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Reasons to buy the Olympus E-520

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
135 ms shutter lag
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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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
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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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
        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
        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%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        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

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Olympus E-620

        Olympus E-620

        Entry-level DSLR

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $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-3

        Olympus E-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $570 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
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $1,257 body only

        $989 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

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

        Olympus E-520 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $470 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $775 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Much larger

        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
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 - $469 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

        Entry-level DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Color depth Better color depth
        Live view No live view
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $749 with 14-42mm lens

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

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