Olympus E-620 First Impressions

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Olympus E-620 – Performance Features And Improvements

Other performance upgrades to the E-620 are 7 auto focus points, 4 frames-per-second shooting speed and of course, the 12-megapixel sensor. The 7 AF points are a huge improvement over the 3-point system on the E-520 (see the AF point selection LCD display, below). There’s a lot more frame coverage and 5 of the AF points are faster, more accurate cross points. Like the E-3 and E-30, the E-620 also has a double AF point system where each AF sensor actually has a double, right next to it. In other words, there are actually 14 AF points grouped into a 7-site array. This redundant system means if one sensor is having trouble its partner should find something to lock onto. As far as auto focus goes, this is a very different camera from the E-520. As I said earlier, the pre-production body I had didn’t have final firmware so I wasn’t able to evaluate the speed and accuracy of the auto focus. But based on the specs, AF performance should be closer to the E-3 and E-30 than the E-520.

Olympus E-620 – Image Quality

The Olympus E-620 is using the same 12-megapixel sensor as the E-30. I’ve been shooting with the E-30 for a while now and I love the image quality I’m getting. It’s the first sensor in an Olympus DSLR where I haven’t worried about image quality at all. I use whatever ISO I want (up to ISO 800) with no concern about noise or other image quality problems. So I’m really pleased to see the same sensor being used in the E-620. I haven’t been able to test the camera for image quality since the firmware wasn’t final. But I believe this sensor means the E-620 should truly be a no-compromise camera as far as image quality goes. I believe most photographers will be able to shoot with the E-620 with no worries about image quality, regardless of their subject or lighting conditions.


Olympus E-620 Studio Test Images
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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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