Olympus E-620 Review

 
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Olympus E-620 Comparison

The chart below compares the E-620 with other current Olympus DSLRs. We've used color tints in the cells to highlight differences. A red cell means that the the camera involved has lesser specs than the others, a green cell that it has better, and a yellow cell that its specification is somewhere between.

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E-620 versus other current Olympus DSLRs
Manufacturer
Olympus
Olympus
Olympus Olympus
Model
E-30
E-620
E-520 E-420
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Panasonic Panasonic Panasonic Panasonic
Sensor Type
Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS)
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels
13.1
13.1
11.8 11.8
Effective Megapixels
12.3 12.3 10.1 10.1
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
17.3 x 13.0
17.3 x 13.0
17.3 x 13.0 17.3 x 13.0
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
2.0x
2.0x
2.0x 2.0x
Image Processor
TruePic III+
TruePic III+
TruePic III TruePic III
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentamirror Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
98%
95%
95% 95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
1.02x
0.96x
0.92x 0.92x
Eyepoint (mm)
24.2
18
14 14
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0 -3.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks) Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Viewfinder
Info Display
AF points, Spot metering area, Super FP flash mode, Metering mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure mode, Number of storable sequential pictures, Image stabilizer, Auto ISO sensitivity, Flash status, AF confirmation mark, Flash, exposure compensation, AE lock, WB, Exposure level / compensation indicator, Auto bracket, ISO sensitivity value, Battery status
AF points, Spot metering area, Super FP flash mode, Metering mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure mode, Number of storable sequential pictures, Image stabilizer, Auto ISO sensitivity, Flash status, AF confirmation mark, Flash, exposure compensation, AE lock, WB, Exposure level / compensation indicator, Auto bracket, ISO sensitivity value, Battery status
AF points Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, Record mode, IS activating mode AF points, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, White balance, AE lock, Number of storable still pictures, Exposure compensation value indication, Metering mode, Battery check, Exposure mode, Record mode
Depth of Field Preview
Yes (Preview Button)
Yes (Fn Button Customization)
Yes (Fn Button Customization) Yes (Left Arrow Button Customization)
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG, TIFF
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
4032 x 3024
4032 x 3024
3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space &
White Balance
User-
Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters

(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment 5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
Preset WB settings
9 (Auto, 4 Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.) 9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2,000 - 14,000K
2,000 - 14,000K
2,000 - 14,000K 2,000 - 14,000K
WB Adjustment Range
+/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
+/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
+/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB) +/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection TTL phase detection
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
11 points, all twin cross-type
7 points, 5 cross-type
3 points, 1 cross-type 3 points, 1 cross-type
Super-
imposed Focus Point Display
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AF Working Range
EV -2 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV 0 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
AF-assist Beam
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled. With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
7 - Auto, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

11 Scene modes

7 - Auto, Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

13 Scene modes

7 - Auto, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

20 Scene modes

7 - Auto, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

18 Scene modes

Art Filters
6 6 No No
Metering Zones
49
49
49 49
Metering Modes
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Metering System Working Range
Digital ESP, Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
Digital ESP , Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
Digital ESP, Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
Digital ESP, Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 1600 100 ~ 1600
Exposure Comp.
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 or 5 shots in +/- 1, 0.7 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
3 or 5 shots in +/- 1, 0.7 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
3 shots in +/- 1, 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps 3 shots in +/- 1, 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
Multiple Exposure
Yes, 4 images
Yes, 2 images
No
No
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled;
rated to 150K cycles
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb 1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second
5 fps
4 fps
3.5 fps 3.5 fps
Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
TBD TBD 0.135 0.138
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
TBD TBD 0.080 0.082
Startup time (sec.)
TBD TBD 1.4 0.8
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet) Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/250
(Super FP up to 1/8000)
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
Flash Exposure Comp.
+/- 3 EV in 1, 0.5, 0.3 EV steps
+/- 3 EV in 1, 0.5, 0.3 EV steps
+/- 3 EV in 1, 0.5, 0.3 EV steps +/- 2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain
Wireless support Yes,
4 channels, 3 groups
Yes,
4 channels, 3 groups
Yes,
4 channels, 3 groups
Yes,
4 channels, 3 groups
PC Sync Terminal
Yes
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
2.7 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
2.7 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
2.7 in LCD / 230,000 pixels 2.7 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
Swivel LCD
Yes Yes No No
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
2 - 14x / Yes
2 - 14x / Yes
2 - 14x / Yes 2 - 14x / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
15 steps,
plus 15 steps color balance
15 steps,
plus 15 steps color balance
15 steps,
plus 15 steps color balance
15 steps,
plus 15 steps color balance
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed) Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Direct Printing (PictBridge compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Menu Languages
(varies by region; others downloadable via software)
4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese) 4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Custom Functions
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Remote Control
Optional RM-1
Optional RM-1
Optional RM-1 Optional RM-1
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes / Yes
No / n/a
No / n/a No / n/a
Articulating LCD
Yes Yes No No
Backlit Buttons
No Yes No No
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Live View
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital Level
Yes
No
No
No
Image Stabilization
Yes,
3-mode CCD-shift type,
5-stops
Yes,
3-mode CCD-shift type,
4-stops
Yes,
3-mode CCD-shift type,
4-stops
No
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Mostly Plastic
Mostly Plastic
Mostly Plastic Mostly Plastic
Splash & Dust proof
No No No No
Power System
Battery Compatibility
BLM-1
BLS-1
BLM-1 BLS-1
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F
750 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
500 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
650 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
500 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
Battery Holder
Yes,
HLD-4
Yes,
HLD-5
No No
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
141.5 x 107.5 x 75
130 x 94 x 60
136 x 91.5 x 68 129.5 x 91 x 53
Weight (body only)
655g
475g
475g 380g
Oper.
Env.
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C
0 ~ 40°C
0 ~ 40C 0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity Range
30 - 90%
30 - 90%
30 - 90% 30 - 90%
Kit Lens
Focal length / aperture
14 - 54mm
f/2.8 - 3.5 II
14 - 42mm
f/3.5 - 5.6
14 - 42mm
f/3.5 - 5.6
14 - 42mm
f/3.5 - 5.6
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens

 

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