10-megapixel Olympus EVOLT E-410 digital SLR eliminates guesswork with live view.
30 November 2011
Excerpt: March 5, 2007 – Olympus announced the EVOLT E-410 digital SLR with the goal of providing a camera easy enough for the first-time user but advanced enough for serious photographers. Olympus packed high performance and functionality into a surprisingly compact and simple-to-use body.
Excerpt: When Olympus limited sales of its first 10MP digital SL R, the Evolt E-400, to Europe and other regions last fall, we wondered why the U.S. got left out. Now Olympus is making it up to us -- and more -- with a pair of new 10MP DSL Rs, the E-410 and E-510, which have several improvements over the...
Excerpt: Previously, Olympus was one of the few major players in the DSLR game to not have a 10 megapixel model in the US market. That all changed with today's announcement of the 10-megapixel E-410 and E-510. We were baffled at Olympus' decision late last year not to market the E-400 in the U.S.
Summary: The compact and sturdily constructed Olympus E-410 (an updated version of the year-old E-400) is the baby of the Olympus digital SLR family, a 10Mp entry-level model that like its predecessor is the world's smallest and lightest DSLR on launch.
Conclusion: Olympus E-410 Conclusion The moment it globally sunk in that the first real digital compact SLR camera - the Olympus E-400 - would not be available worldwide, everybody was disappointed. But with the worldwide introduction of the Olympus E-410 Olympus certainly made up for it.
Summary: There’s no doubt the E-410 is a significantly ‘better’ camera than the E-400. Fundamental upgrades to the sensor, processor and LCD screen have led to improvements in both the handling and image quality, and the reduction in noise is astounding.
Pros: Excellent noise control, small and light, live view.
Summary: The Olympus EVOLT E-410 digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera is easy enough for the first-time user, and advanced enough for the serious photographer. High performance and functionality are packed into a surprisingly portable and simple-to-use body.
Summary: This is a retro-looking, ultra-compact digital SLR, but one so packed with kit that you’d expect to have to pay twice as much as it costs. The E-400 was overly expensive, whereas here the price is just about right.
Pros: Image quality, handling, ease of use, excellent kit lenses, very responsive.
Cons: Pentamirror viewfinder is small and quite gloomy, bright conditions hamper Live View, barrel distortion on 14-42mm standard zoom.
Conclusion: We first got our hands on the E-400 back in August last year, and were very excited that Olympus had delivered a small, lightweight digital SLR with echoes of the great compact film SLRs of the past (the Olympus OM-10 comes to mind).
Pros: Compact and lightweight digital SLR which is comfortable despite the lack of grip, Good image quality and resolution if not optimum straight out of the box, Low noise across the ISO range by default, turning down noise filter doesn't spoil images, Through the lens Live View with Auto Focus (altho...
Cons: Dynamic Range less than competition (highlights by about three quarters of a stop; 0.7 EV), Small viewfinder (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus), Live View usefulness countered by LCD which doesn't tilt, not bright enough outdoors, Maximum sensitivity actually ISO 1250 not IS...
Summary: The Olympus E-410 may only be a subtly upgraded version of its predecessor, but since the E-400 had limited availability (and could possibly soon be discontinued), it’s worth addressing the E-410 as a completely new camera.
First things first: the E-410 is a seriously small DSLR.
Pros: Small and light without compromising comfort., Very effective anti-dust system., Unique Live View facility., Easy access to settings.
Cons: Very limited anti-shake options., Body may be too small for bigger hands., Motorised manual focus (like all Four Thirds)., E-510 a tempting alternative with anti-shake.