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Olympus launches new E-520 Digital SLR Camera

Olympus launches the E-520, an updated version of the E-510 digital SLR camera released in June last year. Thanks to a powerful built-in image stabilizer with a compensation effect of up to 4 EV steps, image stabilization shooting is available at magnifications up to 33x  from super-wide-angle to super telephoto when combined with Zuiko Digital lenses. Furthermore, enhanced "Live View" shooting with new "High-Speed Imager AF" provides you with the same ease of use available with a compact digital camera...

PRESS SUMMARY

Check-out the current Olympus digital SLR product lineEnhanced "Live View" photography with "High-Speed Imager AF," Image stabilization shooting at up to 33x* available with ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) today announced the launch of the E-520, the latest addition to the Olympus E-System series of interchangeable lens type digital SLR cameras. Featuring a built-in image stabilization mechanism functional at up to 33x* when used with ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, the new E-520 is scheduled to be released at the end of May 2008.

Olympus E-520 Main Features

Thanks to a powerful built-in image stabilizer with a compensation effect of up to 4 EV steps**, image stabilization shooting is available at magnifications up to 33x over a wide range of focal lengths from super-wide-angle to super telephoto when combined with ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses
Enhanced "Live View" shooting with new "High-Speed Imager AF" that provides users to the same ease of use available with a compact digital camera

"Face & Back Control" for clearer reproduction of both faces and backgrounds
Advanced new 10-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and TruePic III image processing engine

An advanced, updated version of the E-510 digital SLR camera (released in June 2007), the E-520 features a built-in image stabilization mechanism that actually shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake, as well as an impressive array of versatile functions that make it easier than ever for users to take exactly the photographs they intended. The image stabilization system incorporated in the E-520 uses SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) actuators to shift the image sensor and compensate for camera shake by up 4 EV steps*. As the E-520 is fully compatible with any lens compliant with the Four Thirds System standard, this means that image stabilization shooting is possible at up to 33x magnification across a wide range of focusing distances from 18mm (35mm camera equivalent) super-wide-angle to 600mm (35mm camera equivalent) super telephoto. To achieve this performance, the user can simply combine the E-520 with a Four-Thirds standard lens such as the newly released ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, the ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 or ED 40-500mm f4.0-5.6, and ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.6 super telephoto zoom lens.

The E-520 also incorporates the same High-Speed Imager AF initially unveiled on the E-420 (released in April 2008). This sophisticated autofocus system uses contrast detection to assure fast, accurate focusing and improve the ease and comfort of Live View shooting. In addition, the E-520 boasts Olympus's sophisticated new Face & Back Control that uses a face detection function able to detect up to 8 separate faces and optimize exposure of both faces and background. This function assures beautiful portrait or group shots, in which both the faces of the subjects and the background are clear and sharp.

All of this performance and versatility is incorporated in a compact, lightweight body. Thanks to the new 10-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic III image processing engine, the E-520 offers the same outstanding quality as the E-3, our widely praised flagship model. With its simplicity, convenience, and excellent portability, the E-520 is a great choice even for beginners, while its powerful function set and superb quality will satisfy advanced users as well.

* When used in combination with one of Olympus's four Standard Series lenses – the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, the ED f3.5-5.6, the ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 or the ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.6 super telephoto zoom lens, the E-520's image stabilization is effective across a wide range of focal lengths from super-wide-angle of 18mm (35mm camera equivalent) to super telephoto of 600mm (35mm camera equivalent), with magnifications up to 33x.
** Under our in-house test conditions

Pricing & Launch Date

Category Product Name MSRP Launch Date

Digital SLR camera OLYMPUS E-520 Body - Open pricing - The end of May, 2008

OLYMPUS E-520 Lens Kit
(with ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens)

OLYMPUS E-520 Double Zoom Kit
(with ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 and ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 lenses)

Additional information: Check-out the current Olympus digital SLR product line
May 13, 2008
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