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Olympus Evolt E620 12.3MP DSLR with IS, 2.7-inch Swivel LCD with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Lenses

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E620 w/ 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses
  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor for photo-quality, poster-size prints
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko lens
  • TruePic III for superior image quality in all lighting situations; Supersonic Wave Drive (in-body sensor shift)
  • 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III Swivel LCD; Smooth Live View allows you to change the frame rate of the Live View display
  • Stores images to Compact Flash (Type I and II), Microdrive, xD Picture card (not included)
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Technical Details

Style: E620 w/ 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: E-620 Dual Lens
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.3 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: MOS
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Style: E620 w/ 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.4 x 3.7 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001TXKQBK
  • Item model number: E-620 Dual Lens
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,827 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 24, 2009

Product Description

Style: E620 w/ 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses

From the Manufacturer

As children, our imaginations run wild and finger-painted artistic creations are proudly displayed on our family refrigerators. But as we grow older, we learn to color inside the lines, and have less and less time for art. We often lose touch with how satisfying it is to create something uniquely our own. Olympus delivers the E-620 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera to bring back that free-style experimenting and the magical feeling of being inspired by our own art.

The easy-to-use Art Filters and Multiple Exposures (built right into the camera) are fun for photographers--whether you’ve been shooting for years or picked up your first digital camera today. Enjoy capturing creative images on the go--without being tethered to a computer and editing software! Now it is possible to easily customize your images so they’re worthy of posting on the gallery wall (or at least the family fridge).

The E-620's freedom of expression is matched by its freedom of mobility. First, the camera travels with you to more places, thanks to its compact size and light 18.9-ounce body. Second, as the world’s smallest DSLR with in-body Image Stabilization, the E-620 adjusts when your body moves to remove blur caused by camera shake (with any lens attached). Finally, add Live View shooting with a swivel 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD that frees you to cover subjects from a range of angles, and this 12.3-megapixel DSLR seamlessly combines motions with emotions--proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

Make Your Vision Come to Life with Art Filters
If you’re hoping to get more out of your camera than simply capturing and documenting a scene, and enjoy enhancing or customizing an image to make it your own, then you will value the camera’s Art Filters. The filters, which are built into the camera, provide incredible individual artistic control over an image, and remove the need to spend time altering images on the computer with editing software.

This camera was made for free-style shooting, experimenting and engaging with events and subjects. Enjoy the freedom of Autofocus Live View and dramatic effects to transform your day-to-day shots into compositions that you can be proud of with the following in-camera Art Filters:

  • Pop Art: Enhances colors, making them more saturated and vivid, creating high-impact pictures that express the joyful, lighthearted feeling of the Pop Art style of the 1960s;
  • Soft Focus: Creates an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere that renders subjects in a heavenly light without obscuring details;
  • Pale & Light Color: Encloses the foreground of an image in flat gentle light and pastel colors reminiscent of a flashback scene in a movie;
  • Light Tone: Renders shade and highlight areas softly to lend an elegant air to the subject;
  • Grainy Film: Evokes the feeling of documentary footage shot in monochrome with grainy, high-contrast film; and
  • Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole, connecting the viewer intimately with the subject at the center of the picture.
Art Filters are easily activated with the mode dial on the left side of the camera body. The effects are viewable right on the new camera’s 100 percent accurate swivel 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal III LCD when using the E-620 in Live View mode or when reviewing the captured image.

Express Your Inner Artist’s Multiple Personalities
With the new camera’s Multiple Exposure function you are free to tell a visual story your way, whether in a portrait, a landscape or a combination of both. For instance, capture an image of the spring leaves on a new tree and then overlay an image of your child’s face into the leaves for a stunning image that expresses the newness of the season. The image capture options allow you to shoot one shot, then another, or to capture both shots separately and combine them in the camera later. Or superimpose your own portrait with a starry night sky to create a photo with the impact you desire. Let your imagination lead you to new creative discoveries.

