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
Battery life
Great 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 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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similarities

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

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$380 - $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
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Olympus E-500

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
Weight Is slightly lighter
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$480 - $774 body only

$200 - $617 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 D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$370 - $400 body only

$485 - $590 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

Olympus E-520 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus E-510

Olympus E-510

Entry-level DSLR

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Startup delay Less startup delay
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
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
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 - $656 body only

$399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
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
Nikon D80

Nikon D80

Entry-level DSLR

$975 body only

$1,475 with 18-135mm 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
Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D

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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Entry-level DSLR

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 with 17mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Viewfinder No viewfinder
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

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