Olympus E-620

Olympus E-620 front
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 500g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Announced July 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus E-620 summary

Olympus E-620 is Olympus's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially launched on July of 2009. The camera houses a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4032 x 3024.

The E-620 is positioned #58 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and overall #469 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Olympus E-620 family

The Olympus E-620 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-E-600 front thumbnailOlympus E-600
E-620 vs E-600
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-620 front thumbnailOlympus E-62012MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
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Olympus-E-450 front thumbnailOlympus E-450
E-620 vs E-450
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-520 front thumbnailOlympus E-520
E-620 vs E-520
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-420 front thumbnailOlympus E-420
E-620 vs E-420
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-410 front thumbnailOlympus E-410
E-620 vs E-410
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
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Olympus-E-400 front thumbnailOlympus E-400
E-620 vs E-400
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006

Olympus E-620 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Olympus E-620 based on factors which are often considered essential in a camera.

flash built-in
great minimum ISO (100)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides face detection autofocus
screen articulates
screen is selfie friendly
sensor has phase detect autofocus
supports RAW files
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
low MP (12MP)
no external mic support
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no Time Lapse mode
not so great battery pack (500 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
small screen (2.7 inch)
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Olympus E-620 Sensor details

The Olympus E-620 is run by the TruePic III+ chip. The spec of the sensor on the Olympus E-620 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4032 x 3024 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the E-620's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The E-620 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-620 dimensions

Olympus E-620 is 1.10 lbs (500g or 17.64 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4"). The weight of typical Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Olympus E-620 is very much the same compared with various competitors.

Photography Glossary

Here is a picture of the Olympus E-620 besides a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Olympus E-620 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the E-620.

Olympus E-620 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-620 Lens specs

The E-620 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available for sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the E-620.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
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
Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
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Samyang-100mm-F2.8-Macro-MFT-Mount lensSamyang 100mm F2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8720g
Venus-Laowa-4mm-F2.8-Fisheye-MFT lensVenus Laowa 4mm F2.8 Fisheye MFT4mmf/2.8135g
Sigma-19mm-F2.8-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 19mm F2.8 DN19mmf/2.8 140g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-25mm-f2.8-Pancake lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 25mm f2.8 Pancake25mmf/2.8 95g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-140mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH.-Power-O.I.S lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S14-140mmf/3.5-5.6 265g
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Olympus E-620 Connectivity

The E-620 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send pictures and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Olympus E-620 Video specs

Olympus E-620 does not take video. If you are looking for a camera to take only images, this is not a concern.

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Olympus E-620 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Olympus E-620 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Olympus E-620 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-620 is equipped with a 2.7" fully articulated screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to get self portraits as well as group photos if necessary. Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus E-620 are the following:

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

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Olympus E-620 Shutter specs

Olympus E-620 has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Olympus E-620 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus E-620 includes both in-built flash and also external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/180s.

Olympus E-620 Autofocusing specs

Olympus E-620 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it helpful for portrait photography.

The Sensor supports 7 focus points to select from. Olympus E-620 comes with manual focus if required in low light conditions or you need more accurate focus control.

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Olympus E-620 Battery life

The battery pack (BLS-1) on the Olympus E-620 is built to last for 500 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it lesser compared to its rivals. The usual Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x comes with the maximum (1900) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
E-620 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Olympus E-620 for various kinds of photography

The following illustration presents a rundown of the Olympus E-620 for various kinds of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus E-620 as a Portrait photography camera

The Olympus E-620 gets a rating of 60 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat adequate for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos plus the ability to work with external lighting.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)

Olympus E-620 Street photography info

Having a superb rating of 76, the Olympus E-620 is a terrific option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats

Olympus E-620 Sports photography info

A average sports photography points tally of 48 means the Olympus E-620 is reasonably suited for photographing sports. A camera needs excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (500 shots)

Olympus E-620 Travel photography features

Portability is pretty crucial in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Olympus E-620 gets a moderate 53 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively acceptable to take on your travels.

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has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery pack (500 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)

Olympus E-620 Landscape photography factors

For those who are looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-620 with it's average rating of 53 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate compared to its competitors.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
small screen (2.7 inches)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
not so great battery pack (500 per charge)
missing Timelapse function

Olympus E-620 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus E-620 is not good for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 18.

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can't shoot video

Olympus E-620 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the E-620, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart below gives you a bird's eye view of the E-620 vs it's highest scored rivals shown earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may regard as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus E-620
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III+
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4032 x 3024
RAW files
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display technology
HyperCrystal LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/180 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
500g (1.10 lbs)
Physical dimensions
130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4")
Battery life
500 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots
Retail pricing