Olympus E-620

Last updated (14 December’09):
– Review & Sample Photos @ NeoCamera
– Olympus E-620 wins Best Digital SRL Entry Level XIX TIPA Awards 2009

Olympus E-620 is a 12.3 megapixels SLR digital camera features 7 Point Twin AF system, Live-MOS sensor, In-Body Image Stabilization, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Supersonic Wave Filter, TruePic III+ Image Processor, 4 frames per second continuous shooting, 13 Scene-Select Modes including two new underwater modes, dual memory slots, 96% field-of-view viewfinder, six in-camera Art Filters, Multiple Exposure Shooting, On-screen Autofocus with Live View, and a 2.7 inches swivel HyperCrystal LCD (transmissive TFT color LCD). The camera measures 5.11″ (W) x 3.7″ (H) x 2.36″ (D) (excluding protrusions) and weighs 1.04 lbs. (body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Olympus E-620 Reviews

NeoCamera reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“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”
Rating: ★★★★½

Stuff.tv reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Pros: Lots of controls at hand. Fun art filters. Compact size. Flexible live view screen, Cons: No video. Small grip. Noise at higher ISOs “
Rating: ★★★★☆

NeutralDay reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“the E-620 is a powerful camera, perhaps too powerful for some beginners, but most will be thankful to have it’s capabilities, and be more than pleased with the pictures it takes. Given it’s affordablility, and abilities, it’s easy to “highly recommend” the Olympus E-620. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“All in all, I’ll admit that I found this to be an admirable system, with enough functionality to suit even the needs of the advanced amateur, while giving photo enthusiasts a camera they can use immediately sink their teeth into. If you’re a pro, you’ll find this a capable camera for travel photography. “
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Photocracti reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“With excellent image quality both indoors and out, pleasing High ISO capabilities, and loads of easy to use features, we have no problem giving the Olympus E-620 dSLR a high recommendation. “
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DCRP reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Colors were pleasing, and photos have the smooth look that you come to expect from a D-SLR. In terms of noise, the E-620 performs very well in good light, and not quite as well in low light. … It’s a nice D-SLR at a great price point, and is worth taking a close look at.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“If you regularly shoot above 400 ISO and demand low noise, then there’s better choices out there… But if most of your shots are taken at lower sensitivities, or the noise in our results pages look fine to you, then the E-620 is a fine choice… Ultimately the E-620 represents great value and is a DSLR we can whole-heartedly recommend.”

Rating: ★★★★½

PCAdvisor reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“We recommend it if you want a compact digital SLR that’s not hard to use and which doesn’t compromise on advanced features. It will also produce vibrant, clear and well-defined shots.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“So while the E-620 fits well into the Olympus line-up, it has to go head-to-head with the likes of the slightly more expensive yet video-enabled 12MP Nikon D5000 and 15MP Canon EOS 500D. Both are extremely strong contenders for your cash, but unlike previous years the differences now maybe just too close to make the call, unless video is your thing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“The overall impression of the camera is strong and convincing. Not only does the camera continuously seem to offer more than deemed possible before, it is also able to enter the battle with the competition in its very own way. Take for example the large amount of ZUIKO lenses available for the Olympus E-620. In short, the Olympus E0620 provides digital photography on a high quality level.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“If you don’t want to use your DSLR to record movies and you don’t do very much handheld low-light shooting, then it’s very easy to recommend the Olympus E-620, so much so that we’ve given it our highest possible Essential! award.”
Rating: ★★★★★

OutbackPhoto reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“In all other areas we like the E-620 and especially the Olympus lenses a lot. If you look for a light DSLR for travel the E-620 should be very high on your list. The Olympus E-620 also handles and acts extremely well.”
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DigitalTrends reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Highs: Compact, lightweight; fast 4 fps; art filters are fun tricks; built-in image stabilization; affordable. Lows: Focusing not crisp; colors not as accurate as competition; uses Four Thirds system; limited lens options; main screen should be edited, updated”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld.au reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Between the excellent Live View mode, the pop-out LCD screen and the art modes, the Olympus E-620 is a lot of fun to use. We recommend it if you want a compact digital SLR camera that’s not hard to use and which doesn’t compromise on advanced features. It will produce vibrant, clear and well-defined shots..”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Color accuracy surpassed the other four cameras we used for comparison purposes, a strong start to our testing. Resolution didn’t test as well as the E-30, but was quite respectable, with low distortion and chromatic aberration that’s particularly impressive given the inexpensive kit lens used. “
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ProPhoto reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Am I saying that the E-620 is a better camera than the E30 or is just as good? Not really. You’ll be hard pressed to see a difference in image quality but if you need to add another body to your Olympus digital SLR system and want Art Filters, you won’t go wrong with an E-620.”
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DCR reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Shots are impeccably clean through ISO 800, with a little softening creeping in at ISO 1600, and appreciably more noise showing up at ISO 3200. That said, I’d have no reservation shooting with the E-620 through at least ISO 800, and even ISO 1600 is very clean and colorful, and sharpens up nicely in post-processing..”
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PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Flash performance was very good and exposures were evenly balanced throughout the ISO range. The test camera’s flash was capable of illuminating an average-sized room at ISO 100 and little noise was visible in shots up to ISO 1600. Even at ISO 3200, noise was relatively subdued.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“A cracking little camera that combines the majority of the high-end kit of the E-30 with the compactness of the E-420 and E-520 rolled into an easy to use body that will not break the bank”
Rating: ★★★★½

