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., wondering if it signaled a retreat from the American marketplace. But it appears the E-400 was simply the warm-up act for these two newcomers.
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 short-lived Evolt E-400.
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. The E-410 is available in three configurations beginning at $699.99 for the body.
Excerpt: Welcome to part 1 of our multi-part in-depth review of the Olympus E-410 compact DSLR, featuring live view. In part 1, we take a basic look at the design of the camera and provide some example images for you to download.
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). This was after all one of the key benefits that a smaller-than-APS sensor was supposed to bring; smaller, lighter bodies and lenses.
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 (although requires mirror up/down), Up to ten times magnification in Live View for manual focus, Supersonic Wave Filter ensures no dust on sensor, Responsive in use, auto focus fair...
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 ISO 1600 as indicated, Battery life seemed shorter than we would like (thanks to small battery, regular LCD use), Best results require adjustment of Noise Filter and Sharpness 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.
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. It may be small in external physical proportions but the Tardis-like level of specification would make Dr Who proud.
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: 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. Not only the global availability distinguishes the Olympus E-410 from the rest but also its specifications have definitely been improved.
Summary: Olympus' compact dSLR for newbies, the Evolt E-410, is a decent choice if you're looking to save space in your bag, but issues with its automatic exposure and white balance make it an unsatisfactory option as a first dSLR.
Pros: Very compact for a dSLR; speedy; Live View mode (LCD preview) operation.
Cons: Subpar autofocus, exposure, and automatic white-balance performance; some poor choices for default settings.
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. The EVOLT E-410 measures only 5.1 inches (129.5mm) by 3.58 inches (91mm) and 2.1 inches (53mm), excluding protrusions, and weighing 13.4 ounces (380 grams) body only.