posted on Dec 31, 2009 at 7:23AM
Head-2-Head Digital Camera Review: Olympus E-P1 vs. Olympus E-620
LensesBy Emily Raymond & Alex Burack
These Olympus DSLRs accept Four Thirds lenses – the E-620 accepts all Four Thirds lenses and the E-P1 accepts micro Four Thirds lenses with the smaller diameter and can accept standard-sized lenses with an adapter.
Olympus sent us a Micro Four Thirds 17mm f/2.8 lens for the E-P1, which is incredibly light and portable and came in handy in low light situations. While writing this review, I spent a lot of time in a dimly lit hospital nursery with my new baby. She came a few weeks early and needed some extra care, and I wanted to document it with the camera. I grabbed the Olympus E-P1 more often than the E-620 because of the wider aperture on the E-P1’s 17mm pancake lens. The f/2.8 aperture allowed more light to hit the sensor and thus create cleaner images with less noise. I didn’t want to use the flash in the nursery because the baby’s eyes were still too sensitive for the harsh lighting, but the pictures came out clean and detailed without the flash. Here’s a shot using the Micro Four Thirds 17mm f/2.8 lens.
The prize in this section of the review is going to the E-620 because it is directly compatible with more lenses. Although I fell in love with the portability and wide aperture of the E-P1’s pancake lens, the E-620’s selection of lenses (without the need for an adapter) provides photographers with more options. And although the E-P1 is compatible with all the same lenses with an adapter, it loses the novelty of being small and portable when a giant lens is attached – not to mention it’s awkward to handle.