Whether you consider it trying to find a niche market or truly exploring what’s possible in the world of digital photography, Olympus is not relenting in its quest to make ground-breaking digital SLR cameras. Their latest SLR camera proves that they’re not going away, and they’re not running out of ideas. Indeed, each new Olympus SLR I use impresses me more, as they not only keep introducing intelligent, sometimes painfully obvious features that nonetheless appear on no other digital SLRs, but the cameras are also built well, designed with a lot of thought.
The Olympus E-620 in particular is a great example of how the company delivers more of what photographers want in a single package. The E-620 pulls most of the important features found in the company’s high-end SLRs into one compact, more affordable camera. First, the E-620’s body is small, not much bigger than the E-420. Second, the camera has an articulating LCD like the E-3 and E-30. Third, the E-620 has most of the software features found in the E-30, including the Art Filters and multiple exposure capabilities. Finally, the E-620 combines most of the Live View improvements found in the latest round of Olympus SLRs, including greater speed, multiple AF modes, and face detection. It even borrows something from automotive design, with backlit buttons, one of those painfully obvious features that are found nowhere else, at least not on an SLR.