The Olympus E-420 SLR Digital Camera has all the features you need to take great pictures. These features are crammed into one of the smallest Digital SLR bodies available. The high resolution 10-megapixel Live-MOS image sensor captures exquisite detail, and provides you with the flexibility to crop your images and still produce large, detailed prints. The unique Olympus Autofocus Live View function allows you to frame and focus your photos using the large 2.7-inch LCD as a viewfinder.
The E-420 is also very easy to use with a host of Scene Select Modes that make everyone an instant expert. You can also use the camera's advanced exposure modes including program, aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual control for the ultimate in creative control. You will get a great shot in any lighting situation with five metering modes including the 49-point ESP Meter, plus Shadow Adjustment Technology and the Face Detection feature, both viewable in real time on the Live View LCD.
Even with all of this power, the E-420 is incredibly easy to use. The ergonomic and lightweight design of the camera body means that the camera will be comfortable to hold even after a long day of sightseeing, and the 2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD enables images to be beautifully displayed in vivid color, even from 176-degree viewing angles or in bright sunlight, making it simple to preview and review your images.
The E-420 also solves the dust problem commonly found with SLR Cameras by providing a proven anti-dust system that utilizes a Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the image sensor to literally shake the dust away, so your pictures will be spotless - every time.
Product type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system Memory CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Sensor Size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V) Lens mount Four Thirds Mount Effective Pixels number 10 million pixels Image Pickup Unit Live MOS Sensor Total no. of effective pixels Approx. 11.8 million pixels Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3) Filter array Primary color filter (RGB) LPF Fixed type IR cut filter Hybrid type Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III File format RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG Recording image size [RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Raw File size 3648 x 2736 compressed Approx. 11MB Large File size 3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB, 3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB, 3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB, 3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB Middle File size 3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB, 3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB, 3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB, 3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB, 2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB, 2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB, 2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB, 2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB Small File size 1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB, 1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB, 1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB, 1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB, 1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB, 1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB, 1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB, 1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB, 1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB Viewfinder Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder Field of view Approx. 95% Viewfinder magnification Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity) Eye point Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1) Diopter adjustment range -3.0 - +1m-1 Focusing screen Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen) Eyepiece shutter Eye piece cap EP-4 supplied Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7, EP-5 supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available) Preview Can be checked (when Left arrow pad is set in preview mode), selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor View finder information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose) Live View Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation setting pre-view, Face detection pre-view, Perfect shot pre-view, Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, Heat warning AF Phase -difference detection system, Contrast detection system Image Stabilizer System No LCD Display HyperCrystal II LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD) Size 2.7 inches Total no. of pixels Approx. 230,000 pixels Playback field of view 100% Brightness control 15 levels Color Balance 15 levels Focusing AF system TTL phase-difference detection system, Contrast detection system (with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6) Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF Focusing point 3-point multiple AF (Auto, selectable in option) Focusing point selection Auto/Option selectable AF luminance range EV 0 to 19 (at 20, ISO 100) AF illuminator Built-in flash (external flash available. Inactivation is available to set.) AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable) Focus tracking Interlocked with Continuous AF mode Focus aid Available Exposure Control Metering system TTL open-aperture metering system: (1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering), (2) Centre weighted average metering, (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen), (4) Spot with Highlight control, (5) Spot with Shadow control Metering range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100) Exposure mode (1) Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene program AE (7) Scene select AE Scene program AE Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait Scene select AE Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow ISO sensitivity AUTO (ISO 100 - 1600) / Manual (ISO 100 - 1600), 1 EV steps Exposure compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable AE lock Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable) Exposure bracketing 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1EV steps selectable Auto White Balance system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor Preset white balance 8 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K) White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode) Custom white balance 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K) One-touch white balance 1 custom setting can be registered Color Mode Color matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB Picture Mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone (default setting: Natural) Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Muted and Portrait
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone Gradation 4 levels (Auto, high key, normal, low key) Shutter Computerized focal-plane shutter Shutter speed Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 8 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3EV steps Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available) Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.) Optical remote control Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control) Anti shock mode Available (1 to 30sec selectable) Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control Sequential shooting speed Approx. 3.5 frames/sec. Max. recordable pictures RAW mode: Max. 6 frames On sequential shooting JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (LN mode: approx. upto card capacity with SanDisk Extreme III TBD) Built-in flash Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m) Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20 Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual Flash mode Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Fill-in, Slow synchronization, Manual, Off Synchronization speed 1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec. Flash intensity control Up to ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps Synchronization timing 1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable) Flash bracketing Not available Wireless flash control Compatible external flash: FL-50R, FL-36R Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light Flash control modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual. Number of channels 4 channels Group setting 3 groups Super control panel Information (Shooting): Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT warning, NR warning, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable image number, Focusing mode, FP warning AF frame, AF illuminator Information (Wireless flash commander) Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value bar, Exposure compensation value, Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification, NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator disactivated notification, Color space, Wirelss channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting Back light timer Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min) Playback modes Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available) Information display Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information Languages Americas English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Custom function Left arrow button is available to set some functions. (Face detection, Preview, OFF, One touch WB, Live preview, Test picture)
Drive button is available to set some functions. (Drive, AF target selection, S-AF/C-AF/MF selection, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting)
Custom reset 2 settings are recordable My mode Not available Erasing function Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function) Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected) Copy between media Single frame, All frames, Selected frames RAW picture editing RAW development JPEG editing Gradation AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Triming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (colour depth), Resize (producing another file) Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible) PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available) USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available) Flash attachment Hot shoe Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included) Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable) No. of recordable pictures Approx. 500 shots (optical viewfinder) Operating Temperature 32-104F / 0 - 40 (operation) / -20 - 60 (storage) Operating Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage) Dimensions 5.1 in. (W) x 3.6 in.(H) x 2.1 in. D / 129.5 mm (W) x 91 mm (H) x 53 mm (D) (excluding protrusions) Weight 13.4 oz. / 380 g (body only)