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Storage Compartment

The storage compartment is located on the right side of the camera (from the back) and makes up part of the hand grip. There is no switch to open the card door; you simply slide it towards you and it flips open. Inside you will find an xD-Picture card slot and a Compact Flash Type II card slot.

Connections

The E-620 has just one multi-function connector which is on the right rear of the body below the four-way controller, this serves to provide both USB and Video Out capability depending on which of the supplied cables is connected. The E-620 supports USB 2.0 Hi Speed.

Base / Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find the metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens. The mount also appears to be in line with the focal plane (position of the sensor).

Battery Compartment

The E-620 uses the same BLS-1 battery as the E-420 which, according to the spec sheet, should provide enough power for approximately 500 shots CIPA standard (assuming, of course, you don't use Live View, which by our reckoning drops the capacity to 100-200 shots). The battery fits into the base of the camera on the hand grip side behind a door with a sliding lock, and has a small retaining clip to prevent it from falling out. As long as the platform of your tripod head isn't too large you can change the battery without removing the camera.

Unlike previous entry-level Olympus cameras, an optional battery grip (HLD-5) is offered for the E-620. It replaces the in-camera battery and offers space for two BLS-1s, to boost the camera's shooting longevity. It also offers a portrait orientation shutter release and control dial.

Pop-up Flash

The E-620's pop-up flash has a guide number of 12 (ISO 100) and a top X-sync speed of 1/180 sec. There's no electronic release, so the flash does not pop it up automatically in the fully automatic modes, you'll have to press the flash button. Like other E-Series models the E-620 doesn't have a dedicated AF assist lamp and instead strobes the flash unit to illuminate the subject, obviously this requires you to have the flash raised in the first place (and is hardly subtle). The E-620 is compatible with Olympus's RC wireless flash control system.

Flash Hot-shoe

The E-620 has an 'E System' flash hot-shoe designed specifically for Olympus dedicated flash units, however it can also accept third party units (sync contact only). Olympus 'E System' flash units communicate directly with the camera and support various features including wireless flash (with FL-36R and FL-50R flash guns), zoom control, red-eye reduction, slow sync flash and the use of higher shutter speeds ('Super FP flash').

Lens Mount

The E-620 is a Four Thirds digital SLR which means that its lens mount / communication system complies to the Four Thirds System standard. As well as accepting Olympus 4/3 lenses it can also accept third party 4/3 lenses.

"Supersonic Wave Filter"

The "Supersonic Wave Filter" is a method of keeping the image sensor clean by making a very thin filter glass in front of the sensor vibrate at very high frequency. This causes dust or dirt to drop off and be trapped on a stick tape material. The SSWF is triggered each time you power up the camera (it's a pity you can't disable or modify when it occurs as it does introduce a slight delay). On the positive side we've generally found it to be one of the most effective systems on the market.

SSWF filter is mounted in front of the sensor Click for a video explanation (15 MB)

Box Contents

  • Olympus E-620 digital SLR body
  • PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion battery
  • BCS-1 battery charger
  • Body cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • Video and USB cables
  • Software CD-ROMs (Olympus Master 2 + Studio 2 trial)
  • Manual, System chart, Warranty
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