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Opinions / Advice Needed - About To Buy E-520 or E620.

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  • Opinions / Advice Needed - About To Buy E-520 or E620.


    I hope no-one takes offence or is bothered by me asking this, given that I'm showing interest in cameras offered for sale on here. No offence intended to anyone - I just need some opininions/words of advice regarding the choice I have.

    As mentioned elsewhere, my primary need to step up from E-410 + 40-150 is that I need longer reach from my lens. The 70-300 suits perfectly because of price. Virtually all my shooting is hand-held, so IS seems really attractive to me.

    There are used E-620s & E-520s for sale on here & elsewhere, and one used 70-300 for sale (with an E-520).

    I'd been set on an E-620 up to this point, and figured I'd get a 70-300 later, but used 70-300s don't seem to come up too often, so an E-520 with a 70-300 seems a good option.

    But I can't help feeling I should just hold out for an E-620.

    Other options are flitting round my head too, but I'm not really a wheeler-dealer, and don't necessarily want to be buying loads of stuff and selling on what I don't really want - it's hassle, and I wouldn't want to irk folk on here either - great forum, I'm sticking with Oly, so I want to be able to continue to visit in comfort, so to speak.

    Paranoid? Me? Nah...

    Thanks for any replies,

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    Re: Opinions / Advice Needed - About To Buy E-520 or E620.

    Haha! Offence? Your question is one of the many reasons this site was created to help answer - we are at your service!

    The E-620 is a big step forward in specification from the E-520, so I personally would hang on for an E-620. For starters:

    12MP versus 10MP but more importantly the next generation of TruePIC image processing engine.
    • ISO range up to 3200 instead of 1600
    • Articulating screen
    • 7 AF points instead of just 3
    • Larger optical viewfinder view
    • Optional power grip available
    • Art filters
    • More compact
    • Illuminated controls for lowlight work

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    • #3
      Re: Opinions / Advice Needed - About To Buy E-520 or E620.

      I have both bodies and totally agree with Ian.

      In addition to this I would like to add:
      • The 620 LCD is clearer
      • The ISO sensitivity can be adjusted in 1/3 steps on the E620 vs. full steps only on the E520
      • The 620 has support for calibrating the AF accurracy (front/back focus)

      This said, the E520 is a still a nice camera.


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      • #4
        Re: Opinions / Advice Needed - About To Buy E-520 or E620.

        Don't overlook the E-600! It's about 99.9% the same as an E-620, but is frequently a LOT cheaper.
        And as you probably already know the E-600/620 are poor man' E-30.
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        • #5
          Re: Opinions / Advice Needed - About To Buy E-520 or E620.

          Another vote for the E-620/600. Although the E-520 is a great camera, the E-620 is a generation better - some say it's what the step up from the E-510 should have been.

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