Olympus E-410

Last updated: Review by GoodGearGuide (05 December’07)

The Olympus E-410 (released on 5 March’07) is the upgraded version of the Olympus E-400 Digital SLR features 10 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, TruePic III processor, Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection, Dual memory card slots, 3fps with up to seven images in RAW buffer, ISO 100-1600 and a 2.5”/6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD.

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Olympus E-410
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Olympus E-410 Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Olympus’s E-410 isn’t the best digital SLR on the market in terms of image quality, but its combination of live view, dust reduction and a small build make it a reasonable competitor to the giants Canon and Nikon.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“…the Olympus E-410 doesn’t have much of a grip. Its more of a subtle arrangement of contours that help enhance your hold….Bottom line: The Olympus E-410 is a very capable dSLR, offering terrific image quality, an extensive list of useful features and an automatic mode to please the more armature photographer. It is also a terrific value”
Rating: N/A

CNET.AU reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“If the Live View mode or compact design appeals to you, go to your local retailer and give the E-410 a try to make sure that their appeal lives up to your expectations… Olympus’ compact dSLR for newbies, the Evolt E-410, is a decent choice if you’re looking to save space in your bag, but issues with its automatic exposure and white balance make it an unsatisfactory option as a first dSLR.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ComputerActive reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Overall The E-410 addresses the concerns we had about its E-400 forebear – the most infuriating being visible image noise at higher ISO settings – and comprehensively rights its wrongs. It’s faster, its images look better and equally importantly it’s cheaper than its predecessor..”
Rating: ★★★★★

Olympus E-410 Review by WDC

CNET.UK reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“The Olympus E-410 combines the automatic functionality, preset options and simple interface of a high-end compact with the manual flexibility of a dSLR. Aside from some automatic exposure issues and intrusive noise reduction, image quality is good once you dive into the settings. The E-410 is great for newcomers to dSLRs, or more experienced photographers looking for a feature-rich yet ultra-portable dSLR.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Olympus E-410 Video Review by TigerDirect

ThinkCamera reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“The Olympus E-410 has excellent high ISO performance, essentially noise-free from 100-400ISO, and acceptable noise even at the 1,600ISO setting…Fash is good, too. The pre-flash red-eye killer is effective, but too stroboscopic (a couple of seconds of mini-flashes mean no red eyes but angry faces), but it’s fine for both mid-to-close flash and fill flash…We reckon that, among rock-hoppers, mountaineers and world travellers, the Olympus E-410 is the camera of choice.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“The Olympus E-410 is a handsome and handy little SLR, one I could have easily fallen in love with. Though its Live View mode is not what it many will think, introducing extreme shutter lag, it is quite useful on occasion, allowing you to get shots you couldn’t otherwise. Its small size and light weight let me take it along more often, and it was nimble and easy to adjust to my needs.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“the E-410 has several advantages, not least its compact dimensions, low weight and useful live view feature. It also offers fast performance, extremely high image quality and a very wide range of creative control. If you want a highly portable DSLR and aren’t too bothered about image stabilisation then the E-410 would make a rewarding enthusiast’s camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“the Olympus E-410 doesn’t always get white balance correct – with interior pictures shot using natural daylight taking on a distinctly tell-tale blue hue, and likewise tungsten lighting providing that yellowy-orange cast…The Olympus E-410 delivering sharp, flattering portraits with vividly healthy skin tones. Distortion aside, the lens is capable of delivering commendably sharp images to boot.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“At ISO100 there’s some variation of tone in the grey and a little patch of colour in the shadow area, but nothing to worry about. Moving up to 200 the tonal variation is increased in the grey and black cards. The key test is at ISO400 and this is pretty good. There are distinct patterns now emerging, but the plain areas are okay and it’s only the shadows that show defined noise structures. At ISO800 the noise patterns are more distinct everywhere, but this is still very usable. Finally, at ISO1600 the colours are a little darker and the solid colour areas are well sprinkled with noise, with a harsh blue aspect in the shadows.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Camera performance was generally very good. The E-410 doesn’t start up as fast as, say, the D40x, but that’s because it’s removing dust from the sensor — and I’m more than happy to wait for that. Focus times were good in adequate lighting, though a bit slow when light levels dropped. Using the flash-based AF-assist lamp helps speed things up in those situations.”
Rating: N/A

