THE CAMERA HAS BEEN DEFECTIVE! IT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY AN OLYMPUS REPRESENTATIVE!
The replacement camera has been on a press conference with me and provided me with lovely images in all kinds of suroundings. I will post samples of these later on(as soon as the DDOS attack by
some a$$ ends)!
A friendly photography shop close to my house sold me an Olympus E520 today – yes, not an E510, but the newly-announced E520. I currently work on a complete review of the camera – meanwhile, here are a few indoor sample shots.
Our Olympus EVOLT E520 is running the 1.0 version of the firmware; the included German manual seems to be the production one(the whole camera seems to be a production-grade model).
The EZ1442 kit lens is a F3.5 lens that has a focal range of 14-42mm. Here are five small sample shots ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 1600(on the right). click on the shots to see the full JPEG as it was produced by the E520(sharpening and noise reduction disabled):
Here are a few crops(1:1) resolution – once again, the images are from all ISO settings available. I see slight noise starting to pop up at ISO 400; however, even the ISO1600 shot seems to be somewhat usable. However, the completely fuxated focusing voids further discussion – the images are unacceptable with out-of-the-box settings:
The second kit lens is a mediocre-ranged zoom – its focal length is from 40mm to 150mm. I tortured it with a few night shots of a closeby railway station(on a stand) – none of the shots was focused properly:
These detail shots show the true extent of the focus catastrophy:
The detail shots can be considered Pixel Soup at the very best – a 100€ camera can produce significantly better results than the E520.
THIS CAMERA HAS BEEN DEFECTIVE! THE CONCLUSION BELOW IS VOID! A FULL REVIEW IS UPCOMING!!
Olympus aimed for the moon while designing the E520 – unfortunately, the actual projectile went into outer space. The autofocus system of the E520 is the worst I have ever seen on a digital camera: if you value sharp and well-focused shots, look at the sample images above and stay FAR away from the Olympus EVOLT E520.
My camera heads back to the shop tomorrow(for further analysis) – stay tuned.
P.S. This is one of the cases where purchasing a device at a specialist store helps. I am pretty sure that the folks will either find a solution for me(which I hope) or take the camera back tomorrow…