Olympus E-410 EVOLT Review
Live View off: Shooting information / settings changes
With live view off you can optionally display a Control Panel on the LCD monitor, this provides both an oveview of camera settings as well as a method for changing settings. Press OK to access the options, move around and press OK again to change a setting.
|An example of the detailed information display which provides a summary of current camera settings and exposure.||Press the OK button to access any displayed setting, move around using the 4-way controller and OK again to change.|
|Changing White Balance||Changing Picture Mode|
Live View on
The E-410 does away with the A / B mode options found on the E-330, instead we simply have one live view mode which utilizes the main sensor (this was called B Mode on the E-330). To activate live view you simply press the Display button on the rear of the camera. You can change the image overlay in live view mode by pressing the INFO button. Below you can see the four default views followed by the three optional grid overlay views.
Improvements over the E-330's 'B Mode' Live View implementation
- White balance setting is applied to the live view
- Exposure compensation is applied to the live view
- Auto Focus available (although still not perfect, see below) *
- Live histogram available
* This has been available on the E-330 since firmware 1.2
Changing settings in Live View
In live view mode pressing the OK button displays a semi-transparent settings overlay as shown on the left below, this not only provides a summary of current camera settings but allows you to navigate and change any setting you wish (as above).
Live View: Auto Focus
The E-410 provides for Auto Focus in Live View, it does so by closing the shutter and dropping the mirror so that the AF sensor can be used. During AF the Live View is darkened and frozen and returns when the camera has achieved a focus lock or has given up trying, this can take between 0.7 seconds (good light easy subject) and 4.0 seconds (to give up when it can't lock).
This example animation is in 'real time', it took approximately 1.6 seconds for the camera to drop the mirror, focus lock and raise it again before returning the live view with the steady green focus indicator.
The sequence you're seeing here is: live view before focus, half-press shutter release, screen darkens and freezes (mirror down, AF), focus complete (mirror up), live view returns.
Live View: Exposure sequence
In Live View mode the shutter release sequence is; mirror down, measure exposure, mirror up, shutter release (open / close), mirror down, live view enabled. This clearly means that there is a short period where the screen blacks out (around two seconds).
This sequence: live view before exposure, depress shutter release button, shot taken (screen blank), record review image appears and returns to live view.
Live View: Manual Focus magnification
The E-410 features magnified Live View feature in manual focus mode, simply press the INFO buton until the magnify loupe appears. You can reposition the loupe anywhere in the scene then press OK to magnify. Select between 7x and 10x view by turning the main dial.
|During magnification||Returned to full frame view|
Live View: Low Light performance
The E-410's low light performance is noticeably better than the E-330 and the Panasonic DMC-L1, even without the 'Live View Boost' option dark scenes are perfectly viewable. Pushing things to their extreme (a dark scene plus very small aperture DOF preview) will cause the image to darken noticeably and noise to appear.
|Dark scene||Dark scene + F22 DOF preview|
Live View: Depth of Field preview
One advantage of Live View is that you can get an exact representation of focus point and depth of field on the LCD screen. In the example below the image on the left is at F5.6, on the right at F22 with the DOF preview button held (this is a custom option).
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