|Olympus E-410 DSLR Review : Last year during the European press conference in Hamburg, Olympus gave the starting shot for a new FourThirds SLR concept and the first real digital compact SLR - the Olympus E-400 - was born. Unfortunately it was only the European continent that was so lucky to get acquainted with this model, as all the other continents were left out. This year Olympus made up for it all with the introduction of two new digital SLR cameras just before the PMA 2007 in Las Vegas kicked off, among them the new Olympus E-410. I had already been introduced to this camera during my visit to the PMA and thanks to a fast cooperation with Olympus we are able to carry out a full test on the Olympus E410 very shortly after its introduction.
Olympus FourThirds SLR Review
The segment, to which the Olympus E-410 belongs, is subject to strong rivalry. Of course Nikon and Canon are obviously present, but we also see Pentax and Samsung joining the battle. This is a sign for Olympus to show their strongest side and looking at the specifications on paper, we expect a lot from the new FourThirds SLR models. Quite remarkable are the many reactions and comments that seemed to appear from nowhere since the Olympus E-400 has been introduced and even more so after the introduction of the new Olympus E410 digital SLR camera. The FourThirds system is very much alive amongst consumers and that could be an important milestone for Olympus!
Olympus Live View system - LCD monitor
The Olympus E-410 is the official successor of the E-400 and offers 10 Megapixels of resolution as well as the convenient Live View system that turns the LCD monitor into a large size viewfinder. Besides that a new image processor is being introduced that helps eliminating the feared digital noise. Naturally the Olympus E-410 supports the FourThirds system which makes the camera compatible with a large assortment of accessories. And to top it all up, the Olympus E-410 is equipped with the famous Supersonic Wave filter, a technology that effectively removes dust from the image sensor.
Olympus E410 Review - Dual Flash Memory Slot
The new Olympus E-410 is one of the feat of arms with which Olympus is claiming their market share this year. Moreover the Olympus E-510 and a new professional SLR camera are expected this summer. Olympus seem to be able to offer a strong assortment with these three FourThirds system cameras. They all look very promising on paper in any case. The compact size of the Olympus E410 tempts you to take the camera with you all the time. The size also invites you to use one of the smallest memory cards available from Olympus' own kitchen: the xD Picture Card. However; the Olympus E-410 is equipped with a dual card slot, so not only the xD card is supported but also the CompactFlash memory card.
Olympus E-410 Test
One of the first advantages Olympus claimed for the FourThirds system was the possibility of manufacturing an extremely compact digital SLR camera and the smallest lenses possible. The size of the lenses soon convinced us, but it wasn't until the E-400 was introduced before it was clear how compact and light weighted a DSLR could turn out. We have had the Olympus E-410 double kit in the house for a period of time and we were able to test the set exhaustively. Our experiences can be read in the next Olympus E-410 digital SLR camera review.
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