Olympus E-410 SLR Review

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Review posted 8/15/2007

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The Olympus EVOLT E-410 digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera is easy enough for the first-time user, and advanced enough for the serious photographer. High performance and functionality are packed into a surprisingly portable and simple-to-use body. The EVOLT E-410 measures only 5.1 inches (129.5mm) by 3.58 inches (91mm) and 2.1 inches (53mm), excluding protrusions, and weighing 13.4 ounces (380 grams) body only. With Live View LCD, it enables users to compose shots from a variety of angles other consumer digital SLR cameras just can't match, and the 10-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor generates super high-resolution images that can be cropped or blown up to poster size without sacrificing image quality. A Dust Reduction System ensures spot-free photos, so users can spend more time taking pictures and less time removing unsightly specks from digital images with computer software. It also has an extremely portable and lightweight body complemented by two new ultra-compact digital specific lenses that won't weigh you down and encourage users to take it along on vacations or any family outing. The EVOLT E-410 body has an Estimated Street Price of $699, with an ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens $799, and with both ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 and ED 40-150mm f4.0/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens the Estimated Street Price is $899.

The E-410 is loaded with an impressive 10 million pixels for high-resolution photos. The 10-megapixel sensor gives users the flexibility to blow-up their prints to the large sizes supported by many of today's printers, or crop the image to print only a part of the image that is important to them. The high-performance Live MOS image sensor in the E-410 delivers excellent dynamic range for accurate color fidelity, and a new state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to eradicate noise and capture fine image details in the highlight and shadow areas.

The E-410's big and bright 2.5-inch LCD display with approximately 230,000 pixels includes HyperCrystal™ technology, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors, and enables images to be beautifully displayed in vivid color - both in preview and playback. The HyperCrystal LCD also provides a wide viewing angle, which ensures images can be composed from even the most obscure angles. The larger LCD makes viewing icons and text on the camera's menu a squint-free process. The E-410 offers ease-of-shooting and greater flexibility with the Live View LCD. Composing photographs is easier as subjects can be seen on the Live View LCD, which offers a wide 176-degree viewing angle. This enables images to be effortlessly taken from angles that would typically be difficult with a traditional optical viewfinder - which is still the only option on many competing digital SLR cameras. Interacting with subjects, such as toddlers and pets, is also possible thanks to the Live View LCD, which enables pictures to be taken while holding the camera away from your face.

The versatility of the Olympus E-System comes from delivering the largest selection of "Designed-for-Digital" lenses - more than any other manufacturer to date. Olympus' Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses come in a wide range of focal lengths to achieve the best image result in any given situation, and impress with their spectacular clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness. The E-410 one-lens outfit includes a compact, Zuiko Digital ED 14 - 42 mm f3.5 - f5.6 Lens (equivalent to 28mm - 84mm in 35mm photography) that perfectly matches the imager so light strikes the sensor directly to ensure rich, accurate colors and edge-to-edge sharpness. Its 3x ED Glass zoom lens covers the range most frequently used in everyday photography and weighs just 7.5 ounces, offering users an extremely dynamic, portable everyday-use zoom. Close-ups as near as 9.84 inches (0.25 m) are also possible throughout the zoom range. The E-410 two-lens outfit adds the Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 (80-300mm equivalent) Lens, which provides users with greater telephoto power for far-away shots in a compact size. This telephoto lens is smaller than many standard zoom lens at 2.6 inch diameter x 2.8 inch length and a weight of 8.8 ounces - a real benefit for anyone who wants to pack a powerful zoom lens without taking up much space. It also has great close focusing abilities, and is able to capture a subject up-close from a distance of 31.5 inches (.8m). Consumers won't break the bank to get this great focal flexibility. For a mere $100.00, the two-lens kit includes the Zuiko Digital ED 40-150MM telephoto zoom lens - a $279.00 value!

Everybody can shoot like a pro with the E-410. It delivers unparalleled ease of use - from menus that make sense and buttons on the body that are easy to understand and operate, to automatic settings for every imaginable situation. While the E-410 includes a full range of manual control options to customize your creativity, it also has 30 shooting modes designed to provide the ideal settings for a variety of shooting situations automatically. These include Digital Image Stabilization, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Underwater, and Candle Light to name a few, as well as an xD Panorama mode (for use with Olympus xD-Picture Cards). Users also benefit from special color modes and the possibility to apply a variety of Black & White filters.

A new high-power rechargeable battery is included with the E-410 so that users can keep shooting for extended periods. Accepting both CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards, the camera provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.

