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

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Olympus E-620 review


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The competition

The E-620 is relatively expensive at present, although its price is likely to drop in the coming months.

Its current price puts it alongside the Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 40D, and in terms of specification it can compete with both.

The Nikon D90 offers a superior phase-detection AF system and a video recording mode, but it does not offer the same level of sophistication in its Live View mode.

The Canon EOS 40D contains less advanced technology than either camera, but offers significantly better build quality than both, albeit in a larger, heavier body.


A first-time DSLR buyer would be well advised to go for the E-620, but a more experienced photographer would probably get more out of the D90.

Anyone currently using an E-410 or E-420 who is considering an upgrade should consider the E-620 over the more expensive E-30, given the similarity in performance.







White Balance:Auto, custom (four settings), eight presets, colour temp 3,000-7,500K, amber-blue and 
green-magenta fine-tuning
Shutter Type:Computerised focal-plane shutter
Built-in Flash:Yes, pop-up unit GN 12m @ ISO 100
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1 dioptre
Memory Card:CompactFlash, xD
Viewfinder Type:Pentamirror
LCD:2.7in TFT (HyperCrystal III ) with 750,000 dots
Output Size:4032x3024 pixels
Field of View:Approx 95%
AF Points:Seven points selectable individually or automatically
Sensor:High Speed Live MOS Four Thirds type (17.3x13mm)
White Balance Bracket:Yes, over three images
Focal Length Mag:2x
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec normally or 1/4000sec with external flashgun in Super FP Mode
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Exposure Modes:Program with shift, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual
Weight:475g (without battery or card)
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus B
File Format:
Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery BLS-1 (supplied)
Drive Mode:Max 4fps until card full in Fine JPEG or six raw imagesLCD 2.7in TFT (HyperCrystal III ) with 750,000 dots
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Metering System:49-zone ESP metering, centreweighted, spot (approx 2%) – normal, highlight and shadow
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3, 1⁄2 or 1EV steps
Compression:Three-stage JPEG
Lens Mount:Four Thirds
ISO:ISO 100-3200 (in 1⁄2, 1⁄3 or 1EV steps)
DoF Preview:Yes (via Fn button)
Focusing Modes:Manual, single AF, continuous AF, manual and AF in both single and continuous modes
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
  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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