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Olympus unveiled its newest DSLR, the E-620, “to bring back that free-style experimenting and the magical feeling of being inspired by our own art,” stated the company’s February 24 press release. The E-620 follows last year’s E-520 with more resolution, a tilting LCD monitor, and some sweet perks like a multiple exposure mode and in-camera art filters.
There will be six art filters on the new DSLR: pop art, soft focus, pale & light color, light tone, grainy film, and pin hole. The filters will be available directly from the mode dial, making them easy to find. The camera’s multiple exposure mode will be able to merge two image files into one; so if you snap two shots of your toddler on the swing set you will get a better sense of the swinging motion than you would from a typical frozen image.
“Experimenting and creating your own unique masterpieces has never been easier or more fun,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc., in the press release. Throughout the release, the manufacturer continually highlights the camera’s “ease of use” and promotion of “creativity” as well as its small size.
The Olympus E-620 is being marketed as the world’s smallest DSLR with built-in image stabilization. It measures 5.11 x 3.7 x 2.36 inches, as opposed to the 5.4 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches of the earlier E-520. Its two sister models weigh about the same at just over a pound each.
The Olympus E-620 comes with a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor that the company promises will deliver “excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and a state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to reduce noise and capture fine image details in both highlight and shadow areas.” The older E-520 has 10 megapixels on its Live MOS sensor.
Both Olympus DSLRs have a live view on the LCD screen that promises to be as seamless as that of a compact digital camera: “What you see on its LCD is what you get!” claims the press release. Both cameras have a 2.7-inch LCD screen, but the one on the E-620 folds out from the camera body and swivels to various angles.
The Olympus E-620 has a 4 fps burst mode—slightly faster than the E-520’s 3.5 fps speed. Both cameras host built-in image stabilization, one of the core features of Olympus DSLRs, and dust reduction systems that shake dust off the image sensors with the help of the Supersonic Wave Filter.
Both cameras have a full range of manual and automatic exposure modes along with typical Olympus picture-enhancement features like face detection, “shadow adjustment technology,” and “perfect shot preview.” Both models are compatible with Olympus’ wireless flash units, and the E-620 has an optional battery grip and an underwater housing.
The Olympus E-620 and E-520 have memory card slots for xD, CompactFlash, and Microdrive media. The older model sells at $599 for the body, while the new Olympus E-620 will retail for $699 when it goes on sale in May. Olympus is also selling the E-620 as a kit for $799 with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital zoom lens included.