Pocket-Lint reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Metering and focusing are excellent. The former is a 49-segment system with Digital ESP centre-weighted average, spot and highlight or shadow based spot metering. It’s flexible and reliable and flash metering I found to be rather good too.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Megapixel reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Ergonomically, the Olympus E-410 is excellent, and most SLR users should feel comfortable using the camera in a short time. Controls are well-spaced, making them easy to use precisely, even without looking… the Olympus Evolt E-410 has one of the best price to value ratios of cameras currently on the market. Moreover, the advantage and value that the 2-lens kit offers should place this camera high on the list of any person wanting to move to a digital SLR camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Outdoor shots taken in bright lighting were recorded by the test camera with plenty of colour and relatively high contrast. Exposure levels were somewhat variable, depending on ambient lighting. In bright, contrasty conditions they tended to be pitched towards capturing shadow detail, leaving highlights to block up. We obtained some good results when the exposure compensation was set to -0.3EV in such conditions, although saturation was relatively high for a DSLR with the default Natural setting.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Ultimately if stabilised optics aren’t a priority, the E-410 is a great choice. The body is extremely portable without compromising handling or comfort, the control system quick and easy to use, the SSWF filter remains the best around, and the Live View facility is both fun and useful. As such we can Highly Recommend the E-410 to anyone who wants a small and light DSLR, although we’d advise close comparison with the forthcoming E-510.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Lawrence Ripsher reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“At low ISO (100-400), I’d put the camera on a par with anything else out there in the entry – mid range. I’ve really been impressed with the quality and as I say, when combined with the superb lens range, the camera is capable of producing spectacular images. At high ISO (800 – 1600), I’d say that comparing it to samples, the camera shows a marked improvement over previous versions of high megapixel Olympus DSLR’s and is definitely acceptable when compared to other manufacturers. I rank it slightly behind Canon’s 400D, but then I’d rank pretty much any entry level DSLR behind that particular camera.”
Rating: N/A

Gizomodo reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“Outdoors, with plenty of light, proved to be the best environment for shooting in the E-410’s automatic modes. Colors came out rich, with decent contrast most of the time. Though I typically prefer the viewfinder for shooting, the high-contrast display did well in the blazing sunlight for both Live View and post-shot review…I know, you want me to tell you whether you should spend your hard-earned $800 on this for your mom’s Mother’s Day gift. If relative size and the Live View feature are important to Mommy dearest, then yes. Otherwise, spend a tad more on the slightly larger, better performing Nikon D40x.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“The good: Very compact for a dSLR; speedy; Live View mode (LCD preview) operation. The bad: Subpar autofocus, exposure, and automatic white-balance performance; some poor choices for default settings. The bottom line: Olympus’ compact dSLR for newbies, the Evolt E-410, is a decent choice if you’re looking to save space in your bag, but issues with its automatic exposure and white balance make it an unsatisfactory option as a first dSLR. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PopPhoto has a preview of the Olympus E-410;
“both camera bodies rely on a metal frame across the camera back and a stainless steel lensmount in front to improve durability. Most other internal components are made of strong plastic; body casings are molded polycarbonate with rubberized grip material on the shutter button side. Both cameras have dual card slots for CF and xDPicture Cards, and can store RAW, JPEG, or RAW + JPEG (at several compression settings).”
Rating: N/A

LetsGoDigital reviews the Olympus E-410 and writes;
“The images made by the Olympus E-410 in combination with both kit lenses are of excellent quality. Colour rendition is fine and resolution outstanding. The quality is fine for a kit lens such as the 14-42 Zuiko Digital…The speed at which the camera focuses is fine, but I would like to see more than just 3 AF fields. You will be fine with these three, but it would look better on this camera if it had had some extra AF focus points on board.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus E-410 Samples

Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos by Pocket-Lint
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos by Lawrence Ripsher
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ Gizmodo
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ CNET
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
Olympus E-410 Sample Photos @ Olympus.US

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Olympus E-410 User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Olympus E-410 User Instruction Manual (English)

Olympus E-410 Firmware

– Download Olympus E-410 Firmware V. 1.2
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Olympus E-410 Press Release

London, 5 March 2007 – Extraordinary compactness, leading-edge technology and brilliant performance distinguish the new Olympus E-410 from the competition. This successor to the E-400 is one of the world’s most compact D-SLRs with Live Preview. Photographers benefit from exceptional mobility and are not limited to only looking through the viewfinder when framing compositions – as is the case in most D-SLRs – but can frame their subject directly on the large 2.5”/6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD. Thanks to compatibility with the Four Thirds Standard, a supreme selection of lenses and other accessories is at the disposal of users, extending the potential areas of application. Meanwhile, a new, professional-grade Live MOS sensor delivers 10 Megapixels of high-definition image recording under all conditions. Also new is the image processing engine which features excellent noise performance. It dramatically boosts shooting results and further perfects quality. And naturally, as with all E-System cameras from the inventor of dust-free D-SLR photography, the Olympus E-410 incorporates the patented Supersonic Wave Filter. This ensures that users never need to worry about the harmful effects dust can have on their images.

Exceptional compactness and cutting-edge technology

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One Response to “Olympus E-410”

  1. Kenneth Hardin says:

    I Just traded one of my snowboad set ups for the Olympus E-410 and thanks to the videos on this page i now understand and am really happy with this camera! i can’t wait to print my first Pictures!

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