• Price: £399.99 with 14-42mm lens

  • Company: Olympus

  • Pros: Feature-packed yet easy to use; tilting LCD affords a greater variety of compositional angles; Live View has its own dedicated button

  • Cons: Lacks a firm, comfortable handgrip; variable white balance performance

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

Available as an exclusive through the Dixons group, the 12.3-megapixel E-600 is a rebadged, pared-down and better-value version of the E-620. For creatives there’s little difference. You get the E-620’s lightning-fast, 7-point twin AF system, the three-mode, in-body anti-shake and protection for the Live Mos chip when changing lenses.

Looking and handling like a traditional digital SLR, in about 1.5 seconds you’re ready to start shooting, with the rear LCD (which flips out and rotates through 270 degrees) giving an overview of currently selected shooting settings. Our only grumble about the case is that it could have used a slightly larger, rounder grip.

Sample picture for this camera

The light sensitivity range runs from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. There’s nothing unusual about that, but what is surprising is the fact that users can fine-tune their options, courtesy of 15 incremental steps between the lowest and highest ISO options.

Images display impressive edge-to-edge sharpness and even exposure. Pixel fringing is evident in high-contrast scenarios, but it’s hidden much better than we’d normally expect at this price. Overall, you’re getting a mid-range model at an entry-level price.

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