Olympus E-410

The E 410 is the smallest DLSR in the market with dimensions of 5.1 x 3.6 x 2.1 inches and the lightest as well with a weight of just 375 Gms. But before you start thinking that the E 410 will be one of those revolutionary products to hit the market, it might not be so. The internal features of the E 410 have a striking resemblance to the E 510 which was released at around the same time.

The E 410 has a 10 mega pixel live MOS sensor and also boosts a new TruePIC III processor. The 2.5 inch LCD screen can be used for image composition due to the presence of a true Live View mode. One can use all 28 Four-Thirds lenses made by Olympus, Sigma, and Panasonic as the E 410 is a Four-Thirds camera.

Looking at the basic shape of the E 410, it is small and portable. The camera dose not have much of a grip rather it has a subtle arrangement of contour which enhances your hold over the camera. The power switch in the E 410 is present at the back of the camera and there is a mode dial on top of the power switch.

The E 410 is compatible with CF cards as well as xD cards. The image saving speed is fast when a CF card is used while the same cannot be said with xD cards. The E 410 uses a 7.2V, 1150mAh lithium-ion battery for power and has the capability of capturing up to 500 shots with Live Mode turned off.

The view finder in the E 410 is not as good as the other SLRs with the display present on the right of the view finder window rather than across the bottom. However the greater magnification and higher eyepoint will be much appreciated. The second generation of full-time live preview SLRs is a new technology present in the E 410, but the technology fails to fulfill the basic expectations from it. The shutter lag in the live view mode is 0.88 seconds and has a good target along with sufficient light to focus and give a good picture. When pre-focused the time goes down to 0.59 seconds and the shutter lag does a full auto focus in 0.37 seconds when optical view finder is used for shooting. The E 410 is slower than most of the other Digi-cams and SLRs in the market when the live view mode is used. If flash is added then the frustration and wait increases even more.

The Olympus’s dust suppression system works well, but still the sensor needs to be cleaned once in a while like in any other brand. The physical and the digital interface of the E 410 are good but might get a bit confusing. It sometimes may be unclear which button to be pressed for going to the next screen. Flash exposure compensation; multiple color modes, including black and white tones and filters; High and Low key settings; Preset and Kelvin White balance capability; mirror lockup; and even AE bracketing are the various features present in the E 410. The photographer will have 20 Scene modes to choose from which include 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, underwater wide, and underwater macro. In the Full manual mode the camera gives complete control over the shutter speed and aperture and the shutter speed ranges between 60 – 1/4000 sec.

The E 410 works with Olympus Studio 2.0 software along with the already installed advanced version of the Olympus Master software present with the camera. The camera has an USB support for easy transfer of photos from the camera to the computer. The E 410 comes with the entire suite of 20 Zuiko Digital lenses, as well as flashes, cables, finders and a lens adapter. Underwater photography is good in the E 410 with the use of special underwater Scene modes which helps while making adjustments to the camera underwater.

Olympus has made an impressive variety of lenses made available for the E 410. The on camera flash is small and the coverage at the camera’s wide angle setting is not good. During telephoto shots it’s a bit better but one must keep in mind the E 410 may not make the right decisions all the time in selection of proper exposure, thus producing flat images to some extent. The ISO settings vary from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 and the results are decent with a few problems with hot spots. But overall the images taken have good control over the noise level.

The LCD is dim in bright sun light thus making the images badly exposed. The various resolution modes available are 3648 × 2736, 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480.

Therefore to sum it all up the E 410 is small but works need to be done on its image producing quality. This might not be a great choice for amateurs because good photographs can be taken but only with proper adjustments made which might not be the most preferred aspect for a day to day consumer.

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