Product Type: Olympus digital cameras
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Olympus E-420 Review
Member Name: JamesNT
Advantages: lightweight, fomfortable, good photo quality, low price
Disadvantages: no image stabilization, menus could be easier to navigate
Here is the second model of the small Olympus DSLRs. I bought it in 2009 for around £400. The E-420 has some improvements over its predecessor. It's body is small but perfectly formed and also comfortable to hold, if you don't have big hands. The matte black body looks like it's made of metal, but closer look will reveal that the material is hard plastic.
The E-420 has a Live View mode which includes autofocus based on contrast detection. It's faster to focus than the E-410 but it's still somewhat slow compared to the classic viewfinder autofocus. To be honest, I rarely used the Live View mode. If you are into macro photography, it will help you greatly with manual focusing. The E-420 also features 18 scene modes. These modes will help you shoot nice photos without much effort. I personally prefer to shoot in the apperture priority and manual modes.
In terms of lenses, you have three choices. You can buy the body-only package or choose to have the 14-42 mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lens or the so called Double Zoom Kit, which contains the previously mentioned lens and the 40-150 mm F/4-5.6 telephoto lens. I chose the second choice and if I could turn back the time, I would choose the third one because the 40-150 mm is a great lens. Photo quality is pretty good for the low price, although the photos tend to suffer from noise when you use higher ISO.
Olympus E-420 is small and lightweight camera. It is a perfect choice for those who prefer to travel light.
Summary: Olympus E-420 is good DSLR for beginners and for those who prefer to travel light.
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