Olympus E-620

Released February, 2009
  • 12.2 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
The E620 is a compelling all-round package that will appeal to beginners and more experienced users alike, with a compact and lightweight yet fairly robust design that comes with a lot of features for an entry-level camera.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-620

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

E-620
8.0
E-520
8.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

E-620
6.9
E-520
9.1
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

E-620
7.9
E-520
8.8
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

E-620
9.1
E-520
9.3
Reviews from 43rumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 3 more

8.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

E-620
8.4
E-520
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-620

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

E-620
536 ISO
OM-D E-M5
826 ISO
SLT A57
785 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-620
298 ms
Olympus E-3
135 ms
E-520
135 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

E-620
73 ms
Pentax K10D
107 ms
SLT A58
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

E-620
1,300 ms
Pentax K10D
400 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-620
4 fps
SLT A57
12 fps
OM-D E-M5
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

E-620
500 photos
Olympus E-5
870 photos
SLT A58
690 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-620


7.2
The color rendition, even in its 'Natural' setting, is pretty saturated compared to the competition and the default sharpening is higher than its peers to try to make the most of the detail pulled out of the file.

10.0
The Olympus E-620 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

8.0
Unfortunately, this shot can't be compared directly with some of the other reviews, but the 12MP resolution sensor is capable revealing high levels of detail at ISO100.

8.0
All three cameras incorporate the Four Thirds system – which is almost six years old now, and remains unique as the only DSLR system that was designed from the ground up for digital imaging.

7.3
At almost 1 pound, 3 ounces, with dimensions of 5.1 inches wide by 3.7 inches high by 2.4 inches deep, the E-620 is about the same size and weight as the T1i-though it looks smaller, they differ by only 0.1 inch in two dimensions-but is lighter and more compact than the D5000 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A380.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Image stabilisation via the camera body is a feature that helps the E-620 keep up with its competitors, and one that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)
The 14-45mm (28-90mm equivalent) kit zoom isn't the best in Olympus' range, but like the camera it is charmingly tiny, making the E-620 highly portable, as well as highly desirable.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2009)
The 14-42mm kit lens is generally a good performer for the price, but has a fair amount of barrel distortion at its widest.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Sensor

The Art Filters are accessed via their own mode on the main mode dial and they are all full program modes (you can't combine them with any other exposure mode), though you do still get full control of ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and so on.
by DPReview (Jul, 2009)
The effects are only applied to JPEG images (you can shoot in RAW+JPEG mode, in which case the RAW file will be unaffected by the filter).
by DPReview (Jul, 2009)
Images at ISO400 retain good detail and.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Focus

You can select one or all of the seven AF points.
by c|net (May, 2009)
Image magnification options of 5x/7x/10x operated from the OK button are essential for focus accuracy but also further the attraction.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
It has been replaced by a 7-point system, based on the E-30's 11-point AF module.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Screen

But, just as importantly, from an aesthetic point-of-view, the output is all that you'd want from a camera at this level - bright, punchy and consistent.
by DPReview (Jul, 2009)
The interface has also been well designed - it's not quite as stripped-down and unthreatening as those of some of its peers but this means it's quicker to use and easier to access all the camera's capabilities once you've learned how to use it (and the Super Control Panel, interactive display means that shouldn't take long).
by DPReview (Jul, 2009)
The screen grab blow is taken from the E-30.
by DPReview (Jul, 2009)

Image quality

When going up against Canon and Nikon in dSLRs, you've got to offer something pretty compelling-awesome speed, fabulous photo quality, one-of-a-kind features, a great design, or a bargain price for the whole package-to draw attention to yourself.
by c|net (May, 2009)
At ISO100, and with gradation set to Normal, image quality is high, with good tonality, colour and high levels of detail.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Colours were vibrant without being over-saturated even in the default Natural picture mode, and you can always choose Vivid if you want even more punch.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 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
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 298 ms
Shutter lag 73 ms
Startup delay 1,300 ms

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

features

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