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Olympus CAMEDIA E 20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 328 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and flash. The lens and portability are also appreciated. The shutter and focus get less positive comments, while opinions about the software and size are mixed.

image quality, portability, lens, flash, usability

performance, screen, battery, focus, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus CAMEDIA E 20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Olympus Camedia E-20N


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Olympus E-20N


The E-20N delivers 5-megapixel resolution and a new progressive-scan mode for high-speed shooting.

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Olympus Camedia E-20N Camera Review - PCWorld


The E-20N offers a wide selection of features and great image quality for the serious shooter.


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Olympus E20N


Well built ; Very good image quality ; Excellent optics

Too slow

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Olympus E-20N Digital SLR


Built like a tank When you first hoist this 2.5-plus-pound camera, you might start wondering exactly how much a 15MB file weighs. But the aluminum body and 3-inch, 35mm to140mm (35mm camera equivalent) zoom lens deliver benefits that make them worth...

Good interface; lets you trade resolution for speed; well-designed body; high resolution.

Can't focus closer than eight inches; buttons somewhat randomly placed.

Despite its flaws, this E-20N feels great and produces 5-megapixel images that should satisfy most.

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Olympus E-20


The E-20 is a progression from last years 4 megapixel E-10. The E-20 has all the same basic functionality, control layout, body design and lens. The lens remains the same as the E-20's 5 megapixel sensor is the same size as the 4 megapixel of last...

Excellent resolution, almost as good as the best five megapixel we've seen ; Good metering, good tonal balance, more 'flat' than most prosumer digital cameras ; Neutral colour balance which won't "blow out" but may need a push to give it some zing ;...

Slow startup time ; Slow image flush times (very poor, for a five megapixel "professional" digital camera) ; Inability to change certain settings until buffer has been fully written ; LCD live view does not return until buffer has been fully written ;...

Overall the E-20 is a camera of hot and cold. From an image quality point of view it's very balanced, with good resolution and a neutral approach to tonal and colour balance (which would better suit a professional or semiprofessional photographer)....

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Olympus E-20 SLR


Note: To clear up any confusion - there are two models of the E-20, designated E-20N (NTSC video) and the E-20P (PAL video). They are identical in every respect except for the format of the video out signal to match your local TV standard.

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Olympus E20N


The E20 is a nice improvement over the E10, and there's no doubt that the camera's design gives it a professional feel. Until Olympus improves its performance, though, we can only view the E20 as a luxurious, expensive prosumer camera.

Excellent optics ; well built ; very good image quality

Too slow

Poor Performance Hampers Professional Feel and Price

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Olympus E-20N


The E-20 has two names: the E-20N in countries that use NTSC video (the US being one of them), and the E-20P in countries using PAL

Very sturdy, well designed body ; All the manual controls you'll ever need ; Excellent photo quality ; SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II slots ; Handy backlit LCD info display and swiveling LCD ; Ability to preview shots on LCD as well as viewfinder...

Slow write / shot-to-shot speeds ; Somewhat sluggish in menus and playback mode ; Disappointing LCD quality ; Expensive

When the Olympus E-10 was announced, I ran out and bought one for my own use. I don't feel the same way about the E-20, though. While it's an excellent camera, the E-20 seems more like a downgrade than an upgrade to me. The main problem is the...

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Olympus Camedia E 20N A 5 Megapixel SLR With Super Fast Shutter Speeds, and More


The Olympus Camedia E-20N is the latest in their series of high-end digital cameras that straddle the line between consumer and professional markets. Although the E-20N does not offer interchangeable lenses, it stretches the envelope on the consumer...

Set on macro, in program exposure mode and the flash on, the E-20N allowed for close focusing and yielded excellent color and sharpness. Editorial Assistant Katie Pace's Pez collection proved that getting close with a digital camera is just...

Product Specifications

The E-20N breaks new ground as Olympus' foray into the 5-megapixel digital SLR market. The camera continues the tradition started by the E-10 by offering great pictures along with excellent features, but also expands upon these capabilities with some new technology and improved functions. The compact camera body provides a professional appearance and the durability needed in a high-end digital SLR. A lens designed to be digital results in great image quality in terms of both resolution and color. New innovations include the ability to shoot in both the interlaced and progressive scan modes, and enhancement to improve overall performance. Olympus' exclusive TruePic pixel smoothing technology ensures exceptionally sharp, continuous-tone color for smooth and true photographic images. Combined with many other advanced features aimed at ease of use - such as USB and dual card slots for SmartMedia and CompactFlash - the E-20N is sure to meet many, if not all, of your photographic needs.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:300 - 5000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Mono

Audio System

Recommended Use:Voice recorder


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / SmartMedia

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aperture-priority / Shutter-priority

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SmartMedia card
Storage Capacity:16MB/32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus CAMEDIA E/Olympus E

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.4
Max Focal Length:36mm
Min Focal Length:9mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:2/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):16.9 mm ( 2/3 ) / 16.9 mm ( 2/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level roof prism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):320
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 320 / ISO 80
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical