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Rear of Camera Controls

The E-620's new swivel screen requires a slight re-design of the rear button layout compared to the E-520. The menu, delete, info and play buttons which were previously located in a column to the left of the screen (space now occupied by hinge mechanism) have been moved, with the menu and info buttons ending up to the left of the viewfinder and the play and delete buttons to the right of the screen. The IS button has also been shifted around but at least the four-way controller has remained in its usual place. All in all there are plenty of external buttons and the ergonomics have generally been very well thought out, making the E-620 a very pleasant camera to use.

Changing settings

Olympus was one of the first companies to offer a quick, interactive settings screen on its LCD. The number of external controls on the E-620 means you're not totally reliant on this 'Super Control Panel' but it's actually pretty quick to use so you may find yourself using it, in preference to the direct access buttons, when you're making multiple settings changes. The Super Control Panel is also accessible in most live view display modes.

An example of the information display which provides a summary of current camera settings and exposure. Press the OK button to access any displayed setting, move around using the 4-way controller and OK again to change.
Adjusting ISO (in third stops) Changing Metering mode

Buttons (Shooting mode)

Button
 
Function
 
Fn FUNCTION (Fn) button

This button can be customized to perform the following functions (some of which require the use of the main or sub dial):

 • Depth of field preview
 • Live Preview
 • One Touch WB
 • AF home position (user defined 'home' position for the AF point)
 • Manual Focus (to toggle AF/MF)
 • RAW: switch from JPEG to RAW+JPEG or from RAW+JPEG to JPEG
 • Test Picture (hold to take a shot without saving)
 • Face detect on
 • My Mode (hold to use recorded 'My Mode' settings)
 • Off

Auto focus point

After pressing this button turn the main dial to select between the three different AF point modes:

 • Automatic selection from 7 points (All area AF mode)
 • Single Area / Small Single Area (using one selected AF area)*
 • Dynamic single area AF mode (If the camera cannot focus on the subject using the selected AF area, the camera focuses using the adjacent AF area.)

* The AF sensitivity custom function allows you to decide whether the camera focuses only on the selected AF area ('Single Area Small') or on the selected area and the surrounding area ('Normal')

In single area modes the arrow keys are used to select the focus point.

AEL
AFL
Auto Exposure / Auto Focus Lock

The AEL/AFL button can be configured in a variety of 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 set to perform and lock Auto Focus at the same time.
Play mode

Enters a shooting priority play mode, you can return to shooting mode at any time by pressing the shutter release half-way or by pressing this button again.
4-way arrow keys

As usual the four-way controller is used to navigate menus and the 'Super Control Panel' on the rear screen, and to make selections (using the OK button). The arrow keys can also be used to select AF points when using the Single Area AF modes or can adjust the four functions assigned to them - White Balance, AF mode, ISO Sensitivity or Metering mode.
WB White Balance

 • Auto
 • 5300 K (Daylight)
 • 6000 K (Cloudy)
 • 7500 K (Shade)
 • 3000 K (Incandescent)
 • 4000 K (Fluorescent 1)
 • 4500 K (Fluorescent 2)
 • 6600 K (Fluorescent 3)
 • Custom
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
AF Focus mode

 • Single-AF
 • Continuous-AF
 • Manual focus
 • Single-AF & Manual focus
 • Continuous-AF & Manual focus
ISO ISO Sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 2500
• ISO 3200
Metering mode

 • ESP
 • Center Weighted Average
 • Spot
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
OK

Control panel setting change

Press the OK button to change settings directly on the Control Panel display, navigate around the display using the four way controller.

In Live View mode pressing OK magnifies the image when in the correct display mode

IS

Image Stabilization mode

Press this button and turn the front dial (or press the left/right keys) to switch between the three IS modes:

 • OFF Image stabilizer is off
 • I.S. 1 Image stabilizer is on
 • I.S. 2 This is used when panning in the horizontal direction to achieve a blurred background. The horizontal image stabilizer is turned off, and only the vertical image stabilizer is activated.
 • I.S. 3 This is used when panning in the vertical direction to achieve a blurred background. The vertical image stabilizer is turned off, and only the horizontal image stabilizer is activated.

INFO

'Super Control Panel' display

Turns the 'Super Control Panel' on and off (displayed on the main color LCD).In Live View mode pressing INFO cycles through the various display options for the live preview image.

MENU Menu

Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
Live View

Switches to Live View mode, this causes the shutter to open and the mirror to raise (hence the viewfinder can not be used in this mode). Press again to cancel.

Buttons (Play mode)

In play mode the multi-direction controller is used to browse through images, left / right moves an image at a time, up / down jumps ten images.

Button
 
Function
 
Copy / PictBridge Print

Allows you to copy images between the CF and xD cards (multiple images using the marking system). If a PictBridge printer is connected to the camera via USB then you can print the currently displayed 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).
Fn FUNCTION (Fn) button

In play mode the Fn button offers a fast way to magnify the image (jumps to 10x magnification view).
Split screen mode

In play mode the AF button activates a split screen 'Lightbox' view that allows you to compare two shots side by side.
Exit play mode

Returns to shooting mode, you can achieve the same by half-pressing the shutter release button.

Erase

Displays a 'Yes / No' confirmation dialog to delete the current image. If images have been marked (using the OK button) you can delete multiple images in a batch.

MENU Menu

Enters the camera menu (described later in this preview).
INFO Information Display

Rotates through the six different levels of information display:

 • No overlaid information
 • Basic overlay (quality, filename, file number)
 • More overlay (quality & size, date & time, filename, file number)
 • Histogram with detailed information (Y, R, G, B histograms)
 • Large histogram overlay
 • Blinking highlights (and quality)
 • Blinking shadows (and quality)
OK Mark / Unmark image

Allows you to mark or unmark (tick mark) images as you browse, marked images can then be deleted or copied as a batch.
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, 16 images, 25 images, 49 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).
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