If you're wanting to step-up from a point and shoot digital camera, but on the fence about a DSLR versus SLR-like camera, then you can purchase the Olympus E-520 with confidence. There is absolutely no other entry or mid-priced system on the market that has the feature set for the price that you can get the Olympus Evolt E-520 for. I carefully researched and compared systems that possessed the features important to my family: live view, image stabilization, optical/sensor quality, and finally, PRICE.

Buy it now and you won't regret it. I'm using this camera in Iraq and am amazed at the quality of materials, the brightness of the rear LCD, and the ease of use. I replaced a destroyed Canon point and shoot and felt right at home with this system. The myriad of auto function and shooting modes ensures virtually idiot-proof quality photographs that you will be proud to share with family and friends.

If you can't already tell, I highly recommend this camera. I'm even thinking of purchasing an Olympus Evolt E-520 for my wife to replace her aging point and shoot when I return from Iraq.

I researched heavily in the internet about Olympus Evolt E-520 SLR cameras before I took the plunge. Afterall, if you are going to spend this much money on a gadget, you better be careful and that you get the best bang for the buck. Almost all editorials from SLR experts are unanimous about this model being superior to Canon and Nikon offerings. This 2008 model has all the 4 features that are most desired in a modern SLR, which are: a live view display, dust protection mechanism, image stabilization and dynamic color range. Among its class and price range, this camera is the only one that has it all. When I saw the price discounted to almost half and a few hundred dollars less than comparable Nikon and Cannon and Sony offerings (these three brands actually received less favorable ratings but are significantly more expensive), I thought it was a no-brainer. I had to look twice at the price to make sure I was not mistaken. Indeed, for a lot less dollar but with a lot more features and quality, this item is real steal!