dpreview.com has a preview of the newly announced Olympus E620 dSLR which has some of the features of the E-30 in the size nearer the E420 and with optional vertical grip and underwater housing.
- 12.3mp sensor, 4.0 fps, swivel LCD, image stabiliser
- 7pt AF including 5 cross-type (not 11pts as with E-30 but better than 3 pts in E420/520 and better than only 1 cross-type as in the Canon 450D/500D)
- three mode live view AF as with E-30 including face recognition
- no top panel LCD, 1/4000th sec (not 1/8000th as with E-30), x-sync 1/180th (not 1/250th as with E-30), 95% field of view (not 98% as with E-30)
- 6 art filters as with E-30 but no electronic spirit level
- multiexposure mode allows 2 frames (not 4 frames as with E-30)
- 4 aspect ratios (not 9 as with the E-30)
- 521g incl. battery (E-30 is 768g, whilst E-520 is 552g)
- lower capacity battery (BLS-1 instead of the BLM-1)
- no PC sync socket or DC-in socket
- still no movie mode as with Nikon D90 or Canon 500D – perhaps Olympus is reserving that for a Four Thirds Micro body which should do movie mode much better with its improved contrast detect live AF capability
Sounds like it will kill off the E420 and E-520 pending price competitiveness, as it combines the advantages of each of these and then adds features of the E-30.
How does it match with the Canon 450D?
How does it match with the new Canon 500D?
- the 500D is much the same as the 450D BUT:
- 15mp sensor, 3″ 920,000dot LCD
- HD video at 20fps BUT as with Canon 5DMII and Nikon D90, no AF during video capture
- HDMI out
- ISO 100-1600 (expandable to 12800)
- face detection AF in live view as with E-620
- so nothing really innovative, and still no in-built image stabiliser or swivel LCD!
The UK Photo Safari Group have prepared a pdf report on the E-620 you can download here