Olympus E-600

Olympus E-600 front
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 515g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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  • Alternatives
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Olympus E-600 summary

Olympus E-600 is Olympus's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first introduced on August of 2009. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 4032 x 3024.

The E-600 ranks at #57 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and overall #468 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Olympus E-600 history

The Olympus E-600 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can discover all older and latest models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-E-600 front thumbnailOlympus E-60012MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-620 front thumbnailOlympus E-620
E-600 vs E-620
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
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Olympus-E-450 front thumbnailOlympus E-450
E-600 vs E-450
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-520 front thumbnailOlympus E-520
E-600 vs E-520
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-420 front thumbnailOlympus E-420
E-600 vs E-420
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-410 front thumbnailOlympus E-410
E-600 vs E-410
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
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Olympus-E-400 front thumbnailOlympus E-400
E-600 vs E-400
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006

Olympus E-600 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus E-600 based on criterias that are typically regarded as important in a digital camera.

delivers RAW formats
has built in flash
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focusing
manual focus
screen articulates fully
selfie friendly display
sensor has phase detect AF
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
very good minimum ISO (100)
bad battery life (500 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no microphone port
no Timelapse function
no video recording
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
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Olympus E-600 Sensor features

The Olympus E-600 is powered by the TruePic III+ processor chip. The size of the sensor in the Olympus E-600 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4032 x 3024 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW format is saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the E-600's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The E-600 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-600 dimensions

Olympus E-600 weighs 1.14 lb (515 gr or 18.17 ounces) and features exterior size of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 gr so the Olympus E-600 is similar in comparison with other rivals.

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The following is a pic of the Olympus E-600 with a softdrink to help you have a feel for its size.

Olympus E-600 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the E-600.

Olympus E-600 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-600 Lens features

The E-600 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses on sale. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the E-600.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.614-42mmf/3.5-5.6 150g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-8mm-F1.8-Fisheye-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO8mmf/1.8 314g
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Sigma-10-20mm-F4-5.6-EX-DC-HSM-Four-Thirds lensSigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/4.0-5.6 470g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-200mm-F4-5.6-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS45-200mmf/4-5.6 370g
Sigma-16mm-F1.4-DC-DN-MFT lensSigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Micro Four Thirds16mmf/1.4405g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-200mm-F4-5.6-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 OIS45-200mmf/4.0-5.6 380g
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Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-50-200mm-f2.8-3.5-SWD lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD50-200mmf/2.8-3.5 995g
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Olympus E-600 Connectivity

The E-600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send files and in some cases change camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Olympus E-600 Video features

Olympus E-600 doesn't capture video. In case you are searching for a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be a problem.

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Olympus E-600 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Olympus E-600 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Olympus E-600 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-600 comes with a 2.7" fully articulated display having a resolution of 230k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to get self portraits as well as group shots when necessary. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Olympus E-600 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.48x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful in bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Olympus E-600 Shutter features

Olympus E-600 continuous shooting speed is 4.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Olympus E-600 Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus E-600 includes both in-built flash and also external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/180s.

Olympus E-600 Autofocus features

Olympus E-600 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.

The AF system comes with 7 focus points to select from. Olympus E-600 includes manual focusing if needed in low light occasions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Olympus E-600 Battery life

The battery life (BLS-1) in the Olympus E-600 is designed to last for 500 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is lower in comparison with its rivals. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
E-600 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Olympus E-600 for different kinds of photography

The following diagram indicates a summary of the Olympus E-600 for different kinds of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.

Olympus E-600 Portrait photography features

The Olympus E-600 has a score of 60 which is modest, and means the camera is reasonably suited to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the option to work with off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW files
low MP (12MP)

Olympus E-600 Street photography highlights

Having a excellent score of 76, the Olympus E-600 is a excellent option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files

Olympus E-600 Sports photography details

A reasonable sports photography rating of 48 indicates the Olympus E-600 is fairly suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
bad battery life (500 shots)

Olympus E-600 Travel photography features

Portability is super critical when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus E-600 gets a moderate 53 as a travel camera which is reasonably suitable for your journeys.

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built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
missing Time Lapse recording
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)

Olympus E-600 Landscape photography info

For those who are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-600 with it's reasonable rating of 53 for a landscape camera is reasonably suitable within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (500 per charge)
no Timelapse recording

Olympus E-600 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera ought to have a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus E-600 is not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a low score of 18.

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can't record video

Olympus E-600 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the E-600, here is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The line chart just below gives you a bird's eye view of the E-600 versus it's highest scored rivals suggested previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look into as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus E-600
Entry-Level DSLR
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III+
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
4032 x 3024
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
HyperCrystal LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
60 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
515 grams (1.14 lbs)
130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4")
Battery life
500 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage slots
Launch price