Olympus E-520 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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Olympus E-520

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

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Reasons to buy the Olympus E-520

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
135 ms shutter lag
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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
Color depth
Better color depth
21.4 bits vs 21.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Size
Significantly smaller
136x92x68 mm vs 135x96x78 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$588.88 vs $999.99
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The best price we've seen is $411 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Screen resolution
Slightly higher resolution screen
230k dots vs 207k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              E-520Sensor shift
              DMC-L10Lens
              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
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-520230k dots
              DMC-L10207k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-5203.5 fps
              DMC-L103 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              E-5202.7"
              DMC-L102.5"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-52021.4 bits
              DMC-L1021.3 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.46x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-52010.4 EV
              DMC-L1010.8 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-5201400 ms
              DMC-L101000 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-520548 ISO
              DMC-L10429 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm 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
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 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

              Olympus E-520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $769 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Olympus E-420

              Olympus E-420

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $325 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Significantly smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $529 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Live view No live view
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $707 body only

              $1,017 with 55-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 body only

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $209

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Supports RAW No RAW support

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