Olympus E-520 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body with 2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD Screen with 14-42mm Zoom Lens, 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens & Zuiko 70mm - 300mm f/4.0-5.6 E-ED Digital Zoom Lens

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About Olympus

The Olympus E-520 is a 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD Screen and 14-42mm Lens. 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.

The 14-42mm standard zoom lens is the smallest and lightest in its class and features a closest focusing distance of only 25cm. The ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two aspherical lens elements correct aberrations without increasing lens dimensions. The circular aperture diaphragm enables beautiful defocusing - one of the big advantages of this lens

Olympus Features

  • In-Body Image Stabilization is a state-of-the-art technology, preventing camera shake for blur free photography
  • 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
  • The E-520's 2.7" 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 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

Olympus Specifications

Product type
Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Sensor Size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount
Four Thirds Mount
Number of effective pixels
10 million pixels
Total pixels
Approx. 11.8 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
Fixed type
IR cut filter
Hybrid type
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust-reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format
RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size
[RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File size RAW
3648 x 2736 compressed Approx. 11MB
File size Large
3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB
3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB
3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB
File size Middle
3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
File size Small
1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view
Approx. 95%
Viewfinder magnification
Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point
Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter adjustment range
-3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen
Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen)
Eyepiece shutter
Eyepiece cap EP-4 supplied
Eye cup
Interchangeable type. EP-5 supplied. Optional EP-6, EP-7, Magnifier eyecup ME-1 available.
Can be checked (when FN button is set in preview mode), selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
Viewfinder information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose). IS activating mode
Live View
Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment preview, White balance adjustment preview, Gradation setting preview, Face detection preview, Perfect Shot preview, Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS Activating mode
High-speed imager AF, Phase difference detection AF
Built-in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
3 modes
(2-dimensional activation (Horizontal + Vertical), 1-dimensional activation (Vertical), 1-dimensional activation (Horizontal)
Effective compensation range
Up to 4 EV steps maximum
LCD Display
HyperCrystal II LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
2.7 inches
Total no. of pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
Playback field of view
Brightness control
15 levels
Color balance
15 levels
AF system
TTL phase difference detection system, contrast detection system (with 25mm f2.8, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, 40-150mm f4.0-5.6)
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focusing point
3-point multiple AF with the phase difference detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
11-point multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
Auto/Option selectable
AF luminance range
EV 0 to 19 (at 20°C, ISO 100)
AF illuminator
Built-in flash (on/off selectable), external flash available.
AF lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus aid
Metering system
TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multipattern metering); (2) Center-weighted average metering; (3) Spot metering (approx. 2% of the viewfinder screen); (4) Spot with Highlight control; (5) Spot with Shadow control
Metering range
EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
(1) Auto; (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed); (3) A: Aperture priority AE; (4) S: Shutter priority AE; (5) M: Manual; (6) Scene program AE; (7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Scene select AE
Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama (requires Olympus xD-Picture Card media), Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro
ISO sensitivity
AUTO (ISO 100 - 1600) / Manual (ISO 100 - 1600), 1 EV steps
Exposure compensation
±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing
3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps selectable
Auto WB system
Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance
8 settings (3000K - 7500K): Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)
Custom white balance
1 temperature setting can be registered in degrees Kelvin (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance
1 custom setting can be registered
Color matrix
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Vivid, Natural (default setting), Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom
Adjustment parameter
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Muted and Portrait
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Filter effect
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
4 levels (Auto, high key, normal, low key)
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 30 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable)
Optical remote control
Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 Remote Control)
Anti-shock mode
Available (1 to 30 sec. selectable)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 3.5 frames/sec.
Max. recordable pictures
RAW mode: Max. 8 frames
on sequential shooting
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (LN mode: approx. up to card capacity with SanDisk Extreme III 1GB)
Built-in flash
Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20
Flash control mode
TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow synchronization, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
Synchronization speed
1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control
Up to ±2 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Synchronization timing
1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable)
Flash bracketing
3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable
Control method
Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Flash control modes
TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Number of channels
4 channels
Group setting
3 groups
Information (Shooting)
Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, FP warning, AF frame
Information (Wireless flash commander)
Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure compensation value, Flash compensation indicator, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification, NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, IS activating mode, Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting
Back light timer
Back light lighting time is selectable (Keep, 8 sec., 30 sec., 1 min.)
Playback modes
Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Americas: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Custom function
Fn button is available to set 10 functions: Face detection, Preview, Live preview, One-touch WB, AF home position, MF, Record mode, Test picture, My mode, Off
Drive button is available to set six functions: Drive, AF target selection, AF mode, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting)
Custom reset
2 settings are recordable
My mode
2 settings are recordable
Erasing function
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)
Protect function
Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing
RAW development
JPEG editing
Shadow Adjustment, Red-eye fix, Triming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file)
Print function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
PC interface
High Speed USB for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
BLM-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode
Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., Off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 650 shots (optical viewfinder)
32-104 °F / 0 - 40 °C (operation)
-4 - 140 °F/ -20 - 60 °C (storage)
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
5.4 in. (W) x 3.6 in.(H) x 2.7 in. D / 136 mm (W) x 91.5 mm (H) x 68 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
16.8 oz. / 475 g (body only)
Olympus 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #

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