|Olympus E-410 - ISO settings
For average use the best JPEG compression will do fine and is sufficient for a high quality image. The Olympus E-410 has an adjustable ISO range of 100 - 1600 ISO and offers the possibility to shoot with slower shutter speeds. ISO on a DSLR camera is mostly looked upon as useful under dim light conditions, twilight etc. That is why high ISO is used once in a while and my view is that most images are being made in sufficient light circumstances, eventually supported by the internal flash. Still high ISO settings also offer a solution in bright sunlight to take pictures with the use of a tele lens or to benefit from the aperture priority. Besides the standard 14-42 kit lens I have also used the 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens in bright sunlight and had to use a high ISO setting regularly even up to 1600 ISO, to prevent blur from moving. The quality of the high ISO images is great and high ISO settings do actually offer the solution to take handheld tele images at which the shutter speed is slower compared to the focal point. I find that the Olympus E-410 does a great job concerning high ISO quality under these circumstances.
Olympus noise reduction
Of course the quality drops when I take test images in bad light conditions. This is the case with lower ISO values, and clearly visible when using the high ISO values. One tends to forget that a perfect exposure is essential for the quality of the image and one can not judge the quality of the high ISO when the basic exposure was bad to start with. Olympus do use noise reduction and it seems to be rather apparent at times. Some detail gets lost, but the loss stays within the margins. One who wants pure photography has to choose RAW. These images can be edited to one's own taste and the final result will then depend on the photographer's hand. Olympus has the subject ISO definitely under control and offers partially a solution to prevent blur from movements at slow shutter speeds. If you don't want to settle for that, you can wait for the E-410's big brother, the Olympus E-510 SLR camera that will soon be available.
Olympus E-410 - Chromatic aberration
Colour rendition of the images is natural and lively. Remarkable is the control over the chromatic aberration, it is hardly existing. When we look at the performance of the standard delivered Olympus 14-42 Zuiko Digital kit lens, we experience an excellent result for a kit lens. The kit lens is an economical lens and investing in an other lens you will gain as far as quality is concerned.
|Olympus standard lens
The images made by the standard lens are quite soft, but consistent of character. In the corners some light loss is visible but no more than what you would expect from a lens like this one. The lens is definitely a perfect match with the Olympus E-410 but as said before, if you invest in a high quality Zuiko digital lens of Olympus you will be able to get more out of it.
Olympus E-410 DSLR - White balance settings
The Olympus' white balance settings offer sufficient choice in order to face every thinkable light source. Besides auto white balance, some 7 additional settings are possible, topped up with an adjustable Kelvin that ranges from 2000k up to 14000k and a so-called One Touch white balance that lets you quickly select a colour setting. And to take the discussion even farther; every single one of the 7 settings and the AUTO mode can be adjusted to colour (R, B, G and M). With this amount of white balance settings it may not come as a surprise to you that there is a correct white balance setting available for every environment.
Olympus E410 - Shutter speed
The type of digital SLR camera that the Olympus E-410 stands for can't do without the auto programmes. The command dial on top of the camera lets you select from some 20 preset scenes through SCENE. They all support typical shooting situations and it will be a great aid for the beginning photographer to get a certain result. Of course the challenge from a DSLR lies in the manual settings. For those who would like to shoot creatively and want to experiment a bit more, they will soon leave the SCENE mode for what it is and select one of the other settings for example, shutter priority (S) or aperture priority (A). The Olympus E410 has a broad shutter speed range from 1/4000 to 60 seconds at which the Bulb (B) setting offers an increase to 8 minutes. Just as is the case on the E400, the B mode can only offer such a long exposure time at ISO values from 100 - 400. At ISO 500 - 800 an exposure time of 4 minutes is possible and the ISO value of 1000 - 1600 has to settle for 2 minutes. Besides that you can compensate the exposure from 5EV -/+ in 1/3 EV steps.