Excerpt: The sleek and small Olympus E-420 arrived in the summer of 2008, but a recent price drop means it's now an even more tempting choice for those on a tight budget Handling & ease of use: The thing that strikes you most about the E-420 is its size – it’s quite easily one of the smallest DSLRs on the scene, in fact its smaller than some bridge ‘compacts’, especially if fitted with a 'pancake' lens (very small, prime lens), in which case it becomes pocketable (albeit in a...
Excerpt: Olympus made a name for itself by pioneering the downsized SLR. The new E-420 ($500, estimated street, body only; $700 with 25mm f/2.8 Zuiko Digital lens) continues the tradition of tiny cameras packed with big innovations.
Conclusion: Olympus claims the E-420 is the smallest and lightest (only its predecessor is a few grams lighter) DSLR on the market and there is no doubt that this is true. The E-420 - especially in combination with the new 25mm F2.8 pancake lens - makes an extremely compact package. If you want a truly pocketable camera without losing DSLR image quality the E-420 should be right at the top of your shortlist.
Pros: Very compact and lightweight digital SLR, especially when combined with the 25mm pancake lens, Comfortable to hold despite the lack of a 'real' grip, Control panel display allows quick access to most important shooting parameters, Generally snappy performance (but slow start-up time due to SSWF), Low noise levels across the ISO range (but loss of detail), User control over ISO noise reduction ('Noise Filter'), Choice of AF mode in Live View, Up to ten times magnificat...
Cons: LCD could be a little brighter for outdoor shooting with live view and is prone to smearing, LCD turns monochrome and noisy in low light, Auto white balance and presets not brilliant (but there is a white balance fine tune option), Image parameters only offer limited latitude around the default settings, Menu structure a little longwinded (especially the setup menus), Comparatively soft image output in JPEG and RAW, Less Dynamic Range than competition (highlights by b...
Conclusion: Olympus E-420 digital SLR camera When Olympus first introduced the E-400, with the E-410 following not much later, they showed for the first time just how compact a DSLR camera from a FourThirds system can be. The design appealed to me immediately, and although I was prejudiced, shouldn't a DSLR always be solidly heavy, my prejudices went up in smoke the moment I tried out the camera in practice.
Excerpt: Physical Views Olympus E-420 compared in size to a CD. Olympus E-420 and its big brother, the E-520. Continue on to Page Two Olympus E-420 Specifications Product Type Product type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system Memory CompactFlash Type I/II, 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 Effective Pixels number 10 million pixels Image Pickup...
New Olympus camera is tiny, light and takes great photos
Consumer Electronics Net
20 September 2008
Excerpt: Founded in 1919, Olympus has been one of the 'Big 5' camera manufacturers in the US since the late 50's introduction of its very popular half frame film camera the Olympus Pen. Some of its other well known film cameras were the Olympus RC (one of my favorite rangefinder cameras), the legendary OM-1, (introduced in 1973) at the time the smallest, lightest full frame SLR camera on the market. It instantly created a fan market for small, easier to carry SLR's.
Olympus E-420 (Live View) Four-Thirds Digital SLR Camera Review
6 September 2008
Conclusion: There is no doubt that I really like the Olympus E-420 but I would have loved it even more if some of the negatives I listed hadn’t been present (like the bad AF Assist Lamp implementation, being a little noisy in low light, Live View being slow). But I was very impressed with image quality with the Olympus E-420 having surprisingly sharp out of the box pictures with accurate natural colors.
Pros: Very good image quality, Sharp out of the box pictures with accurate colors, Body is durable and comfortable in the hand, Fast performance under good lighting, Lightweight and compact design, Many scene modes for beginners, Super Control Panel is easy to use, Live View can be helpful to teach beginners, Fast continuous shooting of 3.5 frames per second, Supersonic Wave Filter™ Dust Reduction System, Kit is lens goog
Cons: AF Assist Lamp is nowhere to be found., Implementation of flash blinking multiple times to act as an AF Assist Lamp is poorly executed., No real mechanical image stabilization in the body or lens, Live View leaves more to be desired because of its slow performance, LCD is a little hard to see in sunlight, LCD screen gets unbearable in low-light turning monochrome, choppy and noisy, Limited dynamic range means blow highlights, Flash seems to underexpose picture...