a new digital SLR camera called the E-420 that it bills as the world’s
smallest DSLR camera. Despite its small size, Olympus promises a full feature
Olympus says the E-420 is small enough to fit into a purse or jacket pocket
with measurements of 5.1-inches by 3.6-inches by 2.1-inches the E-420 is sized
more like a point and shoot camera than a traditional DSLR. The camera is also
very lightweight at only 13.4 ounces.
Other features of the E-420 include autofocus with a live view LCD that
allows users to frame shots with the LCD screen rather than the view finder is
desired. The LCD itself is a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II promising twice the
contrast and better viewing in bright conditions. The camera uses a
10-megapixel Live-MOS sensor promising clear images even at high ISO settings.
The E-420 is also compatible with wireless flash units form Olympus
including the FL-50R and FL-36R. The camera supports CompactFlash Type I/II,
Microdrive and xD-Picture cards for storage and the lens mount is a four thirds
system. A dust reduction system is built-in and uses Supersonic Wave Filter
technology. Images can be shot in 12-bit RAW format, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG.
The viewfinder is an eye-level single-lens reflex design with approximately
a 95% field of view with a magnification of 0.92x. Image stabilization is not
included. The autofocus system uses 3-point multiple AF and has an available
focusing aid. The ISO sensitivity rage is ISO 100- 1600 in 1EV steps and the
shutter speed is from 2 – 1/4000 of a second. The camera ships with a 14-42mm
f2.8 kit lens. Availability is scheduled for late April at about $599 for the
kit with lens and $499 for the body only.
DailyTech recently covered Olympus-rival Sony
which launched a pair of new D-SLR cameras as well called the A300 and
quote: I wonder what improves these DSLR cameras hold over my 35mil and other Digital cameras.