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February 23, 2009

New Olympus E620 DSLR is announced and previewed (updated!)

Olympus has announced a brand new Four Thirds DSLR, the Olympus E620, featuring the newer 12-megapixel sensor, with sensor-shift stabilization, along with a 2.7" LCD. The price is seven hundred, dollars in the US, euro in Europe. Just a few days ago, an Olympus distributor in Asia said five DSLRs are coming, including the E30.

Update! The E620 is now available for pre-order.

Update #2: For the latest news on the E620, be sure to check the just-launched Olympus E620 diary!


Olympus E620 DSLR hands-on previews
+ The user manual is posted by Olympus New!
+ 43photo.com
+ Opinion on the E620 at the excellent Wrotniak.net
+ Olympus UK Safari Group from the trade show floor
+ 5-minute video preview by Olympus UK rep Mark Thakera and What Digital Camera (YouTube Video)
+ Photography Review, five-page preview with E520 side-by-side
+ 4/3rds User preview - with Q&A at the bottom
+ Ten college art-students under NDA preview the E620 in Philadelphia (were they boo'ed by Philly-fan?)
+ dpreview - 11 pages
+ DC Resource - nice table comparing E-series
+ Imaging Resource
+ Digital Camera Review

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Main specifications
+ 12mp LiveMOS FourThirds (2X wrt 35mmFF) sensor (presumably from Panasonic)
+ sensor-shift image stabilization (up to 4 stops/steps)
+ 7-point Twin AF (with 5 cross points) (too many beer commercials?)
+ 4fps machine-gun mode (burst mode) with just 5 RAW frames however
+ compact body, somewhere in-between the E420 and E520
+ TruePIC III+ engine
+ Hot-shoe and pop-up flash
+ RC wireless flash control
+ OVF (95%, 0.96x)
+ 2.7" free-angle (we call it "twist and shout") LCD display
+ LiveView
+ multi-aspect ratio shooting
+ Art Filters and Multi-Exposures
+ dust-bunnies protection with SWF
+ takes Compact Flash, MicroDrive and xD (dual slot) - sadly still no SD/SDHC!
+ illuminated buttons (I'm sure someone wants these!)
+ LiIon battery: BLS-1 (500 CIPA est.)
+ Optional (new) HLD-5 Battery Grip for $166
+ April 2009 availability
+ body only price is 700euro or $700 in Europe and USA respectively
+ Four (!) kits: body-only, with 14-42, with 14-42/40-150mm and with pancake 25mm f2.8 (where's the syrup?)
+ Available for pre-order at Amazon.com as of late Tuesday February 24

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Olympus E620 announcements
+ Olympus UK
+ Photo Review - with link to Olympus Australia E620 page
+ Press release at Imaging Insider
+ Focus Numerique (french)
+ DC Resource
+ dpreview
+ Imaging Resource
+ My Four Thirds Photo


Four New Accessories as well
+ HLD-5: new battery grip takes two BLS-1 batteries
+ FL-BK04: flash bracket
+ FL-BKM03: twin flash bracket
+ PT-E06: underwater case


Early Opinion KR-style
This is the only DSLR you will ever need! ;-)


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