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Olympus E-400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and performance. The value for money and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the control panel and low light performance. The focus and flash get mixed comments.

portability, image quality, value for money, performance, usability

viewfinder, shutter, exposure, low-light, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus E-400 First Impressions Review


The E400 delivers many of the innovations Olympus has become known for in a compact Four Thirds DSLR. The E400 is slated only for the European market, for a list price of £700 ($1324) with a kit lens. At 5.1 x 3.5 x 2 inches, the E400 with its...

- Good LCD Color - Good Viewfinder - Solid construction - LCD-based depth-of-field preview

- Cramped controls - Only one control dial - Hard to get a secure grip - Small-aperture kit lens

Timing can be very important. If the E-400 had been introduced two years ago, in the place of the E-300, it would have been very impressive to see all its features in such a small package. It would have made the Four Thirds format look like the next...

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Olympus E-400 DSLR announced and previewed


Why helllooo there Olympus E-400. So, you're the world's smallest and lightest 10 megapixel Digital SLR camera huh? Announced today, this new digital shooter shares the looks of its film-based Olympus cousins and brings that fancy Supersonic Wave...


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Olympus E-400 Review


The Olympus E-400 has a unique claim to fame - it's currently the smallest and lightest digital SLR camera in the world, weighing just 375g and measuring 129.5mm (W) x 91mm (H) x 53mm (D)....

The Olympus E-400's compact size might be enough to set it apart from the competition but once a protruding lens is attached it isn't exactly pocket sized. That said, it could be the final...


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First Look: Olympus E-400


The world's smallest, lightest D-SLR is NOT coming to a store near you. The recently-unveiled Olympus E-400, an instant hit among those visiting the company's Photokina booth, is available exclusively in Europe -- but not in the U.S. or Asia -- and...

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Olympus E-400 captures history


Olympus introduced the Photokina visitor to a large and bright booth where Olympus showcased their complete line-up of digital imaging solutions. One of them is the brand new Olympus E400 digital SLR camera. This new FourThirds System camera will be...

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Olympus E-400 Lightest 10 MP Camera on the Market


Olympus has always been known for the quality of the cameras they create and their newest project, the E-400, which will go on sale in November, has been named the World(tm)s lightest Digital SLR at just 380 grams or less than half a pound.

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Olympus E400 DSLR


Olympus presents the latest addition to the E-System, the world's smallest and lightest D-SLR camera - the E-400. The compact size and low weight of this latest Four Thirds Standard camera, allows photographers to take it virtually anywhere, while not...

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Olympus E400


Meet the Olympus E400, Olympus' latest addition to the E-System range and the World's Smallest & Lightest D-SLR! This is Olympus' ultra-compact Digital SLR with an interchangeable lens system!

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Olympus E-400


A 4 all-round. The images look toasted somehow (not a bad thing...can be appealing). I prefer the E-1, much superior body...but the E-400 is smaller and has more MP so if those two things are important (and the newer sensors, IS and Live-Views are...

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Olympus E-400


Great compact camera, with many usefull features. I got the kit with 2 lenses, and for my rookie knowledge on using SLR'S, this camera gives me a very good startup kit.

Product Specifications

With the launch of the new E-400, Olympus introduces the world's smallest and lightest D-SLR to date - and a camera that's exceptionally easy to use. Its ultra-compact dimensions and low weight give E-400 users the freedom to take professional quality photos wherever they wish. Yet despite its modest proportions, the E-400 is packed with 10.0 million pixels worth of image resolution and a treasure-trove of other high tech features. As with all E-System cameras, the E-400 is protected by a Supersonic Wave Filter. This unique Olympus technology prevents dust and dirt from sticking to the CCD and spoiling photos. And being Four Thirds Standard-compatible, the E-400 gives the photographer practically unlimited flexibility with a complete system of lenses and other accessories. As the smallest and lightest D-SLR camera in the world, the E-400 brings a never-before-seen level of mobility and easy of use to SLR photography. It is the perfect travel companion, compact enough to take on holidays or for use as a high quality back-up when out on the road and, being so compact, it will never become a burden. Naturally, the high standards that have made the Olympus E-System famous are maintained with its newest member. As well as being equipped with the Supersonic Wave Filter for brilliant dust-free photography at all times, the E-400 incorporates a new 10.0 million pixel CCD, capable of delivering stunning photos packed with detail. Suitable for use on virtually any occasion, the E-400 is equipped with a great balance of manual control for creativity and automatic options for ease of use. A total of 31 special shooting modes have been included for completely automatic operation in situations as diverse as Fireworks, Landscapes, Macro, and Sunsets. A variety of color modes are also on hand, as are special Black & White filters that can be applied to photos to improve black and white portraits and landscapes.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLS-1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card/CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Children / Documents / Fireworks / High key / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Low key / Macro / Nature macro / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus EVOLT

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Blue / Green / Muted / Neutral / Purple / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical