Olympus E-420 Review
Studio scene comparison (JPEG)This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).
Olympus E-420 (NF Off) vs. Olympus E-410 (NF Off)
- Olympus E-420: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Noise Filter Off, Anti-shock 2 sec
- Olympus E-410: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Noise Filter Off, Sharpness -2, Anti-shock 2 sec
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The crops show that using our optimized settings the E-410 produces visibly sharper and crisper images than its successor, though this is partly down to the higher sharpening applied to the E-410's image (if you sharpen the E-420 ouput the difference is a lot less obvious). Although the differences won't make a difference at normal viewing magnifications they will limit the E-420's ability to produce large prints of very finely detailed scenes. On a more positive note the E-420 has a more attractive highlight roll-off with less harsh clipping of specular highlights.
The differences seen here hint that there is a physical difference between the E-410 and E-420 sensor units. With the E-420 Olympus would appear to have chosen to go down the same route as with its flagship DSLR, the E3, and has installed a slightly stronger AA filter in front of the sensor. This results in clean images, but images that are a bit soft viewed up close.
- 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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