Olympus E-420 with 14-42mm lens reviews and prices: SLR camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 11 reviews.
Olympus E-420 with 14-42mm lens: 10 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, Compact Flash storage, Yes image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description
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Tony, Ksgrave Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Simple to use - good screen size - easy to follow handbook
Bad points:
Be a good idea one day if they gave us a case with the camera
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Jul 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Clear viewer, quick to get started as easy to use
Bad points:
I haven't found any yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 May 2009

John, Emsworth, Hampshire Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact and easy to use, instruction book clear and easy to follow
Bad points:
havn't found any yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jul 2009

Bill, Horley Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I found it difficult to move on from my Olympus film camera into the modern technology of cameras as I was concerned that all the things that it could supposedly do at the touch of a button would confuse me. My son, an experienced amateur photographer, persuaded me to change to an "entry level" digital SLR, particularly the E420 as it was the best on the market. I was pleased to find that it could be used like a manually operated film camera where you decide on the aperture, shutter speed etc, or you could go into automatic mode with its 18 different scene modes. It is light and compact and even though I have large hands its small size is not a problem as far as operating it is concerned. The back up instructions of both DVD and manual are easily understood
Bad points:
I haven't come across any yet as far as the camera is concerned. However the manual although instructive and relatively easily understood could have been better set out e.g after the first eight pages describing with diagrams the camera, the mode dial, the viewfinder, super control panel etc it then instructs you to unpack the box contents! Then after a few pages on attaching the lens, loading the card, shooting etc, the Table of Contents follows! Throughout the rest of the manual was the frustration of starting to read about, for example White Balance only to be directed elsewhere in the manual for the selection of such. Why not put it all in the same place? Maybe I'm being a little too pedantic but I did find myself getting increasingly annoyed as I tried to follow specific aspects of operation through the manual.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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25 of 25 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Apr 2009

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 1
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 1
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Colour Black
Media format Compact Flash
Media format XD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge No
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder No
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 380
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 91x129.5x53
RAW Format Yes
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 58
Release date 39561
Bluetooth No
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Manufacturer's Description

  • World’s most compact D-SLR*
  • Exceptional ease of use
  • Comfortable viewing with Autofocus Live View
  • 100% D-SLR quality
  • 6.9cm / 2.7’’ HyperCrystal II LCD
  • 10 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Face Detection for perfectly focused and exposed faces
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • Excellent dust reduction system
  • Built-In flash and wireless flash control
  • 3.5fps with up to 8 images in RAW buffer
  • Four Thirds Standard
  • 28 shooting modes
  • ISO 100-1600
  • TruePic III image processor
  • One-touch white balance
  • AF / AE lock functionality
  • Depth of field preview
  • Anti-shock (Mirror lock) function
  • Beginners and advanced info screen
  • 100% field of view via LCD
  • Detailed playback info screen with histogram
  • Bracketing functions
  • Perfect image control
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0

The latest addition to the Olympus E-System, the E-420, represents a winning formula for both seasoned photographers and entrants to the D-SLR domain alike. Users benefit from the remarkable quality only D-SLR photography can deliver, yet also enjoy the ease of use usually only associated with a compact camera. This includes Live View depictions on the LCD, which can significantly simplify image composition. In addition, as one of the worlds smallest and lightest D-SLRs, mobility is hardly an issue. The E-420 will fit just about anywhere from a small daypack to a ladys handbag. This makes it a perfect companion for journalists, travellers or other adventurers who appreciate the one-of-a-kind portability, performance and value for money it delivers. The easy-to-use 10.0 Megapixel E-420 features 28 shooting modes to suit a multitude of photographic situations and is ready to use straight out of the box. It will be available in stores from late April 2008.

*As of March 2008

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