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Olympus E-420 Review

Review Date: May 15, 2008

Category: Family DSLR, Beginner to Serious

Olympus E-420

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Compact DSLR
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Compact DSLR


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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 make it point-and-shoot easy to capture great photos.

For the more advanced photographer, the E-420 DSLR provides full exposure flexibility, fast performance using the viewfinder and excellent image quality.

The Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital kit lens captures sharp and detailed images and can be purchased as a kit with the Olympus E-420. You can also purchase any of the lenses specially designed for the Four Thirds System by any vendor, though Live View works only on a few lenses so far. [2008-05-30 Clarification: Live View Imager AF (i.e. Contrast-Detect AF) works only on compatible lenses.]

The E-420 also has an effective Dust Reduction System and dual media support (xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash / Microdrive).

With a large 2.7-inch Live View LCD, fast On-Screen Autofocus, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, and wireless flash capability, the E-420, as the world’s smallest digital SLR, is perfect for those who want to step up to the power and performance of a DSLR -- without leaving "compact" and "ease-of-use" behind.

See if you fit the Olympus E-420 User Profile below:

Olympus E-420
User Profile
Desire a quality 10 MP resolution digital SLR camera with excellent image quality.
Want Live View LCD that pretty much works like on a P&S digicam.
Want fast response times with virtually no shutter lag (when using viewfinder).
Want fast and precise auto focus.
Want a full-featured digital camera with many pro features.
Want interchangeable lenses.
Want ability to add on optional accessories, including powerful external flash.
Want auto-clean image sensor.


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