The Olympus E-620 combines a small, portable body with high-technology features – is it the definition of the Four Thirds Advantage?

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Olympus E-620 review

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£599.00

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Our verdict

While shooting for this test, I found myself trudging through a field, humming a merry tune, and absent-mindedly tossing the E-620 from one hand to another. Being a responsible camera reviewer, I stopped as soon as I realised what I was doing and put the strap around my neck, but it made me wonder how many other mid-range DSLRs I could have done that with. Not many, I’m sure.

The Olympus E-620 really is a very small camera, and with the ‘pancake’ 25mm f/2.8 lens attached it isn’t far off being pocketable. The really great thing about the E-620 though, is that despite its size, it is a fully featured camera that genuinely makes good on the ‘Four Thirds promise’ of high quality in a small package. There are some downsides to the smaller format: there is no getting around the fact that the E-620’s sensor is noisier than APS-C and full-frame equivalents, for example, but for most purposes, and in most situations, the E-620 can slug it out with the best of the competition.

The only area in which I found its performance worryingly lacking is AF, which, while more responsive when an SWD lens is used, is still a little too jumpy to be relied upon in poor light. Taken as a whole, though, the E-620 is a very satisfying camera to use. I think its price needs to drop, and I really wish that Olympus would introduce some low-cost SWD lenses, but if and when these things happen, the E-620 will become even more desirable. With this in mind, I have awarded it the same score as the E-30.

Olympus E-620 Focal points

Wireless flash

As with all Olympus E-series DSLRs, the E-620’s built-in flash can be used as a wireless trigger for one or more of the company’s separate hotshoe flashguns.

AF adjustment

Each of the E-620’s seven AF points can be independently adjusted to correct for front/back focusing.

Face-detection AF

Like many compact digital cameras, the Olympus E-620 features face-detection AF in Live View mode, which allows photographers to lock focus quickly on a human subject. The E-620 can recognise up to eight faces in a scene.

Fn button

An Fn button on the rear of the Olympus E-620 can be customised to fulfil a range of purposes, the most useful of which are probably depth of field preview and one-touch custom white balance.

LCD screen

The E-620’s 2.7in HyperCrystal III LCD screen is fractionally larger than the 2.5in one of the flagship E3, but it offers the same 750,000-dot resolution. A wide viewing angle and anti-reflection coating aid visibility in bright conditions.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range and Gamut
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD and Live View
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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