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: 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: 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: 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...
Excerpt: Physical Views Olympus Evolt E-410 compared in size to a CD. Continue on to Page Two Olympus EVOLT E-410 Specifications Type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system Body Die-cast aluminum chassis, aluminum top cover, polycarbonate Lens Mount Four-Thirds mount Media CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Image Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor Size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V) Number of Pixels 10.9 Megapixels (total) 10...
Excerpt: In almost every physical respect, this dinky DSLR camera is identical to the Olympus E-400, launched barely six months ago. It's still supremely small and light, and it noticeably lacks the bulge of a battery grip that appears to be a standard fixture on all other digital SLRs.
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. Indeed by inheriting its predecessor’s body, it shares the honour of being the world’s smallest and lightest 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.
Excerpt: When Olympus announced that their compact E-400 digital SLR
would not be sold in the US, the collective groan could've been heard in space.
After all, we Americans want small D-SLRs too! Thankfully someone at Olympus
was listening, and they brought the E-400's replacement -- the E-410 -- to
the rest of us. This compact SLR, priced from $699, has quite a few
tricks up its sleeve.
Pros: Excellent photo quality if you tweak the settings, Minimal noise until ISO 1600 (unless you turn off the noise filter), Very compact body (by D-SLR standards); well built for the price, Live view on LCD allows you to see 100% of the frame, preview white balance and exposure, and check focus (but see issues below), Dust reduction system, Full manual controls, Tons of scene modes (great for people migrating from point-and-shoots), RAW image format supported, Snappy perf...
Cons: Soft photos at default settings (adjust the noise filter to fix that); colors a bit muted as well, Camera tends to underexpose, sometimes by a lot, Lack of right hand makes camera difficult to hold (in my opinion), Live view feature not as robust as on a fixed-lens camera: view is grainy and sluggish, difficult to see outdoors and in low light; adds 1 second of shutter lag if autofocus is on, Low light focusing a little slow; camera seems to "give up" some times, Sett...