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Olympus E-620 pre-production review

E-420-like form factor E-620 leap-frogs the E-520

In a surprise move, just prior to the big annual PMA trade show in Las Vegas next week, Olympus has unveiled an all new 12 megapixel E-System DSLR model, the E-620, that fits in between the E-520 and the new E-30, although it has more than a passing resemblance, in both appearance and, to an extent, size, to the baby of the range, the E-420. We have been evaluating the E-620 for the last couple of weeks and have a 29 image product gallery - see the thumbnails below.

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Unlike the E-420, the E-620 has a newly developed compact form factor sensor-shift image stabiliser. On top of that, it has a 2.7 inch articulating LCD screen. The viewfinder has been re-engineered to be slightly larger in view and the info panel has been moved to below the finder view.

There are now 7 AF points, 5 horizontal and one each above and below the central point. A simplified form of lens focus calibration, first introduced with the E-30, has been implemented in the E-620. There is also an external white balance sensor like the E-3 and E-30. Another nice touch is the introduction of illuminated buttons for night use. Speaking of buttons, the E-620 has a similar level of external controls as the E-520, using slightly smaller buttons. The on/off switch is located in the same position as the E-420.

The E-620 has the appearance of a modified E-420 but has a deeper body to accommodate the articulating screen and the IS module. Weight is closer to an E-520 than an E-420, but still significantly smaller than lighter than an E-30. The E-620 has a hybrid of E-520 and E-420 grips. Its nowhere near as large as the E-520 grip, but considerably bigger than the E-420 grip, but does not extend beyond the plane of the lens mount. This should help the camera body to fit into tighter storage spaces without the lens fitted, compared to an E-520.

Play the movie to explore the E-620 menus

A most welcome bit of news is that the E-620 has a power/portrait mode grip option. Called the HLD-5, the grip looks compact, although it reproduces less controls than the E-3/E-30 HLD-4 grip. Incidentally, the E-620 uses the same compact PS-BLS1 battery as the E-420.

More features shared with the E-30 include a maximum ISO of 3200, Creative Art Filters, and a multiple exposure mode, and variable aspect ratio shooting. Auto Exposure bracketing is limited to three steps of up to 1EV, though. The specifications say a maximum shooting rate of 4 frames per second, though our pre production sample didn't shoot that fast. To simplify the menus, the complex nested 'wrench' or 'spanner' menus can be hidden from the top menu level.

A pictorial E-620 tour is below, just click on a thumbnail to see the bigger picture. We'll have more details on the E-620 later today.



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Olympus E-620 pre-production review

Four Thirds User editorial team Olympus E-620 pre-production review
In a surprise move, just prior to the big annual PMA trade show in Las Vegas next week, Olympus has ... (more)

Paul Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Having seen the full spec on a USA site these seems to be the camera I want at A price I can afford.... (more)

thestickman Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Definately looks good, atleast for the converted dollars price. A pretty sweet camera. And since ia... (more)

Kuifje Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
What price is quoted? No price indication here in Europe as far as I have seen.. Martin... (more)

Wickster Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I believe DPreview lists it for $699 body only. Not bad for a filler between E-30 and E520. OK, I h... (more)

thestickman Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Also listed as $800 (probably 799) with 14-42 if thats what floats your boat. But of course these a... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Hi guys, am sorry but would love to chat about the E-620 and answer any questions, but - coincidenta... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Yes, still CF & XD. Not sure if it's UDMA enabled. The buffer and shooting rate is not as generou... (more)

fluffy Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Is there any weather or dust sealing whatssoever?... (more)

Kuifje Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Ian, heard that the E-620 was regarded as more "rugged". Any news on this? Thanks, martin... (more)

thestickman Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I hope Panny have some nice toys to show you and don't keep you from telling for too long. On the 62... (more)

DennisP Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Does it have a remote shutter release socket? The pictures do not seem to show one, or is it that s... (more)

thestickman Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
AFAIK the 4xx/510/520/e30 can all be triggered via USB (that is the official Oly cable release is US... (more)

timg Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
This is what I wanted in the first place, the 4xx size with IS, well done Olympus! :)... (more)

Archphoto Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
With this one I am afraid my low pic count (<1000) E520 will be on sale soon... Peter... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
It comes with creative art filters...I'm in for one ;)... (more)

ReggieB Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Man, I wish I could have that camera for E-420 price, would be a perfect Christmas gift for the fath... (more)

Graham Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Ian, Is the XD slot enabled to accept Micro SD cards (as the "tough" are) ??? *chr... (more)

Atlasman Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
This is a great move on the part of Olympus. As a 510 owner, this 620 represents a good upgrade path... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
A few questions, Ian: How well does the (smallish) grip work with larger lenses? The small overal... (more)

Paul Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I'm guessing the its a 420 to 620transision with a soon to follow E-630 which will be a little la... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Yes, like all the recent cheaper models, the E-620 has a multi-purpose USB/video port and this is... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Good point :) Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Good question. I don't know the answer. Will ask next week. Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I think it's a smashing camera - fell in love with it immediately :) Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Not being funny, but is that a serious comment, it's just that I was a bit worried about the Art ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Mmmmmm - I don't know. I only had a camera, no manuals or box, etc. Has anyone tried the MicroSD ... (more)

Archphoto Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Funny-filters: they may keep them for them selfes as far as I am concerned. The rest is more import... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Thought of one more question: How does the AF (speed, accuracy, tracking of moving subjects, etc.) c... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I had an early pre-production sample and it was clearly not working optimally, so I can't really ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 shown with HLD-5 power grip
[ It looks the business... Ian... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 shown with HLD-5 power grip
It certainly does - the grip adds something, but then again I think that about most cameras. Might h... (more)

andym Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
No Fn button on the grip.Shame.No good for me as I have the Fn set to do my auto focus.... (more)

