Olympus E-420 SLR Review
Features & Controls
The eye-level viewfinder is equipped with an EP-4 eyecup and shows 95% of the field
of view and includes dioptric compensation (-3 / +1). This 14mm high-eyepoint
viewfinder allows for easy composition, even when wearing eyeglasses.
Inside the viewfinder is a fixed, Neo Lumi-Micro Mat Screen with
AF/Metering marks. Viewfinder information includes: AF frame, AF confirmation mark,
Exposure mode, Exposure compensation value, AE lock, Metering mode, Shutter speed,
Aperture value, White balance, Flash and Battery status.
The optional ME-1 eyecup (shown here mounted on the E-500) with magnifying lenses can be attached to the E-420 in place of the bundled standard eyecup. The ME-1 magnifies the original view field
in the finder by 1.2x (approximately 20%), making it easier to check focus and framing.
The ME-1 is about $49.99 US.
Controls on the top right include the Mode Dial with positions for Full Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Night + Portrait and Scene Modes. Like a point-n-shoot digicams, the Scene position offers various preset exposure modes that are tailored for specific shooting situations one might face. There are 18 Scene Modes available: Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, and Beach & Snow.
The Power on/off switch is located around the Mode Dial. The unmarked dial below is the Control Dial which has various functions depending
on the exposure mode you are using (in playback mode it controls the Magnify and Index options). Next to the Mode Dial is a blue LED labeled "SSWF" that blinks each time the camera
is powered up - this indicates the SuperSonic Wave Filter is operating. In between the Mode Dial and shutter release
is a +/- Exposure Compensation button, which also controls the rotate function in playback.
On the top left you'll find the Flash button that pops up the flash and selects flash modes. Next to the Flash button is a multi-function control that is used to set Sequential shooting, the Self Timer and Remote control options (in playback it operates the Copy/DPOF functions). You can also change the use of this button in the "Custom 1" menu.
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