DPInterface reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“Image quality of the Olympus E620 was generally good – the camera took nicely exposed photos with good color accuracy, sharpness and images were clean at ISO 800 and below… If you’re looking for a relatively compact and feature-packed digital SLR for 700 bucks or below, then the Olympus E620 is it.”
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Biofos reviews the Olympus E-620 and writes;
“excellent imaging with no compromises; sensible body and lens sizes; a great finder and improved AF system; quick and responsive processing; super ergonomics; huge feature set; IS for all lenses; fully useable Live View operation with poseable screen; lots of artsy opportunities. And all at a reasonable cost. Without doubt, Olympus has a winner on its hands.”
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PopPhoto has published a preview of the Olympus E-620;
“…the E-620’s main appeal may be its size. If you’re a backpacker, or just want a small DSLR, it’s incredibly convenient to tote—and to use.”

ePhotozine has published a preview of the Olympus E-620;
“the user interface is just as good and easy to use as previous Olympus models but what I really saw a difference in was the live view focusing. It’s fast and accurate, thanks to the hybrid AF system and doesn’t require the screen to raise or even a drop in light levels to lock.”

DigitalCameraInfo has published a preview of the Olympus E-620;
“we are genuinely intrigued by the unusual Olympus E-620… The body still felt a bit too small in our hands, but on the flip side this is one of the most portable SLRs on the market..”

DigitalCameraReview has published a preview of the Olympus E-620;
“Given its price and level of specification, what really makes the E-620 stand out is its size. With a 25mm “pancake” lens, the E-620 is not appreciably larger than most ultrazooms.”

WhatDigitalCamera has posted a preview video of the Olympus E-620;

WhatDigitalCamera has posted a preview video of the Olympus E-620;

User Opinions

Great Camera by P.Daniel | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love this camera! It’s easy to use and the swivel LCD is a wonderful bonus since you can close it so it won’t be scratched while carrying it. The lenses go on easily and the pop-up flash is enough for my needs. You can also set it for no flash which is great for taking pictures in museums.”

Speed, Color, IS, amazing focus by Joseph | Rating: ★★★★★
“I moved from the Evolt E-500 to the E-620. It is amazing, fast, color representation is awesome. I used it with the 8mm, 12-60 2.8, 50-200 2.8, and the IS is awesome with the 200. I can pick off birds while they are flying by at 100′. I have also shot the E3 and this camera is everything it is, just no where near as durable. If you drop this camera it is probably going to break. You can drop the E3 from your roof and it will most likely be ok…”

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Olympus E-620 Samples

Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ Dpreview
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ DCI
– Olympus E-620 Sample Photos: 123 @ DCR
– Olympus E-620 Sample Photos: 1 @ PocketLint
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
– Olympus E-620 Sample Photos: 1 @ Biofos
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ PhotographyReview
Olympus E-620 Sample Photos @ FourThirdsUser


Olympus E-620 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus E-620 Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 24, 2009 – As children, our imaginations run wild and finger-painted artistic creations are proudly displayed on our family refrigerators. But as we grow older, we learn to color inside the lines, and have less and less time for art. We often lose touch with how satisfying it is to create something uniquely our own. Olympus delivers the new E-620 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera to bring back that free-style experimenting and the magical feeling of being inspired by our own art.

The new camera’s easy-to-use Art Filters and Multiple Exposures (built right into the camera) are fun for consumers – whether you’ve been shooting for years or picked up your first digital camera today. Enjoy capturing creative images on the go – without being tethered to a computer and editing software! Now it is possible to easily customize your images so they’re worthy of posting on the gallery wall (or at least the family fridge).

“Experimenting and creating your own unique masterpieces has never been easier or more fun,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Pop Art, Grainy Black & White, and Pin Hole are just a few creative options that can be effortlessly found on the camera’s mode dial. The access is easy, and the results are fun and limitless.”