Archphoto Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Fn right top on the back Andy !:) Peter... (more)

Joergen Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I'm very interested in this too, as I mostly use the 12-60 and 70-300 on my E-500, and I'm lookin... (more)

andym Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Hi Peter Not on the grip though like on the HLD4.I like to focus using the FN button which gi... (more)

joeletx Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
The E-620 makes the E-30 introduction a very stupid move. How is Olympus going to push the E-30 ... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I'll be honest Ian, the B&W filter and the Pop filter are a guilty pleasure. I've been shooting ... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I still think I would have chose the E-30 over the E-620. The 4XX, 5XX series are simply too sma... (more)

Wickster Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
OK...I'm about ready upgrade/purchase a companion for my E510 and so far I see the E-30 and E620 as ... (more)

@zeta@ Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I like that multi-angle LCD (bigger than my E-3:mad: )... (more)

Raj Surin Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I like the small packaging and the specs - I think it goes well with the idea of an underwater housi... (more)

ReggieB Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
no, but I would really like to use my E-3 underwater, but that housing is on the long list of thing... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I also don't quite follow the logic of the lineup. I agree that the bigger grip of the E-30 is ni... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
People seem to forget the E-620 won't be available until May and as we saw with the E-30 it may not ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
No info indicates that there is any special sealing, so I assume it's the same level of sealing a... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
No, I've not heard that. Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I personally didn't have a problem with the original E-400 grip-wise, so I may not be the best pe... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I will try to clarify with Olympus. But even if it's not being made any more, it will remain avai... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I disagree. The E-30 is aimed at a very different user. Compared to the E-620, the E-30.... 1.... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Yep - I wrote them off, but they do seem very popular and I like the pin hole mode :D Ian... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
There is a new Olympus marine housing for the E-620 - I hope to post details asap. Ian... (more)

DaleJ Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Hi Ian, Is the viewfinder on the e-620 larger than the e-4xx and e-5xx series. ... (more)

ReggieB Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
[quote=DaleJ;28978]Hi Ian, Is the viewfinder on the e-620 larger than the e-4xx and e-5x... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Body: E-420, E-520, E-620, E-30, E-3 Magnification: 0.92X, 0.92X, 0.96X, 1.02X, 1.15X Viewfinder... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
viewfinder on the E3 has to be seen to be believed compared to all other 4/3rds cameras.... (more)

ReggieB Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
agreed, it is almost as good as the viewfinder on my first SLR, a Minolta SR-T 200 (which was my ... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I do love the E-3 VF. I grimace every time I switch to the E-500 for a shot. Amazing I did it for ... (more)

Ned Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
That's the way I felt when I picked up my ME-1 magnified viewfinder cup for the E-510. o_O That gi... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I used the ME-1 for a while on my E-500 and it helps quite a bit, but I found it terribly uncomforta... (more)

RogerMac Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Not to mention a shutter rated to 150,000 actuations. roger... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
It's not that I don't think there are any differences, but I have a hard time seeing them as being w... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Put that way Hall - I can see where you are coming from $600 does seem a lot to spend for those feat... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I noticed a post on fourthirdsphoto: "I had a brief look at a E620 at Focus on Imaging in Birmin... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
There is no absolute answer to the question of if the improvements are worth $x it is a personal que... (more)

joeletx Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
For me, the ability to compose, focus, then shoot with acuracy is what matters. Since I don't own ei... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
This is what's so hard to know without using a camera for an extended period--will it produce better... (more)

Kuifje Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
And at the 31st the 150.000 shutter assembly with max speed of 1/8000th (of the E-3?) came up and... (more)

hschnee Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I can't see the E-620 replacing the 4XX/5XX. We seem to be thinking like the advanced DSLR users tha... (more)

ReggieB Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
But greater market share for the sake of greater market share does not equal more profits. I thi... (more)

David M Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I've yet to find a hot-shoe mounted level that's accurate enough for landscape work. They're b... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
It seems to me that it is more trouble than it is worth considering it is so easy to correct in PP.... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
It helps on certain shots to have the electronic level in the VF. It works like this: as you compos... (more)

shirley Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Does anybody know anything about the dynamic range and noise performance of the E620? I have tried... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Shirley - I don't know if anyone has seen a production E620 yet so I doubt the information you are l... (more)

JMK Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
There's a brief preview of the E620 in this weeks Amateur Photographer. Angela Nicholson seems to l... (more)

Bear Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
A positive reaction from AP, wait a minute - no I just checked the calendar, it's not April !... (more)

AndersDK Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Yes, but I think that the E-620 is exactly what many Oly-fans have been asking for since the rumo... (more)

joeletx Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
I too love the compactness of the OM's film cameras. I still have the OM1n body and Sigma 28mm lens.... (more)

Joergen Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Funny that, I have just dugged out my good ol' OM2 (awesome that viewfinder by the way), in order to... (more)

MEDISIN Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Now that's interesting. I never even thought to compare. It's almost like they started with the... (more)

Howi Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Why? perhaps you should use your E520 more!... (more)

@zeta@ Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
For your info. E-30 is now selling at about US$890 in HK and US$1380 with 14-54II.... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
As you can calibrate the e-30 level yourself, it should be accurate for your needs. Ian... (more)

David M Re: Olympus E-620 pre-production review
Thanks Ian, that's very interesting and not something I was aware of.... (more)

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