Ready, Steady, Go with In-Body Image Stabilization
The E-620 travels with you to more places, thanks to its compact size and light 18.9-ounce body. Capture sharp images on the go with the camera’s in-body Image Stabilization, which virtually eliminates blur with any lens attached. Three IS modes handle any situation. The IS-1 mode is for general shooting and adjusts the sensor on both the horizontal and vertical planes to compensate for movement by the photographer so images stay sharp in low light even at slow shutter speeds. To capture the motion of moving subjects, the E-620 offers two specialized modes: IS-2 mode is ideal for capturing a runner or cyclist traveling by in the horizontal mode, preserving the sense of motion while panning; IS-3 mode achieves the same effect when the camera is held vertically. In either mode, the artistic effects of panning enhance the shot and render the subject in sharp detail with blurred background. Moreover, the E-620 is the world’s smallest DSLR with built-in Image Stabilization, so you’ll feel comfortable taking it on the road with you to capture the action.

Superior Image Quality
The new camera’s high-performance 12.3-megapixel Live MOS image sensor delivers 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.

Its Live MOS image sensor is complemented by Olympus’ TruePic III+ Image Processor, which produces clear and colorful photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible. The new image processor is noted for accurate natural color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies, and precise tonal expression; it also lowers image noise in photos shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.

Swivel Live View LCD: Freedom to Move You
The new camera’s 100 percent accurate 270 degree swivel 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal III LCD can be rotated freely so photographers can compose at any angle, including overhead and down low, without getting bent out of shape. This enables an E-620 photographer to compose a subject in the Live View LCD and see the results of the various creative features--live as they’re happening.

When viewing the LCD in Live View, settings like white balance and exposure can also be selected, and their impact is seen instantly on the display. Real-time monitoring offers amazing versatility and creative control. The LCD displays 230,000 pixels in vivid color and includes HyperCrystal technology, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors for easier viewing in both preview and playback. It also provides a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, which ensures images can be composed from even the most obscure angles.

The 2.7-inch LCD makes icons and text on the camera’s menu easy to view. Beyond the camera’s bright viewable LCD, the E-620 is equipped with illuminated buttons on its body that are easily viewable in low light to quickly find the settings you want.

Two Fast Autofocus Systems
Consumers accustomed to composing and focusing using a point-and-shoot camera’s LCD will appreciate that the E-620 offers the same easy, seamless experience (what you see on its LCD is what you get!). The E-620 delivers two fast autofocus options to quickly focus and capture the image in any situation:
  • Fast Imager Autofocus in Live View:When it comes to measuring camera speed, autofocus is a key factor. If a camera’s AF system does not meet photographers’ demands and lock focus accurately and quickly, it’s possible to miss a shot. AF Live View on the E-620 allows you to compose, focus, and capture the shot quickly and easily without ever taking your eye off the large 2.7-inch full color LCD.
  • Phase Detection AF: When using the optical viewfinder, the technology behind the new 7-point twin cross AF system provides world-class fast and accurate focusing based on the speed of the E-3. Super sensitive Twin and Twin Cross AF target points can measure focus both vertically and horizontally, so regardless of the subject, focusing is super-simple and fast. With a dedicated Phase Detection AF sensor in the camera body, shooting moving subjects, like a runner crossing the finish line, is lightning fast. In low-light situations, this is the AF option of choice to quickly lock focus, so that a loved one’s face illuminated only by candlelight is in sharp focus.
Multi-Aspect Shooting
Since photography is a form of expression that is essentially based on clipping a scene, framing is an important component of style. The E-620 provides four aspect ratios that serve as masks to frame your image to the desired proportions, including: the standard 4:3 aspect ratio that is perfectly suited for an 8 x 10-inch enlargement; the 16:9 aspect ratio that will display your images beautifully on a widescreen television; and other popular aspect ratios such as 3:2 and 6:6. By enabling you to select the aspect ratio before shooting and easily viewing it on the LCD throughout the shoot, the Multi-Aspect function offers a new way to control your photography and express yourself.

Always Find a Face in the Crowd
The new camera’s Face Detection reduces the chance of blurred subjects in photography by distinguishing between people’s faces and the background. It tracks up to eight faces within the image area, even if people are moving, and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures (ideal for large family or party group photos).

