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...
Summary: The Olympus E-620 is not just a very good DSLR, it is an excellent value with an outstanding and complete feature set. Image noise is a good as we have seen from Four-Thirds cameras and very close to recent rivals using APS size sensors.
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: We’ve had issues with the sub-par quality Olympus aim-and-forget cameras, and the E-620 has its issues as well. Even though the kit with a single lens is only $699, or $799 with the 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses (both real world prices), it’s hard to recommend.
Summary: The Olympus E-620 provides the ultimate portable, creative DSLR – with this as a concept, Olympus has unquestionably succeeded. And, should the novelty of the E620’s Art Filters wear off, or should you not be drawn to them in the first place, the Olympus E620 is still a fantastic camera underneath.
Pros: Art Filters, useful features, live view, LCD screen, wireless flash capabilities
Cons: Noise levels, awkward handling, small and fiddly buttons, small buffer, a little expensive
Summary: The latest PEN camera, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 camera, also called the PEN Lite, is another great addition to the family. Its image quality is very good, its performance level is high, and it carries a reasonable price.
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).
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...
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.
Summary: The Olympus E-620 is a feature-packed DSLR which offers a step-up from entry-level models. Like many DSLRs these days, it inherits a number of features from a higher-end model, in this case, the E-30, but packages them into a smaller, lighter and more affordable package.
Pros: Built-in IS and effective anti-dust., Fully-articulated screen., Small but comfortable body., 7-point AF and adjustment.
Cons: More noise than rivals at high ISOs., Burst measured at 3.4fps, not 4fps., No video recording mode or HDMI., Limited lenses work with Imager AF.