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Olympus introduces new E-620 digital SLR camera

Olympus unveils the new 12.3 megapixel E-620, the world's smallest and lightest creative digital SLR with built-in image stabilization. The new model features Olympus' Live View technology, Supersonic Wave Filter and a 6.9cm / 2.7" free-angle LCD to make the framing of every shot a cinch. The in-camera Art Filters allow you to apply stylish effects such as Pin Hole, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone and Grainy Film, at the touch of a button. The new model will be available for purchase at the end of April...

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All about the new Olympus E-620 digital SLR camera The world's smallest, lightest digital SLR with built-in image stabilization. Featuring the Art Filter function for creative in-camera photographic expression
 
Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the latest addition to Olympus's consumer class of Four Thirds System-compliant E-System digital SLR cameras. The new E-620, scheduled for release on March XX, 2009, is the world's smallest and lightest*1 interchangeable lens type digital SLR to incorporate an image stabilization mechanism

Olympus E-620 main features:

• Excellent portability assured by world's smallest, lightest*1 body with built-in image stabilization (newly developed compact system featuring compensation up to 4 EVs*2) and dual-axis variable 2.7-inch LCD.
• Easy-to-apply Art Filters for enhanced creativity, multi-aspect function with a choice of 4 different aspect ratios, High-Speed Imager AF for responsive Live View shooting, and other features for versatile photographic expression.
• High picture quality with 12.3-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor and TruePic III+ image processing engine.
• Top-of-its-class high-speed performance with newly developed 7-point AF system for fast, accurate focusing, high-speed 4-fps sequential soting, and more.
•Combining the unmatched compact, lightweight design of the E-420 with the advanced features of the E-520, notably its built-in image stabilization mechanism, the E-620 digital SLR camera offers a level of convenience and portability unprecedented in a camera this sophisticated.

The E-620's newly developed small image stabilization mechanism features a compensation effect of up to 4 EV steps. The E-620 weighs just 475 grams, despite incorporating both a newly developed small image stabilization mechanism that offers up to 4 EV steps of effective compensation and a large dual-axis variable-angle LCD monitor measuring 2.7 inches diagonally, thanks to a compact, lightweight body made possible by reducing the area of the packaging for the circuit boards and sensor.

The E-620 also incorporates some of the exciting new features found on our middle class model, the E-30, such as the Art Filter function and the multi-aspect function. Six Art Filters, including a bright, colorful, Pop Art filter and a dreamy, ethereal, Soft Focus filter, enable anyone to easily achieve modes of photographic expression that ordinarily require the use of special lenses, add-on filters, or the use of complex image processing techniques. The ease and comfort of Live View shooting is further enhanced by a High-Speed Imager AF that enables autofocusing with compact-camera ease, and a dual-axis, variable-angle LCD monitor that supports both horizontal and vertical Live View shooting.

High picture quality is ensured by a 12.3-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor and the new TruePic III+ image processing engine. The E-620 also offers top-of-its-class high-speed performance with a newly developed 7-point AF system for fast, accurate autofocusing and high-speed sequential shooting at 4 frames per second.

To provide an ever-wider range of offerings for entry-level, intermediate, and professional digital SLR photographers, Olympus will continue to develop and expand its lineup of digital SLR systems that comply with the Four Thirds System standard.

*1  Among interchangeable lens type digital SLR cameras incorporating an image stabilization mechanism (as of February 24, 2009, based on in-house research).
*2  Under our in-house test conditions.

Olympus E-620 other features:

• Illuminated buttons assisting the night-time shooting
• Large optical viewfinder with 95% field of view and 0.96x magnification
• Color Universal Design certified for the easy-to-view design regardless of the individual differences in the sense of colors
• Reliable Dust Reduction system
• Face & Background Control for beautifully balanced exposure of foreground subjects and background scenery
• Auto gradation adjustment to wash out in highlights and loss of details in shadows
• Multiple-exposure function with LCD monitor display of current view superimposed on previously captured image
• Perfect Shot Preview to compare the effect of various setting adjustments before actual shooting
• Built-in flash with Commander function for wireless off-camera flash synchronization
• Shooting information display via Super Control Panel LCD monitor display for superior visibility and operating ease
• High-precision, 49-zone metering system
• Easy activation of shooting functions via sample image selection
• Versatile bracketing functions for ISO, white balance, exposure, and flash
• Lightbox view with enlargement function for easy side-by-side comparison of images

Additional information: All about the new Olympus E-620 digital SLR camera
February 24, 2009
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