In Sunshine or the Shadows, Never Miss a Detail
Shooting scenes with both highlights and shadows can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas. The E-620 addresses this challenge with Shadow Adjustment Technology that adjusts for extreme light variations and maintains visible detail in both the shadow and highlight areas of the scene. Now users can see and preview the gradation on the Live View LCD and capture images showing the shadow detail they saw. This feature is also accessible in the Edit menu after the shot has been taken.

Preview a Multitude of Possibilities
Perfect Shot Preview enables users to easily preview and select from a variety of thumbnail previews of the photographic effects of white balance and exposure compensation adjustments live on the LCD before taking the photograph. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, visually, without having to scroll through menu options. With 28 preset scene-select modes for every imaginable shooting scenario, automatic modes and full manual controls, the E-620 offers a world of possibilities to photographers.

Wireless Flash Capability
Wireless flashes help you cast the best light on your subjects and capture great images. For this reason, the E-620 is compatible with the Olympus FL-36R and FL-50R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography. When these flashes are used in combination with the E-620, multiple-wireless flash photography is both easy and reliable. The E-620 can control up to three wireless flash groups independently, with multiple flash units in each group for dramatic flash effects.

Dust Reduction System for Spot-Free Images
Life moves too fast to spend time worrying about dust ruining the perfect image. Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter. The patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor and captures it on a special adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on. These spot-free photos liberate users from hours spent retouching photographs at the computer or sending their cameras back to the manufacturer to remove dust trapped inside. With Dust Reduction and the new creative features, Olympus continues to liberate users from the computer and editing software, and enables them to have fun capturing it all while on the go.

Optional Accessories for Shooting on Land and in the Water
The new HLD-5 Power Battery Holder (sold separately) can hold up to two Lithium Ion BLS-1 batteries to extend the performance life of the E-620 and its existing BLS-1 battery. It also enables effortless vertical shooting with its own separate shutter button and control dial. Olympus will also offer the PT-E06 optional underwater housing for the E-620. Capable of reaching depths of 130 feet underwater, the housing will ensure that divers will not miss an image during their journeys to the abyss.

What's in the Box
  • E-620 Body
  • 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens
  • 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Lens
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLS-1)
  • Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCS-1)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM
  • Manuals and Registration card

