|Olympus Live View mode
For many years the optical viewfinder was the most important item with which the photographer decided his composition. The introduction of the Live View mode is trying to nibble away a bit of the importance of the optical viewfinder. It surely isn't a replacement yet, but especially when taking still subjects the Live View function comes in very handy. When Live View is activated the mirror pops up (and you can certainly hear this well) and the image appears on the screen. You can only use this image to decide the composition or to focus manually. If you want to use AF, the mirror will have to fold back in order for the camera to focus. The image will be made directly. Moving subjects are harder to catch with Live View because of the interval of the folding back mirror. Consider about one second for capturing an image in Live Mode with the use of AF. When the photographer focuses manually the images are taken about twice as fast.
Olympus E-410 Camera
Making use of Live View offers some additional possibilities. It enables enlarging the image 10x by manual focus mode (M). This of course is extremely handy when making close-ups. Besides that a histogram can be called that lets you easily check the bright and dark parts occurring in the image. Live View also works excellently in dim light circumstances. Moreover the menu lets you activate the Live View boost that gives the monitor some more energy. Another convenient function is the so-called deciding of the depth of field through the Live View mode. These functions occupy an important place in the camera and they are an extra aid for photographing.
Olympus SuperSonic Wave Filter
One especially great function of the Olympus E-410 is the SuperSonic Wave Filter (SSWF) that effectively eliminates the constant problem of dust. Olympus has taken this system into the programme for many years now and with the growing popularity of the digital SLR camera, the awareness of this anti-dust system offering a very useful contribution grows equally. The anti-dust system makes a special filter that is placed in front of the image sensor shake, so the eventually apparent dust particles don't get the chance to get to the sensor.
|Olympus Super Sonic Wave Filter
Every time the Olympus E410 is started up, the SSWF is also activated. This operation hardly slows down the start-up process and will definitely not be experienced as an annoying factor. On paper there is a vast difference between the start-up time of the Nikon D40x and the Olympus E-410, where as in practice this time difference is negligible. A clear picture, without irritating dust spots is the result, and that is what we ultimately want don't we?
Olympus E410 Operation
The limited amount of buttons on the Olympus E410 DSLR camera means that there are hardly any or none at all of the so-called quick-buttons found on the camera. Essential items such as white balance, ISO and compression etc. have to be changed through the LCD monitor. But no lost of time is encountered! Pressing the OK button makes a large number of setting possibilities appear, amongst them the previous mentioned one. You can select the function through the multi-controller and confirm it through the OK button. It's a matter of getting used to because it is different from what you find on the average DSLR camera. Personally I find that in practice it works pleasantly and very organized. In stead of learning all about the buttons on the camera, a simple click on the OK button suffices to get the same result.
Compact SLR camera
The Olympus E-410 is the second compact Olympus digital SLR camera that I have tested in practice and I must admit that I admire and appreciate the light weight and convenient size more and more. In fact it turns out that you take the Olympus E-410 with you just as easily as you would take your compact camera, or even easier. Nothing left to wish for? Well, yes, an image stabilizer, but I will get back to that in the upcoming Olympus E-510 review. As yet, the practical experience with the compact Olympus E-410 has only been pleasant and undoubtedly the majority of consumers will confirm this.