Olympus’ E-520 was a hot seller last year. Since the E-620 offers many improvements over this older model, it is likely to tempt new buyers. Compared to the E-520, the E-620 offers two additional megapixels, a fully articulating screen, a 7-point AF system (versus 3-point), faster continuous shooting, Art Filters, double the maximum sensitivity, a slightly bigger optical viewfinder, multiple aspect ratios, and an official battery grip accessory. The E-620 is also smaller and lighter than the E-520.
As a whole, the E-620 strikes a nice balance between fun and sophisticated features. Olympus certainly makes a big deal about the E-620’s Art Filters. Even though similar results can be achieved using software, the point is that you don’t need a computer to do it. These filters will be handy to some users, especially those who like to print directly from the camera or memory card, but we’re sure there are also a few users who will prefer the additional controls you get when editing on a computer.
Really, it’s all about where your priorities lie. Although the E-620 doesn’t offer a movie mode like we’re beginning to see in other high-end cameras, it does offer an articulating screen and a small body that is tough for other manufacturers to beat. And while the Four Thirds system may be criticized for higher noise levels, it also boasts of some of the best lenses around, not to mention a well-respected anti-dust system. Finally, at prices ranging from about $599 to $799 depending on the number of lenses included, the E-620 offers an excellent price compared to its competition. At the time of this writing, the E-620 was available for quite a bit less than many of its competitors’ mid-level DSLR models. Or, for a little less than the competitors’ single-lens kit version, you can get the E-620 two lens kit, giving you a total equivalent coverage range of 28-300mm.
Ultimately, the E-620 is a good value and one we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. As always, you’ll want to think about your personal requirements and compare the features and quality of rivals. The E-620 is a great camera, but its rivals give the camera some stiff competition. If in-body image stabilization is one of your must-have features, and you want a body that’s compact, the E-620 is definitely an excellent DSLR to consider.