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Olympus Evolt E-620 Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Olympus E-620 Assessment

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. This can be compensated easily by bright Olympus lenses which often have wider apertures than comparable lenses made for larger-sensor cameras.

The Olympus E-620 is very compact by DSLR-standards. It is the smallest DSLR to feature built-in stabilization. It may be that the price to pay is a cramped design and low battery-life, but that is easily an acceptable compromise for having such a feature set. The main downside would be a tiny viewfinder that makes manual focusing difficult.

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
. The K200D is the only weather-sealed camera here with a relatively large viewfinder and built-in stabilization. The XSi and D60 lack image-stabilization but show very low noise at high-ISO. The XSi also features the best live-view implementation out there.

PROS CONS
Quite low image noise for Four-Thirds system Poor auto-white-balance in artificial light
Good dynamic range Very small viewfinder
Excellent metering, very resistant to blow-out Questionable placement of controls
Reliable auto focus Complicated menu system
Fast and responsive LCD too reflective
Effective stabilization Short battery life
Good dust reduction
Highly customizable
Backlit buttons
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Olympus PEN E-P1
Olympus PEN E-P1
- Micro 4/3, No viewfinder, No flash
Olympus E-30 - 5 FPS, 98% Coverage OVF
Olympus E-3
Olympus E-3
- 10 Megapixels, 5 FPS, 100% Coverage OVF
Olympus Evolt E-620
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By Neocamera on 2009-08-08

Olympus E-620 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-3200
Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-60s
2-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 4-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
95% Coverage
Small Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
4 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesHot-Shoe
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Compact Flash
xD
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