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

Olympus E-30

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the E-30 and E-520

  • None found

Olympus E-5

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the E-5 and E-520

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3 months older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and E-520

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
2 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the E-420 and E-520

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 months newer
$449 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 650 shots

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
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

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

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
2 years older
$332 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D200 and E-520

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 40D and E-520

  • None found