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Testseek.com have collected 75 expert reviews of the Olympus E-420 and the average rating is 78%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Olympus E-420.
Award: Most Awarded May 2008
May 2008


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The editors liked

  • Small and light without compromising comfort
  • Very effective anti-dust system
  • Live View with contrast AF and face detection
  • Quick handling and broad customisation.
  • Light weight and small size make it far more portable than most DSLRs. Live view lets you compose onscreen instead of peering through the viewfinder. Speedy autofocus. No discernible shutter lag. Paging all photo geeks
  • RAW format support.
  • Pocketable size (particularly with 25mm pancake lens)
  • Great walk-around camera
  • 11-point contrast-detect autofocus in Live View (but slow
  • And works with only a few lenses)
  • Digital-specific lens line offers advantage in edge-to-edge sharpness
  • Supers...
  • Improved grip over the earlier E-410 and £170 cheaper on launch
  • Faster operation
  • While larger LCD screen aids visibility
  • More consistent white balance performance from shot to shot
  • Realistic colours
  • With a vivid option to increase saturation still...
  • Very compact and lightweight digital SLR
  • Especially when combined with the 25mm pancake lens
  • Comfortable to hold despite the lack of a real grip
  • Control panel display allows quick access to most important shooting parameters
  • Generally snappy performan...
  • Very good photo quality
  • Good value starts at $500
  • Body only
  • Worlds smallest DSLR
  • Excellent build quality
  • Dust reduction system
  • Live view with contrast detect AF and face detection (with some lenses) on a 2.7"
  • LCD display
  • Full manual contro...
  • Little effort to carry
  • Dust reduction
  • Excellent value for money
  • Consistent AWB
  • Compact size
  • Light weight
  • Good image and color quality
  • Handy
  • Intuitive controls (once you get familiar with the Super Control Panel
  • 2x sensor crop factor maximizes telephoto lens length
  • Small and lightweight
  • Easy-to-use
  • Great noise control
  • Uses FourThirds standard
  • Sharp
  • Detailed close-up pictures. Pleasant colors in average light. Live-view mode allows odd-angle shots. Speedy
  • Responsive action. Advanced manual controls.

The editors didn't like

  • Very limited anti-shake options
  • Small viewfinder with basic 3-point AF
  • Body may be too small for bigger hands
  • E-520 a tempting alternative with anti-shake.
  • Fewer buttons means it takes more menusurfing to adjust basic settings like ISO and white balance. Facedetection feature can be slow. Four Thirds lens compatibility is largely moot
  • As no manufacturers beside Olympus and pricey Sigma support the standard...
  • Small grip can make it difficult to comfortably handle camera
  • Becomes much more pronounced when long lenses are applied
  • Shutter lag in Live View (can reach at much as 2.6 seconds)
  • LCD show odd metallic-like sheen in bright daylight
  • Can be distracti...
  • Functional improvements over the earlier E-410 are relatively minor ones
  • Two of the E-410’s scene modes have sunk without a trace
  • LCD could be a little brighter for outdoor shooting with live view and is prone to smearing
  • LCD turns monochrome and noisy in low light
  • Auto white balance and presets not brilliant (but there is a white balance fine tune option)
  • Image parameters only o...
  • Photos are slightly soft
  • Noise reduction a bit heavy at ISO 1600 (shoot RAW to avoid)
  • Slow contrast detect AF
  • Unimpressive face detection in live view mode
  • Both features only available with a select few lenses
  • Low light focusing could be better in...
  • Handling
  • Position of right eyelet
  • Highlight control
  • Slow AF system with standard lenses
  • No image stabilization
  • Small size may prove problematic for large hands
  • 2x sensor crop factor detracts from wide angle lens width
  • Olympus E420
  • Lack of a grip
  • Photos get noisy at 800 ISO and higher. Viewfinder feels small. LCD stays lit even when sighting camera.

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  Published: 2009-08-16, review by: electronicsme.com

  • The Olympus E-420 makes an excellent choice for an entry level DSLR, and it's available at a price that's just a little higher than most advanced SLR-like compact point-and-shoots. When coupled with the excellent kit lens, it produces surprisingly good...

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  Published: 2009-07-22, review by: photo.net

  • StowedOlympus has delivered a remarkable product in the E-420 and the 25mm Zuiko. I hope that they’re considering releasing other pancake lenses. A 12 or 14mm prime AF f/2.8 pancake lens would be a very welcome addition.In the meantime, I’m en...

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  Published: 2008-12-13, review by: modsynergy.com

  • There is no doubt that I really like the Olympus E-420 but I would have loved it even more if some of the negatives I listed hadn’t been present (like the bad AF Assist Lamp implementation, being a little noisy in low light, Live View being slow)...

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  Published: 2008-12-02, review by: tomsguide.com

  • Abstract:  The Olympus E-420 is well worth the amateur photographer’s consideration. If there is only one feature that should drive the purchase of your next camera (or even your first camera, for that matter), it would have to be ability to interchange lenses, ...

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  Published: 2008-11-06, Author: Gavin Stoker , review by: techworld.com

  • Compact, easy to use and inexpensive, the Olympus E-420 is a good DSLR option for anyone nervous about trading up from a pocket camera, while E-410 owners can rest easy that any upgrading is relatively minor. ...

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  Published: 2008-10-14, review by: photographyreview.com

  • Abstract:  The Olympus E-420 is currently the world’s smallest digital SLR. Offering professional performance and features in a compact, lightweight body, the 10-megapixel E-420 includes Live View, a 2.7-inch LCD and Face Detection. It can capture both RAW...

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  Published: 2008-10-10, review by: steves-digicams.com

  • Abstract:  The Olympus E-420 is the successor to the very popular E-410 from last year. Olympus designed this portable model for those who are ready to step up to the power and performance of a digital SLR, yet still expect the ease of use and ability to compose ...

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  Published: 2008-09-20, review by: consumerelectronicsnet.com

  • Abstract:  Founded in 1919, Olympus has been one of the Big 5 camera manufacturers in the US since the late 50s introduction of its very popular half frame film camera the Olympus Pen. Some of its other well known film cameras were the Olympus RC (one of my fa...

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  Published: 2008-08-30, review by: shutterbug.com

  • Abstract:  Hybrid AF: When this mode is selected, the camera first employs contrast-detection AF to set approximate focus so the image looks quite sharp on the LCD monitor. There’s no interruption of the live preview display. Press the shutter button to t...

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  Published: 2008-08-08, review by: maclife.com

  • Sharp, detailed close-up pictures. Pleasant colors in average light. Live-view mode allows odd-angle shots. Speedy, responsive action. Advanced manual controls.
  • Photos get noisy at 800 ISO and higher. Viewfinder feels small. LCD stays lit even when sighting camera.
  • The Evolt E-420 includes the features and quality we expect from an entry-level DSLR. While its quirks disappoint, it’s a great value for beginners...

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