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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
135 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 
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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

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

$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
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

$695 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 D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$689 - $929 body only

$850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has much better image quality
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

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
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $380 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
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
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Olympus E-500

Entry-level DSLR

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

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-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
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

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