Olympus Intros Budget-Friendly E-600 DSLR

Olympus expanded its DSLR line-up today with the E-600. The E-600 is essentially a lower-cost version of the E-620 which was launched earlier this year, but with a few changes that help reduce the cost and differentiate between the two models. Targeting users who are moving up from a basic point-and-shoot, the E-600 offers a 12.3-megapixel image sensor along with Olympus’ TruePic III+ Image Processor and in-body Image Stabilization.

You’ll find a 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal III LCD that can swivel 270 degrees on the E-600. To help eliminate blur caused by camera shake, the E-600 uses three image stabilization modes. Designed for general shooting, the IS-1 mode adjusts the sensor on both the horizontal and vertical planes to compensate for movement. The E-600’s two specialized image stabilization modes assist when capturing moving subjects. IS-2 mode is ideal for capturing a moving subject in the horizontal mode, preserving the sense of motion while panning. IS-3 mode achieves the same effect when the camera is held vertically.

Similar to the E-620, the E-600 offers some unique Art Filters that let you enhance and customize an image in-camera. The E-600 comes with Pop Art, Soft Focus, and Pin Hole Art Filters. The E-600 also offers a Perfect Shot Preview mode that lets you preview the result of various white balance and exposure compensation settings before capturing an image.

Other features of the E-600 include Face Detection technology that can track up to eight faces in a scene and a fast burst rate of four frames per second. The camera also uses Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System to help remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor.

Olympus claims the E-600 is the world’s smallest DSLR with built-in Image Stabilization. Indeed the camera is small, measuring 3.7 x 5.1 x 2.36 inches (HxWxD) and weighing approximately 16.75 ounces (body only).

The E-600 accepts CompactFlash Type I & II, UDMA, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards. The camera will be available in early November for an estimated street price of $599.99 with the ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens.