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Olympus E-420
5.4 out of 10

Olympus E-420

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Hands On: Olympus E-420

Pop Photo
21 January 2009
  • 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.
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Olympus E-420 review

Techworld
6 November 2008
  • Summary: Not only is it one of the most lightweight and compact models in the world, the Olympus E-420 is an inexpensive DSLR that's a mighty £170 less than its Olympus E-410 predecessor.
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Overall 10
10
Design 10
10
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
10 October 2008
  • 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.
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Steve's Digicams
10 October 2008
  • Summary: The Olympus E-420 is the successor to the very popular from last year. Olympus designed this portable model for those who are ready to step up to the power and performance of a digital SLR, yet still expect the ease of use and ability to compose images on the LCD common to point-and-shoot cameras.
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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
8.0
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0

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DP Review
2 October 2008
  • 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.
  • 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),...
  • 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 s...
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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,...
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Olympus E-420 (Live View) Four-Thirds Digital SLR Camera Review

ModSynergy
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).
  • 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 te...
  • 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 se...
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Overall 9
8.6
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
8.5

Olympus E-420 Review

What Digital Camera
9 June 2008
  • Summary: It?s rare to come across a camera that both pleases and irritates you in roughly the same proportions, and here I have found two. There is a lot to like about each; the E-420 for providing masses of features and a good standard of images in such a cheap and compact package, and the E-520 for its...
  • Pros: Little effort to carry, dust reduction, excellent value for money, consistent AWB
  • Cons: Handling, position of right eyelet, highlight control, slow AF system with standard lenses
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
27 May 2008
  • Excerpt: The Olympus E-420 is a compact digital SLR that offers a host of nice features, despite being priced at just $599. This camera is the follow-up to the venerable EVOLT E-410, offering these new features:
  • Pros: Very good photo quality, Good value -- starts at $500, body only, World's smallest D-SLR; excellent build quality, Dust reduction system, Live view with contrast detect AF and face detection (with some lenses) on a 2.7" LCD display, Full manual controls; RAW image format supported, Lots of scene ...
  • Cons: Photos are slightly soft; noise reduction a bit heavy at ISO 1600 (shoot RAW to avoid), Slow contrast detect AF, unimpressive face detection in live view mode; both features only available with a select few lenses, Low light focusing could be better in all shooting modes, Compact body not easy to...
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Olympus E-420

Photoxels
15 May 2008
  • Summary: The Olympus E-420 is a good choice if you are thinking of upgrading from your point-and-shoot digicam. It is compact and light and comes closest to working like a P&S: its Live View pretty much works like on your P&S digicam (though slower); and, it has AUTO mode, plus easy-to-use Scene Modes, that...
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