Olympus E-620 Camera Controls
By Mike Flacy
Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power
Controls on the top right include the Mode Dial with positions for Full Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Night + Portrait and Art/Scene Modes. Like a point-n-shoot digicams, the Art/Scene position offers various preset exposure modes that are tailored for specific shooting situations one might face. There are 6 Art modes (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole) and 18 Scene Modes available: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama (available when using Olympus xD-Picture Card media), Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide, and Underwater Macro (Shooting underwater requires optional PT-E06 hosing, shown below).
The Power on/off switch is located around the Mode Dial. The unmarked dial to the right of is the Control Dial, which has various functions depending
on the exposure mode you are using (in playback mode it controls the Magnify and Index options). To the right of the Mode Dial is a blue LED labeled "SSWF" that blinks each time the camera
is powered up - this indicates the SuperSonic Wave Filter dust reduction system is operating. At the top is shutter release
and the +/- Exposure Compensation button, which also controls the rotate function in playback.
On the top left you'll find the Flash button that pops-up the built-in flash unit and selects flash mode. Below the Flash button is a multi-function control that
is used to set Sequential shooting, the Self Timer and Remote control options, or in playback it operates the Copy/DPOF functions. You can also change the use of this button in the "Custom B" menu shown on the Next Page.
The 2.7-inch color LCD pulls out and rotates, allowing you to shoot over, under and around crowds/objects using the Live View function. It even works great as a monitor to show your subjects the shot that was just taken or for self-portraits. This screen is also used to navigate the menu system, view images, or display the Super Control Panel (shown below).
Controls on the back: At the top left you can see the MENU (brings up the main menu system) and INFO buttons, which brings up the Super Control Panel and controls the amount of information displayed on the LCD during Live View. To the far right is the AF point selection and Fn buttons. Along side the LCD is the AEL/AFL (Protect in playback), PLAY, Live View, Arrow Pad/4-way controller, Delete and IS buttons. When using the 4-way controller, you press "Up" to adjust White Balance mode, "Right" to change the AutoFocus mode, "Down" to choose the sensitivity, and "Left" to toggle the metering. Pressing the OK button in the center accepts selections. With all of these shortcuts, the E-620 allows you to quickly change camera settings, without having to always enter the menu system.
Another aid in changing camera settings it the The Super Control Panel display. This very useful info display/shortcut menu keeps you informed of current camera settings as well as allows you to quickly change them. To display this screen, you press the INFO button located on the back of the camera (see above). To change a setting, you can use the 4-way arrow buttons or Control Dial. You can also press the OK button and then use the arrow keys to select just about any item shown on the LCD and change it with the dial.
- Info displayed: Battery check, Flash charging, Shooting mode, My Mode, Shutter speed, Exposure compensation/Exposure level indicator/Flash intensity control indicator, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value/Exposure level, Date, Multiple exposure, Super FP flash, Noise reduction, Auto Bracket, RC mode, Image stabilizer, AF Illuminator, Internal temperature warning, and Number of still pictures remaining.
Functions that can be set using the Super Control Panel: ISO, White balance, White balance compensation, Picture mode, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, B&W filter, Picture tone, Face Detection, Flash mode, Drive mode, AF mode, AF target, Metering mode, Flash intensity control, Memory card used, Aspect Ratio, and Image size/quality.
On the front of the hand grip you will see the built in remote sensor, allowing you to easily incorporate a wireless remote with the camera (Like the RM-1 shown below).
Images are stored on any size Compact flash or xD memory cards. Shown here is a 4GB Sandisk Extreme Ducati Edition and a 2GB M+ Olympus xD card. You can choose between the two and jump back and forth in the camera settings menu.
The E-620 features a combination I/O port that handles both PC communication with a USB (2.0 High-speed) cable, and Video output using the included cable. The video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL format.
There is no external power or flash PC sync port.
The E-620 is powered the BLS-1 7.2 1150mAh Li-Ion battery. On a single charge, Olympus claims that the battery is capable of powering the E-620 for up to 500 images using the optical viewfinder. The external charger makes it easy to charge batteries and keep a spare charged all the time.
The PT-E06 underwater case has been specially customised for the Olympus E-620 and is waterproof up to a water pressure equivalent to a depth of 40 metres. With its durable, high quality polycarbonate construction, it protects the camera from water while also cushioning it from knocks and bumps on land. As a genuine advantage to the underwater photographer, you can make use of the Live View function and use the large 2.7"/6.9cm LCD instead of the viewfinder. The flash connectors allow optional use of up to two UFL-2 underwater flash units. Five interchangeable lens ports allow the use of optional 9-18mm, 14-42mm, 14-45mm, 11-22mm, 14-54mm (II), 7-14mm, 8mm Fisheye or 35mm lenses as well as the 50mm Macro lens. Additionally further accessories are available and an external flash is necessary.
- Waterproof down to 40 meters
- Rotary buckle closure for simple yet secure open and close
- Multiple flash connectors for Olympus UW strobes
- 5 interchangeable lens ports available
- Rugged polycarbonate construction
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