Olympus E-620 First Impressions

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Olympus E-620 – Control Layout Changes

Because of the LCD hinge, there’s no room for the four dedicated buttons that are on the left rear of the E-520. The ISO, white balance, metering mode and AF buttons have been moved to the four-way directional keypad, which had no dedicated functions on the E-520. This is nice design – nothing is lost and the space on the back of the camera is used more efficiently. The four-way directional keypad and some of the other buttons now also have backlighting. The lighted buttons are one of those features that seems so obvious you wonder why it wasn’t done a long time ago. The buttons on the back of the E-620 are a little smaller than other Olympus DSLRs but I didn’t find that a problem when I was shooting. Maybe people with really big fingers will have trouble accurately pressing the small buttons. But they worked fine for me.

Olympus E-620 - lighted buttons

Olympus E-620 – New Creative Tools

As the second camera in the Olympus Creative Series, one of the most important features on the new E-620 is the Art Filters. The Art Filters were introduced with the recent E-30 DSLR and are significantly listed on the mode dial alongside the scene modes (see below). Along with the Art Filters, the E-620 also offers Multi Exposure and Multi Aspect shooting. The E-620 has the same six Art Filters as the E-30: Grainy Film, Light Tone, Pin Hole, Pop Art, Soft Focus and Pale & Light. But it is more limited in the Multi Exposure and Multi Aspect shooting options. You’ll find more detail on the Art Filters as well as sample images in my Olympus E-30 First Impressions article.

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • My next camera! It will go perfect with my E420. Thank you Olympus.

  • Photo-John says:

    I think the E-620 looks like the best backcountry camera yet. Although, I just got the Panasonic Lumix G1 in for review. We’ll see how it goes with that camera. No image stabilization is the main limitation with the G1. It is pretty tiny, though…

  • Henry says:

    How is this E-620 differ from E-450?

  • Edoardo says:

    will the 620 utilize the SWD function fully?

  • Michael Smith says:

    I am thinking of buying an E-620 but am confused about whether it woul be possible to use my M Series Leica lenses with the 4:3 system – are adaptors available??

  • Greenfield says:

    Ebay dude, Ebay!

  • Brigante' Phardtz says:

    I just puchased the E620 and I think it is a very good camera. It will take time for me to learn the ins and outs of it’s workings, but I think it will be fine. I purchased it with the kit lens and I am delighted with that also. The whole item balances very well.

  • V says:

    i love this camera. it’s perfect for me as an upgrade from the e520. i don’t need anything heavier, i love its size.

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