Olympus launched a new camera - E420 DSLR in March 2008. It is said to be a follow up of its earlier model, E-410.

Olympus E420 DSLR

Olympus launched a new camera - E420 DSLR, a follow up to the E-410 single-lens reflex digital camera. As per the company officials, E 420 DSLR is the world's smallest digital SLR and second lightest DSLR (next to E-410). The digital camera has been based on a Four Thirds-type N-MOS image sensor and boasts of a resolution of 10 MP. As an improvement over E-410, E420 has been given a modified handgrip, to ensure better comfort, along with a bigger and improved LCD display.
The LCD display of Olympus E420 DSLR is 2.7" HyperCrystal II one, which offers twice the contrast and better viewing angles. However, the resolution of the camera is the same as that of 410 i.e. 230,000 dots. The colors of the screen-printed icons on the body of the camera have been altered in such a way that those with protanopia, deutranopia or tritanopia will be able to see them quite clearly. E-420 has also been equipped with Live View Autofocus function, operating via contrast detection of data streaming off the image sensor.
The new model boasts of having Face Detection Technology, which enables it to detect and track as many as eight faces in a scene. After detecting the faces, it uses the info to adjust focus and exposure in such a way that helps bring out the very best out of the picture. The Shadow Adjustment Technology of Olympus E420 DSLR will be helpful in bringing out the details of even the underexposed areas of a scene. As an addition to the value of the camera, it has been provided with Perfect Shot Preview function.
With it, you can easily preview several photographic effects on the LCD display of the camera, before capturing an image. Other features of the camera comprises of improved Auto White Balance, Dust Reduction, Wireless Flash Capability, 6 levels of Image Quality, 3X Optical Zoom, 60 - 1/4000 second Shutter Speed and a lot more. Olympus E-420 is expected to go on sale from May and priced at $499.99 (body-only), $599.99 (with ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens) and $699.99 (with ED 25mm f2.8 Zuiko Digital Lens).
Technical Specifications
Camera Type
Model Number
5.1 x 3.6 x 2.1", 129.5 x 91.0 x 53.0mm
380.0 g (13.3 oz)
Planned Price
$499.99, $599.99 & $699.99
Image Capture
Sensor Type
Four Thirds N-MOS, 11.80 MP (total),
10.00 MP (effective)
Filter Type
Focal Length
Multiplier 2.00
Aspect Ratio
Image Dimensions
3648 x 2736 (10.0 MP), 3200 x 2400 (7.7 MP), 2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP), 1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP), 1280 x 960 (1.2 MP), 1024 x 768 (0.8 MP), 640 x 480 (0.3 MP)
Image Quality
6 levels
Image Review
SLR type, Fixed eye-level pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.92x mag., 14mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter
2.7", 230K pixels
Playback Zoom
14.0x max
Optical Zoom
Lens Thread
Image Stabilization
Focal Length
14.0 - 42.0mm (actual)
28 - 84mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range
f/3.5 - f/22 (W)
Focusing System
3-point TTL Phase Difference Detection, 11-point Contrast Detect in Live View mode with AF assist lamp, Manual Focus Included
Focusing Range
Normal: 10" - infinity (25 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity
100 - 1600 (1/3EV steps)
Shutter Speed
60 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes
49-zone Digital ESP, Center Weighted Average, Spot/ Highlight Spot/ Shadow Spot (Spot Approx. 1%)
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance
Image Sensor - Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1, 2 & 3, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Custom, One-Touch, Manual
Internal Flash
Guide Number: 12
Flash Modes
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Red-eye Reduction Slow Sync, Fill-in, Slow Synchronization (1st or 2nd curtain), Manual, Off.
Flash Range
Depends on lens aperture
Flash Exposure
Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Recording Medium
CompactFlash Type 1 & 2, Microdrive, xD Picture Card
File Format
CCD-RAW, 12-bit RAW (.ORF), JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
USB 2.0 High Speed
Battery Type
Lithium-ion, Rechargeable
Battery Form Factor
Proprietary BLS-1
Product Bundle
OLYMPUS Master Software CD-ROM
Battery / Charger
1 x Proprietary BLS-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Compliance
PictBridge Compliance
Tripod Mount
Remote Control
Yes, RM-UC1 cable, RM-1 IR
Operating System Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS
Self Timer
Yes, 2 or 12 seconds

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