Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Olympus E-20: (5 megapixel prosumer) Overall the E-20 is a camera of hot and cold. From an image quality point of view it's very balanced, with good resolution and a neutral approach to tonal and colour balance (which would better suit a professional or semiprofessional photographer). There's the superbly built and designed body, studio flash capability (which works well) a mechanically linked zoom control and a vast array of manual controls.
Pros: Excellent resolution, almost as good as the best five megapixel we've seen, Good metering, good tonal balance, more 'flat' than most prosumer digital cameras, Neutral colour balance which won't "blow out" but may need a push to give it some zing, Very fast and sharp, 4x lens (F2.0 - F2.4) - though some chromatic aberrations, Fast auto focus and almost nonexistent shutter release lag, Good shot-to-shot times (but only four frames), Soft touch shutter release button (be...
Cons: Slow startup time, Slow image flush times (very poor, for a five megapixel "professional" digital camera), Inability to change certain settings until buffer has been fully written, LCD live view does not return until buffer has been fully written, Very limiting four image buffer, no matter what image size / quality, Slow image display and magnification, Chromatic aberrations, Barrel distortion at full wide angle, Poor LCD 'live view' frame coverage, No flexible progra...
the most part, I was a big fan of the Olympus E-10 (see
our review). In fact, I liked it so much, I bought it for my
own use. When you read the reviews on this site, more than likely
the E-10 is the camera that photographed that other camera. The
E-10 had it's issues, the most frustrating of which was the stuck/hot
pixel problems. For those of you who missed it, many E-10's had
bad pixels on the CCD, which ended up as colored dots in the photo.
Pros: Very sturdy, well designed body, All the manual controls you'll ever need, Excellent photo quality, SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II slots, Handy backlit LCD info display and swiveling LCD, Ability to preview shots on LCD as well as viewfinder, Pixel Mapping removes bad pixels
Cons: Slow write / shot-to-shot speeds, Somewhat sluggish in menus and playback mode, Disappointing LCD quality, Expensive
Summary: De Olympus E-20 is een goedkoper alternatief voor een spiegelreflexcamera met verwisselbare lenzen. Toch is de beeldkwaliteit hoog. De resolutie van 5 megapixel zorgt er voor dat de foto’s rijkelijk gedetailleerd zijn. De belichting is correct en de kleurweergave neutraal. Soms worden de groene tinten van planten wat artificieel weergegeven.