Imaging Resource on Olympus E-420: Yes, But…

Olympus E-420 DSLR with 25mm Pancake Lens

Imaging Resource has posted its review of the Olympus E-420 DSLR, citing the smallish Four Thirds camera for its deep feature set that could appeal to general shooters upgrading to a more capable gear.

Reviewer Alex Burack reports, “At $499 (body only), the Olympus E-420 will appeal to point-and-shooters stepping up to an interchangeable lens system and advanced shooters awaiting an inexpensive, pocketable digital SLR. Headlining features on the 10-megapixel, Live View E-420 include Face Detection AF/AE, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Wireless Flash control, and Dust reduction. Image quality improves on previous models in the line with excellent color accuracy and resolution, though evidence of its small Four-Thirds sensor is pronounced at its highest ISO settings. Photos suffer from limited dynamic range and high-contrast mid-tones, as did the E-410.”

Alex concludes, “In all, the E-420 aims big, striving for a digital SLR with mainstream accessibility and the utmost in portability, and to a large extent, it succeeds. However, prosumers and professional shooters hungry for a pocketable digital SLR will be better served by the image-stabilized E-520 and Olympus’s new 25mm pancake lens. But if small’s what you need, the Olympus E-420 is the smallest on the block.”

[Via: Imaging Resource]

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Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.