Product Description

OLYMPUS 262162 12.3 Megapixel E-620 Camera Kit (Includes ED 14–42mm zoom & 40–150mm zoom)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I shot thousands of photos in every situation conceivable with my 520 and the exposure quality was stunning. With the 620, you're just not sure. Read more ›
Replaced my E500. It works much better indoors then the E500 did and the image stabilization is great. I am able to get good photo results taking hand held pictures of the… Read more ›
It is obviously more responsive than a point-and-shoot, and is better in low-light situations, though not good enough to take satisfactory pictures of people inside my… Read more ›
Overall a very nice camera, well built and takes great pictures. Read more ›
The E 620 has several advantages over the E 510 - the automatic lens works better in the dark - it has excellent light qualities - the screen in the back can be moved - it… Read more ›
The camera is fantastic, with all the features that I could wish for. I have taken amazing photos, and blown them up to 5 feet wide with great resolution and image quality. N… Read more ›
The E620 lenses are optically superb and very well-built. Thanks to the 4/3 format they are also much lighter and smaller than the competition's lenses. Read more ›
I am coming from an E-300 and I can say this is definitely worth the…This camera with the 70-300mm lens is a great, inexpensive and portable set-up for nature photography. Read more ›
Unlike the Olympus, both have manual focus rings that can't…Yes, Canon and Nikon make other lenses that are sharper, faster, heavier and more expensive -- so does Olympus. Read more ›
I bought an Olympus E-620 from Adorama a few weeks ago and took it to Yellowstone to compare performance…Took along my two good Olympus lenses--a 14-54mm and an 11/22mm. Read more ›
7) Very strong, potentially the best lens line-up out there. kit lenses being outstanding value for money -- you can start taking good…unlike kit lenses from others. Read more ›
Some gripes: not a great lens cap; the viewfinder is rather small; the menu design is very poor (mentioned by a previous reviewer, and quite rightly); battery life seems a… Read more ›
I actually have hung over a fence in order to get a shot of a single flower and it has…It is also great to use in a crowd and getting the camera up above peoples heads. -… Read more ›
I purchased this about 2 years ago when it was first introduced and it…It's not extremely easy to use at first but it doesn't take long to get to know all of the control. Read more ›
I didn't. I went from a point and shoot to this because I was told by several people and by reviews here that it was easy to use. I read the manual several times, couldn't… Read more ›
Wery good camera, easy to use. And very small good for travel i love my new cam Read more ›
Paid for the next day shipping and it arrived as stated. The camera is very easy to use and the picture quality is great. The lenses are really only novice type, but for… Read more ›
These features include considerably improved resolution, 12.3 megapixels, very effective, fun to use art filters, live view, a 2.7 inch swivel LCD screen, face detection,… Read more ›
Besides the swivel door (which is great), the features themselves are good and while I've found the Flash to be lacking severely (it screws up more pictures than not)the… Read more ›
Camera. Good sensor, IS and the controls are well laid out. The lens I have work well with this camera. Read more ›
There are many scene settings and quick set buttons to meet every scenario. I really like this camera for its comfort fit and easy to reach controls. Read more ›
Though Manual mode may work best - it was surprising how well Auto mode worked with my 30+ year old lenses - a testament to Olympus equipment. I was even able to use the… Read more ›
It doesn't have the image quality and low light performance of a high end model like Nikon, but if you are looking to take an SLR on a trip and don't want to run the risk… Read more ›
I won't go deeply into the features and benefits, if you're reading this - then you've already researched those. I would rather tell you about how much fun this camera is… Read more ›
My first SLR was an Olympus Pen FT (that's the half-frame…(Not the same one - a burglar got the first one in the 1970s, but one i found at a good price in a pawn shop.) Read more ›
All in all, this has to be one of the best values around currently. Read more ›
I have…As I said I am new to dslr so I cannot comment on how that works, but this is definately a great camera at a great price for someone wanting an entry level dslr. I… Read more ›
6) Excellent…7) Very strong, potentially the best lens line-up out there. kit lenses being outstanding value for money -- you can start taking good photographs right away.. Read more ›
But i saw a good price for a used 620 body, and decided to the 620, which has a slightly-higher resolution, the swivel LCD (very nice; since i'm left-handed and -eyed, it… Read more ›
Despite to have taken during several years very good pics with the E500, I would like to stress that the enhancements included in the E620 represent a great added value… Read more ›
The e620 is really light weight, live view is pretty neat (i still use it sparingly) the fact that you can twist and turn the LCD is very nice and has already been helpful… Read more ›
I love this camera! It's easy to use and the swivel LCD is a wonderful bonus since you can close it so it won't be scratched while carrying it. The lenses go on easily and… Read more ›
I find that with the built in stabilizer, I can shoot high aperture shots without getting the tripod out of the bag. Occasionally in bright sunshine, the screen can wash out. Read more ›
The increased megapixels seems to allow for greater cropping. The brighter screen that tilts and swivels is also easy to use and helpful in many situations. Mostly, I… Read more ›
