"Biased Evaluation"on by camirisk
Pros The size, the stabilization, the advanced menus, the color resolution
Cons The pentaprism
Summary I think that the evaluator doesn't understand the camera and the differences between it and the competition, this evaluation is quite biased, I have used olympus cameras and the overall image quality beats the competition, I personally don't like video on an SLR, but this is a matter of taste, for the menus I think that they are quite good, when you use the camera you see that you can access normally used settings quite fast and don't have to dig into innumerable menus to get what you want, unfortunately this review is not a good guide and just guides potential customers to Nikon and Canon, and don't even mention Sony or Pentax, quite bad, if you are a potential customer you should try the camera and you will see the big difference between it and the other manufacturers offers. I personally think that the best cameras in the class are the Pentax 20d and the Olympus E620.
Pros Tons of features; small; great photo quality; great lenses and lens choice; solid feel; good price; in-body IS; great ergonimics; unbelievable bang for buck; live view.
Cons Dedicated AF assist lamp would be nice.
SummaryExactly what are the "bad" ponts of the camera that we are to "steer clear" of Olympus? Too many features? Lack of video? OK. Lack of video. True.
Updated on Jun 1, 2009
Updated on Jun 1, 2009Exactly what are the "bad" ponts of the camera that we are to "steer clear" of Olympus? Too many features? Lack of video? OK. Lack of video. True.
Pros * Access to Zuiko lenses.Olympus builds consistently good lenses at affordable prices. Equivalents for APS format are expensive and equivalents for full-frame are prohibitively expensive.
* Decent JPEG conversion engine for those hooked on JPEGs.
Cons * 4/3 sensor will always lag behind competition in low-light noise department.
* "Olympus colours" look great but ruin natural skin tones.
* Too small for dudes with large hands.
Summary A digital camera is, in essense, two things: a lens and a sensor. Think of both; it's a tradeoff.
Whether you're going to use the kit lens or replace it with something better, Olympus wins in the lens department over any competition. Olympus camera body is a ticket to the affordable line of excellent Zuiko lenses for the 4/3 mount. Sure, both Canon and Nikon sell equivalent quality glass for their APS platforms, but they are pricey. Prohibitively pricey when it comes to full-frame platforms (or non-existent at all).
There is, however, a caveat: E-620 is a very small camera. Mating it to a heavy lens, even the Zuiko 12-60 zoom, makes an uncomfortable, unbalanced front-heavy system. Always try before you buy it, with the right lenses, I cannot emphasize it more.The "button complexity" mentioned in CNET review is not an issue at all if the size is right for your hands AND if you can live with the narrow, dim, tunnel-like viewfinder.
Olympus sensor, on the other hand, loses to competition (that said, E-620 sensor is superior to earlier 4/3 sensors as on E-410 and E-3, which is yours truly's workhorse). Everything that has been said about superiority of APS-sized sensor over Oly's smaller 4/3 sensor is true. Yes, they lose in pixel-level resolution and in low-light shooting (noise at higher ISO). But in daytime (low ISO) conditions the difference is insignificant.
Another caveat must be said of the famed "Olympus Colours". Olympus produces consistently good landscapes and architecture shots, but the same JPEG engine that excels in landscapes causes unnatural skin tones (even under the finest natural lighting). Switching to RAW processing causes more confusion: few RAW converters are good in resolving proper skin tones from Olympus. Yours truly, for instance, uses Lightroom for most pictures but Silkypix for portraits.
Pros Superb Photos
Cons No video......
Summary Although I have never owned a DSLR version of Canon or Nikon, I can say that the 620 Olympus takes some of the sharpest photos I have seen for a so called " entry level " DSLR. I currently own a Pentax K-x and a friend of mine owns an Olympus 620, and her cameras pictures are spectacular, and that is with just kit lenses. Good job Olympus
"lori, lori, lori..."on by khenzx
Pros EASY TO USE, friendly design, good build quality and feel, usable image stabiliser, good balance, extremely well featured, great bang for the buck, typically great Olympus out-of-camera colours, lots of great lenses to choose from, quick to handle
Cons AF sometimes doesn't want to lock on, I'd personally prefer a slightly more pronounced fingergrip
Summary I didn't think that these days I would find a camera review that is so blatantly biased. Such reviews are a waste of time to go online and read. If I don't know Lori well (and I don't), I would think she works for either Canon or Nikon. If she doesn't work for them, she should. On the other hand it's possible that she has no clue about this camera. And she cannot possibly know this camera well if, like anyone else, she doesn't spend the time to learn to use it. Ignorance is quite unforgivable for someone in her position because so many people are inclined to read and believe what she or any such journalist writes. It's a responsibility that she should take seriously. If she's pressured for time to get the review out, it's better that you don't write it. Give it to someone else with less of a prejudice. Or please write reviews that are more even-handed next time.