|The Olympus E-620 is clearly an Olympus DSLR. The camera is a mixture of the E450/E520 cameras with a touch of the E-30; it is in fact quite an achievement to design it this way. The compact dimensions of the camera did not stop Olympus from updating the back with a convenient folding-out and tilting LCD screen, something the E-450/E-520 both lack. On one hand, the design of the Olympus E-620 does not stand out, offering many familiar features which are already found in the current DSLR series cameras of Olympus. On the other hand, it is certainly an achievement to provide the Olympus E-620 with certain features of both worlds, those of the entry-level cameras (E-450/E-520) and those of the semiprofessional E-30. |
|Olympus E-620 SLR camera body
The front looks a lot like the E-450/E-520, apart from the handgrip. The latter has been customized and without having grown too much in size, it provides a firm grip. Personally, I really liked the hand-fit of the E-450 and, later, that of the E-520. The compact size goes well together with a firm hand-fit, which is important for this type camera. Beside the unlock button for the lens on the handgrip, a LED is also positioned for the remote control, and towards the top left of the lens, the white balance sensor.
Olympus E620 memory card support
The handgrip contains a dual card slot compartment. On the one hand, the photographer can use his CompactFlash memory card; on the other hand, those who switch can also use xD Picture cards in the Olympus E-620. In my opinion, this choice is still not following market standards. Neither card possesses an impressive market share; it would have been more logical to opt for the SD/SDHC memory card. I am curious to see if this choice will be made for the Micro Four Thirds camera that will be introduced by Olympus this summer.
Olympus E-620 DSLR functions
The top side of the Olympus E620 shows an abundance of functions. At first sight, it looks extremely full and crowded, but in practice it soon becomes clear you only use a couple of functions frequently. The command dial provides direct access to the main programs and, additionally, to the new Art Filters we have seen before on the E-30.
|The universal metal tripod mount on the rear of the Olympus E-620 enables mounting the camera to a tripod. The back of the handgrip is covered with a lid hiding the compartment for the PS-BLS1 Li-Ion battery.
Olympus Evolt E-620 LCD monitor
The control center is positioned on the back of the Olympus E-620. This side looks a lot like the Olympus E-30, except for the buttons carrying on below the screen and some cosmetic changes. The largest gain for the photographer is the folding-out and tilting monitor. This type of display gives me all the freedom I want when shooting, especially from difficult angles. This LCD monitor is an improved version of the E-30 namely; HyperCrystal III. A small yet convenient detail is formed by the buttons that light up to enhance users ease during shooting in twilight.
Operation of the Olympus E620 SLR camera
A rich-featured camera such as the Olympus E-620 has an abundance of buttons. Due to a compact housing, the buttons have diminished in size, in order to be able to fit them all. At first, the buttons seem too small to be able to handle comfortably, yet in practice this is hardly noticed, if even at all. You can use a full fingertip to press a button, and after using the camera for a while, you will be able to find the buttons blindfolded. The ease and comfort of a small compact DSLR body are convincing.