NEW DSLR GET’S ARTISTIC-Olympus pushes the envelope one more time with the release of the unique and affordable E-620 12 megapixel DSLR, available in Canada this May, for $799.99 (body) and $899.99 with ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens.
I have not been able to play with one yet, but if it’s anything like its E-30 12 MP pre-cursor I have been using for the past month, released late last year, this camera is a win-win-win-win-win.
-It breaks the 10 megapixel barrier the past Olympus DSLR’s have been content with. Albeit, a touch more digital noise, when pushing the ISO to its limits, but the consistently excellent mechanical IS (image stabilization) modes make up for that. There are three IS modes: a 2D for general shooting and the other two allowing for horizontal and vertical panning keeping one axis sharp. They work so good, your tripod will be lonely again.
-It comes with six art filter settings, applied to the picture as you take it. Effects vary, from grainy monochrome to pin-hole, saturated colours, soft focus and muted colours. Enough to make mundane photos jump back to life.
-Multiple exposures, up to two frames, can be taken live and are recorded as a combined photo (if you shoot in dual Raw + JPEG mode, the original frames are kept too. This requires planning and frankly, unless you are good at it, you are limited on how well your two sequential images will look when exposed on the same “frame.” You have some control on the density of the two overlapping images. What I find most exciting, is the ability to merge (double-expose after the fact) two to three pictures you have already taken on the E-620 with a wide transparency range you can control for each frame. On the way back from a recent trip to Mexico, I spent hours on the return flight, overlapping frames on the E-30 from several hundred frames for some spectacular multiple exposure effects. Overlapping photos later, lets you plan your shots beforehand, like shooting a variety of extra frames so key image elements effectively work with multiple exposures (see my examples on this page). For example, I made sure I shot full moon frames composed differently for combining with a variety of other photos.
-A simple feature, but wanting by every photog shooting in dark places…the camera controls light up!
-Small and light. The E-620 is similar in size to the E-420 with all the extra features, plus improved auto-focus in Live view. It also has a double battery grip option and complete underwater housing.
To me, it was like re-discovering the art of photography in a different dimension.
I don’t want to bore you with all the other camera details, all well thought out, in a small dynamic package with one of the sharpest optics from the get-go.
For a list of all the features of the new E-620, go to: www.olympuscanada.com