Olympus Evolt E410 10MP Digital SLR Camera

Life is in the details, and the EVOLT E-410 was built to let you capture all of them. The Live View LCD is an uncommonly cool feature for a digital SLR. And when you experience the ergonomic feel and lightweight portability of this camera, you’ll want to take it everywhere. Whether the important details of your life are smiling faces or far-away places, you’ll capture pristine, detailed memories, thanks to a proven Dust Reduction System and powerful 10-megapixel imager.

EVOLT E410 Highlights

Innovative 2.5-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD The E-410 offers ease-of-shooting and greater flexibility with the Live View LCD. Composing photographs is easier as subjects can be seen on the Live View LCD, which offers a wide 176-degree viewing angle. This enables images to be effortlessly taken from angles that would typically be difficult with a traditional optical viewfinder -- which is still the only option on many competing digital SLR cameras. Interacting with subjects, such as toddlers and pets, is also possible thanks to the Live View LCD, which enables pictures to be taken while holding the camera away from your face.

The E-410’s big and bright 2.5-inch LCD display with approximately 230,000 pixels includes HyperCrystal technology, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors, and enables images to be beautifully displayed in vivid color -- both in preview and playback. The HyperCrystal LCD also provides a wide viewing angle, which ensures images can be composed from even the most obscure angles. The larger LCD makes viewing icons and text on the camera’s menu a squint-free process.

Coupled with the underwater housing, the Live View LCD also makes underwater photography easy, where looking through a traditional optical viewfinder is extremely inconvenient.

Detailed, bright, and colorful photos with 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor The E-410 is loaded with an impressive 10 million pixels for high-resolution photos. The 10-megapixel sensor gives users the flexibility to blow-up their prints to the large sizes supported by many of today’s printers, or crop the image to print only a part of the image that is important to them. The high-performance Live MOS image sensor in the E-410 delivers excellent dynamic range for accurate color fidelity, and a new state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to eradicate noise and capture fine image details in the highlight and shadow areas.

Dust Reduction System for spot-free images Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter. The patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor and captures it on a special adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on. These spot-free photos liberate users from hours spent retouching photographs at the computer or sending their cameras back to the manufacturer to remove dust trapped inside.

TruePic III for image clarity Olympus’ enhanced TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible for every photo with accurate color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal representation in between. TruePic III also lowers image noise by one step to reduce noise in images shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.

Underwater photography An optional underwater case (PT-E-03), five lens ports and a flash housing enable adventurous photographers to capture the delights of the aquatic world down to depths of approximately 131 feet (40 meters). The EVOLT E-410’s Live View mode makes digital SLR photography a breeze for both the first-time or experienced underwater photographer.

Easy-to-use, easy-to-handle light and ergonomic design The EVOLT E-410 is extremely portable, measuring 5.1 inches (129.5mm) by 3.58 inches (91mm) and 2.1 inches (53mm), excluding protrusions, and weighing 13.4 ounces (380 grams) body only. The new camera has a classic penta-mirror design that is light and compact enough to comfortably shoot with all day. Beyond its portable size, the E-410 delivers unparalleled ease of use -- from menus that make sense and buttons on the body that are easy to understand and operate, to automatic settings for every imaginable situation.

While the E-410 includes a full range of manual control options to customize your creativity, it also has 30 shooting modes designed to provide the ideal settings for a variety of shooting situations automatically. These include Digital Image Stabilization, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Underwater, and Candle Light to name a few, as well as an xD Panorama mode (for use with Olympus xD-Picture Cards). Users also benefit from special color modes and the possibility to apply a variety of Black & White filters.

A new high-power rechargeable battery is included with the E-410 so that users can keep shooting for extended periods. Accepting both CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards, the camera provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.

Included 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko lenses The versatility of the Olympus E-System comes from delivering the largest selection of "Designed-for-Digital" lenses -- more than any other manufacturer to date. Olympus’ Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses come in a wide range of focal lengths to achieve the best image result in any given situation, and impress with their spectacular clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness.

The E-410 one-lens outfit includes a compact, Zuiko Digital ED 14-42 mm f3.5-f5.6 Lens (equivalent to 28mm-84mm in 35mm photography) that perfectly matches the imager so light strikes the sensor directly to ensure rich, accurate colors and edge-to-edge sharpness. Its 3x ED Glass zoom lens covers the range most frequently used in everyday photography and weighs just 7.5 ounces, offering users an extremely dynamic, portable everyday-use zoom. Close-ups as near as 9.84 inches (0.25 m) are also possible throughout the zoom range.

