Olympus E-420 Review
Olympus E-420 EVOLT Specifications
|Prices||$499.99 - Body Only
$599.99 - with ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom lens
$699.99 - with ED 25mm f/2.8 Zuiko Digital lens
|Sensor*|| 4/3 type Live MOS sensor
17.3 x 13.0 mm
11.8 million total pixels
10.0 million effective pixels
RGB color filter array
Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
|Dust suppression||Supersonic Wave Filter|
|Image processor||TruePic III|
|Image sizes|| 3648 x 2736
3200 x 2400
2560 x 1920
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|File formats|| RAW (12 bit)
RAW + JPEG
|Lenses||• 4/3 standard lens mount
• Range of ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
• Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
• 3-point TTL phase difference detection
|Focus area selection||• Automatic
|Focus modes||• Single shot AF
• Single shot AF + MF
• Continuous AF
• Continuous AF + MF
• Manual focus
|Manual focus||On lens|
|AF assist lamp||Yes, flash strobe (flash must be raised)|
|Shooting modes||• Auto
• Program AE (with shift)
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Night Scene
|Additional scene modes*||• Landscape & Portrait
• Night scene and portrait
• High Key
• Low Key
• Digital Image Stabilization (High ISO)
• Nature Macro
• Beach and Snow
• Auto (ISO 100 - 1600)
|Metering system||• 49-zone multi-pattern
• Range: 1 to 20 EV (50 mm F2, ISO 100)
|Metering modes||• Digital ESP
• Center-Weighted Average
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot
|AE Lock||• AE/AF lock button
• With shutter release half-press
|AE Bracketing||• 3 frames
• 1/3, 1/2, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
|Exposure compen.*||• -5.0 to +5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps available
• 60 - 1/4000 sec
|White balance||• Auto
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
• Manual 'one-touch'
• Kelvin (3000 - 7500 K, 7 steps)
|WB fine tuning||+/- 7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)|
|Color space||• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
|Image parameters*||• Color mode (Natural, Vivid, Muted, Portrait, Monotone)
• Saturation (5 levels)
• Contrast (5 levels)
• Sharpness (5 levels)
• Monochrome (B&W, Sepia, Purple, Green, Blue) - filter (Ye, Or, Re, Gr)
• Gradation (Auto, High Key, Normal, Low Key)
|Drive modes||• Single
|Continuous*||• 3.5 fps
• JPEG: Unlimited with fast memory cards
• RAW: 6 frames maximum
|Self-timer||• 2 sec
• 12 sec
• TTL auto / manual
• Guide no. 12
• 1/180 sec X-sync speed, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec
• Sync modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain slow syncro, Fill-in, Off
• Flash power: Up to +/- 2EV in 1/3 EV steps
|External flash||Hot shoe|
|Viewfinder||• Eye-level optical single-lens
• Field of view 95%
• Magnification 0.92x with a 50mm lens and -1 dioptre
• Eye point 14 mm at -1 dioptre
• Dioptre adjustment -3 to +1 dioptre
• Focusing screen: Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
• Mirror: Quick return mirror
• DOF preview: press left arrow button
|Viewfinder info||• Aperture value
• Shutter speed
• Record mode
• AF confirmation mark
• AE lock
• Number of storable still images
• Exposure compensation value
• Metering mode
• Battery warning
• Exposure mode
• AF frame (super impose)
|LCD monitor*||• 2.7" TFT LCD monitor (wide viewing angle)
• 230,000 pixels
• Live View available
|Live View*||• 100% field of view
• Pre-view of Exposure compensation, White balance, Gradation, Face detection and Perfect Shot
• Grid line displayable
• 7x/10x magnification possible
• Display of AF frame, AF point, Shooting information, Histogram, Heat warning
|Playback functions*||• Single
• Magnify (2 - 14x)
• Index (4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames)
• Calendar view
• Slide show
• Histogram (Lum / RGB)
• Highlight & Shadow point warning
|Playback information||• Exposure mode
• Metering mode
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• Exposure compensation level
• Color space
• White balance mode
• White balance compensation level
• Focal length
• Focus area
• File type
• Picture mode
• File name
• Image size
• Recorded card type
|Editing||• RAW development
• JPEG editing (B&W, Sepia, Red eye reduction, Gradation, Color saturation, Resize, Trim)
|Menu languages||• English
(Other languages can be downloaded)
|Storage||• Compact Flash (Type I and II)
• xD Picture card
|Connectivity||• USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
• Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
|Vertical / portrait grip||Unknown|
|Power||BLS-1 Li-ion battery (rechargeable)|
|Dimensions||129.5 x 91 x 53 mm (5.1 x 3.6 x 2.1 in)|
|Weight (no batt)*||380 g (13.4 oz)|
|Weight (inc batt)*||445 g (15.7 oz)|
*new or changed compared to the E-410
- 17 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 18 Photographic tests (DR)
- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 29 Compared to (Resolution)
- 30 Conclusion
- 31 Samples
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