Olympus E-400 review

Review Date : Mon, 1 Jan 2007

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The 10-megapixel Olympus E-400 digital SLR harks back to the past with a diminutive design closely modeled on the Olympus OM-1.

Pros: Dual memory card slots, compact body size, image sharpness and detail.
Cons: Lack of speed, slow recording times, small buffer, USB 1.1, position of right-hand strap lug, noise levels.

Olympus E-System

When Olympus announced its first digital SLR, it became the first manufacturer to build a digital system from the ground up rather than retrospectively fitting sensors to film camera bodies. The result was the Olympus E-System, and with the 5MP Olympus E-1 setting the ball rolling.

Introducing 'Live-View

Three years on and the market has changed dramatically, but the E-System has continued to lead the way in a number of technological areas. From the outset, the system had in-camera dust-reduction and digitally optimised telecentric lens designs, with the E-300 upping the entry-level resolution stakes to 8MP in 2004. Its successor, the E-330, brought full-colour ‘live-view' LCDs to the SLR table - another Olympus first.

OM-1 Legacy

However, Olympus appears to have had a reflective moment with the E-400, looking back to its roots for inspiration. Using the original OM-1 35mm film camera as a blueprint, the E-400 is the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market today, just as the OM-1 was in 1975. Joining it is a brace of new lenses - essentially existing zooms that have been reengineered to make them smaller, and lighter, too.


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Design 17/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 17/20
Features 19/20
Overall Score 87%