|Olympus EVOLT E-420 10MP Digital SLR Camera with14-42mm Lens Kit|
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|Olympus E-420 10.0 MP dSLR with 2.7K shutter count. Comes w/ 14-42mm zoom Lens|
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San Francisco, CA, USA
|The E-420 is the world's smallest digital SLR with all the features you need to take great pictures anywhere you go, every day. The innovative and unique Olympus Autofocus Live View function allows you to frame and focus your photos using the large 2.7-inch LCD as a viewfinder. The E-420's Scene Select Modes make you an instant expert - or switch to manual mode to expand your creative control. This feature-rich digital SLR also sports Shadow Adjustment Technology and Face Detection, both viewable in real time on the Live View LCD.|
|UPC||0050332163898, 0050332163935, 005332163898, 050332163898, 050332163935, 050332171916, 4545350016005, 8432932002463|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.0 x 17.3mm|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||14-42mm|
|Focal Length Range||14mm - 42mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||58 mm|
|Lens System Features||Internal Focusing System, ED Glass|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast and phase detection|
|Lens Construction||8 group(s) / 10 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||28 - 84mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 min|
|Exposure compensation||±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Shadow Spot, Spot, highlight spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-1600, ISO auto (100-1600)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||1600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Manual, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, Wireless Off-Camera Control|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, IBM Microdrive, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, xD-Picture Card Type M|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical, Optical (Through-the-lens)|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||95%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-3 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II, 1 x xD-Picture Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||DCF, DPOF, EXIF, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Contrast Control, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Face Detection, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, Saturation Control, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount|
|Shooting Programs||Beach/snow, Candle, Children, Document, Fireworks, High key, Landscape, Landscape-portrait, Low key, Macro, Nature macro, Night portrait, Night scene, Panorama assist, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset, Underwater macro, Underwater wide|
|Special Effects||Black & White Green filter, Black & White Orange filter, Black & White Red filter, Black & White Yellow filter, Blue, Green, Monotone, Muted, Neutral, Portrait, Purple, Sepia, Vivid|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Shade (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3.5 frames per second|
Average review score based on 94 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
If you want an entry level DSLR with excellent customization settings or prepackaged point and shoot settings in a small light body and a reasonable price, this is it. If you want to customize be prepared to read and experiment as there are a lot of options that require using a multi-level menu system; a small price to pay for the features you get. The body will require reasonable care when using since its durability is typical of most non-professional bodies. Using the vivid color setting when shooting scenery will yield some impressive photos with rich blue skies and vibrant green grass.
The view finder is a little on the small side for a DSLR but better than most point & shoots. Shooting in live mode with 11 point balanced focus on doesn’t work well due to the slow update of the view screen. I would use these features only if shooting still subjects from a tripod. The large view screen is easier to read in bright sunlight than any of the point & shoots I have used. The standard Zukio 14-42mm zoom lens is OK for an entry level lens but its f 3.5 aperture is not very slow so don’t plan on shooting in low light without additional lighting or flash. Once I bought an adapter for my old 50mm f1.8 Manual Zies lens you could see a drastic improvement in the quality of light and color. Using this lens with the 4/3 system yields an effective 100mm which is perfect for portrait and glamour shots. There are times when using my 60-300mm (effective 600mm) telephoto lens that it might have been nice to have the image stabilization. If your plan is to shoot a lot with a long telephoto lens you might want the E-520. My intended use is mostly outdoor glamour/portrait and some macro so stabilization isn’t as important for me.
Overall I have been pleased with the functionality of the camera. When combining the body with some of my older quality lenses its capabilities really shine through. I have been very please with the overall quality of the photos that are output. It‘s no D5 or E3, but for the money it appears to have been an excellent choice. If you have more money to spend would still recommend this body; use the extra money on a good lens. I can see the image quality produced by this body capable of handling lenses in the $2-5,000 range just fine.
Suggestion: Get spare battery, buy a good memory card card converter (such as SDHC-high-speed to CF-II) to free yourself from memory card choice, and get xD Picture Card memory card to fully utilize its potential.
One thing that does not exist in most low entry camera of its kind is the built in Panorama function which is used to take adjacent images (up to 10 shots) and stiches them together into a long picture. But with prerequisite availability of an xD Picture Card in the camera.
This is one of the easiest to adjust manually of all the entry level dSLR I have ever used especially from its live view. It is almost a breeze to adjust how much light exposure I would have along with determining how much the flash light power would affect the exposure. All that left is how steady our hand holding the camera.
Adjust once, use the live view to see how the result would be, and then switch back to the view finder to conserve battery--as long as the environment lights not change so much.
Pros: Panorama (spanning) shooting with optional xD Picture card. Live view helps so much in manual adjustment of the camera. Its light sensitivity adjustment is the easiest among entry level dSLR with the help of live view. Abundance choice of auto shoot. Fast image saved/processing. Generally produces soft tone image.
Cons: Live view eats battery faster than any other dSLR. Generally produces soft tone image. Too simple explanation of the adjustment menu. Menu is a bit confusing to adjust. Memory card choice is not so popular (xD Picture Card and/or Compact Flash (CF) memory card).
This is a great starter camera for those interested in photography! There are many many menu features that take sometime to learn but once you do it's smooth sailing! I recommended this camera to anyone that wants to start photography and making sure they are serious they want to do it! It is light weight perfect size and great for the money!!