Olympus E-600 Review

4.5
December 3, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Product Type
Product type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Memory CompactFlash Type I/II (UDMA), Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Sensor size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
Effective Pixels number 12.3 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit
Product type High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter array Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF Fixed type
IR cut filter Hybrid type
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording
Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File size RAW: 4032 x 3024 (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB
Large: 4032 x 3024 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 8.2MB
4032 x 3024 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.7MB
4032 x 3024 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
4032 x 3024 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.8MB
Middle 320% x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.4MB
320% x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.4MB
320% x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
320% x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.2MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.2MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
Small 1600 x 120% Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 120% Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1600 x 120% Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 120% Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.9MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.6MB
1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1024 x 768 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
Viewfinder
Product type Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view Approx. 95%
Viewfinder magnification Approx. 0.96x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point Approx. 18 mm (-1m-1) *from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment range -3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen)
Eyepiece shutter Eye piece cover EPC-1 supplied
Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7/8, EP-8 is supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available)
Optical preview (view finder) Available to set to Fn button
Live preview Available to set to Fn button
View finder information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose), IS, Bracket, ISO value
Live View
Live View High speed Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation auto pre-view Face detection pre-view, Perfect shot pre-view Grid line displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, IS activating mode.
AF High speed imager AF, Phase-difference detection AF
Image Stabilizer
System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode 3 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, 1 dimensional activation in portrait frame to horizontal direction moving )
Manual Function input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 20%, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Effective compensation range Approx. 4EV steps (in maximum effect)
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec.
   
LCD Display
Product type HyperCrystal™ LCD (transmissive TFT color LCD)
Size 2.7 inches
Total no. of pixels Approx. 230,000 dots
Playback field of view 100%
Brightness control 15 levels
Color Balance 15 levels
Focusing
AF system TTL phase-difference detection system
Contrast detection system (with 25mm f2.8, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6, 40-150mm f4.0-5.6, 9-18mm f4.0-5.6, 14-54mm f2.8-3.5II)
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF)/
S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF * C-AF mode is not available with the contrast detection system
Focusing point 7 points AF sensor with the phase-difference detection system (5points cross AF sensor / 7 points twin AF sensor )
7-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Single target, All targets with the phase-difference detection system Single, all 7 area, or Face detection with the contrast detection system
AF luminance range (phase-difference detection system) EV -1 to 19 (at 20?, ISO 100)
AF illuminator
(phase-difference detection system)
Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
(phase-difference detection system)
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus aid Available
Fine Adjustment +/- 20 steps, 20 data can be registered
Exposure Control
Metering system TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multipattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 2% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Center weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode (1) Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene program AE (7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Scene select AE 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, Underwater Macro
ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 20% - 320% (customizable, Default 20%-800) / Manual ISO 100 - 320%, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Exposure compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing 3 or 5 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
White Balance
Auto WB system Hybrid detection system with High speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor.
Preset white balance 8 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K)
Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (20%0K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 1 custom setting can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis
Color Mode
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Mode Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
In custom mode, basic 5 modes and adjustment is available.
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted.
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
In custom mode, gradation level available in 4 steps.
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Shutter
Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec.
Bulb: Up to 30 min. selectable via menu (Default: eight mins.)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Optical remote control Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)
Anti shock mode Available (1 to 30 sec. selectable)
Drive
Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting H, Sequential shooting L, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential shooting speed Approx. 4 frames/sec. in sequential shooting H, 1 to 3 fps selectable in sequential shooting L.
Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting RAW mode: Max. 5 frames.
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: approx. up to card capacity with SanDisk Extreme IV 4GB)
Integrated Flash
Built-in flash Retractable flash, GN=17 at ISO20%, (GN=12 at ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20
Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode "Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off."
Synchronization speed 1/180 sec. or less
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Flash bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable.
Wireless flash control
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Flash control modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual.
Number of channels 4 channels
Group setting 3 groups
Art Filter
Mode 3 Types (Pop Art – Soft Focus – Pin Hole)
Multi Exposure None
Multi Aspect None
Illuminated button icons None
Universal design
  Color Universal Design Organization has certified (E-600,BLS-1 Li-ion battery,BCS-1 Li-ion battery charger)
Control panel
Information WB setting, WB compensation notification, B/W mode notification, Record mode, ISO sensitivity, Program Sift
BKT notification, Flash mode, Drive mode, Recordable still image number, Shutter Speed, Aperture Value
Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, AF mode, Activated AF points, Focusing mode, IS, Multi Exposure
Back light timer 8 sec.
Super control panel
Information (Shooting) Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity
Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT setting
NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information
Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode
FP warning, AF frame, AF illuminator deactivated notification, , Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation
Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, RC mode setting, My Mode, Flash Charge, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Information (Wireless flash commander) Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value bar, Exposure compensation value
Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification
NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space
Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting
Back light timer Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)
Playback
Playback modes Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X)
Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available)
Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu
Languages "Japan: Japanese, English (Additional one language is possible to download.)
Others: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai"
Reset & custom setting
Custom reset 2 setting recordable
My mode 2 setting recordable
Image Editing
Erasing function Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing RAW development
JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file), Aspect Change
Marge function 2-4 pictures, merge gain step 0.1-2.0 0.1 step
Print
Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output
PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
DC-in No
Power Requirements
Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx. 500 shots (optical viewfinder)
(with 50% flash light) (with BLS-1 under CIPA testing standard)
Power battery holder HLD-5 compatible
Dimensions/Weight
Dimensions 5.11" (W) x 3.7" (H) x 2.36" (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 1.04 lbs. (body only)
Operating Environment
Temperature 0 - 40? (operation) / -20 - 60? (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Splash proof
  No
Box contents
  Body, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Eye piece cover EPC-1, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Master CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

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