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Olympus E-620/600 An Olympus 12.1MP mid-range compact DSLR, the E-620 and the feature-reduiced version, the E-600.

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Upgrade from E 420?

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I'm using an E 420 at the moment. Is it worth going for a 620? I'm tempted by the extra pixels. Does the 620 cope better with hich contrast situations?

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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

Why not think of the E30 it would move you up a bit?
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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

E-30 has better stabilisation and weather sealing than E-620 but is a lot bigger, the E-620 is only slightly bigger than the E-420. They both have flip out screens and the same sensor but I doubt whether they offer a huge step forward in dynamic range.
I had a 620 but found the small improvement over the dynamic range of the 510 balanced by 'less sharp' results.
If your budget stretches to it, think about an E-5, even bigger than the 30 but the best dynamic range and sharpness in the E series by some distance.
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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

Thanks both for the suggestions. I'll look at the bigger models too.

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E-30 has better stabilisation and weather sealing than E-620 but is a lot bigger, the E-620 is only slightly bigger than the E-420. They both have flip out screens and the same sensor but I doubt whether they offer a huge step forward in dynamic range.
I had a 620 but found the small improvement over the dynamic range of the 510 balanced by 'less sharp' results.
If your budget stretches to it, think about an E-5, even bigger than the 30 but the best dynamic range and sharpness in the E series by some distance.
Just a small correction Iain, the E-30 isn't weather sealed but still a nice camera while the E-5 is & even better in IQ (as you have said). The E-30 is aprox 725gm (& fairly loud shutter) & the E-5 is heavier again too at 892gm (both with battery & CF card).
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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

Hi there!

I would also add that the E-5 is commanding more money second hand at the moment than an E-M1 and a lens adapter for 4/3 lenses. I moved from an E-410 to an E-510 to an E-30 before buying my E-M1, and there is definately an improvement in dynamic range with the 12Mp sensor, but as has been said the E-30 is a far larger camera. I haven't tried an E-620 but it does share the same sensor in a smaller body, so it should be a step up from the E-420.

The difference in image quality between the E-30 and the E-M1 was a massive shock though - I was invited to an olympus event at Giffords Circus, to which I took my brand new (to me) that day E-M1 and my E-30 and I barely had one useable shot from the E-30, whereas the E-M1 was brilliant in the low light.

If you can stretch to it an E-M1 will be a great camera for many years to come, is the same size pretty much as your E-420 and will work well with your 4/3 lenses for now and will let you upgrade to some of the fabulous new lenses that olympus are now releasing (but I am still mostly using my 4/3 lenses still - they really work!)

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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

I have a spare E-620 that I would be willing to sell - boxed, with or without lens and an HLD-5 grip if required

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I have a spare E-620 that I would be willing to sell - boxed, with or without lens and an HLD-5 grip if required

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Sounds like a good offer to me! Also the E420 batteries will fit the E620 as well.
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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

Ian,

This sounds good. What price have you in mind?

I don't need the lens, as I have the 14-54 and 25mm pancake already, if you really don't mind splitting the set.

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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

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Sounds like a good offer to me! Also the E420 batteries will fit the E620 as well.
Yes...batteries...thats why I went initially from E400 to E620... and the buttons light up fro astro work...
On a battery note, if you decide to go micro 4/3 the EPM-2 uses the same batteries
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Re: Upgrade from E 420?

Update: After a few months with the E 620 I can say I'm very pleased. I like the extra pixels, and the flip out screen in particular. Yes, it is a bit bigger, but with the 25mm pancake still easily portable, and the battery life seems good. Thanks Ian for the camera, and Iain MacD, Wee man, Ralph, Ross and Crimbo for your thoughtful comments.

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