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9th April 2007
In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
by Ian Burley
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A minor name change but a major under the skin upgrade for the Olympus E-410 DSLR, including live view

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Welcome to part 1 of our multi-part in-depth review of the Olympus E-410 compact DSLR, featuring live view. In part 1, we take a basic look at the design of the camera and provide some example images for you to download.

In part 2, we will look at the camera's noise and resolution characteristics and examine its colour rendition, with some more sample files to download. In part 4, we examine the 14-42mm (28-84mm equivalent) kit lens that comes with the E-410 and put it through its paces on the technical benchtest.

Finally, in part 5, after we've had some time to get really acquainted with the E-410, we'll cover aspects of living with the E-410 and its general effectiveness as a modern DSLR camera.

Audience participation!

During the review period, we encourage you to join in the process by posting to a dedicated review thread in our discussion forum. I'll do my best to respond to any questions in order to widen the breadth of the review.

The camera we have been supplied with for review is labelled 'pre-production' by Olympus . However, it was supplied in a store-ready box, in twin-lens kit form (bundled with the 14-42 standard kit lens and the 40-150 kit telephoto zoom) and have been assured by Olympus that the camera is representative of final production models, and image quality can be safely judged with this camera. However, we note that the camera's firmware version number is '0.0' and we expect final shipping versions to have version 1.0 installed.

The E-410 is an important camera for Olympus as it represents their first 'new generation' Four Thirds DSLR and its image quality should be representative of the forthcoming E-510 DSLR, which shares the same sensor, but adds in-body image stabilisation via a sonic-wave controlled sensor platform.

Below is a gallery of product images to give you a feel for the design of the E-410. It's essentially the same physical design as the E-400 that was launched in the autumn of last year. There is only one external difference, where the E-400's Fn button has been replaced by a display mode selector button to accommodate the new live view feature. For a more extended look at the E-400/410 design, please look at our larger product views gallery for the E-400.

On page 2 of this article, we cover the new operational features introduced in the E-410 and on page 3 we have original image samples from our review camera for you to download.

E-410 product photo gallery

For more E-400 product images, including comparisons with a classic Olympus OM-4 film DSLR, have a look at our E-400 article from last year.

Click on a thumbnail image below to see a larger version plus its caption:




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In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)

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Jebir Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
Thanks for the nice review. Good news for 4/3 that the noiseseems to be non-issue these days. I'... (more)

Louis Dobson Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
Small misunderstanding? You seem to suggest that the E330 doesn't offer gridlines etc - it does. J... (more)

marcof Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
actually, the imager used in the E-400 is a propriety version of the KAI-10100 interline CCD from... (more)

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Ian Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
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RogerC Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
How big are the raw files? 11mb as in the promo literature? how's the shutter lag? if you go t... (more)

Ian Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
Hi all - I should have explained that I'm in provincial Thailand on holiday with my family and it ha... (more)

RogerC Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
And I should have said thanks for what you've already written. What do you think of the lag due to t... (more)

Ian Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
Hi Roger, you're much appreciated :) I have just arrived back in the UK this morning and I shoul... (more)

duncsand Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
Hi Ian, Great review, looking forward to the next section. It seems the E-410 is quite an exciting... (more)

Ian Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
Yes, a good point - I had overlooked the Frame Assist option on the E-330, which needs to be enabl... (more)

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Its the E-510 that has me hanging on.... (more)

jrtrent Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
One feature of the E-system that I haven't seen formally tested is the lens aberration correction... (more)

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That's a week ago - we're eagerly waiting!!... (more)

carman Re: In-depth review: Olympus E-410 compact DSLR with live view (Part 1)
I gave up waiting for E-510 when I saw the prices of E-330. (299) with 14-45. I had a fuji S9600 an... (more)

 
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