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Olympus rolls out ultra-light E-420 SLR

updated 10:05 am EST, Wed March 5, 2008

Olympus E-420

Olympus today took advantage of the relative quiet to revamp its EVOLT digital SLRs with the E-420. The 10-megapixel camera is claimed as the smallest and lightest ever in the category and weighs just 13.4 ounces, or at least 20 percent lighter than the next-best in the class. It also represents an improved ease of use over the earlier E-410, with both a shadow correction function and a new onscreen autofocus feature that uses the live preview LCD to mark out properly focused subjects. The combination is said by Olympus to produce a camera that can be used like a compact point-and-shoot while still offering all the control of a full SLR.

Also new to the E-420 are a larger, 2.7-inch LCD with improved color accuracy and contrast, face detection for portrait shots, and better handling of automatic white balance. Olympus ships the camera in May, starting at $500 for a body-only version. A more common kit version will sell for $600 with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and should be accompanied by a more specialized, $700 edition with a fixed-focus, 25mm f/2.8 equivalent to 50mm on a conventional film camera.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    $700 for a fixed focal length? Wow, that's one expensive digital version of the disposable camera.

    Aside from that, I wonder when camera manufacturers are going to realize that the majority of the younger population does their editting not on the camera, but on their computer. And direct printing? Most people, even the ones that don't do any editting, store their photos on their machine, and then choose the ones they want to print.

    One of these days, manufacturers wean themselves off the checklsit of comparable features and these extra options will disappear from the cameras themselves to cut the cost and just let us get the adjustments done where it's easiet: on the machine.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    compact & bright

    is I suspect the reason for the fixed prime which I applaud - digital zoom may help in a pinch - the Olympus website does not seem to elucidate such however...

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better Pix, Less bull

    Yes, peel away these "convenience" features and beef up photo quality. Feature-itis is a scourge.

    Clean up and simplify the interfaces. Put in better quality CCDs or CMOS sensors.

    There are much better software solutions to the junk they stuff into these things. Most users might try using them a few times, then skip it and use desktop software.

    Just make the cameras better!

  1. tonywong

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0's a SLR folks

    which means the lens is swappable with any other one of the 4/3rds format. The bundles are just bundles, nothing more.

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