Olympus Announces The New E620 Digital DSLR

    Looking a lot like the best handling SLR in the Olympus line-up, (the E510/20) Olympus unveiled the E620 today, a camera that they are billing as the world's smallest DSLR with in-body stabilization.

    A short list of E620 features includes a larger viewfinder (aprox. the same as the E1), seven point focusing module with double cross type focusing sensors, 4 fps. frame rate, 12.3 megapixel imaging sensor with increased dynamic range, optional battery grip (yeah!), illuminated buttons on the back of the camera, swivel 230,000 pixel LCD, wireless flash, and multi aspect shooting (in Live View).

    According to the company, the E620's high-performance 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor delivers excellent dynamic range, accurate colour fidelity and utilizes a state-of-the-art amplifier.

    Priced at $799 USD. And for another $300 your little pinky can find a home with the optional HLD-5 Power Battery Holder grip.

    Sounds like a very capable little performer at a perfect price point.

    Full details below:

    Product type: Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system

    Memory: CompactFlash Type I/II (UDMA), Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)

    Sensor size: 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)

    Lens mount: Four Thirds Mount

    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 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

    Middle: 3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.4MB

    Small: 1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB

    Viewfinder: 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: 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, 200, 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.

    Monitor: HyperCrystal Ⅲ 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 systemContrast 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 systemSingle, 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: Interlocked with Continuous AF mode

    Focus aid: Available

    Fine Adjustment: +/- 20 steps, 20 data can be registered

    Exposure Control: Metering systemTTL open-aperture metering system (1) Digital ESP metering (49-points multi pattern 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, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)

    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 with the Olympus xD-Picture Card), Beach & Snow,Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro

    ISO sensitivity: AUTO- ISO 200 - 3200 (customizable, Default 200-800) / Manual ISO 100 - 3200, 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 (2000K - 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 Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB

    Picture 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, garadation 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: Computerized focal-plane shutter

    Shutter speed: P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec.
    Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min.
    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 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: RAW mode: Max. 5 frames. On sequential shooting
    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 ISO200, (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 mode: TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual.

    Number of channel: 4 channels

    Group setting: 3 groups

    Art Filter Mode: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole
    Multi Exposure: Number of picture - 2 pictures

    Functions: Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture

    Aspect Ratio: 4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6

    Illuminated button icons : MENU,INFO,Playback,Liveview,Arrowpad(WB,AF,Metering,ISO),OK,Erase,IS
    E-620,BLS-1 Li-ion battery,BCS-1 Li-ion battery charger

    Super Control Panel: Information (shooting) Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Expsosure 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 disabled notification, , Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, RC mode setting, My Mode, Flash Charge, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio

    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 disabled notification, Color space
    Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting

    (wireless flash commander)

    Back Light Timer: Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)

    Playback mode: 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: 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

    Merge Function: 2-3 pictures, merge gain step 0.1-2.0 0.1 step

    Print function: Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
    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

    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: 5.11 in (W) x 3.70 in (H) x 2.36 in. (D)/130 mm (W) x 94.0mm (H) x 60 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)

    Weight: 16.76 oz/475g (body only) 

    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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National Ballet of Canada's 2009-2010 Season Annoucement

    Artistic Director Karen Kain announces the 2009-2010 Season

    The National Ballet of Canada Announced their upcoming season today in a press conference at the Walter Carsen Centre on Queens Quay that was tinged with sadness at the news that principal ballerina Chan Hon Goh will be leaving the company at the end of the current season.
    It was a moving moment as Artisitic Director Karen Kain teared up in making the announcement and the two embraced before Goh made the news official.

    Emotions run high as Principal Dancer Chan Hon Goh announces her retirement after 20 years with The National Ballet

    "Chan has given us 20 years of beautiful and memorable performances at the National Ballet" said Ms. Kain. "Not only has she had a stellar career, she is a wonderfully kind and generous colleague with a professional etiquette and is a great model for young dancers.
    Chan brings her remarkable energy and dedication to all she puts her hand to, from the building of her business to the raising of her lovely family. I will greatly miss her on stage and off, and look forward to her exciting future."

    During her remarkable career, Ms. Goh danced almost all the lead female roles in the classical repertoire, including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Tatiana in Onegin and title roles in Giselle, Madame Butterfly and La Sylphide. Recently, DanceView Magazine wrote "Goh is at the height of her powers, where technical ability and dramatic insight converge. Her dancing these days feels freer than ever; she is totally present and committed to what is unfolding on stage."

    Chan Hon Goh and partner Aleksandar Antonijevic performed a segment from The Sleeping Beauty after the Season Announcement.

    The 2009-2010 Season Announcement was next on the agenda, and it all kicks off next November with The Sleeping Beauty, a ballet that epitomizes, perhaps better than any other, the meaning of classical ballet.
    It opens the 2009/10 season on November 13, 2009. Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty was refurbished and restored to its original splendour to open The National Ballet of Canada’s inaugural season in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
    "The Sleeping Beauty has an important place in the history of The National Ballet of Canada.
    Rudolf Nureyev set his famous version of the work on our company in 1972, an event that is still a famous milestone in our artistic evolution," says Ms. Kain. "It gives me great pleasure to bring the work back this year to allow people the chance once again to revel in the riches and timeless artistry it contains."

    The Fall Season’s mixed programme continues from Nov. 25 - Nov. 29 2009 featuring a new work by one of the most poised and exciting choreographers today, Edmonton-born Aszure Barton. Ms. Barton’s energetic, often riotously complex and utterly uncategorizable dances, commissioned by, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Graham Dance Company and Les Ballets Jazz de MontrĂ©al, have drawn praise and superlatives from all quarters. George Balanchine’s refined neo-classical The Four Temperaments and Jerome Robbins’ vigorously modernist Glass Pieces are also featured.

    Chan Hon Goh and partner Aleksandar Antonijevic dance a selection from The Sleeping Beauty

    Following holiday favourite The Nutcracker, December 12, 2009 – January 3, 2010, the Winter Season opens on March 3, 2010 with Marie Chouinard’s brilliantly provocative 24 Preludes by Chopin, James Kudelka’s touching and elegant The Four Seasons and the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ captivating solo work, A Suite of Dances.

    The full-length work for the Winter Season will be Mr. Kudelka’s enthralling interpretation of Swan Lake, on stage March 11 – 21, 2010, throughout March Break. Never sacrificing any of the ballet’s allure, symbolic fascination and power, Mr. Kudelka re-thinks the tale for a contemporary audience.

    The Summer Season features a new work by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, a highly sought-after choreographer who has created works for numerous ballet companies in both Europe and North America. Mr. Elo’s choreography is renowned for its speed and physicality, its intricate fusion of the classical and contemporary and for the extraordinary but rewarding demands it makes on dancers. This new work will be presented with Jerome Robbins’ exuberant and entertaining West Side Story Suite and his exquisite Opus 19/The Dreamer from June 4 – 13, 2010.

    The 2009/10 season closes with one of the National Ballet’s most popular full-length story ballets, John Cranko’s Onegin, featuring beautiful new sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, one of today’s most illustrious designers. Onegin is on stage June 19 – 25, 2010.

    The company will tour to Western Canada in 2009 with 13 performances of The Sleeping Beauty: Calgary (September 17 – 19), Edmonton (September 22 – 23), Victoria (September 26), Nanaimo (September 28) and Vancouver (September 30 – October 3).
    The company will tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with The Sleeping Beauty November 5 – 7, 2009 for three performances.
    Other touring dates will be announced later.

    Chan Hon Goh takes a bow for the assembled media and patrons.

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