updated 08:00 am EDT, Tue May 13, 2008
Olympus early this morning updated its E-series cameras with the E-520. Replacing the E-510, the new 10-megapixel digital SLR mirrors changes brought to the earlier E-420 with a larger 2.7-inch LCD and a much more advanced live preview feature: photographers can not only use autofocusing but also see the effects of changes to exposure and white balance before taking the shot. The camera also shoots faster, at up to 3.5 frames per second, and includes both face detection and shadow compensation to bring out detail in darker areas.
Other additions include wireless flash support and an upgraded image stabilization feature that not only better compensates for unintentional shifts but can be told to watch primarily horizontal or vertical movement. The E-520 ships in July and will be priced at the same level as starter DSLRs like the Nikon D60. A basic, body-only unit will sell for $600, while a kit with a starter 14-42mm lens will sell for $700.
Olympus has also taken the opportunity of the E-520's launch to introduce a stand-alone, 9-18mm, f/4.0-5.6 lens designed for very wide angle shots. It supports all cameras with Olympus' mounting system and will ship in the fall for $600 by itself.