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Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520

Portability
77
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41
Olympus E-450 front
 
Olympus E-520 front
Portability
68
Imaging
45
Features
45
Overall
45

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Key Specs

Olympus E-450
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Released March 2009
  • Old Model is Olympus E-330
Olympus E-520
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 552g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Launched August 2008
  • Older Model is Olympus E-510
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Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Overview

Here is a in depth overview of the Olympus E-450 versus Olympus E-520, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and both are sold by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-450 (10MP) and the E-520 (10MP) is relatively close and both cameras boast the same sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-450 was announced 8 months later than the E-520 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before going into a in depth comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the E-450 grades versus the E-520 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-450 over the Olympus E-520

 E-450 E-520 
LaunchedMarch 2009August 2008Fresher by 8 months

Reasons to pick Olympus E-520 over the Olympus E-450

 E-520 E-450 

Common features in the Olympus E-450 and Olympus E-520

 E-450 E-520 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal screen size
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera, you have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-450 offers physical measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") accompanied by a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Olympus E-520 has dimensions of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") with a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

See the Olympus E-450 versus Olympus E-520 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you select at that moment. Below is a front view size comparison of the E-450 and the E-520.

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the E-450 and E-520 is 77 and 68 respectively.

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing simply by looking through specs. The graphic underneath will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the E-450 and E-520.

All in all, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the same exact resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of pictures but you should really consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The more modern E-450 will have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-450 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-520 as a Portrait photography camera
57
has manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
59
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
saves RAW files
sensor resolution low (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-450 Street photography advice
Olympus E-520 Street photography advice
64
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (426 grams)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-450 Sports photography info
Olympus E-520 Sports photography info
39
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
has phase detect autofocus
slow fps (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10MP)
bad battery pack (500 CIPA)
55
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
better than average battery (650 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-450 Travel photography factors
Olympus E-520 Travel photography factors
53
lighter than competition in class (426g)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery pack (500 shots)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
52
better than average battery (650 shots)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-450 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus E-520 Landscape photography highlights
47
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.7")
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
bad battery pack (500 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
58
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (650 CIPA)
small screen (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-450 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-520 Vlogging factors
9
no video
9
can't shoot video
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Olympus E-450 vs Olympus E-520 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-450 and Olympus E-520
 Olympus E-450Olympus E-520
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-450 Olympus E-520
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2009-03-31 2008-08-20
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 3 3
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 45 45
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.46x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution None None
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426 grams (0.94 lb) 552 grams (1.22 lb)
Physical dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 55
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 21.4
DXO Dynamic range score 10.5 10.4
DXO Low light score 512 548
Other
Battery life 500 photos 650 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $138 $400