EVOLT E-410 Features

  • High performance 10-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor
  • Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
  • Four-Thirds System lens mount for Zuiko Digital Specific lenses
  • Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual and 21 Scene modes
  • sRGB and Adobe RGB color space plus three color modes (Vivid, Neutral, and Muted) in each color space based on the image use/output.
  • JPEG, TIFF and RAW file formats
  • Simultaneous capture of RAW + JPEG files
  • Metering modes: 49 point ESP, Center weighted, Spot (2%), Spot High Light and Spot Shadow
  • Exposure compensation ±5 steps EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 steps
  • 3-point (selectable) TTL Auto Focus
  • 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD monitor with 160° viewing angle
  • Auto popup multi-mode intelligent flash
  • Hot shoe for E System TTL flash units (FL20, FL36, FL50)
  • Capture 2.5fps up to 4 frames in SHQ
  • Capture 2.5fps in HQ or SQ up to the capacity of high speed CF card
  • Auto Exposure, Flash and White Balance bracketing
  • ISO range from 100 - 1600
  • RGB histogram display for accurate color information per channel including overall luminance
  • Next Generation TruePic Technology with advanced noise reduction
  • 5-level Sharpening, Contrast and Saturation controls
  • B/W and duo tone modes with four contrast-enhancing filters (Yellow, Orange, Red, and Green)
  • USB connectivity and PictBridge direct-print compatible
  • xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash I/II/Microdrive storage
  • High capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger
  • Compatible with all Olympus E-System lenses and accessories

The Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital SLR will be available in May 2007. It includes: EVOLT E-410 Body, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLS-1), Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCS-1), Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS Master Software CD-ROM, Manuals, Warranty card.

EVOLT E-410 body Estimated Street Price: $699
EVOLT E-410 with ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens Estimated Street Price: $799
EVOLT E-410 with both ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 and ED 40-150mm f4.0/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens Estimated Street Price: $899

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Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital SLR

Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital SLR

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Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital SLR

Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital SLR

Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital SLR

Olympus Evolt E-410 compared in size to a CD.

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Olympus EVOLT E-410 Specifications

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Type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Body Die-cast aluminum chassis, aluminum top cover, polycarbonate
Lens Mount Four-Thirds mount
Media CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Image Sensor
Type Live MOS Sensor
Size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Number of Pixels 10.9 Megapixels (total)
10 Megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Protection Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Image Quality,
Resolution, File Size
Recording Format RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
File Format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
Type Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfield Coverage 95% centered horiz./vert.
Magnification Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye Point Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter Adjustment Built-in, -3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing Screen Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat screen)
Mirror Quick-return mirror
Viewfinder Information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose)
Depth of Field Preview Can be checked (when Left arrow pad is set in preview mode), selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
Eye Cup Interchangeable type EP-5 supplied: optional EP-6 or Magnifier Eyecup ME-1
Type TTL phase difference detection system
Focus Modes Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Detection Range EV 0 to 19 (at 20, ISO 100)
Focus Area 3-point multiple AF (Auto, selectable in option)
Focus Area Selection Auto/Option selectable
AF Assist Lamp Built-in flash (external flash available. Inactivation is available to set.)/font>
AF Lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure Control
Light Metering System TTL open-aperture metering system
Metering Modes (1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering) (2) Centre weighted average metering (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen) (4) Spot with Highlight control (5) Spot with Shadow control
Detection Range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure Control (1) Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene program AE (7) Scene select AE
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1EV steps selectable
Auto Automatic control is available in AUTO, Program, A, Scene program, Scene select, Flash be fired. Up to ISO 800
Manual ISO 100 - 1600
Type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 8 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3EV steps
Selftimer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote Control Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Drive System
Drive Modes Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential Shooting Speed Approx. 3 frames/sec.
Max. Frames in Sequential
RAW mode: Max. 6 frames
JPEG (HQ, SQ) up to full capacity with high speed media
White Balance System
Auto WB System Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Preset WB 7 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
Custom Mode 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
WB Compensation ±7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)
Flash Control
Type Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m)
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Fill-in, Slow synchronization, Manual, Off.
X-Sync Speed 1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
Intensity Control Up to ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Synchro Timing 1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable)
Multi Flash Control Yes (control built-in and ext flash independently)
Super Control Panel
Information Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT warning, NR warning, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, FP warning AF frame, AF illuminator, Color mode, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, IS activating mode, Heat warning.
Back light timer Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)
Playback modes Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X),
Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available)
Information display Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available),
Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Languages Americas: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Custom setting
Custom function Left arrow button is available to set some functions. (OFF, One touch WB, Test picture, Preview, Live preview)
Custom reset 2 settings are recordable.
Image Editing
Erasing function Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing RAW development
JPEG editing Monotone, Sepia, Red-eye reduction, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file)
Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
Power Requirements
Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx. 500 shots (optical viewfinder)
(with 50% flash light) (with BLS-1 under CIPA testing standard)
Dimensions 5.1 in. (W) x 3.6 in.(H) x 2.1 in. D / 129.5 mm (W) x 91 mm (H) x 53 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 13.2 oz. / 375 g (body only)
Operating Environment
Temperature 32-104F / 0 - 40 (operation) / -20 - 60 (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Box contents
E-410 body, 14-42mm lens (kit contents), Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB cable, Video cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Master CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

NOTE: These specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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