Olympus E-520

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Olympus E-520

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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Reasons to buy the Olympus E-520

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
135 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
650 shots
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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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 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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Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              E-520:Sensor shift
              DMC-L10:Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-520:3.5 fps
              DMC-L10:3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-520:230k dots
              DMC-L10:207k dots
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.46x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-520:21.4 bits
              DMC-L10:21.3 bits
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              E-520:2.7"
              DMC-L10:2.5"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-520:10.4 EV
              DMC-L10:10.8 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              55.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-520:1400 ms
              DMC-L10:1000 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $659 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 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
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $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
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

              Olympus E-520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-420

              Olympus E-420

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $370 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Much smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $454 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $600 body only

              $699 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Olympus E-450

              Olympus E-450

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $359 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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