The new camera’s freedom of expression is matched by its freedom of mobility. First, the camera travels with you to more places, thanks to its compact size and light 16.76-ounce body. Second, as the world’s smallest DSLR with in-body Image Stabilization, the E-620 adjusts when your body moves to remove blur caused by camera shake (with any lens attached). Finally, add Live View shooting with a swivel 2.7-inch HyperCrystal™ LCD that frees you to cover subjects from a range of angles, and this 12.3-megapixel DSLR seamlessly combines motions with emotions – proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

Make Your Vision Come to Life with Art Filters

If you’re hoping to get more out of your camera than simply capturing and documenting a scene, and enjoy enhancing or customizing an image to make it your own, then you will value the camera’s Art Filters. The filters, which are built into the camera, provide incredible individual artistic control over an image, and remove the need to spend time altering images on the computer with editing software.

This camera was made for free-style shooting, experimenting and engaging with events and subjects. Enjoy the freedom of Autofocus Live View and dramatic effects to transform your day-to-day shots into compositions that you can be proud of with the following in-camera Art Filters:

– Pop Art: Enhances colors, making them more saturated and vivid, creating high-impact pictures that express the joyful, lighthearted feeling of the Pop Art style of the 1960s;
– Soft Focus: Creates an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere that renders subjects in a heavenly light without obscuring details; Pale & Light Color: Encloses the foreground of an image in flat gentle light and pastel colors reminiscent of a flashback scene in a movie;
– Light Tone: Renders shade and highlight areas softly to lend an elegant air to the subject;
– Grainy Film: Evokes the feeling of documentary footage shot in monochrome with grainy, high-contrast film; and
– Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole, connecting the viewer intimately with the subject at the center of the picture.

Art Filters are easily activated with the mode dial on the right side of the camera body. The effects are viewable right on the new camera’s 100 percent accurate swivel 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal™ III LCD when using the E-620 in Live View mode or when reviewing the captured image.

Express Your Inner Artist’s Multiple Personalities
With the new camera’s Multiple Exposure function you are free to tell a visual story your way, whether in a portrait, a landscape or a combination of both. For instance, capture an image of the spring leaves on a new tree and then overlay an image of your child’s face into the leaves for a stunning image that expresses the newness of the season. The image capture options allow you to shoot one shot, then another, or to capture both shots separately and combine them in the camera later. Or superimpose your own portrait with a starry night sky to create a photo with the impact you desire. Let your imagination lead you to new creative discoveries.

Ready, Steady, Go with In-Body Image Stabilization
The E-620 travels with you to more places, thanks to its compact size and light 16.76-ounce body. Capture sharp images on the go with the camera’s in-body Image Stabilization, which virtually eliminates blur with any lens attached. Three IS modes handle any situation. The IS-1 mode is for general shooting and adjusts the sensor on both the horizontal and vertical planes to compensate for movement by the photographer so images stay sharp in low light even at slow shutter speeds. To capture the motion of moving subjects, the E-620 offers two specialized modes: IS-2 mode is ideal for capturing a runner or cyclist traveling by in the horizontal mode, preserving the sense of motion while panning; IS-3 mode achieves the same effect when the camera is held vertically. In either mode, the artistic effects of panning enhance the shot and render the subject in sharp detail with blurred background. Moreover, the E-620 is the world’s smallest DSLR with built-in Image Stabilization, so you’ll feel comfortable taking it on the road with you to capture the action.

Superior Image Quality
The new camera’s high-performance 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and a state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to reduce noise and capture fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.

Its Live MOS image sensor is complemented by Olympus’ TruePic III+ Image Processor, which produces clear and colorful photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible. The new image processor is noted for accurate natural color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies, and precise tonal expression; it also lowers image noise in photos shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.

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3 Responses to “Olympus E-620”

  1. George says:

    Great video! But the Olympus rep lied when he said “the photo looked hideous”. If you look closely, you can see that the taken image disappeared even before the reporter turned the lcd towards the Olympus guy, so there’s no way he could have seen the photo when he said what he said. It was only a couple of seconds later that they pushed the “review” button, which showed the image on the lcd.

  2. Romain says:

    See all the samples !

    Horror !!!

    Noise at 200 iso !!!

    Is it good ???

    My god !!!

  3. jimmy says:

    Shoot outside the box with the world’s smallest and lightest image-stabilized digital SLR. The DSLR that puts creative freedom in the palm of your hands. Six creative in-camera art filters, Multiple Exposure shooting and a swivel Live View 2.7” HyperCrystal III LCD offer artistic freedom and endless creative possibilities. The 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic III+ processor provide exceptional picture quality. With in-body Image Stabilization and small 16.76-ounce body, the E-620 is a camera that truly lets you shoot outside the frame.

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