Olympus E-520

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Reasons to buy the Olympus E-520

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
135 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Olympus E-520

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 548 ISO vs 429 ISO
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The E-520 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 135 ms vs 230 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 650 shots vs 450 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Size Significantly smaller 136x92x68 mm vs 135x96x78 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 21.4 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-L10

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.8 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        E-520:Sensor shift
        DMC-L10:Lens
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
        No movies
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
        slower focusing
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        10 MP
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        E-520:230k dots
        DMC-L10:207k dots
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        E-520:21.4 bits
        DMC-L10:21.3 bits
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        E-520:3.5 fps
        DMC-L10:3 fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.46x
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        E-520:2.7"
        DMC-L10:2.5"
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        E-520:10.4 EV
        DMC-L10:10.8 EV
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        55.0
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        E-520:548 ISO
        DMC-L10:429 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Olympus E-5

        Olympus E-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,729 body only

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Olympus E-520 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus E-620

        Olympus E-620

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Significantly smaller
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Olympus E-510

        Olympus E-510

        Entry-level DSLR

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Olympus E-450

        Olympus E-450

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Much smaller
        Color depth Better color depth
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Olympus E-420

        Olympus E-420

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Much smaller
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Placeholder

        Olympus E-500

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
        Size Smaller
        Live view No live view
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Much larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $509 body only

        $450 - $622 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger

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