Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520

Portability
85
Imaging
70
Features
78
Overall
73
Fujifilm X-E3 front
 
Olympus E-520 front
Portability
68
Imaging
46
Features
42
Overall
44

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Key Specs

Fujifilm X-E3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Boost to 51200)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Fujifilm X Mount
  • 337g - 121 x 74 x 43mm
  • Launched September 2017
  • Earlier Model is Fujifilm X-E2S
  • Newer Model is Fujifilm X-E4
Olympus E-520
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 552g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Released August 2008
  • Older Model is Olympus E-510
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Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Fujifilm X-E3 and Olympus E-520, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by competitors FujiFilm and Olympus. There is a considerable difference between the resolutions of the Fujifilm X-E3 (24MP) and E-520 (10MP) and the Fujifilm X-E3 (APS-C) and E-520 (Four Thirds) enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Fujifilm X-E3 was announced 9 years later than the E-520 and that is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Fujifilm X-E3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-520 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the Fujifilm X-E3 scores versus the E-520 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X-E3 over the Olympus E-520

 Fujifilm X-E3 E-520 
ReleasedSeptember 2017August 2008Fresher by 111 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-520 over the Fujifilm X-E3

 E-520 Fujifilm X-E3 

Common features in the Fujifilm X-E3 and Olympus E-520

 Fujifilm X-E3 E-520 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry your camera, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Fujifilm X-E3 comes with external dimensions of 121mm x 74mm x 43mm (4.8" x 2.9" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 337 grams (0.74 lbs) and the Olympus E-520 has dimensions of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") having a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

Analyze the Fujifilm X-E3 and Olympus E-520 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the Fujifilm X-E3 vs the E-520.

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X-E3 and E-520 is 85 and 68 respectively.

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to see the difference between sensor sizing merely by looking at specifications. The visual underneath will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the Fujifilm X-E3 and E-520.

Plainly, each of the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The Fujifilm X-E3 with its larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Fujifilm X-E3 will give you greater detail with its extra 14MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more recent Fujifilm X-E3 will have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 Portrait photography details
Olympus E-520 Portrait photography details
82
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
59
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 Street photography info
Olympus E-520 Street photography info
72
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
includes touch focus
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 Sports photography advice
Olympus E-520 Sports photography advice
76
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
53
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
max fps low (4.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-520 as a Travel photography camera
78
connects via bluetooth
includes touch focus
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
46
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 Landscape photography features
Olympus E-520 Landscape photography features
80
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
decent megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
no low pass filter
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
56
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X-E3 Vlogging highlights
Olympus E-520 Vlogging highlights
37
screen is touchscreen
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has mic support
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
9
can't shoot video
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Fujifilm X-E3 vs Olympus E-520 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X-E3 and Olympus E-520
 Fujifilm X-E3Olympus E-520
General Information
Make FujiFilm Olympus
Model type Fujifilm X-E3 Olympus E-520
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2017-09-07 2008-08-20
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by EXR Processor III -
Sensor type CMOS X-TRANS III CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.6mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 368.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 1600
Max enhanced ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 325 3
Lens
Lens mount type Fujifilm X Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 54 45
Crop factor 1.5 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x 0.46x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/32000s -
Continuous shutter rate 14.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (20p, 25p, 24p) -
Max video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 337g (0.74 lb) 552g (1.22 lb)
Dimensions 121 x 74 x 43mm (4.8" x 2.9" x 1.7") 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 55
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 548
Other
Battery life 350 pictures 650 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-W126S -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $700 $400