Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68

Olympus E-520 front
Sony SLT-A68 front

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Key Specs

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
  • Launched August 2008
  • Older Model is Olympus E-510
Sony A68
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 610g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released November 2015
  • Older Model is Sony A65
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Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Olympus E-520 and Sony A68, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the E-520 (10MP) and A68 (24MP) and the E-520 (Four Thirds) and A68 (APS-C) have totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-520 was announced 8 years prior to the A68 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before getting right into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the E-520 scores versus the A68 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-520 over the Sony A68

 E-520 A68 

Reasons to pick Sony A68 over the Olympus E-520

 A68 E-520 
ReleasedNovember 2015August 2008Fresher by 87 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-520 and Sony A68

 E-520 A68 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display size2.7"2.7"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera often, you have to think about its weight and size. The Olympus E-520 enjoys exterior dimensions of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") along with a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs) and the Sony A68 has specifications of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") and a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the E-520 vs the A68.

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-520 and A68 is 68 and 64 respectively.

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to visualise the gap between sensor sizing just by looking at technical specs. The photograph underneath will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-520 and A68.

As you can tell, each of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The E-520 using its tinier sensor will make getting bokeh trickier and the Sony A68 will resolve more detail with its extra 14 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The older E-520 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-520
Portrait photography with Sony A68
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10MP)
focusing manually
MP count good (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-520 as a Street photography camera
Sony A68 as a Street photography camera
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-520 Sports photography information
Sony A68 Sports photography information
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good battery pack (650 shots)
comes with phase detect AF
max fps very slow (4.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
low battery pack (510 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-520 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A68 as a Travel photography camera
good battery pack (650 shots)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
low resolution sensor (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
MP count good (24MP)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
low battery pack (510 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-520 Landscape photography advice
Sony A68 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (650 per charge)
small screen (2.7 inch)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse mode
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
low battery pack (510 shots)
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-520 Vlogging advice
Sony A68 Vlogging advice
no video shooting
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with external microphone port
display is not selfie friendly
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Olympus E-520 vs Sony A68 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-520 and Sony A68
 Olympus E-520Sony SLT-A68
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus E-520 Sony SLT-A68
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2008-08-20 2015-11-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 3 79
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 45 143
Crop factor 2.1 1.5
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.57x
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/180 secs 1/160 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 552 grams (1.22 lbs) 610 grams (1.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 79
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.4 13.5
DXO Low light rating 548 701
Battery life 650 photographs 510 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $400 $581