The E-410 two-lens outfit adds the Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 (80-300mm equivalent) Lens, which provides users with greater telephoto power for far-away shots in a compact size. This telephoto lens is smaller than many standard zoom lenses at 2.6 inch diameter x 2.8 inch length and a weight of 8.8 ounces -- a real benefit for anyone who wants to pack a powerful zoom lens without taking up much space. It also has great close focusing abilities, and is able to capture a subject up-close from a distance of 31.5 inches (.8m).

Both lenses are exceptionally compact, allowing unimpeded mobility. They are sized for comfortable handling and designed for maximum image quality at an excellent price. Most important, these new lenses have the world-renowned ED lenses that deliver stunning high-quality images.

All E-Series cameras support the Four-Thirds Standard whereby Olympus and various other manufacturers produce high-quality Four-Thirds-compliant lenses and accessories that are specifically designed for digital SLR image capture. Because the E-410 is part of the Olympus E-System, it is compatible with a large and growing range of Olympus E-System accessories to further enhance personal shooting styles and applications. This includes the full line-up of Zuiko Digital Specific lenses and flashes.

Customer Reviews

I love this camera!!!5
I love this camera, still learning new things to do with it!! Awesome picture quality and lots of great features!!!!

perfect size5
I love this camera. It's small enough to fit in my bag and my small hands. Takes clear, sharp pictures and the menu us so easy to use. Noise shows up in ISO 1600, but isn't unbearable. 100-400 ISO is quite good. Can't wait to get the pancake lens for this.

Finally a return to SLR photography for me at a great price and quality5
Digital photography is great. No film, bad pictures..poof gone, instant pictures, sharing with friends and family around the world, different ISOs, black and white or color all at the touch of a button. We are all familiar with why we like digital photography. Well I was a 35mm SLR photographer for a long time. I LOVED it. Loved the lenses, loved the control, and loved the results. I even developed my own photos for a time. But digital seduced me. DSLR was simply out of my price range.

Enter the Olympus 410. I just received it last week but had an unexpected vacation opportunity come up this past weekend so I was able to take it through its paces. First off do some research. There is a great review above and plenty more all over the web. I did and found the 410 very highly regarded. One of its big selling points to me is that it was designed as a DSLR as where the included lenses here from the ground up. That means that everything is optimized for digital SLR photography and this produces very good results. You will also find from the reviews that it is more compact and lighter than most DSLRs around. I tried a friend's Nikon D60 and it was certainly smaller and lighter than the D60.

Over the past weekend I took the best pictures of people and landscapes I have ever taken with a digital camera. If you never have used a 35mm SLR this camera has a VERY well designed menu that will let you shoot in automatic mode right out of the box and also put some of the more common adjustments right in front of you. The auto-focusing is fast and accurate. I was using aperture priority and what happens is there is a wheel next to the shutter button. You simply twist the wheel and the aperture changes. If you were in shutter priority it would change the shutter speed. There is also an exposure under/over button right by the shutter and you can 'bracket' photos very easily with it.

I frankly just used the view-finder since I was so overjoyed to be back to SLR photography. However I did use the live view on a macro shot and it worked very well for that. If you are not familiar with SLR cameras you might think what the big deal is. Well ever wonder how sports photographers get their shots? I mean using a point and shoot by the time you press the shutter button and a picture is shot forget it usually. It is because the sports photographers use SLR cameras. When you press the shutter the picture is taken, no lag. If you want to capture good action shots you need a DSLR. Do note though that using live view you are 'back' to the lag in point and shoot digital cameras. You only get the instant shooting with the viewfinder.

Also the photo quality is better because the sensors are bigger than on point and shoot cameras. So even though a point and shoot might have 10 megs, its pixel size will be smaller.

This kit is an awesome way to get into DSLRs with a quality camera, TWO quality lenses, and good support from Olympus. I asked an email question and it was answered in depth within 2 hours. About the lenses they will take you from wide-angle to a pretty high zoom range. And the bigger lens is not that much heavier or larger than the smaller one. Sure it would be nice to have one lens with the same range as both of these but the price is already amazing for this package. But this is still real money and is not cheap. It would not make sense to get this if it was not also a very good camera, which it is. Many competitors did not design their DSLRs as digital cameras from the ground up, Olympus did with its E series. With this package you can reap the benefit of that decision along with a truly amazing price point.

Highly suggested for people wanting to return to SLRs within a budget and digital photographers looking to get much better results and explore the world of SLR control and creativity.