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.
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. On the plus side, it’s light, speedy and feels comfy (although we’d prefer a deeper pistol grip).
Pros: Compact, lightweight; fast 4 fps; art filters are fun tricks; built-in image stabilization; affordable
Cons: Focusing not crisp; colors not as accurate as competition; uses Four Thirds system; limited lens options; main screen should be edited, updated
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: While shooting for this test, I found myself trudging through a field, humming a merry tune, and absent-mindedly tossing the E-620 from one hand to another. Being a responsible camera reviewer, I stopped as soon as I realised what I was doing and put the strap around my neck, but it made me wonder how many other mid-range DSLRs I could have done that with. Not many, I'm sure.
Excerpt: Creatives who want to make the move from a compact camera to a digital SLR but are worried about the learning curve and the bulkier size of SLRs should check out the 12.3-megapixel Olympus E-620. It has been designed to be easy to use and it features a body size that's petite when compared to most digital SLRs on the market.
Pros: Fun to use; excellent low-light performance; excellent Live View mode; compact size; intuitive menu system.
Cons: Slow high-quality burst mode; will overheat if Live View is used for hours on end.