A camera's operation is an important factor. The famous - or despised if you like- , AUTO button is available once again. This mode lets you shoot in the simplest way possible. However, if you're the slightest bit interested in photography, which most consumers buying a DSLR are likely to be, you will soon leave the AUTO path. The P/S/A/M mode enables adjusting the shutter speed and aperture manually, allowing you to decide the exposure in the 'old-fashioned' way. This goes without saying for the photographer, however, automation is also gradually taking its place within DSLR photography.
Olympus Evolt E-620 Art Filters
One handy digital feature integrated in the camera is the new Art Filter set. Previously integrated for the first time in the E-30, these filters are now also available in the Olympus E-620 camera. The filter set comprises of six filters each putting their specific feature on the picture that is being captured. And thanks to the Live View function, you can preview the picture prior to actually capturing it.
Olympus E-620 dust reduction system
Upon activating the E620, a blue LED blinks extremely fast for a very brief moment. This indicates the activation of the effective Olympus dust reduction system. It causes a negligible delay as far as I am concerned. More important is the effect of a system like this. No more dust or other particles that will damage the picture's quality, and no more editing afterwards to remove dust through an editing program. The most important cause of dust in the picture is the removal of the lens, thus keeping the camera open. A dust reduction system such as integrated in the Olympus E-620 solves it all and you will never again have to worry about dust.
Olympus E620 Tilt & Fold LCD screen
The LCD screen of the Olympus E-620 can be tilted and folded out, which certainly adds an extra value to it. We see these monitors more and more often, yet there are still differences between them.
The monitor of the Olympus E620 folds out to the left, coming free from the body. This seems to be just positive, but there is at the same time a small disadvantage. You have to actually change your viewpoint when you use the monitor to frame a subject. Since the display is next to the camera, you are no longer looking directly at the subject, but in fact from an angle through the display. When shooting I find myself changing the camera's position in my hand more often than I usually do, compared to when I take pictures through the viewfinder. Why this remark? While reviewing the Olympus E-620, I also received the new Nikon D5000, which features a monitor that only tilts downwards. This is a conscious choice of Nikon with the philosophy that the photographer will keep in one straight line with the camera and the subject. The disadvantage is that the monitor is less flexible in use.
Olympus E-620 camera settings
The camera's menu is typical for Olympus and provides an abundance of settings. Navigation of the camera is quite direct, yet, it should be possible to reach a faster speed when it comes to operating the camera. The ISO shortcut provides direct access to a large range of ISO settings, however, it is only possible to navigate from left to right through the three rows of settings. It would be a lot quicker if you could also navigate from the top row to the bottom row. A small detail perhaps, yet in practice you may come across this action frequently.