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
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
Want fast and precise
Want a full-featured digital
camera with many pro features.
Want interchangeable lenses.
Want ability to add on
optional accessories, including powerful