What’s not so good about my Olympus e620?

Olympus e620So it’s nearly been a few months now, so here’s what’s not so good with my Olympus e620.

Well I’m very gald to say, “Not a lot!!”.   Yep, nearly all incredibly minor niggles are down to me as much as the camera.  By that I mean, I’ve still to learn how to drive it properly.

Nothing I hear you cry?  Well you’re right to be suspicous of my claim, as there is one thing that is annoying.  Theres no autofocus assist beam!! 

Auto focus struggles in low light or low contrast situations.  Now the e620 makes use of the pop up flash, which it strobes whilst trying to focus.  Not only is this very slow, it’s quite annoying and, if I’m honest, embarasing.  Having moved from compact cameras with those handly little focus assist lamps, this is annoying when considering a DSLR is supposed to give me more photographic power.  Sometimes it just fails to focus at all. 

I know there are ways round it, like focusing on something nearby, but same distance, or turning all the house lights on, but that’s not always possible.  You can of course revert to manual focus, but without any means of knowing if focus is acheived, other than using ones eye, this can be hard too in low light.Metz 48 AF-1 Flashgun

So what do I do now?  Simple – I chose to buy a flashgun with an AF Assist lamp.  I purchased a Metz 48 AF-1, which has turned out to be really good and has solved the low light autofocus problem.  It does mean I have to cart the flashgun around with me, but then I do, since I’ve payed for it ;-).

I guess this is a problem with DSLRs, as even with a built in beam, you are often focusing on object much fiurther away than you would with a compact point and shoot.

Other than that, all is going well and I’m enjoying the Olympus e620.

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