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Top of camera controls (right) and Mode Dial

The layout on the top of the camera is identical to the E-420's (and very similar to the E-520's)- The exposure mode dial with the power switch below it, the shutter release and exposure compensation buttons and the main dial overhanging the rear. Some settings such as exposure compensation are changed by holding a button and turning the main dial, others just by turning the dial (such as aperture in aperture priority mode). The dial is responsive, ideally located and allows for quick alteration of settings.

Buttons (Shooting mode)

Button
 
Function
 
Exposure Compensation

 • -5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
 • 1/3 EV steps (1 EV or 1/2 EV steps selectable in Custom Menu 1, Section E, Option 1)
AEL
AFL
Auto Exposure/Auto Focus Lock

The AEL/AFL button can be programmed in a variety of different ways for different focus modes (Single AF, Continuous AF and Manual Focus). It can be programmed to be momentary AE Lock or Memo/Cancel AE Lock, it can also be programmed to perform and lock Auto Focus at the same time. It's also used to trigger Auto Focus in Live View mode.

Buttons (Play mode)

Button
 
Function
 
Rotate

Although not labeled as such pressing the exposure compensation button while in play mode rotates the displayed image through 90, 180 and 270 degrees.
Thumbnail index/zoom out

Rotate the main dial clockwise to switch to thumbnail index view, the E-620 provides a range of index views; four images, nine images, sixteen images, twenty-five images, forty-nine images, one-hundred images and finally a calendar view. If the playback magnification is active then turning clockwise steps out.
Play magnification

Rotate the main dial counter-clockwise to magnify the currently displayed image, there are a range of magnifications available; 2.0x, 3.0x, 5.0x, 7.0x, 10x and 14x. Use the multi-direction controller to move around the magnified image.
Protect/Unprotect

Protects (or unprotects) the current image, this sets the file system 'Read Only' flag which means you can't accidentally delete the image using the erase button, however this does not protect against formatting of the storage card (an extra 'This card contains protected images, really format?' dialog would be good).

Exposure Mode Dial

Icon
 
Mode
 
AUTO Fully Automatic Mode

In Auto mode the camera is essentially 'point and shoot' with Auto default settings. Interestingly however you can still access the same range of settings as in the 'creative modes'.
P

Programmed Auto (Flexible)

The Program AE on the E-620 is flexible, this means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by turning the main command dial (rear of camera) left or right. Minimum shutter speed in is 60 seconds (at ISO 100).

Example (exact values will depend on EV step value chosen in record menu):

 • 1/160 F3.2 (turn CCW a click) Ps
 • 1/125 F3.5 (turn CCW a click) Ps
 • 1/100 F4.0 (metered) P
 • 1/80 F5.0 (turn CW a click) Ps
 • 1/60 F5.6 (turn CW a click) Ps

A

Aperture Priority Auto

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the shutter speed for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO). Aperture is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor (if INFO display is on), turn the main dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink.

 • Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures, in 1/3. 1/2 or 1 EV steps

S

Shutter Priority Auto

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO).Shutter speed is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor (if INFO display is on), turn the main dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the aperture will blink.

 • 60 seconds - 1/8000 sec (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps) 

M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (and additionally Bulb shutter). Turn the main dial to adjust either shutter speed or aperture, press the exposure compensation button (+/-) to switch between the two. The viewfinder display and info display will indicate how close you are to the metered exposure (+/- 3 EV).

Scene: Portrait

Selects large apertures (low F numbers) to provide narrow depth of field, this creates the out of focus 'blurred' background effect which enhances portrait photographs. Also turns on Face Detection.
Image parameters: Sharpness -1
Scene: Landscape

Selects smaller apertures (high F numbers) to provide larger depth of field (foreground and background appear in focus). This mode also appears to adjust color balance to optimize blues and greens.
WB: Daylight, Image parameters: Sharpness +1, Contrast +1
Scene: Macro

Selects an aperture above F4.0 to improve sharpness from the lens, also enables the continuous manual focus mode (S-AF + MF).
Scene: Sport

Selects large apertures (small F numbers) to achieve the fastest possible shutter speed to try and freeze fast action and avoid blurring. Enables continuous AF (C-AF), continuous shooting and face detection.
Scene: Night Scene and Portrait

Enables noise reduction and configures the camera for optimum night exposures (although for some reason the camera picks Daylight WB, this won't work in a city night shot environment). Also enables Slow Sync flash.
WB: Daylight, Image parameters: Sharpness -1, Contrast -2. Flash: Slow Sync

Art Filter / Scene

Allows you to select one of the twelve built-in scene modes (each is shown on the LCD monitor with an image sample and short description) or one of the six built-in Art Filters:

Scene modes

 • Children
 • High Key
 • Low Key
 • Digital Image Stabilization
 • Nature Macro
 • Candle
 • Sunset
 • Documents
 • Panorama (req. Olympus xD-Picture Card)
 • Fireworks
 • Beach & Snow
 • Underwater wide

Art Filters

 • Pop Art
 • Soft Focus
 • Pale & Light Color
 • Light Tone
 • Grainy Film
 • Pin Hole

Top of camera controls (left)

On the top left of the camera are two more buttons, at the front the flash up / mode button and towards the rear the drive mode button. Once pressed these buttons display an on-screen selection menu, you can either turn the main dial or use the multi-direction controller to adjust.

Buttons (Shooting mode)

Button
 
Function
 
Flash up

Releases the pop-up flash (pops up automatically in automated modes)

Hold Button Turn rear Dial

Drive mode

 • Single shot
 • Continuous H
 • Continuous L
 • 12 sec Self-timer
 • 2 sec Self-timer
 • IR remote
 • IR remote with 2 sec Self-timer

Flash mode

Press this button (with the flash raised) and turn the main dial to select flash mode:

 • Auto
 • Red-eye reduction
 • Flash off
 • Flash on forced
 • Red-eye reduction & Slow-sync
 • Slow-sync
 • Slow-sync (Rear curtain)
 • Full
 • 1/4
 • 1/16
 • 1/64
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