Olympus E-620 full review

Anyone who is looking to upgrade from a compact camera to a digital SLR but are worried about complexity and bulk should check out the 12.3-megapixel Olympus E-620. It’s designed with ease of use in mind, while its body is petite compared to those of its DSLR rivals.

The Olympus E-620 is a traditional Four Thirds DSLR-based camera, so it still has a mirror box, and you can hear (it’s loud!) and feel the mirror flip when you take a shot. Although it’s small, the E-620 offers everything you’d expect from a DSLR. There’s sensor-based image stabilisation; a sensor cleaning system; lenses you can change to suit your scene; aperture, shutter and ISO speed controls; and Raw capture.

The camera’s Live View mode is the best we’ve seen: it allows you to use the LCD screen to frame your shots, as you would with a compact. The flip-out, swivelling screen is crystal clear, and is bright enough to use out in the sunshine.

The Olympus E-620 produces vibrant colours, and is also a stellar performer in the dark: you’ll have to head upwards of ISO 800 to get any noise, even when zoomed in. There’s also a full set of scene modes and an auto mode; the manual mode lets you change the shutter and aperture.

The camera is supplied with a wide-angle 14-42mm zoom lens, which is small, light and good quality. The E-620 is also available with a twin lens kit of the 14-42mm lens and a more far-reaching 40-150mm zoom lens. Each produces crystal-clear images without any chromatic aberration.

The E-620 has a seven-point focus area and focuses quickly, even in low light. The camera has quick shot-to-shot performance, but a slow burst mode – we recorded 2.25fps (frames per second) in high-quality mode.

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