Dual memory card slots (for xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash)
Four Thirds interchangeable lens mount system
World's smallest and lightest DSLR*
(From company literature) With the launch of the new E-400, Olympus introduces the world's smallest and lightest D-SLR * to date – and a camera that's exceptionally easy to use. Its ultra-compact dimensions and low weight give E-400 users the freedom to take professional quality photos wherever they wish. Yet despite its modest proportions, the E-400 is packed with 10.0 million pixels worth of image resolution and a treasure-trove of other high tech features. As with all E-System cameras, the E-400 is protected by a Supersonic Wave Filter. This unique Olympus technology prevents dust and dirt from sticking to the CCD and spoiling photos. And being Four Thirds Standard-compatible, the E-400 gives the photographer practically unlimited flexibility with a complete system of lenses and other accessories.
As the smallest and lightest D-SLR camera* in the world, the E-400 brings a never-before-seen level of mobility and easy of use to SLR photography. It is the perfect travel companion, compact enough to take on holidays or for use as a high quality back-up when out on the road and, being so compact, it will never become a burden.
Naturally, the high standards that have made the Olympus E-System famous are maintained with its newest member. As well as being equipped with the Supersonic Wave Filter for brilliant dust-free photography at all times, the E-400 incorporates a new 10.0 million pixel CCD, capable of delivering stunning photos packed with detail.
Suitable for use on virtually any occasion, the E-400 is equipped with a great balance of manual control for creativity and automatic options for ease of use. A total of 31 special shooting modes have been included for completely automatic operation in situations as diverse as Fireworks, Landscapes, Macro, and Sunsets. A variety of colour modes are also on hand, as are special Black & White filters that can be applied to photos to improve black and white portraits and landscapes.
As the design of the E-400 is based on the Four Thirds Standard, users will have access to a multitude of accessories and lenses designed specifically for digital photography, from both Olympus and various other manufacturers. Timed to coincide with the launch of the E-400, Olympus is also introducing two new ultra-compact ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses: the ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 (equiv. to 28-84mm on a 35mm camera), which is perfect for standard use and, for more magnification power, the ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 (equiv. to 80-300mm on a 35mm camera).
The E-400 is living proof that D-SLR quality and versatility can go hand-in-hand with compactness and ease of use.
* As at July 2006
The Olympus E-400 is slated to go on sale in Europe this November, however there are currently no plans to release it in the US.
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Total Spent: $1,000.00| Rating: 8
small and light, image quality, ergonomics
control panel takes some getting used to
I bought the camera as a body, together with the Olympus 14-54mm/F2.8-3.5 zoom instead of the kit lens(es).
Basically, I wanted this lens and had to get a camera to go with it. The choice was between the E-500 and the E-400.
In the end, I decided in favor of the E-400 instead of the E-500 for ergonomical reasons: It just felt better in my hands. Even though it's small, I like the way it handles. What I'm missing a bit is the more direct access to ISO sensitivity and other parameters that the E-500 offers. I'm getting used to the control panel way of changing parameters, though. The user interface seems well thought out and does not get in my way.
I'm very happy with the images the combo produces. Sharpness is excellent, and the colors are gorgous. I prefer the "Natural" image mode for most motives, but the "Vivid" mode does not feel overdone. Image noise is there, but well controlled up to ISO 800. With ISO 1600, I'm shooting RAW and doing noise suppression in the converter software (RAW Developer on MacOS supports the camera, although inofficially; on Windows, you can use the newest dcraw version). Otherwise, I feel no need to use RAW as the JPGs are really good, especially in SHQ mode which uses very low compression.
What I like most: there is absolutely no reason to leave this camera at home. When I'm out with the kids, or cycling to work, I have it with me. It's that light and small! (I may have to add that I've been using a Nikon F4 before...)