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Olympus E-420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 471 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and usability. The value for money and performance also get good views. Views about the video and software are mixed. The reliability and glare get less positive reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus Evolt E-420


Entry-level DSLR bakes in PRO features Slackers might chuckle at the numbers in the Evolt E-420's name, but this entry-level DSLR is as hard working as any competitor. Stocked with important features, including a live-view mode to frame shots on the...

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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Olympus E-420 SLR


Olympus offers two different lens combinations. The ultra-compact Zuiko 25mm f2.8 digital specific lens complements the E-420's small stature, for the ultimate combination of ease of use and portability. This 0.9-inch thick lens offers a fixed 50mm...

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Olympus E-420


The Olympus E-420 is the most 'junior' member in Olympus line of digital SLRs. It was announced on the 5th March 2008, exactly one year after the launch of its predecessor, the E-410. Like the E-410 it comes with a 10 megapixel resolution, live-view...

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...

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...

Olympus claims the E-420 is the smallest and lightest (only its predecessor is a few grams lighter) DSLR on the market and there is no doubt that this is true. The E-420 - especially in combination with the new 25mm F2.8 pancake lens - makes an...


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Olympus E-420 is One Smokin' SLR


Let's get one thing out of the way: Even though it's called the 420, Olympus' latest camera has absolutely nothing to do with illicit drug use. We tried to find

Light weight and small size make it far more portable than most DSLRs. Live view lets you compose on-screen instead of peering through the viewfinder. Speedy autofocus. No discernible shutter lag. Paging all photo geeks: RAW format support

Fewer buttons means it takes more menu-surfing to adjust basic settings like ISO and white balance. Face-detection feature can be slow. Four Thirds lens compatibility is largely moot, as no manufacturers beside Olympus and pricey Sigma support the...

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Olympus E-420


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...

10 megapixel resolution2.7 inch HyperCrystal II 230,000 dot LCDBuilt-in dust reductionLive View and Face Detect autofocus

small viewfinder

The Olympus E-420 Digital SLR is the world's smallest DSLR camera...

Highly Recommended!

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Olympus E-420 Review


The Olympus E-420 DSLR camera follows the recent trend of updating an existing design with a smattering of new features. Successor to the E-410, the new E420 model takes over the mantle as the World's most compact DSLR, weighing less than 400g and...

From close examination of the Olympus E-420 it's fair to say that owners of the previous E-410 have little to feel threatened by. Doppelganger control layout aside, operationally too the E-420 delivers a performance that's nigh on identical, though if...

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Olympus E-420 Digital Camera - Review


Olympus's second pass at the super-small digital SLR, the E-420, gets a lot more features, with a new hybrid Live View autofocus system that includes contrast detection, a new daylight-viewable LCD, and even Face Detection technology. The Olympus...

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,...

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...

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First Look at the Olympus Evolt E-420 DSLR Camera


This is a review of the Olympus Evolt E420. Learn what this DSLR camera has to offer, if it's worth the expense and what the camera's pros and cons are.

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Olympus E-420 Review


That's in addition to the features that haven't changed since the E-410. They include a 10 Megapixel "Live MOS" sensor, live view, full manual controls, dust reduction, dual memory card slots, and more. And did I mention that it's the smallest digital...

Very good photo quality ; Good value -- starts at $500, body only ; World's smallest D-SLR; 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...

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...

If you're looking for a compact digital SLR, then the Olympus E-420 is absolutely worth a look. Heck, it's worth checking out if you don't care about the size of the camera and just want a good entry-level SLR. The only real caveats here involve the...

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Olympus E-420 Review


The Olympus E-420 is my first digital SLR experience. Photo-John gave it to me to review because he thought it would provide an interesting perspective for first-time DSLR buyers considering this camera. Previously, I've used film SLRs, compact digital...

DSLR performance in a remarkably small, lightweight body., 10-megapixel sensor provides excellent image quality., Ability to shoot in RAW format., 2.7-inch Live View LCD with auto focus., Face Detection technology, Dust-reduction system., Built-in...

No mechanical Image Stabilization., Bigger than a point-and-shoot., Battery charger requires long cord.

Product Specifications

The E-420 is the world's smallest digital SLR with all the features you need to take great pictures anywhere you go, every day. The innovative and unique Olympus Autofocus Live View function allows you to frame and focus your photos using the large 2.7-inch LCD as a viewfinder. The E-420's Scene Select Modes make you an instant expert - or switch to manual mode to expand your creative control. This feature-rich digital SLR also sports Shadow Adjustment Technology and Face Detection, both viewable in real time on the Live View LCD. This digital SLR is bundled with the ultra compact Zuiko 25mm f2.8 digital specific lens. This 0.9 inch-thick lens offers a fixed 50mm equivalent angle of view. Together with the E-420, the Zuiko 25mm f2.8 lens will offer the ultimate combination of ease of use and portability.


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 / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Model:E-420/E-420 Komachi Outfit
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus EVOLT

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens/Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm lens
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:14mm/25mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Lens/Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

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

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type:Optical