Olympus E-400

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ThinkCamera (added on 25 May’07)

Olympus E-400 is the world’s smallest and lightest D-SLR camera with 10.0 million pixel CCD featuring dual memory card slots, four thirds compatibility, supersonic Wave Filter – ensuring dust-free photography, 31 scene modes that cover a wide variety of shooting situations, 3 fps with up to five images in RAW buffer, Improved 49 segment digital ESP and spot metering, and 2.5″ LCD Screen.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 25.05.07)

ThinkCamera reviews the Olympus E-400 (rating: 8/10) and writes;
“Image noise isn’t bad – much better than most compacts and bridge cameras, though not as good as some of the best DSLRs. At ISO 100 images are very clean, though noise creeps in as you increase from there. By ISO 400 there’s noticeable texturing to the colours, though it stays as acceptable luminance noise even up into ISO 800. Only by ISO 1600 is there a real impact to image quality, as the noise changes to RGB and disrupts the colours.”

Computer Active have reviewed the Olympus E-400 where they rate the camera 4/5 and write;
“Good Points: Compact dimensions and lightweight body. Clear and bright screen. Double zoom lens purchase option offers best-value deal. Bad points: Problems with image noise. Not much to grip on the camera. Overall: Although a tad expensive when compared to recent 10-megapixel digital cameras, some keen street deals make the well-crafted E-400 a more appetising prospect for amateurs wanting to join the D-SLR boom.”

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Olympus E-400 where they rate the camera 4/5 and conclude;
“The Olympus E-400′s compact size might be enough to set it apart from the competition but once a protruding lens is attached it isn’t exactly pocket sized. That said, it could be the final nail in the coffin for bridge cameras like the Sony R1 and the Samsung Pro815, as it is lighter and smaller and offers all the creative benefits that an interchangeable lens camera can offer. It’s unlikely that this will this signal the beginning of even smaller DSLRs, as portability isn’t usually the top priority of consumers wanting to use these cameras. But the E-400 should satisfy most consumers demands as it has 31 auto shooting modes for totally automatic functionally and there’s a number of colour modes cable of producing vivid tones, as well as black & white and sepia computer-free effects. It is also worth noting that the 10MP 4:3 ratio CCD size doubles the focal length of all its lenses (to 35mm equivalent) which is especially useful for shooting subject matter that is hard to get close to, like wildlife or sports. The Olympus E-400 delivers a pleasing user experience with straightforward handling that will appeal to beginners and enthusiasts alike.”

PCW have reviewed the Olympus E-400 and conclude;
“Pros: Small and light; anti-dust system; choice of lenses, image quality
Cons: No live preview; uses flash for auto-focus illumination, small viewfinder image
Overall: Excellent quality and a compact body that’s smaller and lighter than any other model makes the Olympus E-400 worthy of serious consideration”

DigicamReview have reviewed the Olympus E-400 and conclude;
“The Olympus E-400 is an impressive digital SLR camera, offering excellent image quality, and an excellent range of lenses with very precise manual zoom control. The screen is good, and the camera can produce excellent photos. If you can stick with the lower ISO settings and you want high quality large images then this camera should be high on your shopping list. This camera is easy to use (in auto mode) and offers speedy performance, excellent battery life, with good controls and excellent build quality. I would recommend this camera especially to people who want greater creative control that normal compact digital cameras generally do not provide. I’d recommend trying out the camera and comparing with other brands before purchase, as you may find looking through the viewfinder and getting used to reading the information provided takes a little time, when compared to your average (electronic viewfinder) digital camera. If you have been put off getting a Digital SLR due to the physical size of them compared to point and shoot cameras, then the E-400 could be what you’ve been waiting for, as one of the smallest, it is also one of the easiest Digital SLRs to take with you. The double zoom lens kit with new smaller lenses, designed specifically for the E-400, offers excellent value for money and a very appealling package. Highly Recommended!”

ePhotozine have reviewed the Olympus E-400 where they rate the camera 8/10 and write;
“With lots of picture modes and a generally simplified body control system, this is a DSLR that beginners can pick up and use. It produces very good results, and with a high 10Mp resolution can equally be used for landscapes and portraits. The autofocus is fast and accurate, but lacks sophisticated tracking and selection options. The ISO range is decent, but gets very noisy at 1600, even with noise reduction. Large handed people won’t like the lack of grip on the right, but the younger and older photographer will appreciate the very light weight. While the camera lacks the really advanced features, more experienced photographers would appreciate, it does offer a compelling alternative to the Canon 400D and the Nikon D80. Being of the Four Thirds system, anyone with an investment in lenses from another manufacturer isn’t really going to come across to the Olympus, but for the newcomer, the excellent colours, good sharpness, high resolution and light weight make it a compelling alternative.”

