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Olympus E-620 DSLR


Olympus E-620

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Olympus E-620 DSLR is the world's smallest and lightest image-stabilized DSLR. It features 12.3MP resolution on a Four-Thirds System Live MOS Sensor, in-body Image Stabilization, and a large 2.7-in. (230,000 dots) 270-degree swivel Live View LCD with a wide viewing angle.

The E-620 provides full exposure flexibility for the advanced photographer as well as 13 Scene-Select Modes (including two new underwater modes) for the beginner photographer. It has dual memory card slots and accepts the xD-Picture Card, Microdrive and CompactFlash Type I & II (UDMA).

Being part of the Olympus E-System, the E-620 is compatible with the large and growing range of Olympus E-System accessories, including the full line-up of Zuiko Digital Specific lenses and flashes. However, do note that not all lenses are totally compatible with the Live View system (currently only the 25mm f2.8, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, 40-150mm f4.0-5.6, 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, and 14-54mm f2.8-3.5II are compatible with the Contrast-Detect AF used in Live View).

The mechanical Sensor-shift Image Stabilization is built-in so it is active with all Four-Thirds compatible lenses. Shadow Adjustment retains detail in the shadows in extreme contrast shots and works automatically when using Face Detection Mode, Live View and in Scene-Select Modes. Face Detection works even with moving subjects, tracks up to eight (8) faces within the image area and automatically optimizes exposure for portrait pictures.

Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System vibrates the Supersonic Wave Filter™ everytime you turn on the camera at an amazing 30,000 times per second to dislodge dust.

Phase Detection AF uses 7-point twin AF for lighting autofocus response, even in low-light situations. Live View AF uses 11 dedicated AF points for fast and precise autofocus.

Art Filters adds a new dimension to your photography allowing you to replicate dramatic effects right in the camera using the Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Grainy Film, Light Tone and Pin Hole Camera filters. In addition, Multiple Exposure Shooting allows you to shoot two shots on the same frame, use a saved shot and then shoot another, or to capture up to 3 shots separately and combine them in the camera later.

The E-620 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography. Gain remote control of up to 200 flashes divided into as many as 3 groups for easy camera controlled wireless flash, without needing an external commander unit.

A nice touch are the illuminated buttons that make it easier to quickly find the settings you want in low light.

Optional accesories include the Underwater case PT-E06, Power Battery Holder HLD-5 (holds two BLS-1 lithium ion batteries), Flash Bracket FL-BK04, and Twin Flash Bracket FL-BKM03.

The Olympus E-620 is an easy-to-use DSLR for beginners and serious photographers alike. It's compact dimensions mean that you don't have to lug a heavy and large DSLR around anymore. For those who like the idea of an in-camera image stabilization, Live View using Contrast-Detection AF (just like on a compact P&S) and wireless multi-flash photography, check out the E-620.


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Olympus E-620
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Olympus E-620US | CAN | UK  
Type Type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Media CompactFlash Type I/II (UDMA), Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Sensor Size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens Mount Four Thirds Mount
Number of Effective Pixels 12.3 million pixels
Image Sensor Type High speed Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixel Number Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect 1.33 (4:3)
Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF Fixed type
IR cut filter Hybrid type
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording System Recording Format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size

[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

File Size

4032 x 3024 (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB

4032 x 3024 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 8.2MB
4032 x 3024 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
4032 x 3024 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
4032 x 3024 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.8MB

3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.4MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.4MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.2MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.2MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB

1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB

Viewfinder Type Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
View field coverage Approx. 95%
Magnification Approx.0.96x (-1m-1,  50mm lens, infinity)
Eye Point Approx. 18 mm (-1m-1)  *from eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing Screen Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen)
Eye Piece Shutter Eye piece cover EPC-1 supplied
Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7/8, EP-8 is supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available)
Optical Preview (viewfinder) Available to set to Fn button
Live Preview Available to set to Fn button
Viewfinder information

Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose), IS, Bracket, ISO value

Live View Live View

High speed Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation auto pre-view Face detection pre-view, Perfect shot pre-view Grid line displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode.

AF High speed imager AF, Phase-difference detection AF
Image stabilizer System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode 3 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, 1 dimensional activation in portrait frame to horizontal direction moving )
Manual Function input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Effective compensation range Approx.4EV steps (in maximum effect)
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec.
LCD Display Type HyperCrystal™ LCD (transmissive TFT color LCD)
Size 2.7 inch
Total no. of pixels Approx. 230,000 pixels
Playback field of view 100%
Brightness Control 15 levels
Color Balance 15 levels
Focusing AF system TTL phase-difference detection system
Contrast detection system (with 25mm f2.8, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, 40-150mm f4.0-5.6, 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, 14-54mm f2.8-3.5II)
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF * C-AF mode is not available with the contrast detection system
Focusing point 7 points AF sensor with the phase-difference detection system (5points cross AF sensor / 7 points twin AF sensor )
7-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Single target, All targets with the phase-difference detection system Single, all 7 area, or Face detection with the contrast detection system
AF luminance range
(phase difference detection system)
EV -1 to 19 (at 20℃, ISO 100)
AF illuminator (phase-difference detection system) Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
(phase-difference detection system)
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus Aid Available
Fine Adjustment +/- 20 steps, 20 data can be registered
Exposure Control Metering system

TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multipattern metering)
(2) Center weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)

Metering range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Center weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure Mode (1) Auto
(2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed)
(3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual
(6) Scene program AE
(7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Scene select AE

Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama* *(Available when using Olympus xD-Picture Card media), Beach & Snow,Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro

ISO sensitivity

AUTO: ISO 200 - 3200 (customizable, Default 200-800) / Manual ISO 100 - 3200, 1/3 or 1 EV steps

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable

AE Lock

AEL button (customizable)

Exposure Bracketing

3 or 5 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable

ISO Bracketing

3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable

Metering Standard Value Adjustment

1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range

White Balance Auto WB system

Hybrid detection system with High speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor.

Preset WB

8 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)

WB Compensation

±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)

Custom WB

1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

One-touch WB

1 custom setting can be registered

White balance bracketing

3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.

Color Mode Color matrix

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Mode Mode

Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
In custom mode, basic 5 modes and adjustment is available.

Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted.
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
In custom mode, gradation level available in 4 steps.
Filter effect

Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone

Picture tone

Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone


4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)

Shutter Type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed

P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec.
Bulb: Up to 30 min. selectable via menu (Default: eight mins.)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.

Self Timer

Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)

Remote cable release

Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)

Optical remote control

Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)

Anti shock mode

Available (1 to 30 sec. selectable)

Drive Drive Mode

Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting H, Sequential shooting L, Self-timer, Remote control

Sequential Shooting Speed

Approx. 4 frames/sec. in sequential shooting H, 1 to 3 fps selectable in sequential shooting L.

Max. recordable pictures
on sequential shooting

RAW mode: Max. 5 frames.

On sequential shooting

JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. up to card capacity with SanDisk Extreme IV 4GB)

Integrated Flash Built-in flash

Retractable flash, GN=17 at ISO200, (GN=12 at ISO 100.m)

Compatible external flash

FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20

Flash control mode

TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual

Flash mode

Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.

Synchronization speed

1/180 sec. or less

Flash intensity control

Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps

Flash bracketing

3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable.

Wireless flash control Compatible external flash

FL-50R, FL-36R

Control method

Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light

Flash control modes

TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual.

Number of channels 4 channels
Group setting 3 groups
Art Filter Mode

Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole

Multi Exposure Number of picture

2 pictures


Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture

Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio


Illuminated button icons  

MENU, INFO, Playback, Liveview, Arrowpad (WB,AF,Metering,ISO), OK,Erase, IS

Universal design  

Color Universal Design Organization has certified (E-620,BLS-1 Li-ion battery,BCS-1 Li-ion battery charger)

Control panel Information

WB setting, WB compensation notification, B/W mode notification, Record mode, ISO sensitivity, Program Sift

BKT notification, Flash mode, Drive mode, Recordable still image number, Shutter Speed, Aperture Value

Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, AF mode, Activated AF points, Focusing mode, IS, Multi Exposure

Back light timer

8 sec.

Super control panel Information (Shooting)

Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity

Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT setting

NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information

Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode

FP warning, AF frame, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation

Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, RC mode setting, My Mode, Flash Charge, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio

Information (Wireless flash commander)

Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value bar, Exposure compensation value

Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification

NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space

Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting

Back light timer

Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)

Playback Playback modes

Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X)
Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box

Information display

Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available)
Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information

Menu Languages Japan: Japanese, English (Additional one language is possible to download.)
Others: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & Custom setting Custom reset

2 setting recordable

My mode 2 settings are recordable
Image Editing Erasing function

Single frame, All frames, Selected frames

Protect function

Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)

Copy between media

Single frame, All frames, Selected frames

RAW picture editing

RAW development

JPEG editing

Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file), Aspect Change

Merge Function

2-4 pictures, merge gain step 0.1-2.0 0.1 step

Print Print function

Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)

Input / Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
DC-in No
Power Requirements Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
(with 50% flash light)

Approx. 500 shots (optical viewfinder)

(with BLS-1 under CIPA testing standard

Power battery holder

HLD-5 compatible

Dimensions / Weight Dimensions (W x H x D)

130 x 94.0 x 60 mm /
5.11 x 3.70 x 2.36 in.
(excluding protrusions)

Weight 475g / 1.04 lbs (body only) 
Operating Environment Temperature

0 - 40℃ (operation) / -20 - 60℃ (storage)


30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

Box Contents

Body, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Eye piece cover EPC-1, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Master CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

Optional Accessories

- Optional power battery holder HLD-5 (holds two BLS-1 lithium ion batteries)
- Underwater case PT-E06
- Flash Bracket FL-BK04
- Twin Flash Bracket FL-BKM03

(Estimated Street Price)
Body only US $699.99 / CDN $799.99
with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens US $799.99 / CDN $899.99
with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm Zuiko ED Zoom Lens US $899.99 / CDN $

*Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. All trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holder.

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Body Only with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens
with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko ED Zoom Lens with 25mm Pancake lens

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