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Olympus E-410 Digital SLR Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 9.05 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "An extremely compact camera size does not always add to a fine operation and ease of handling the camera but Olympus succeeded in proving the opposite with the Olympus E-410: the small size and light weight of the E-410 go well with ease of use. The Olympus E-410 DSLR camera is a very pleasant camera to work with. It has a perfect hand fit in spite of lacking a firm handgrip. ...

The Olympus E-410 is a beautiful compact digital SLR camera that was tremendously pleasant to work with in practice. The camera has a lot to offer and will certainly satisfy in particular the demanding amateur photographer. Even the beginning photographer will be able to make his first SLR images thanks to the friendly nature of the camera. ..."

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Camera Labs 9.17  06-01-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Olympus E-410 is an unusually small and light 10 Megapixel digital SLR aimed at compact or super-zoom owners who are looking to upgrade, along with enthusiasts who want a camera they can use in situations where a traditional DSLR would be too cumbersome. It's the latest model to employ the maturing Four Thirds DSLR standard and while priced as an entry-level product, there's currently no Four Thirds body with a higher resolution. ...

Like its predecessor, the Olympus E-410 has a lot going for it: it’s very small and light without compromising comfort or usability, there’s quick and easy access to all the settings, the resolving power and noise levels are comparable to the best 10 Megapixel DSLRs, and the SSWF anti-dust system remains unmatched. And while some will question the usefulness or implementation of the Live View facility, we found it offered genuine benefits. ..."

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DPReview 9.13  06-14-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Olympus E-400 was announced on the 14th September 2006, just before the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany. At the time there was much excitement about this compact and lightweight camera however this turned to disappointment for many of our readers when we discovered the camera would not be available in North America. Fast forward six months and we have the solution, the new E-410, gone is the Kodak CCD replaced with a (Matsushita) Live MOS Image Sensor which can provide Full Time Live-View on the LCD monitor, an updated image processor and a few other added features. So finally an affordable, compact, lightweight 4/3 digital SLR for everyone, including those who live in North America. ...

After using the E-410 for a couple of months I really grew to like it. The body itself is very light, and - when combined with the plastic-shelled (but otherwise pretty good) 28 - 84 mm equiv. kit lens - makes for a great carry-around digital SLR. We've become accustomed to large hand grips, but the E-410's design works just as well; you just hold it slightly differently (ring and little finger tucked under the body). This slim design looks great but has one trade-off, the size of the battery; the PS-BLS1 may have more specified capacity than those used in the D40X and EOS 400D, but for some reason it just didn't seem to last as long. ..."

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DCResource 9.00  07-03-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "When Olympus announced that their compact E-400 digital SLR would not be sold in the US, the collective groan could've been heard in space. After all, we Americans want small D-SLRs too! Thankfully someone at Olympus was listening, and they brought the E-400's replacement - the E-410 - to the rest of us. This compact SLR, priced from $699, has quite a few tricks up its sleeve. ...

... Camera performance was generally very good. The E-410 doesn't start up as fast as, say, the D40x, but that's because it's removing dust from the sensor - and I'm more than happy to wait for that. Focus times were good in adequate lighting, though a bit slow when light levels dropped. Using the flash-based AF-assist lamp helps speed things up in those situations. ..."

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Megapixel.net 9.00  06-01-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Olympus E-410 is likely the most compact digital SLR currently on the market. And, although its design is clearly inspired from classic film amateur-level SLRs and quite sober, it includes all the latest technical developments. ...

... With its excellent image quality, be it at the lowest JPEG compression or with the RAW format, its complete set of shooting modes, its advanced Live View mode, or even its effective dust reduction system, the Olympus Evolt E-410 has one of the best price to value ratios of cameras currently on the market. Moreover, the advantage and value that the 2-lens kit offers should place this camera high on the list of any person wanting to move to a digital SLR camera. "

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Imaging-Resource 8.44  08-01-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Born simultaneously with the larger E-510, the Olympus E-410 shares most of its internal features with its fraternal twin. It has a 10-megapixel Live MOS sensor, a new TruePIC III processor, a 2.5 inch LCD, and uses both CF and xD memory cards. The Live MOS sensor, made by Panasonic, enables a true Live View mode, allowing image composition on the LCD, much like the common digicam most have grown used to (note that I don't say "just like the common digicam"). ...

... Unless your needs are specifically for a very small camera that you'll be shooting primarily in daylight - and you have no problem regularly tweaking images - I think most consumer needs will be served better with a different SLR. Those who are into photography and/or love the whole Four-Thirds philosophy would probably be happier with the Olympus E-510. ..."

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Photography Blog 8.17  07-23-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Olympus E-410 is one of the world’s most compact DSLR cameras with Live Preview, allowing you to frame your shot using either the optical viewfinder or the 2.5 inch LCD screen. Based on the Four Thirds Standard, the Olympus E-410 replaces the E-400 and features a a new 10 megapixel Live MOS sensor. There's also a new image processing engine which provides sequential shooting at up to 3 frames per second with an eight image RAW buffer in burst mode. ...

... With more to praise about the E-410 than criticize, this DSLR comes with a recommendation from us. If you've got small hands, don't want to lug around a brick, or simply want to get a good value camera bundle like the twin lens kit, then the Olympus E-410 is definitely worth further investigation."

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Camera Labs 7.00  06-01-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Olympus E-410 is an unusually small and light 10 Megapixel digital SLR aimed at compact or super-zoom owners who are looking to upgrade, along with enthusiasts who want a camera they can use in situations where a traditional DSLR would be too cumbersome. It's the latest model to employ the maturing Four Thirds DSLR standard and while priced as an entry-level product, there's currently no Four Thirds body with a higher resolution. ...

Like its predecessor, the Olympus E-410 has a lot going for it: it’s very small and light without compromising comfort or usability, there’s quick and easy access to all the settings, the resolving power and noise levels are comparable to the best 10 Megapixel DSLRs, and the SSWF anti-dust system remains unmatched. And while some will question the usefulness or implementation of the Live View facility, we found it offered genuine benefits. ..."

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Trusted Reviews -----  07-27-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "When I say that the E-410 has a lower specification than the E-510, in fact the only major feature that it lacks is the image stabilization system. It has everything else, including the SSWF anti-dust system, live view on a 2.5-in 230Kp LCD monitor, and the ability to use both xD-Picture and CompactFlash cards. ...

... Although currently slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, the E-410 has several advantages, not least its compact dimensions, low weight and useful live view feature. It also offers fast performance, extremely high image quality and a very wide range of creative control. If you want a highly portable DSLR and aren’t too bothered about image stabilization then the E-410 would make a rewarding enthusiast’s camera."

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