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Hi i thought I would give this review from the point of view of someone who knew next to nothing about photography when I purchased my first DSLR (which was this model).
I purchased one of these camera's 5 years ago, and to this day I still own it and use it as my main camera. I do not own any other DSLR.
I knew so little about photography when I purchased this I was under the impression if i got a decent camera i could take decent photo's. I literally thought it was es easy as that!
I knew nothing of aperature and lenses and curves, nor what 3/4 's of this camera was capable of doing. To this day I still havent learnt about RAW images !! (that is my fault and nothing to do with the camera!)
Now, whilst with some cameras you do need a good understanding of photography to use them, i found with the E410 i didnt really!
WHen i opened this camera i literally placed the lens on it and started snapping pictures. I snapped away and took over 2 thousand images in one day. Then I did something I had never done before - I edited them with the software that came with the camera. And I instantly loved my camera!
There WAS a certain degree of an instant imporvement in my photo's, which i was over the moon with.
I have since learnt a lot more about photography, and can now take a variety of styles of photo's, i still class myself as a beginner though!
The camera is, to me, lightweight, and easy to use. It comes with your first lens too, and is a fabulous addition to any amateur photographer. It makes an excellent first DSLR camera, and indeed with the added bonus of being able to buy more lenses for it, would do the pforessional photographer too!
The lenses are easy to take on and off, and are also easy to clean and maintain. I love them! No complex processes involved, literally line the two red dots up twist and off they come! Or on they go. AS easy as that!
It gives a very clear crips picture with low noise in the background. The editing software is superb and in the five years I have had this camera i have never felt the need to upgrade to a paid editing software, i find it does everything i could posiibly want from a photo editing software programme.
Lenses are reasonably priced and often so much cheaper than for other brands of camera, there are even other brands of lens that easily fit onto this camera too.
The remote control is a valuble picec of equipment for it too, i LOVE it. It enables me to be in family photo's, or to not have to stay in one position for hours when waiting for that perfect shot of some reclusive animal!
You can also buy infared lenses which give your photos a whole new meaning of life.
I really can not begin to recommend this product enough.
I chose mine by reading online reviews, and I had to hunt several websites to find reveiws that compared various different makes of DLSR. This is classed by many an an entry level DSLR, but as i say I still have mine five years later, and still have not felt the need to upgrade. It is a fab easy to use camera and I love it. I highy recommend it!
One of the first things you notice about the Olympus E-410 is that it is not much bigger or heavier than some zoom cameras, being dwarfed by the Canon EOS 50D that I have purchased since. The body measures 130mm x 91mm x 53mm and wieghs in at around 420g (including battery), making it the smallest, lightest digital SLR at the time of release.
This has obvious advantages when carrying and holding the camera for handheld shots, which was great for a newcomer, but some seasoned Canon or Nikon users might find it a little too small - especially those who are used to grip attachments.My kit came with a wide neck-strap, which makes carrying the camera a doddle but it does have a tendency to tilt forward when the 150mm lens is fitted, making it more awkward.Being so light also makes it a little more susceptible to wind movement than my Canon when taking outside shots from a tripod.
What does it have?
- 10 megapixel LiveMOS sensor (2 x crop factor)
- 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD display with Live View
- SSWF Dust reduction system
- TruePic III Image Processor
- Dual Memory Card slots (XD and Compact Flash)
What doesn't it have?
- Image stabilisation
- Secondary LCD info panel
Unlike earlier Olympus cameras, the E-410 isn't fitted with a secondary sensor to handle Auto-focus when in Live View mode. Therefore, you either have to use the AEL/AFL button to Auto-focus or you have to push the button fully and trust the camera to Auto-focus correctly as it takes the picture. Either way, there is a penalty in terms of shutter-lag when shooting with Live View.
When using Live View, you can magnify the view by cycling through the Info modes until you see a green rectangle appear on the screen and then press OK. The area in the green rectangle will be magnified by either 7 or 10 times (change with the dial). The position of the green rectangle can be moved using the direction cursor buttons, enabling you to magnify any section of the Live View screen.
