Olympus unveiled one of the most compact digital SLR cameras, the E-420. This camera features a 10 megapixel sensor, 2.7" LCD display with Live View, 3.5fps continuous shooting, 28 shooting modes, ... Compact size may be a nice selling point but it's probably best to try this camera in a shop as larger models may be more comfortable to use.
With the E-420, Olympus proves that high performance D-SLR photography can be enjoyed by everyone. Despite packing even more potential than its predecessor, this new E-System model boasts extreme user-friendliness in an amazingly light and compact take-anywhere form. Whatever the photographer’s level of experience, high-quality images are achievable by anyone. 28 shooting modes, including automatic, semi-automatic and manual shooting options, ensure complete versatility – while retaining both ease of use and the distinct D-SLR quality advantages.
A powerful 10.0 Megapixel Live MOS sensor provides plentiful resolution for crisp, detailed shots. This is supported by the incorporation of the TruePic III image processor which enables the implementation of Shadow Adjustment Technology (SAT). It guarantees exceptionally true-to-life image reproduction while reducing noise and enhancing processing speed. Sequential shooting at up to 3.5fps in full Megapixel mode is also possible with up to eight images in RAW buffer.
For state-of-the-art protection against the threat of dust, Olympus’ own Supersonic Wave Filter is the E-System’s native dust reduction system – and has positioned itself as the world’s leading solution against dust on the image sensor.
The Olympus E-420 will be available by the end of next month for $499. For the bundle with the 14-42mm kit lens you'll have to pay $100 more.
Extremely easy operation – use it straight out of the box
One of the world’s smallest and lightest D-SLRs providing the ultimate in
10 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
Live View for easier compositions
Perfect Shot Preview for improved depiction of camera adjustments directly on
the Live View LCD
Improved Live View with contrast AF, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment
Technology & phase detection AF system
Improved AF system with both contrast and phase detection-type AF systems
TruePic III image processor
High-contrast 2.7”/6.9cm HyperCrystal II LCD with 176° viewing angles
The original Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection
28 automatic, semi-automatic and manual shooting options (including 5
exposure, 5 creative & 18 scene select modes)
Built-in pop-up flash (GN 10)
Wireless flash control in up to 3 groups
3.5fps with up to eight images in RAW buffer
One-touch white balance
ISO 100 to 1600
Depth of field preview function
49-segment digital ESP
Bracketing function (Exposure, White Balance, Focus)
Beginner and Advanced information screens
Detailed info screen with histogram
Based on Four Thirds System
Dual memory card slots (for xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash)