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Olympus E-520

Based on didjiman's experience, I'm also considering the Olympus E-520. It's a real new model, so there's not much in the line of review details.

Pros:
  • Excellent image quality
  • Very compact
  • Excellent Zuiko lens series
  • "Four Thirds" sensor size is 2x cropping factor, easy to convert
  • Good in-body image stabilization
  • Wireless support for FL-50R and FL-36R from built-in flash

Cons:
  • Max ISO1600
  • Few third-party lenses
  • "Four Thirds" sensor is small, could have diffraction issues at tight aperture
  • Viewfinder is reported to have a small image

Costco price: not yet. The E-420 kit is $500. Street for E-520 with kit lens <$700

Comments

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didjiman
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
The biggest problem with the small sensor isn't so much about diffraction (I know I am the one mentioning to you, but in practice, it's not a big issue at all), but potentially higher noise at ISO 1200 and above. Up to 1200, the E system is as good as the D200/D300s. If you keep shooting at ISO 1600, then shoot raw.

That plus lack of 1.4 lens except for two. Useful if you want that razor thin DoF look.

BTW, no one, just no one, including all the critics, has complained about the Zuiko Digital's image quality. They are without peers.
bovil
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
The Zuiko lenses are a major selling point.
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