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Olympus E-420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 476 reviews of Olympus E-420. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the image quality and size are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good reviews. Views about the video and shutter are different. The memory and energy efficiency get less positive comments.

portability, performance, usability, size, image quality

low-light, viewfinder, stabilizer , energy, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus E-420


alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Olympus E-420 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the price and image quality. The usability and lens are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability and zoom.

portability, lens, usability, image quality, price

shutter, zoom, reliability

97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus E-420


alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Olympus E-420 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People really like the image quality and price. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer, and opinions about the screen and reliability are different.

performance, portability, usability, price, image quality


96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Lars Rehm (

Olympus E-420 Review


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 only...

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...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Dylan Tweney (

Review: Olympus E-420


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...

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...

May, 2008

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Olympus E-420 SLR


Physical Views Olympus E-420 compared in size to a CD. Olympus E-420 and its big brother, the E-520. Continue on to Page Two Olympus E-420 Specifications Product Type Product type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens...

Oct, 2008

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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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Let's go digital (

Olympus E420 Test


Olympus E420 Spiegelreflexkamera Test : Obwohl gerade erst einen Zeitraum mit vielen Digitalkamera Neueinführungen hinter uns liegt, hat Olympus, ganz unerwartet, seine neueste digitale SLR-Kamera, die Olympus E-420 Digitale Spiegelreflexkamera,...

Jun, 2008


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Olympus E420 review


Although we just experienced a hectic period with many introductions, Olympus introduced, rather unexpectedly, their new digital SLR sibling; the Olympus E-420. The latest Olympus E-420 is clearly based on the E-410 that was introduced last year, but...

When Olympus first introduced the E-400, with the E-410 following not much later, they showed for the first time just how compact a DSLR camera from a FourThirds system can be. The design appealed to me immediately, and although I was prejudiced,...

Expert review by : PhotographyBLOG (

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/2.8

May, 2011

Highly Recommended!

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

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...

Jun, 2008

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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...

Expert review by : Adam DeLisle (

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.

Jun, 2011

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