CameraLabs have reviewed the Olympus E-400 where they rate the camera 9/10 and write;
“As the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR to date, the Olympus E-400 is certainly a very compact product – as we mentioned on the Design page, it even manages to make the Canon 400D / XTi look quite hefty. ..Ultimately while the E-400’s key rivals can work out cheaper from some dealers, it still easily earns itself a Highly Recommended rating. The quality and controls are very good, the compact body is extremely portable without compromising handling, and the SSWF remains the only anti-dust system we’ve tested which seems genuinely effective”

DigicamReview have reviewed the Olympus E-400 and write;
“The Olympus E-400 is an impressive digital SLR camera, offering excellent image quality, and an excellent range of lenses with very precise manual zoom control. The screen is good, and the camera can produce excellent photos. If you can stick with the lower ISO settings and you want high quality large images then this camera should be high on your shopping list. This camera is easy to use (in auto mode) and offers speedy performance, excellent battery life, with good controls and excellent build quality. I would recommend this camera especially to people who want greater creative control that normal compact digital cameras generally do not provide. I’d recommend trying out the camera and comparing with other brands before purchase, as you may find looking through the viewfinder and getting used to reading the information provided takes a little time, when compared to your average (electronic viewfinder) digital camera. If you have been put off getting a Digital SLR due to the physical size of them compared to point and shoot cameras, then the E-400 could be what you’ve been waiting for, as one of the smallest, it is also one of the easiest Digital SLRs to take with you. The double zoom lens kit with new smaller lenses, designed specifically for the E-400, offers excellent value for money and a very appealling package. Highly Recommended!”

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Olympus E-400 where they rate the camera 9/10 and write;
“Regardless of its versatility, speed and handling, a digital SLR stands or falls on its image quality, and here the E-400 scores big time. As I mentioned, the image files are huge compared to other 10MP cameras, which is always a good sign. The JPEG files are around 5.3MB on disk, and around 28MB opened in Photoshop…The Olympus E-400 is a very accomplished camera, a serious photographic tool that will appeal to both professionals and advanced amateurs. It offers a combination of easily controlled versatility, exceptional performance and superb image quality that should secure it a place in the top rank of mid-range digital SLRs. The kit price may seem expensive, but it includes two excellent lenses that perfectly complement this outstanding camera.”

DigitalCameraInfo has a preview of Olympus E-400 and writes;
“Timing can be very important. If the E-400 had been introduced two years ago, in the place of the E-300, it would have been very impressive to see all its features in such a small package. It would have made the Four Thirds format look like the next big thing. Small, high-resolution, not ugly, with dust control – it appears much more exciting than the E-300. But it’s too late. The only distinction it has left is the Four Thirds format, and that shouldn’t sway first-time DSLR buyers. Without knowing about its image quality, it’s not sensible to say whether this is a camera to buy or not. But it’s sensible to say there’s nothing about it that separates it from the pack.”

>> VIDEO REVIEWS (last updated: 30.11.06)

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 28.01.07)

- Olympus E-400 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
- Olympus E-400 Sample Photos posted @ DigicamReview
- Olympus E-400 Sample Photos posted @ CameraLabs
- Olympus E-400 Sample Photos posted @ TrustedReviews

>> PRESS RELEASE

London, 14 September 2006 – Olympus presents the latest addition to the E-System, the world’s smallest and lightest D-SLR camera – the E-400. The compact size and low weight of this latest Four Thirds Standard camera, allows photographers to take it virtually anywhere, while not having to do without the considerable benefits of SLR photography. This model features a new CCD with 10.0 million pixels and a state-of-the-art amplifier circuit for incredible imaging performance at super fast speed. As the design of the E-400 is based on the Four Thirds Standard, users have virtually unlimited flexibility.

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