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1. The 2.7-inch LCD monitor tilts and swivels for easy odd-angle shooting in Live View mode. 2. Save images on CompactFlash or xD-Picture cards. 3. Image stabilization is built in to the camera body, so it works with all lenses, and is activated with this convenient button placed in reach of your thumb.

Olympus E-620

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $499


INTRODUCED
2/2009

The E-620 packs a number of the E-30’s features into a lower-priced, smaller package—it’s one of the smallest and lightest DSLRs you can buy. And for the price, the E-620 has a lot going for it, including a 2.7-inch, tilt-swivel Live View LCD monitor, six Creative Art Filters, a 12.3-megapixel, High-speed Live MOS image sensor and a TruePic III+ image processor.

Like all Olympus DSLRs, the E-620 features an effective Supersonic Wave Filter sensor-dust reduction system. Also common to the Olympus DSLR line, Sensor-shift image stabilization built in to the camera body provides sharper handheld shots up to four shutter speeds slower than you could normally handhold, and works with all lenses.

Speaking of lenses, the E-Series has 20 Olympus lenses and two teleconverters specifically designed for the Four Thirds System, from the ultrawide 7-14mm ƒ/4 zoom and 8mm ƒ/3.5 fisheye to the 90-250mm ƒ/2.8 zoom and 300mm ƒ/2.8 prime, giving you lens options that cover a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 14mm to 600mm. You can also use lenses from other manufacturers who make Four Thirds System mounts. The E-620 is sold in a kit package that includes a versatile 14-42mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 zoom to get you started.

The 7-point phase detection AF system includes 5 cross-type sensors when shooting with the optical 95% viewfinder. When shooting in Live View, you’ll switch to contrast detection AF, which is slower than phase detection, but offers capabilities like Face Detection to track up to 8 faces in a scene to optimize focus and exposure in your portraits. ISO settings run from 100-3200, and you can shoot at speeds of up to 4 fps.


STANDOUT FEATURE: Very compact version of the E-30.

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