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    Default 620 or E3

    I have seen a E620 or an E3 offered at Adorama or B&H for roughly the same price used. My question is which aid and abet my aging 520 and funky E30( been repaired but still does not auto focus) better the 620 or E3? I am a hobbyist so I am trying to get the best bang for my buck. I also have the advanage of living in the NYC area so I can actually look before I buy. Just wondering if the IQ is similar enough to make a difference. I shoot all kinds of photography and have the 12-60 lens and the newer 50-200. Thank you all in advance for your input

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    Well, the E-620 has the same sensor as the E-30 while the E-3 has the same sensor as the E-520, so your current gear gives you a pretty good idea of what each option will offer photo-wise. I love the E-620, so that's what I'd go for, but it's largely about what you like ergonomically - big or small. Typically, the E-3 goes for $300-450 while the E-620 goes for $225-350; auctions on the E-620 seem to me to be less aggressive.

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    Thank you snap that was the kind of information I was looking for. I may just wander over to Adorama and see what the 620 feels like and in what condition it is in.

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    I have both a 620 and a 30 and like them both for different reasons. I always really liked the 620 which is why I never sold it. I love the size and weight, and if you can get by with the smallish viewfinder, it is a lovely little camera. IQ is the same and a good gut above the E-3.
    It was a big step up from my old 510.

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    Default Re: 620 or E3

    They are pretty different cameras, with the E-3 being much larger than the E-620.

    IMO, the only reason to pick the E-3 over the E-620 would be if you needed weather sealing, or if you absolutely needed all the controls on the camera. Other than that, the E-620 is your best bet.

    Also, if you are looking at an E-3, I'd just go all out and get an E-5, no compromises. You can find them for as low as $600 these days.
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    Default Re: 620 or E3

    There's very little difference between 10-12 MP in terms of image quality. I use my e-3 and e-30 (same sensor as the e-620) interchangeably. If you shoot in low light at all, the e-3 will do a much better job of auto-focusing thank the e-620, it's weather sealed, has a bigger viewfinder, and has two control wheels for easier handling and function control. The e-3 is a much better camera than the e-620. Image quality is very similar until you get over 800 ISO, then there is a slight edge to the e-620. The e-3 has some "banding" issues at high ISO. The e-620 is the only Olympus body I've owned that I truly disliked. For me the poor auto-focus was the biggest issue. I also didn't like the size, my hands aren't particularly large, but the grip never felt right. It was better with a battery grip. I didn't realize how clumsy it is to shoot with only one control wheel until I got the e-3 and e-30. It's possible that my particular body was defective, I've had others tell me their e-620's auto-focus was OK in low light, but that was not my experience. In side by side testing, the e-620 would not auto-focus in low light conditions that the e-3 would.
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    Default Re: 620 or E3

    Mixed bag. I'd hate to give up the E-30 viewfinder and 1/8000 shutter but the step backwards to the E-3 sensor and display is a big one (a step I'd not take). You'll get the "wrong" battery with the 620.

    Honestly, the E-5 is the best option if you can find one at an affordable price.

    good shopping,

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    Well I just got the E-30 back from Olympus and this time they fixed it. Not only that but they put a new mirror box in it so it's almost like getting a new camera! So for the time being crisis is averted s o I can now afford to wait for the best deal on used E-5. Thank you all again for your input.

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    Default Re: 620 or E3

    That's great, because the E-30 is better than either used camera you were considering. (Hmmm, maybe I should have Oly overhaul mine while they're still doing them.)

    Good luck!

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