Olympus E-620 First Impressions

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Olympus E-620 – Conclusion

The Olympus digital SLRs offer some of the best camera value and, with the exception of the Panasonic Lumix G1 Micro Four Thirds camera, the most compact system that money can buy. The lenses – even the entry-level kit zooms – are very good. I don’t think Olympus makes a bad lens. Olympus is pitching the E-620 as their second Creative camera and the Art Filters and other creative features are all well and good. But what excites me about this camera is the compact size along with the improved auto focus, capture rate and 12-megapixel sensor, not to mention the built-in image stabilization and the 2.7-inch tilt/swivel LCD. With every generation of this series – the E-510, the E-520 and now the E-620 – I proclaim them the ultimate outdoor camera. And the E-620 is no exception. But this time, I think we finally have a sensor that we can live with for a while without looking ahead to the next upgrade. We’ll have to wait for a production camera to really test it. But I think the E-620 could very well be a camera worth investing in for the long haul – a camera that happily lives in my ski and mountain bike backpacks for years instead of just one season.

The Olympus E-620 camera body will be available in May for $699.99 US. It will also be available as a kit with the Olympus ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital zoom lens. It will be shown for the first time at the annual PMA tradeshow, next week in Las Vegas. PhotographyREVIEW.com will be at PMA to show you all the new cameras and accessories, including the Olympus E-620. Watch for our 2009 PMA tradeshow coverage!

For some more hands-on with the new camera, check out my Olympus E-620 box opening video.

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About the author: Photo-John

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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