Conclusion: The new Olympus E620 is a very interesting and capable digital SLR â€“ no wonder everyoneâ€™s talking about it (and that explains the many emails from readers asking me to review it). The E620 takes many of the things that makes its big brother, the E30, great â€“ including 12 megapixels of resolution, rotating 2.7 inch screen (now with the new Hyper Crystal III coating) with good visibility, good performance, most of its feature set (including Art Filters) and wireless...
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 white balance tuning, Decent battery life with portrait battery grip available, Art Filters ; good selection of scene modes for beginners, Fast performance; very nice continuous ...
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 thereâ€™s too many of them, No settings to tweak Art Filters; increased processing times when using them
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). But its petite body is very similar to the entry-level E-420 ($413, street, with the same lens)-with a few key exceptions.
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. Consider it an advanced entry-level digital SLR with more than adquate resolution and some very nice features, among them the swivel LCD, the 7-point autofocus and the multiple aspect ratio shooting.
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 make for easy picture taking, Dual card slots (CF and xD), Art filters, face recognition, multiple exposure and other onboard tricks, Shooting in different aspect ratios help...
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 at the same time adding the kinds of entertaining and useful features and functions that up to now have primarily been available in consumer point-and-shoot cameras.
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 external flash just right, Fully automatic settings for beginners yield very good pictures, Large number of scene modes make for easy picture taking, Dual card slots (CF and xD)...
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, turning camera flash on and off via menu cumbersome.
Excerpt: The Olympus E620 raises the Four Thirds DSLR standard once more. So is the E620 the Four Thirds DSLR we've all been waiting for? The What Digital Camera Olympus E-620 full review reveals all...
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 in-camera RAW processing option (though lacks any preview, which is limiting), Excellent degree of customization, Class-leading level of external controls for quick shooting (o...
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 customization), Viewfinder noticeably smaller than its APS-C peers, Short battery life (especially if you use the Art Filters)
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. Rivals from other makes include the Canon EOS Rebel XSi Canon EOS Rebel XSi , the Pentax K200D and the Nikon D60 Nikon D60 .
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). Since then, we have seen a lot of innovations and improvements pass by. Moreover, Olympus initiated various functions that were soon also used by competitive brands.
Excerpt: Olympus’ latest E-620 DSLR targets users who are interested in something better than a budget entry-level DSLRs, that don’t want to pay for an upper mid-range or semi-pro body. This new camera is packed with features from the higher-end E-30, but uses a body that’s closer in size to the compact E-420 DSLR. By combining high-end features in a compact body, Olympus addresses many of the complaints users had with the previous E-520 and E-420 models.