In dark conditions, if the Live View screen becomes too dark to view, you can turn on the Live View Boost option on the menu - although this switches to black and white when the light is poor.
The kit Zuiko lenses that came with the camera are very good quality and the two combined give a great range of focal lengths. However, there is one thing that I can't get my head round. On my Canon EOS camera, you can switch between auto-focus and manual by simply flicking a switch on the side of the lens. On the Olympus, the auto/manual switching can only be done through the camera. As well as being less convenient, this means that you can't use the lenses on manual focus without a signal from the camera body - so simple macro tubes can not be used. I have also noticed that when the camera can't Auto-focus, it sometimes just sits there doing nothing rather than searching like my Canon EOS 50D does.
The main dial has options for Manual, Programmed, Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority shooting as well as preset modes for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport and Night Time. It also has a Full AUTO option and a SCENE option, allowing you to choose between 20 preset modes including DIS Mode (Digital Image Stabiliser), which partially makes up for the lack of a true Image Stabiliser by boosting the ISO, allowing for a shorter exposure.
The menus and camera settings are easy to navigate and well explained in the accompanying documentation.
Noise is a problem at higher ISO settings and the Noise Reduction software can be painfully slow if you are taking long expusures.
The hotshoe works with a variety of flash units but there is no PC socket for a remote flash.
Battery life is quoted at around 500 shots (without Live View) - battery and charger supplied with camera.
Features the SSWF Dust Reduction system that cleans the sensor every time the camera is switched on. Startup is still reasonably quick.
Non OE infra-red remote control units for the Olympus E-410 are incredibly cheap.
I bought my Olympus E410 at a time when the four third's process was under intense scrutiny. I have to confess, although the camera was recommended to me, I bought it mainly because of its low price. Despite this, it has never let me down.
The first thing I noticed was that it was light and portable which made changing the lenses very easy and straightforward. It also meant I could buy a fairly small bag to put it in. The automatic mode locked focus quickly and accurately although understandably had a problem with moving targets. The adjustments for the manual mode were quick and the no-fuss button layout pleased me when trying to get the camera out and on in a rush. I feel the size of the camera contributed to this.
Picture quality is very, very good and more than adequate when compared to the slightly more expensive Nikon and Canon makes.
The only downside I would say is that lenses using the four thirds system seem to be quite hard to come by and are fairly expensive. I would question the longevity of this system, however if you are looking for a fairly low priced entry level SLR then I don' think they come much better than this!
I've been very interesed in Digital SLR cameras for ages now, and held back with the hope they would come down in price. I didn't have to wait too long, PC World had an offer on these just before Christmas, I missed it, it was for the Olympus E410 with 2 extra lenses, which is just brilliant. So, I went down to my local PC World with every intention of buying one of these, but like I said, they were all gone - Doh!
But, to my delight and amazement they had one box tucked away with just one lens in it, the 17.5-45mm. I asked the sales person to price check if for me, and it came in at £149.97 - Bargain!!!!!
The camera: If your like me and a complete novice, this truely is a Brilliant Camera. The instruction booklet is great, it even gives you tips on how to shoot different styles of shot ie portrait etc....
I have since bought another lens for distance shots (telephoto) off ebay, and now all I want is a wide angle lens and I'm done. The camera is very lightweight and extremely user friendly. There are loads of hints and tips on the manual, so you'll soon be shooting the family portraits and holiday snaps till your heart's content!! GREAT CAMERA, fully recommend!
This is my first review in a long while so bare with me folks I might be a bit rusty. As a keen amateur photographer and having just returned from a three day photography course using the Olympus E-410 I thought it would be a perfect time to write about it whilst it is still fresh in my mind.