I would say that this…However, I love all the other features too such as a very functional live view with a bright display that can actually be used outside in bright sun. Read more ›
Even the flash mount hadn't been used. I love the flexible screen and have used it for over the head photography and close to the ground. All my old lenses from my E-500… Read more ›
I do a great deal of wildlife photography and I love the small light weight design of…The build quality is excellent and the four thirds lens system means the lenses are Read more ›
Build - Seriously compare D5000 and Canon Xsi with E620, the build is more compact and don't have plastic feeling. All buttons are positioned in a way where you can reach… Read more ›
Great product - great results, good build quality. Read more ›
Pentax K200D & K20D -- Poor out of camera JPGs. Great handling and build quality. Short on features. Read more ›
Canon T1i -- Not impressed by the build quality, felt plasticy. Not comfortable for me to hold. Read more ›
Canon XSi -- Not impressed by the build quality, felt plasticy. Not comfortable for me to hold. Read more ›
So no split-screen…If your subject is still and you are on a tripod, you can use magnified live view to check the focus, which is great for studio work and landscapes. B… Read more ›
The inclusion of image stabilization into the body itself is a HUGE…The multi-point autofocus system is nice touch when either deciding which part of a scene to focus on. Read more ›
The reason I personally own and use the E620 is the autofocus, which is still unmatched by the PEN series. I personally own the excellent [[ASIN:B000X1P5RE Olympus Zuiko… Read more ›
I didn't want to…After reading many reviews, it was determined that the Olympus came with very qualified kit lenses that were quick to focus and took sharp looking photos. Read more ›
6) LIVE VIEW & LCD -- Olympus has the best live view implementation (maybe tied with Sony) with quite quick autofocus. This is very important if you want anyone, e.g. my… Read more ›
- It…- Some pro level configuration option like auto focus adjustment for each lens that is registered with the camera, but most of us do not bother about those settings Read more ›
This camera does take really nice pictures for the most part, especially…I like that the camera is not huge, it's a pretty good size, easy to carry around for the day. I… Read more ›
I bought one of these as an upgrade to an E-300 (which I should have…I thought the upgrade in features while maintaining a compact size for travel/portability was worth it. Read more ›
This is nice because you can carry the E-620 around without…It is still a full size unit, but less size and weight are a plus if you are gonna lug the thing around all day. Read more ›
Any criticisms I might include would be a slightly…A 2 GB memory card held about 600 photos taken at full file size (no complaints, I'd never exceed that on a trip). Ba… Read more ›
Olympus E-620 is an interesting camera, it focuses on compact size which is the right thing to do to get advantage of four third sensor. Built quality is better than most… Read more ›
There two weaknesses of this…If Olympus fix this problem in upcoming dSLR while retaining the compact size, this camera will make a great travel or street companion. Read more ›
* re: Image Quality: In general good to very good quality…With that being said, the colors are nice, the images are sharp, the much talked about dynamic range is... ok. Read more ›
I moved from the Evolt E-500 to the E-620. It is amazing, fast, color representation is awesome. I used it with the 8mm, 12-60 2.8, 50-200 2.8, and the IS is awesome with… Read more ›
I think that's supposed to favor portraits but a good camera doesn't have to do that and wouldn't do that (see sample images from a Fuji X100 -- neutral but beautiful… Read more ›
This camera takes really great pictures, colors are really great, the pair of lenses provided in the kit works good for someone like me, that is not a pro, but know ho to… Read more ›
By way of comparison, I recently purchased a Nikon D5000 which, right out of the box, has pleasantly surprised me with incredibly sharp, beautifully colored images. Adding… Read more ›
Don't be fooled with the "Auto Gradation" feature, using it causes shadows to brighten and as a result big…E-620 has good color rendition and good dynamic range though. M… Read more ›
It starts up fast. It's easy to hold and use. The menus are intuitive with plenty of direct access, without too many buttons. Read more ›
My first impressions of this product favourable: this is a nice camera to hold and use. For me it's important to have something lightweight--a larger DSLR is out of the… Read more ›
Despite the size, Olympus E-620 is very solid to hold. Thanks to the weight and ergonomic design. Read more ›
Basically when you press…It's not that easy to hold and press AEL and half-press shutter button to focus at the same time, and that's why there is this "sticky-key" option. Read more ›
I have some…The camera is extremely comfortable to hold and use, I can download my photos to any computer with little to no problem regardless of operating system. And… Read more ›
The build is solid and is much better than canon's 550d and the 500d and…The image quality is pretty good till iso 800 but detoriates after that(in terms of noise that is). Read more ›
I bought this camera as replacement to my e520. I loved my e520 but it was lacking in a couple of areas, mainly, the e520 didn't perform well at high ISO settings. But that… Read more ›
Although the smaller Olympus sensors are reputed to be a bit noisier, what…I've found noise very well controlled through ISO1000, even with noise reduction set to LOW. F… Read more ›
The issue of…I like the extra ISO steps and use the ISO 160 as standard ( people say 200 gives best DR in comparison to 100 -- but i think 160 is slightly better then 200) Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

