Olympus E620 DSLR Packs Image Stabilization and In-Camera Filters

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Olympus has taken the wraps off its new E-620 DSLR, a small consumer-friendly camera with all the power of a DSLR for the serious photographers, plus image stabilization and in-camera filters and multiple exposure capabilities designed to inspire creativity among shooters of any experience level. Olympus says the E-620 offers a 12/3 megapixel resolution, a 2.7-inch swing-out display, and, and 16.76 ounces, is the lightest DSLR on the market with image stabilization.

"Experimenting and creating your own unique masterpieces has never been easier or more fun," said Olympus America’s DSLR senior marketing manager John Knaur, in a statement. "Pop Art, Grainy Black & White, and Pin Hole are just a few creative options that can be effortlessly found on the camera’s mode dial. The access is easy, and the results are fun and limitless."

The E-620’s filter effects (Pin HOle, Grainy Film, Light Tone, Pale Light & Color, Soft Focus, and Pop Art) are available via the mode dial on the right side of the camera body, and the effects can be viewed on the camera’s 2.7-inch display. The camera also enables users to combine shots in the camera = for instance, a user can superimpose a photo of one subject on another photo as a background, without having to resort to external image editing software. The camera also offers three image stabilization modes (one for typical use, one for high-speed photography, and another for vertical shots). The E-620 also sports a 7-point autofocus, face tracking (up to 8 faces) Olympus’s TruePic III+ image processor, built-in wireless flash controller, a 4fps continuous shooting mode, sensitivity down to ISO 3200, and 13 scene selection modes—including two underwater modes.

Expect to see the E-620 in May at a suggested price of $700 for the body only, or $800 for the camera with a 14–42mm ƒ3.5–5.6 lens.

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