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Olympus E-420

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  • User Score (258)
    8.8 8.8 from 258 reviewers
  • Expert Score (35)
    8.0 8.0 from 35 reviewers
  • Design (7)
    6.0 6.0 from 7 reviewers
  • Value for money (23)
    5.9 5.9 from 23 reviewers
  • Features (9)
    5.9 5.9 from 9 reviewers
  • Ease of use (10)
    5.9 5.9 from 10 reviewers
  • Performance (21)
    5.4 5.4 from 21 reviewers
  • Picture quality (36)
    5.5 5.5 from 36 reviewers
  • Durability (7)
    5.9 5.9 from 7 reviewers
  • Overall quality (7)
    5.0 5.0 from 7 reviewers
  • Battery performance (7)
    5.7 5.7 from 7 reviewers
  • Display (18)
    5.0 5.0 from 18 reviewers
  • Video quality (4)
    6.2 6.2 from 4 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (18)
    5.3 5.3 from 18 reviewers
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I purchased this camera after much debate between the Nikon D60, Nikon D40, Leica D-Lux-3, and Rebel XSI.

I am very pleased with it, mainly for the following reasons:

  • Size - this is the smallest DSLR on the planet, smaller than the D40, (as of June 2008).

  • Image Quality (IQ): The image quality is fantastic - after researching the Noise-levels for the E-410, E-510 and reading the Cameralabs.com and dpreview.com noise analysis, the E-420 can hold itself against even the Canon Rebel XSI for no…

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I purchased this camera after much debate between the Nikon D60, Nikon D40, Leica D-Lux-3, and Rebel XSI.

I am very pleased with it, mainly for the following reasons:

  • Size - this is the smallest DSLR on the planet, smaller than the D40, (as of June 2008).

  • Image Quality (IQ): The image quality is fantastic - after researching the Noise-levels for the E-410, E-510 and reading the Cameralabs.com and dpreview.com noise analysis, the E-420 can hold itself against even the Canon Rebel XSI for noise upto ISO 800. Even ISO 1600 is usable, especially if you run it through a noise removal program. The dynamic range is even improved compared to the E-510/E-410 and approaches the flagship E-3.

  • Features - there are some nice features on the E-420 such as contrast Auto-Focus (Live View); Face Detection and SSWF (Dust Removal Filter).

All in All, given the BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK, it's hard to get all these features in such a small package. The only downsides I can think of are the lack of image stabilization, but hey - what did we do before Image Stabilization? Learn to take photos properly! You can also use the high-ISO, A tripod and shutter speed to control this, so you basically don't even need Image Stabilization, and if you REALLY need it, then there are all the 4/3 lenses which have OIS built in, so there's an option, albeit there are costly.

Overall score: 8.5/10. Good Job Olympus.

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