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
Detailed close-up pictures. Pleasant colors in average light. Live-view mode allows odd-angle shots. Speedy
Responsive action. Advanced manual controls.
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.
Small and lightweight
Great noise control
Uses FourThirds standard
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...
Small and light without compromising comfort
Very effective anti-dust system
Live View with contrast AF and face detection
Quick handling and broad customisation.
Little effort to carry
Excellent value for money
The editors didn't like
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...
Functional improvements over the earlier E-410 are relatively minor ones
Two of the E-410’s scene modes have sunk without a trace
No image stabilization
Small size may prove problematic for large hands
2x sensor crop factor detracts from wide angle lens width
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...
Photos get noisy at 800 ISO and higher. Viewfinder feels small. LCD stays lit even when sighting camera.
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...
Lack of a grip
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)
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...
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...
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)...
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, ...
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. ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...