The first thing that struck me about this DSLR camera was the light weight and the fact that it actually felt more like a compact digital than the professional DSLR that it is. Often amateur photographers tend to stick to top of the range compacts rather than venture into the world of DSLR because of the amount of learning that goes into operating a DSLR compared to the ease of functions on a compact and also because they feel the DSLR`s tend to be heavy and bulky, well this DSLR puts all those fears to bed.
With the full functionality of the very best DSLR cameras and the light weight compact feel of a compact digital, this camera has the market cornered for me. I have recently purchased a new compact digital and a DSLR but I will be looking to change to this camera very soon.
This camera has a large 2.5 inch screen on the rear allowing you to get a very good idea of how good the image you have captured is before actually printing or viewing on the pc. It also has a new image processing engine which provides sequential shooting at up to 3 frames per second; this is an improvement on previous versions of the camera.
The OlympusE-410 is a ten mega pixel camera which is slightly lower than the 12 mega pixel that most DSLR cameras come with now but take it from me as a top end amateur its all I need so for everyday snappers or other amateurs it is perfectly good enough, I in fact know a few pro`s who are still only on ten mega pixel and see no reason to change. Ten mega pixel gives a very, very clear image and can easily allow the image to be made poster size without distortion or pixilation.
Ease of use is foremost in a lot of people's minds when buying a camera which is why as I said earlier a lot of people stick to compacts. This camera is without doubt one of the easiest DSLR`s to get to grips with and if you choose to you can still allow it to do a lot of the work for you, however if you like to tinker with settings and manually choose everything then equally you can.
I know most of the technical specs of the camera would go straight over most peoples heads as they did mine until I had studied photography for nearly 3 years so I will steer clear of ranting on about the fact that it has Diopter adjustment:-3.0 - +1.0 or a Flash compensation of +/- 2 EV / 1/3 EV steps and instead will stick to the main understandable facts that people will look for such as it`s Built-in pop-up flash, its 14x powerful zoom lens and its built in image stabiliser which helps to avoid blurry images being taken.
Another thing a lot of photographers like to know is a bit about the cameras scene modes, the average compact has between 3 and 8 this DSLR carries 20, Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene with Portrait, Children, Sports, High Key, Low Key, Image Stabilisation Mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Beach and Snow, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro, Panorama) a very impressive range.
A list of important technical details!
Ultra-compact and ultra-light
Live View with 7x / 10x magnification for accurate focusing
10 Megapixels Live MOS sensor
Strong dust reduction (Supersonic Wave Filter)
6.4cm / 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD
Built-in pop-up flash
Lens:3x wide angle standard zoom
ED and aspherical lens elements for excellent quality
Close focusing distance of 25cm
Having used this camera for around 6 hours a day for the last three days I have found it comfortable to hold, easy to adjust to using, fantastic for capturing still or moving images and most of all I have been super impressed by the final images when viewed on the pc or eventually printed. We blew some of the images up to one and a half times poster size and the clarity of the giant image is still perfect even when viewed at extreme close up there is still no sign of distortion. I have to say I have been more impressed with this camera than I was with a few at twice its price and more.
That leads me on to the price of this camera which unbelievably is a very, very reasonable £399.99 in some places including in many buy now`s on eBay. It is slightly more expensive in places like curry`s or comet and even more expensive still in most specialist photography stores although it can be found with many add on`s in some places thus pushing the price up any way.
In using the camera during my course I also dealt with connecting it to the pc and using it in conjunction with a few different printers and I can tell you that the connection instructions and the software available with this camera is as top notch as the camera itself and also fairly easy to use and understand with the most basic knowledge.
All in all I would recommend this camera to basic amateurs and high use amateurs alike but it may just be a little ahead of real first time beginners. Once you have used a digital camera for a year or so and tinkered with its settings you should find it fairly easy to step up to this camera although it will be a learning curve.
Thanks for reading!
© The bigc1690
The Olympus E-410 is the world's smallest, slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera. It incorporates all the core features of Olympus E-System cameras, including the "Dedicated Digital Design," "Dust Reduction" and "Live View" functions.