Olympus E-620: Great Stills, Missing Videos.

The goods: it has a nice image stabilization feature for more high- quality photos that are free from motion blur; the wireless flash controller is useful for portrait photography.

The bad: Unlike most entry level DSLR, the E-620 does not have a video capture feature.

Verdict: For a veteran in making entry level cameras, Olympus has failed to incorporate what most enthusiasts look for nowadays: a decent video capturing skill from their DSLR. Although the E620 is over-all good performance wise, for the same value and almost the same features, it can be a tad too late for other manufacturers’ video capture capable beginner DSLRs.

Considered to be the first to introduce entry- level DSLRs, Olympus have yet again produced another one on this bracket that is packed with all the necessary features that a standard entry- level camera should have.

The Olympus E620 has a 12.3MP live MOS image sensor that may not be that high as compared to its rivals Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5100 which has 18 MP and 16.2 MP respectively but the quality of captured images is still excellent thanks to its amplifier circuit which reduces the noise on photos with an accurate color fidelity to boot using Olympus’ TruePic III+ Image processor. This could produce clear photos with crisp colors and precise tonal expression even when the shots are made using higher ISOs. This could be helpful in achieving great images in a low- light environment.

It has a 270 degree swivel LCD that could let the photographer compose whichever angle he can think of. The HyperCrystal Technology that the 2.7inch LCD has displays 230,000 pixels that make previewing photos a joy to every photographer for the vivid colors that it produce.

Experimenting on artistic shots is made easier via the E620’s in- camera art filters. Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, and Pin hole can be used to transform ordinary photos into eye-catching and impressive professional level work of arts.

E620 is a compact size camera which you can travel with into a lot of places. With its image stabilization feature, it’s literally a camera on the go that can capture sharp images even when capturing a steady shot is a challenge like when the photographer forgets to bring a tripod. The slight body movements are compensated by the sensor to reduce blur in the picture. However, in a more artistic note where a blur is needed to create an air of movement, a specialized mode can be activated to capture motion of moving subjects. Panning has never been this easy.

For those who want to have an easy and seamless composing and focusing, the E-620 offers two fast autofocus systems. First is the Fast Imager Autofocus in Live View which accurately and quickly locks focus makes one capture a shot fast and easy. The other one is the Phase Detection AF that can manage to focus both in vertical and horizontal angles while using the optical viewfinder. Shooting fast moving subjects can still look sharp as it has a super sensitive dedicated Phase detection Automatic focus sensor.

The joy of having a face detection feature makes sure that blurred subjects in portraits will never happen again as the E-620 can distinguish between people’s faces from the background. Even if the people are moving, it can track up to 8 faces and can optimize the exposure for brilliantly sharp pictures.

This multitude of possibilities makes the Olympus E-620 a powerful camera even if it is only categorized as an entry- level dSLR.


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