Olympus E-520 Digital SLR
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 while maintaining detail in the highlights.
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.
The camera's in-body Mechanical Image Stabilization has three modes for increased versatility. IS-1 mode for general shooting 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 motion of athletes and animals, and other moving subjects, the E-520 offers two specialized modes. IS-2 mode is ideal for capturing a racecar flying down the track, preserving the sense of motion while panning with the moving subject and holding the camera horizontally to dramatically portray the car's high speed. For sharp images of moving subjects like a basketball player charging up the court, the IS-3 mode allows a photographer to hold the camera vertically while panning.
The E-520's advanced autofocus Live View enables photographers to compose their images and bring them into sharp focus on the HyperCrystal II LCD. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway, subjects come into focus on the LCD, so when the perfect moment occurs it is easy to compose, focus and capture sharp images while viewing on the LCD. Live View makes it possible to shoot upward from a low angle for dramatic composition, in close for detailed macro photos of an exotic insect, or over a crowd of people at a tennis tournament.
The E-520's viewable HyperCrystal II LCD is the key to its Live View capabilities. While some LCD screens force photographers to squint to preview images in bright sunlight or a dimly lit room, the E-520 features a large, bright 2.7-inch LCD display that incorporates new technology. It also offers twice the contrast for better viewing in extreme light conditions, a larger color gamut that displays a greater range of color detail, and a 176-degree viewing angle.
Perfect Shot Preview enables users to preview and select from a variety of thumbnail previews of the photographic effects of white balance and exposure compensation adjustments live on the LCD before taking the photograph. 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.
Olympus will offer the PT-E05 optional underwater housing for the E-520 to
allow photographers to document the richness of life in the depths. Capable
of reaching depths of 130 feet underwater, the housing will ensure that divers
will not miss an image during their journeys to the abyss. Special underwater
scene modes on the E-520 will assure that the camera is set up correctly for
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. The E-520 can control up to three wireless flash groups independently, with multiple flash units in each group.
The 10.1 megapixel E-520's TruePic III Image Processor lowers image noise
by one step to reduce graininess in images shot at higher ISO settings.
The E-520 measures 5.35 inches (width) by 3.6 inches (height) and 2.68 inches (depth), excluding protrusions, and weighs 16.75 ounces (body only). The new camera has a classic penta-mirror design that is light and compact. It features a comfortable ergonomic grip to ensure that the camera fits snugly in the hand. Beyond its portable size, the E-520 has an expanded menu for
The E-520 outfit includes a compact, Zuiko Digital 28-84mm equivalent (ED 14--42 mm Four Thirds) f3.5--f5.6 lens. Its 3x ED Glass zoom lens covers the range most frequently used in photography and weighs just 7.5 ounces. Close-ups as near as 9.84 inches (0.25 m) are possible throughout the zoom range. This lens is part of Olympus' expanding line of 100 percent digital lenses -- designed specifically for digital photography.
The Olympus E-520 Digital SLR will be available in July 2008. It includes: E-520 Body, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLM-1), Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCM-2), Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS Master Software CD-ROM, Manuals and Warranty Card.
U.S. Pricing/Product Configurations
E-520 body Estimated Street Price: $599.99
E-520 with ED 14--42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens Estimated Street Price: $699.99