Olympus E-420 Review

Overall Score

48

Main Features

  • 10 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentamirror) Viewfinder
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 130 x 91 x 53 mm, 426g.
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  • Replaced: E-410

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Olympus E-420 Overview


First introduced in June, 2008, Olympus E-420 is a 10 MP DSLR with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Olympus replaced the older Olympus E-410 with E-420. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Olympus E-420 with Olympus E-410


Olympus E-420 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Olympus E-420

Sensor resolution of Olympus E-420 ~ 3646 x 2742 pixels.

Olympus E-420 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 9,997,332 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Olympus E-420


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus E-420 with competitors in entry-level dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
426g Light Body
Flash Sync Port
External Flash
RAW Support
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
5 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Image Stabilization
No Environmental Sealing
Small LCD Screen: 2"
Slow Continuous Shooting: 230 fps
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
No AF Face Detection
Low Max Native ISO: 1600
Low Screen Resolution: 230k dots
Low Battery Life: 500 shots
Type Scores

Olympus E-420 has an Overall Score of 48/100 and ranked #153 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #541 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Olympus E-420 Scores
Imaging score
45
Features score
42
Value for money score
63
Portability score
86
Overall score
48
Average Scores in Entry-Level DSLR
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
59
Value For Money Score
75
Portability Score
79
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Olympus E-420


Olympus E-420 weighs 426g and has external dimensions of 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.12 x 3.58 x 2.09"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level DSLR cameras is 538g, Olympus E-420 is 112 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-420
426g
Average weight
538g
Min weight
365g
Max weight
690g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Olympus E-420
53mm
Average Thickness
73mm
Min Thickness
53mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Olympus E-420 with the dimensions:

Olympus E-420

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight E-420 Dimensions E-420
Olympus E-410 Olympus E-410 435 g 426 g 130 x 91 x 53 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Olympus E-620 Olympus E-620 500 g 426 g 130 x 94 x 60 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Olympus E-400 Olympus E-400 435 g 426 g 130 x 91 x 53 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Nikon D3200 Nikon D3200 505 g 426 g 125 x 96 x 77 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Olympus E-450 Olympus E-450 426 g 426 g 130 x 91 x 53 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Nikon D3300 Nikon D3300 430 g 426 g 124 x 98 x 76 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Olympus E-520 Olympus E-520 552 g 426 g 136 x 92 x 68 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Canon EOS 100D Canon 100D 407 g 426 g 117 x 91 x 69 mm 130 x 91 x 53 mm

Specifications of Olympus E-420


General
Brand Olympus
Model E-420
Announced June, 2008
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 45
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 2"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.46
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 3
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00
Flash Modes Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 10 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 500 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 426 g
Physical Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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