The Good High-quality photos; solid performance; articulated LCD; some nice features, including savable custom settings, in-body image stabilization, Art Filters, and a wireless flash controller.
The Bad No video capture; more complex to operate than is necessary.
The Bottom Line While it's a solid budget dSLR with good photo quality and a host of advanced features, the Olympus E-620 still falls behind the competition on most counts.
When going up against Canon and Nikon in dSLRs, you've got to offer something pretty compelling--awesome speed, fabulous photo quality, one-of-a-kind features, a great design, or a bargain price for the whole package--to draw attention to yourself. Unfortunately, the Olympus E-620, while a solid example of an inexpensive dSLR, doesn't really distinguish itself from the crowd, much less from its two biggest competitors.
In addition to the 2.7-inch flip-out-and-twist LCD, standard on most Olympus models, the E-620 has some nice touches, including a built-in wireless flash controller--lacking in competitors like the Canon EOS Rebel T1i and Nikon D5000--and in-body image stabilization. However, though it offers competitive photo quality, it lacks the (admittedly primitive) video capture capability that Canon and Nikon have brought down to this price segment, and it can't match their performance or comparatively streamlined interfaces.