As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Olympus E-520 is also often compared to mirrorless and pro DSLRs. The Olympus E-520's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the E-30 and the OM-D E-M5) and Nikon (such as the 1 J1 and the D200)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-520 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less shutter lag (135 ms vs 208 ms), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (136×92×68 mm) vs professional size (132×103×77 mm)), has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and is thinner (2.7" vs 3").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 720p @ 24fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.57x) and takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 17.9 MP).

Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30
5 months newer
$1,599 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-30 (vs the E-520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the E-30 (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger: Professional size (142×108×75 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the E-30 and E-520

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus E-5

Olympus E-5
2 years newer
$3,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-5 (vs the E-520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the E-5 (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger: Professional size (143×117×75 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Much heavier: 892 g vs 552 g
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the E-5 and E-520

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3 months older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the E-520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 34 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the E-520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and E-520

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 2.7"

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the E-520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the E-520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)

common strengths of the T3i and E-520

  • None found

Olympus E-420

Olympus E-420
similar age

Significant advantages of the E-420 (vs the E-520)

  • Much smaller: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.1" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the E-420 (vs the E-520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the E-420 and E-520

  • Fairly small: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.1" vs 2.7"
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 months newer
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the E-520)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.63x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the E-520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)

common strengths of the D90 and E-520

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-520 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a significantly longer battery life (650 shots vs 320 shots), has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.67x) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 15.9 MP).

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
3 years newer
$511 - $899 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the E-520)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs NMOS

common strengths of the E-M5 and E-520

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
3 years newer
$832 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3.5 fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the E-520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the J1 and E-520

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the E-520)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 650 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the DMC-GX7 and E-520

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
9 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 34 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the E-520)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 650 shots

common strengths of the DMC-GH1 and E-520

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-520 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less shutter lag (135 ms vs 270 ms), is newer (may 2008 vs november 2005) and is significantly smaller (prosumer size (136×92×68 mm) vs professional size (147×113×74 mm)).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.62x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.5 fps vs 6.5 fps), has much more startup delay (1400 ms vs 200 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
2 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the E-520)

  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 34 lenses
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.46x
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the E-520)

  • No live view
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS

common strengths of the D200 and E-520

  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.7"
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
8 months older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the E-520)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 34 lenses
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 3.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the E-520)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 40D and E-520

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.7"
  • Built-in flashes