Olympus E-600

Released August, 2009
  • 12.2 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
The obvious markets for the more-compact-than-usual Four Thirds E-600 digital SLR from Olympus are the photo enthusiast, the creative of mind and those upgrading from either a starter DSLR, bridge camera or snapshot… that's basically those of us wanting regular DSLR quality, without the bulk of a camera based on an existing 35mmm SLR body sporting a APS-C sized sensor.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-600

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

E-600
8.0
D5200
9.8
D5300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

E-600
n.d.
D5200
n.d.
D5300
n.d.
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

E-600
10.0
D5200
10.0
D5300
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

E-600
9.5
D5200
9.2
D5300
9.1
Reviews from 43rumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com and photographyblog.com

9.1

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

E-600
9.1
D5200
9.5
D5300
9.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-600

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

E-600
541 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-600
4 fps
X-Pro1
6 fps
D5200
5 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

E-600
21.5 bits
D5200
24.2 bits
D5300
24.0 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

E-600
10.3 ev
D5200
13.9 ev
D5300
13.9 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-600


9.0
Images look very crisp, with good exposure latitude and impressive edge-to-edge sharpness, even at maximum wideangle setting.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

That was still a good £100 cheaper than we could alternatively find an E-620 with the same lens at the time of writing.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
Perhaps only Ricoh's new but yet-to-be-rated GXR - on which not only lens but also sensor is swappable - has to date come closest to a truly pocket sized interchangeable lens camera.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
Not only that, but if camera and basic kit lens can be picked up for a penny shy of £400, as advertised, it won't bite a huge chunk out of your holiday expenditure either.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)

Sensor

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
High speed Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation auto pre-view Face detection pre-view, Perfect shot pre-view Grid line displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
Thus, as with the Micro Four Thirds cameras that the original Four Thirds system models now find themselves competing with, the E-600 suggests itself as an excellent tool for the travel or street photographer.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)

Exposure

Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6).
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
The E600 drops the backlit buttons, 3 art filters (Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, and Grainy Film), multi exposure mode and aspect mask control of the E-620, but retains all the other core features.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
Omitted here, in comparison with the E-620 are illuminated buttons, three Art Filters in Grainy Film, Pale and Light Colour, Light tone, plus the E-620's multiple exposure and multi aspect ratio shooting options, the former overlaying up to three images to produce a single image, and the latter adding cinematic 16:9 framing to the standard 4:3 ratio.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)

Size

See also the recent raft of Micro Four Thirds 'hybrid' cameras mining the same seam to an even more compact degree in the E-P1, E-P2, and Panasonic's GF1, G1, GH1.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)
We were sent the camera not with the 14-42mm lens included in the current Curry's bundle deal but with the marginally broader focal range 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II, equivalent to 28-108mm in 35mm film terms when married with the camera's Four Thirds sensor.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)

Screen

On a clear bright day with our 14-54mm test lens attached, we were blown away by the quality of results achievable when married with the E-600.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type NMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 19.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Continuous shooting 4 fps, JPEG

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.96x
Viewfinder size 0.48x

form factor

Size 130 x 94 x 60 mm
Thickness 60 mm
Weight 515 g
Is weather sealed No
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