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Olympus E-620

alaTest has collected and analyzed 619 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and screen. The performance and value for money also get good views. Some have doubts about the black level and video. Comments are divided on the low light performance.

portability, value for money, performance, screen, image quality

video, black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-620 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus E-600/E-620


Tilting LCD allows variety of compositional angles ; Feature-packed yet easy to use ; Kit comes with two lenses ; Live View has its own dedicated button

Lacks a firm, comfortable handgrip ; Variable white balance performance

With the E-600, you're getting a midrange model at an entry-level price. The kit has two lenses, which makes it an even better deal.

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Olympus E-620 SLR Review


CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 24, 2009 - As children, our imaginations run wild and finger-painted artistic creations are proudly displayed on our family refrigerators. But as we grow older, we learn to color inside the lines, and have less and less...

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Featherweight Olympus Is a Fine Entry-Level DSLR


Camera costs are falling faster than a bowling ball in a black hole. Case in point: The Olympus E-620, an inexpensive digital single-lens reflex camera that

Easy to use. Lithe and compact size for a DSLR. Spiffy swiveling LCD screen. Excellent shots in photon-rich environments. Body-based image stabilization. Easy to configure in both automatic and manual modes ; TIRED Poor low-light performance. Noisy...

Poor low-light performance. Noisy images above ISO 1000. Doesn't shoot video. Plastic body and lens construction feels like it could break if squeezed too hard


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Olympus E-620


Yes, there are DSLRs available from companies other than Canon and Nikon. But give the devils their due, since they account for over 75 percent of the approximately 3 million DLSRs sold annually. While the top two continue to cram things like HD video...

Compact ; lightweight; fast 4 fps; art filters are fun tricks; built-in image stabilization; affordable

Focusing not crisp; colors not as accurate as competition; uses Four Thirds system; limited lens options; main screen should be edited ; updated

Art is an enjoyable add-on but it definitely slows the camera down as it processes the images.

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Olympus E-620 (Body Only)


When going up against Canon and Nikon in dSLRs, you've got to offer something pretty compelling--awesome speed, fabulous photo quality, one-of-a-kind features, a great design, or a bargain price for the whole package--to draw attention to yourself....

High-quality photos; solid performance; articulated LCD; some nice features, including savable custom settings, in-body image stabilization, Art Filters, and a wireless flash controller

No video capture; more complex to operate than is necessary

While it's a solid budget dSLR with good photo quality and a host of advanced features, the Olympus E-620 still falls behind the competition on most counts.

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The Olympus E-620, a 12.3-megapixel SLR priced at $799.99 that includes an articulated LCD that pivots and turns freely, and a set of Art Filters to create dramatic visual effects. However, we found significant problems with the camera's image quality...

In a lot of ways, the Olympus E-620 is a very appealing camera, providing nearly all the key features of the company's E-30 model at a $600 lower price. The two cameras share a 12.3-megapixel resolution, a pivoting LCD screen that provides the freedom...

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Olympus E-620 Digital Camera First Impression Review


Introduction The Olympus E-620 is a close cousin to the company's recently introduced E-30. Both models provide 12.3-megapixel resolution, six elaborate Art Filter special effects modes and in-camera multiple exposures. When it comes to price, though,...

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Olympus E-620


Overall, the Olympus E-620 is quite impressive with features and very competitive for the price. Picture quality trumps the E-620's predecessors, although images still seem plagued by noise at higher ISO levels. The added art filters and multiple...

Compact- world's smallest and lightest image-stabilized digital SLRAffordable- offers great features and quality for half the price of othersImpressive- powerful 12.3-megapixel camera with many possibilitiesFeatures- new art filters and multiple...

AF-slow autofocus performance, high ISO has noisy images, exposure issues

If you are looking for an excellent entry-level digital SLR, then...

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Olympus E-620


Whether you consider it trying to find a niche market or truly exploring what's possible in the world of digital photography, Olympus is not relenting in its quest to make ground-breaking digital SLR cameras. Their latest SLR camera proves that they're...

Similarity to the E-420 is clear right away, especially with the shutter button and EV adjustment button, which are further back on the top deck, while the equivalents on Olympus's other SLRs are out on the grip (see top view below for more). The grip...

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Olympus E-620 Detailed Review


A small and feature-rich DSLR based on a 12 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with built-in stabilization.

Product Specifications

The E-620 comes with free angle live view in a small and light body. With the art filter and multiple exposure functionality, it is sure to expand your world of expressions. In addition, the image stabilization built into the E-620 means that image stabilization is available with all FourThirds lenses you may decide to use. Combined with the standard class lenses with light weight and high cost performance, image stabilization is always available throughout an approximate 33x zoom range from 18mm ultra wide angle to 600mm zoom, relative to 35mm film format, for everyone.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLS-1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Beach/snow / Candle / Children / Documents / Fireworks / High key / Low key / Multiple exposure / Nature macro / Panorama assist / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:14mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:High speed Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto (200-3200)
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Custom Effect / Grainy Film / Green / Light Tone / Monotone / Muted / Natural / Orange / Pale & Light Colour / Pin Hole / Pop Art / Portrait / Red / Sepia / Soft Focus / Vivid / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical