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Olympus EVOLT E-20
3.2 out of 10

Olympus EVOLT E-20

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Overall 8
Value for money 8
Features 9
Ease of use 8
Picture quality 9
Construction 9

Expert Review

DP Review
13 February 2002
  • 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...
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