Olympus E-450

Last update (18 April’12):
– Review by PCAuthority

Olympus E-450 is the world’s smallest digital SLR with built-in Art Filters nmeasuring 5.1 inches by 3.6 inches by 2.1 inches (excluding protrusions), and weighing in at a featherweight 13.4 ounces. This 10-megapixel DSLR also features autofocus with live view, face detection, shadow adjustment technology, dust reduciotn, digital image stabilization, and a 2,7″ New and Improved HyperCrystal II LCD Scren.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Check Availability

Expert Reviews

Olympus E-450 Reviews

PCAuthority reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“The E-450 takes good, clean images, but its design hasn’t aged well. Although other cameras have only a slight edge on it in terms of noise performance, it’s an edge nonetheless. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotoReview.au reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“Low light performance was generally good for ISO settings up to 800, where image noise started to become apparent in long exposures. Noise was quite obvious at ISO 1600 and shots taken at ISO 3200 were grainy-looking.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.uk reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“There are fewer white-balance inaccuracies for one, and slightly lower noise levels throughout the range, with maximum ISO 1,600 having better colour and detail than usual, with fewer distracting coloured speckles. It’s a much more sensible balance. Bravo..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“The image quality of the Olympus E-450 is certainly good. Especially for the novice, the Olympus E-450 will be a good camera that allows for easy and effective shooting. The many settings, a pleasant operation and a compact size make the camera combination that can be looked at with pride.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“Noise does gradually creep in even from a low setting such as ISO200 but only very mildly. In fact, if you didn’t magnify to full size, you’d never see it. Even at the maximum setting, ISO1600, noise is controlled very well and I’m surprised that olympus didn’t expand it further.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“Although the E-450 is a budget model, it’s not been dumbed down and keen photographers will find it gives them all the hands-on control they want, without burying the technicalities, and that’s a large part of its charm.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus E-450 and writes;
“Olympus E-450 produced photos of very good quality. Colours were vibrant without being over-saturated even in Natural picture mode, and you can also choose Vivid if you want even more punch. The Shadow Adjustment Technology helps make the most out of the shadows in a high-contrast scene, so you can expose for the highlights.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus E-450 Sample Photos

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Olympus E-450 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus E-450 Specifications


Lens mount
Four Thirds

Body material
Glassfibre reinforced plastics

Image Sensor

Effective pixels
10 Megapixels

Filter array
Primary colour filter (RGB)

Full resolution
11.8 Megapixels

4/3 ” Live MOS sensor

Aspect ratio & area
4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm


TruePic III+

Dust reduction filter

Supersonic Wave Filter

Live View

AF type
Option between phase difference detection system and contrast detection autofocus

Focusing System

TTL phase difference detection system, contrast detection system

Focus areas
3 points / Automatic and manual selection. For contrast detection AF, 11 points are used

AF illuminator
Yes , Built-in flash (external flash available / inactivation possible)

AF lock
Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button, AE/AF lock button (customised)

Focus tracking
Yes , Available in continuous AF mode

Manual focus
Yes , Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)

Single AF

Single AF + MF

Continuous AF
Yes , only available for TTL phase difference detection

Continuous AF + MF
Yes , only available for TTL phase difference detection

Detection range
0 – 19 EV (ISO 100)


ISO 100 – 1600

ISO 100 – 1600 (adjustable in 1 EV steps)

Shutter Speeds

Shutter speed range
1/4000 – 60 s

1/4000 – 2 s

Sequence Shooting

Sequential shooting mode
3.5 fps / Up to card capacity in Large Normal mode
3.5 fps / 8 frames RAW


230000 dots

LCD type
HyperCrystal II LCD

Monitor size
6.9 cm / 2.7 ”

Power Supply

BLS-1 Li-Ion battery (included)

Battery life
Approx. 500 shots with BLS-1 under CIPA testing standard.


Dimensions (W x H x D)
129.5 x 91 x 53 mm (without protrusions)

380 g (body only)


Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card

USB 2.0 High Speed

Combined V & USB output
Yes NTSC or PAL selectable


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