Olympus E-420 with 17.5-45mm Zoom Lens reviews and prices: SLR camera

30 customer reviews

+ This digital camera has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 30 reviews.
Olympus E-420 with 17.5-45mm Zoom Lens: 10 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, XD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description
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Some customer reviews of Olympus E-420 with 17.5-45mm Zoom Lens

Most helpful reviews

john, rainham - kent

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
size, weight and ease of handling. great vfm.
Bad points:
have not found any yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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12 of 24 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Jul 2009

Steven, Halifax Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The world's smallest Digital SLR, but it's still reassuringly chuncky. Easy to use with lots of features. Indoor images will certainly impress if you're used to a point and shoot. Handles lighting more accurately. Starts up nalmost immediately. Unlike it's rivals at this price, it also comes with Live View so you can 'see' the image before it's taken. Comes with a training DVD - very helpful. You can buy many accessories off Ebay, such as filters and screen protectors. This is pretty much the same camera as the more expensive Olympus models but at a cheaper price, so a bargin.
Bad points:
No image stablization, but quite frankly I don't need it. You can change the shutter speed and ISO settings to limit camera shake in most conditions, even indoor without a flash. Probably more use on a point and shoot where you can't adjust shutter speed.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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13 of 25 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jun 2009

Michelle, Waterlooville

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Loads of features and the ability to choose whether to let the camera do it automatically or to experiment with the settings yourself. Really impressed overall.
Bad points:
None found as yet.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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14 of 26 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jul 2009

Mr P, Taunton .Somerset . Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good dslr easy to use and very good photos.
Bad points:
none yet .
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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12 of 24 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jul 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Really good compact dslr ideal for anyone who wants a good camera without the bulk
Bad points:
no image stabilisation, however, I haven't really missed that, as the lens does let in a good deal of light.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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13 of 26 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2009

caz, andover Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
its the best camera i have ever owned, picture quality is fantastic and brilliant all rounder.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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13 of 26 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Jul 2009

Bob, Truro, Cwll

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Compact size and light weight
Bad points:
Far to many features, most of which will never be required. Instruction manual difficult to follow for someone who has no digital camera experience.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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13 of 25 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Jun 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 Micro Drive
Media format XD Card
Media format Compact Flash
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
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof No
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 91x129.5x53
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 58
Release date 2008-04-23
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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 world’s smallest and lightest D-SLRs, mobility is hardly an issue. The E-420 will fit just about anywhere – from a small daypack to a lady’s 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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