264 of 267 people found the following review helpful By philosoph on June 5, 2009
Style Name: E620 w/ 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses Verified Purchase
I've had the E-620 for a few weeks now and am quite pleased. Other options I considered were the Nikon D5000, Canon T1i & XSi, Panasonic G1, Sony A300 & A350, and Pentax K200D & K20D. Some comments with comparison notes:

1) SIZE & WEIGHT -- There's no point in having a camera that is so bulky that it doesn't get much use. Only the Panasonic G1 is smaller than the E-620 but not by much. There is a more dramatic difference in the size of the lenses, with Olympus being much smaller than all but Panasonic. Makes for a very compact outfit. For anyone used to the size of film SLRs, the E-620 is very similar. My wife also found it the most comfortable for her to hold.

2) BUILD QUALITY & HANDLING -- Very impressed with Olympus here. Solid, dense and with lots of sensibly placed buttons for direct access to settings. The other cameras had a less solid, plasticy feel, and their larger grips still weren't large enough for a comfortable pistol grip with my average size hands. The Sonys, in particular, had awkward button placement. The E-620 has a different style of grip where you hold the camera in the same way as old film SLRs, and is more appropriate to such a small camera. I carry the camera comfortably in my *left* hand, grasping the body and lens barrel with my fingers on the zoom ring; this frees my right hand from having to support the camera while working controls, and leaves my good hand open (I'm a righty).

3) LENSES -- The kit zooms from Olympus are reputed to be of higher quality than the others, as well as being more compact. So far I have been very impressed. I didn't want to buy a camera only to feel the kit lenses needed replacing; I'd rather spend on lenses that offer new capabilities, like fast primes or dedicated macro lenses.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bell on June 6, 2009
Style Name: E620 w/ 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses
I've had an E-620 for about a month, and with each photo I'm finding more to like about it.

Any camera represents a series of compromises as the manufacturer trades weight vs. features vs. cost vs. ergonomics vs. image quality. Any purchase decision should be based on how those particular trade-offs jibe with the intended use. None of the name-brand cameras in this price range that I've looked at are bad. But, for me and for the type of photography I do now, the E-620 is the closest fit.

Number one is the available lenses. Read the reviews of the kit zooms such as the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS with its chromatic aberration and the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX with its barrel distortion. Unlike the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ED, both have front elements that rotate when you focus, making the use of a polarizer or a petal-type hood difficult. Unlike the Olympus, both have manual focus rings that can't be used without shifting the lens out of autofocus. Yes, Canon and Nikon make other lenses that are sharper, faster, heavier and more expensive -- so does Olympus. But if you want to use the kit lens, the Olympus one gets better reviews.

Olympus also makes a sharp and handy Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro, which has been spending more time on my E-620 than either of the kit lenses. For me, it's a great walking-around lens, good for both environmental portraits and product shots. On the other hand, if I needed a 600mm f/4 or a 14mm f/2.8, I'd have gotten a Canon or a Nikon.

The E-620 has in-body image stabilization, which means you buy it once and haul it around once, instead of adding weight and cost to every lens.
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120 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Waqas Mustafeez on May 10, 2009
Style Name: E620 Body Only
I have had the E-620 for about a week and i moved from a E-510. E-510 was my first DSLR and using that over the years i have been very satisfied and happy with the 510 especially due to the in body image stabilization and lens line-up. Liveview was also a plus over competitors but i never really used it unless it was really dark or i needed to manual focus.

Some things on the E-510 that were aging and were kind of the few weak points of the entry level E series was the 3 point autofocus system, small viewfinder and low light focusing. The lcd was so so too but for an SLR i don't see why a high pixel LCD should be important.. sure its good to have one but its not important.
Anyhow the E-620 really improves all these problems and really becomes a strong no compromise camera; worthy of buying just because its excellent.. not because its great value as was the case for me for the E-510.

1) The viewfinder is much larger; suitable for manual focusing.
2) now has 7 points - 5 cross (which is better then any entry slr .. d5000, t1i etc included). -- now that Ive had sometime to try out the imager AF; ill say that although its not the fastest AF system (talking about the hybrid mode as i don't have compatible lenses for standalone imager mode) -- it works very reliably in low light conditions; better then the phase detect sensor on its own. Using liveview to compose night shots many times i found my e510 hunting and eventually taking out of focus shots forcing complete manual focus-- hybrid mode definitely lets you use AF in seriously dark conditions.
3) nice flipping LCD which again trumps the other 2 boys in the group in terms of utility.
4) Much better tone curves/gradation/dynamic range.. people argue .. i don't know..
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