[Updated: February 27, 2009 @ 1:17 pm] The newly announced Olympus E-620, slips into the company's consumer dSLR line between the $599.99 E-520 and the $1,299.99 E-30, filling in a gap that pits it directly against the popular Canon Rebel XSi. The E-620 out-specs the year-old Rebel XSi with its sensor-shift image stabilization, built-in wireless flash controller, greater sensitivity range, and a fully articulated (though slightly smaller) LCD, but has only seven autofocus points (vs. the Canon's nine). Add to that some of the interesting special-effects "Art Filters" that Olympus introduced in the E-30 (e.g., Warhol-esque pop art, grainy high-contrast black and white film, and a pinhole camera effect among others), in a package that's closer in size to the very compact E-420 than the E-520, and you've got a pretty interesting package that should give the XSi a run for its money.
A quick comparison of the specs:
|Olympus E-620||Canon EOS Rebel XSi|
|Price||$799.99 (with 14-42mm lens)||$799.99 (with 18-55mm lens)|
|Sensor||12.3 megapixels, 17.3x13mm Live MOS||12.2 megapixels, 14.8x22.2mm CMOS|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||4 fps||3.5 fps|
|LCD||2.7-inch, 230,000 pixels (articulated)||3-inch, 230,000 pixels (fixed)|
|Sensitivity||ISO 100-3200||ISO 100-1600|
|Storage Media||Compact Flash Type I/II (UDMA), Microdrive, xD-Picture Card||SD memory card, SDHC memory card|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-shift||Optical (in lens)|
|Dimensions||5.11x3.7x2.36 inches||5.1x3.8x2.4 inches|
|Weight (body)||16.6 oz||16.8 oz|
DPReview has a good hands-on preview of the E-620 (pre-production) here, including a specs comparison with the E-520 and E-30.