly - has also better dust reduction and image stabilisation with EVERY lens you attach.
I would go with OLY

Wolf;3883673

The Olympus 'E' cameras are excellent. You find the magazines throw … The Olympus 'E' cameras are excellent. You find the magazines throw Canons down your throat as Canon aggressively market, sponsor and offer incentives for good reviews and store positioning, i like the Canon brand but have found the Olympus cameras to be a touch ahead as an overall package. This is a great price for a pro-sumer(?) camera and would recommend it all day.Olympus use the four thirds standard as well which has great benefits to the more serious photographer.Akwaaba, don't know how long you've had your E-3 for but you might be able to claim a free flash gun from the Olympus site]http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/dslr_19417.htm?



Yeah thanks - I did get that FL50R - having a wireless flash is great
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