Summary Olympus E-420

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 3
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 10
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 18x13.5mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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Olympus E-420 | DVD Presentation - Part 1    -    [eduardc_4d]
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  • Time-lapse
  • Slow motion
  • Short film
Olympus E-420 | DVD Presentation - Part 2    -    [eduardc_4d]
  • White balance
  • Tutorial
  • Shooting video
  • Shooting modes
Olympus E-420 | DVD Presentation - Part 3 - [eduardc_4d]
  • White balance
  • Tutorial
  • Shooting video
  • Shooting modes


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The Olympus E-420 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
138 ms shutter lag
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
426 g
Size Really small Help
Standard size (130×91×53 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds


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The Olympus E-420 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
527 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.5 bits
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
March 2008
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.4 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.5 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
500 shots
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
34 lenses
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Popularity Not so popular Help
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