Summary: For those seeking an entry-level DSLR camera, my Olympus E-620 review shows that this camera is a good starting point. You can probably find the E-620 camera body (and perhaps a starter lens) for less than $750, making it a good value, and it performs well in a variety of shooting conditions.
Pros: Rotatable LCD is bright, even in direct sunlight, Can use live view or viewfinder, Auto-focus works well across the board, It has a sturdy feel and is very light weight, Image stabilization works well
Cons: It takes some time to learn all of the features, LCD dims too quickly when conserving battery power, Low-light photo image quality could be better, No video mode
Conclusion: Citation "Olympus E-620 Digital SLR Camera Review," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/olympus_e620.html, 2009-10-27 00:05:00-06.
Excerpt: With its new 12.3MP E-620, Olympus has packed a lot of extras into a very small DSLR. At $700 (estimated street, body only; $800 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens), it borrows creative shooting controls from its big brother, the E-30 ($1,300, street, body only; $1,400 with the same lens).
Advanced entry-level 12.3-megapixel dSLR with swivel LCD and a wealth of fun features
30 November 2011
Summary: With a suggested price of US$699 for the body alone and US$799 for a system with a 14-42mm lens, the 12.3 megapixel Olympus E-620 costs quite a bit more than the E-420 and E-520, but significantly less than the E-30.
Pros: Competent and compact 12.3-megapixel digital SLR smaller than most in its class, Suitable for underwater use with special PT-E06 housing, "Live View" via bright, swiveling 2.7-inch wide viewing angle LCD, Fully automatic settings for beginners yield very good pictures, Large number of scene modes...
Cons: No movie mode, Numerous buttons and menus require learning curve
All-purpose digital SLR with live view LCD and professional quality underwater housing system
30 November 2011
Excerpt: The 12.3 megapixel Olympus E-620, which bridged the gap between the US$499 Olympus E-520 and the US$999 E-30, was introduced in February of 2009. Compared to its predecessors, it demonstrated the digital imaging industry's effort to make digital SLR cameras smaller, lighter and more advanced while...
Pros: Competent 12-megapixel digital SLR suitable for above and underwater use, Very fast autofocus, Live View via bright 2.7-inch wide viewing angle LCD, LCD can be rotated into different positions (not with housing), Compact, high quality underwater housing, Brackets and pivots allow directing the ex...
Cons: Onscreen menus needlessly sparse and cryptic, physical controls and buttons scattered, No video or audio, Underwater assembly with flash is still large, negatively buoyant, and has small parts that can get lost., Viewfinder barrel in housing fogged up during after-dive soaking, When in housing, t...
Conclusion: The new Olympus E620 is a very interesting and capable digital SLR – no wonder everyone’s talking about it (and that explains the many emails from readers asking me to review it).
Pros: Good image quality, Rotating 2.7 inch LCD with good visibility, Compact design with backlit controls (some) and dual memory card slots, Live view paired with rotating screen is useful; shows a live histogram and manual focus enlargement, Full manual controls; flash hotshoe, RAW image mode and whi...
Cons: Slightly higher noise versus competition with bigger sensors, Optical viewfinder is on the small side, Limited RAW buffer in burst mode, Slow autofocus in live view mode, Some buttons are small; and there’s too many of them, No settings to tweak Art Filters; increased processing times when using ...
Summary: The best Four Thirds camera yet closes the gap and competes convincingly with its APS-C competitors. More importantly though, it's small, produces excellent 'out of the box' image quality and is jam-packed with useful--and a few novel--features. If you can live without movies, it's an easy pick.
Pros: Superb image quality, Good tonal response and dynamic range (at ISO 200 and above), Good high ISO performance, Built-in Image Stabilization, Generally fast and responsive in use, Twist and swivel screen useful for certain shooting types, JPEG engine makes the most of the sensor's output, Useful i...
Cons: Contrast detect AF pretty slow in live view (which is often the case on DSLRs), Moderate LCD screen resolution (and too reflective in bright light), Slightly lower absolute resolution than rest of class, Complicated menu system not that easy to navigate (though it offers a great degree of user cu...
Summary: Interestingly Olympus has nearly the same feature-set in 3 sizes, the E-620, the much larger E-3 and the compact non-DLSR Micro-Four-Thirds E-P1. If size matters, then you've got choice here. The E-3 features a viewfinder with 100% coverage and the E-P1 has no viewfinder at all.
Pros: Quite low image noise for Four-Thirds system, Good dynamic range, Excellent metering, very resistant to blow-out, Reliable auto focus, Fast and responsive, Effective stabilization, Good dust reduction, Highly customizable, Backlit buttons
Cons: Poor auto-white-balance in artificial light, Very small viewfinder, Questionable placement of controls, Complicated menu system, LCD too reflective, Short battery life
Conclusion: Olympus E-620 digital SLR cameras The assortment of FourThirds digital SLR cameras has been expanded extensively over the last few years, and not without success. Even less than 6 years ago, we got acquainted with the new system (Olympus E-1 introduction).
Excerpt: Camera costs are falling faster than a bowling ball in a black hole. Case in point: The Olympus E-620, an inexpensive digital single-lens reflex camera that won’t weigh your shoulder down, is easy to use and takes fine pictures in a wide variety of conditions.
Pros: Easy to use. Lithe and compact size for a DSLR. Spiffy swiveling LCD screen. Excellent shots in photon-rich environments. Body-based image stabilization. Easy to configure in both automatic and manual modes.
Cons: Poor low-light performance. Noisy images above ISO 1000. Doesn’t shoot video. Plastic body and lens construction feels like it could break if squeezed too hard.