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11-07-2006, 12:18 AM
The Olympus E-400 is currently (as of 11/1/06) only released to non-USA markets.
However, it is the smallest DSLR built to date
And the first 10 MP camera in the 4/3 system.

As information is gathered we will post to this thread all the samples, and info we can find.
Olympus website info (http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/dslr_E-400.htm)
Olympus Catalog (http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/208_brochures.cfm?prodID=P_N2523992)
Pixinfo samples (http://pixinfo.com/fgep/Olympus_E-400/tesztfotok/01_42mm_oa)
Sensor info on the forum (http://fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=7196)
DPReview Sample Gallery (http://www.dpreview.com/news/0610/06102901olye400japangallery.asp)
Noise levels of E-400 compared to E-330 & Sony A100 (http://fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=7259)
Raw vs Jpeg images (http://fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=7290)
Link to 4-3system's hands on review (http://fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=7108)
Trusted Review's E-400 review (http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2006/11/24/Olympus-E-400/p1)
Camera Reviews (http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/OlympusE400/)

01-30-2007, 03:37 PM
I recently purchased an E-400, which is my first DSLR. I am a long term owner/user of OM equipment, I was unsure of returning to Olympus remembering how they neglected film SLRs in the 1990s.

I was torn between going for an E-330 (for Liveview) or an E-400 (for being almost OM sized). Having sampled both at Park Cameras (http://www.parkcameras.com (http://www.parkcameras.com/)), and eventually I went for the E-400 twin lens kit. The E-330 (and most DSLRs) seem far too bulky and its folding LCD seemed somewhat flimsy.

The E-400 impressed me in terms of size and handling. I have seen many reviews complaining about the lack of a hand grip, this has not been a problem with my large hands. I have yet to hear complaints about the lack of a hand grip on a Leica M series! The E-400 (with lens) easily fits into my coat's map pocket. The E-400 feels very solid and its controls feel right.

My only major dislike is the lack of manual focusing screens in the viewfinder. I would like to use my old OM lenses with the MF1 adaptor.

While not being an expert in such matters I am most happy with image quality and have been shooting in raw mode.

Minor niggles are the relatively small viewfinder and the lack of a separate Depth of Field Preview button.

Ideally I would like Liveview (with folding LCD), which could display live histogram / highlight / lowlight data. Perhaps this will come with the E-410 for this, see http://www.4-3system.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=125&forum=7&post_id=449#forumpost449 (http://www.4-3system.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=125&forum=7&post_id=449#forumpost449)

Knight Palm
07-21-2007, 12:49 AM
The mythical camera, which is the smallest and lightest dSLR yet made. A mysterious camera to anybody other than the Europeans, since it was only launched in Europe. Although early speculations hinted that Kodak was providing the sensor, it took many months to get that confirmed primarily by Kodak.

For the lovers of the photographic results from the earlier camera models, such as the E-300, E-500 and E-1, the output results from the E-400 is at least as rewarding. It's a love at first sight, when seeing the very first images from the E-400 on the big LCD, which is emphasized back on the computer monitor, and not to mention when the photos finally are printed.

In addition to the high pixel density output from the E-400, which is picking the subtle details out of the attached great optics, experiencing the JPEG right out of the camera which is improved compared to the E-300, and the exposure accuracy is also astonishing compared to the E-300. Furthermore, shooting ISO400 has become more satisfying and easier, compared to my earlier experience with the E-300.

• Small
• Ultra Light Weight (435g+165g=600g total with ZD35mm/F3.5 Macro)
• SSWF-filter for dust reduction
• APM = Automatic Pixel Mapping
• High pixel count sensor using Kodak KAI-10100
• Good colour and resolution qualities
• Olympus Master 2.03 develops good results from the raw files
• Can use Adobe ACR 3.6 with PSE 3.0
• Two years warranty in Europe
• Lowest price for any dSLR body (june 2007)

• No dedicated buttons for: ISO, AF, WB, EXP, FOCUSPOINTS
• No "anti-shock" mirror lock up
• Infodisplay not horizontally but vertically positioned
• Big RAW-files
• Memory card door can be fragile
• USB 1.1 only

• Firmware bug that causes the file numbering to reset when you erase/format
the CF card and switch off immediately.(I'll check if problem still exists if also a XD-card is present).

This is my preliminary feedback, and more comments will be added later, when I have more comparable data for the E-400 relative to my old E-300.

[IMG] E-400 Gallery = Ultra Wide Angle
• female guard at the Stockholm royal castle
• Stockholm castle
• Knölsvan (Cygnus olor)
• Wasa historical ship museum
• Aleutian kajak building class
• Paradiset (1966) av Niki de Saint Phalle
• Paradiset (1966) av Niki de Saint Phalle
• Paradiset (1966) av Niki de Saint Phalle
• Stockholm royal castle using ZD ED 7-14mm/F4
• Stockholm royal castle using ZD ED 7-14mm/F4
• Stockholm royal castle using ZD ED 7-14mm/F4

[IMG] E-400 Gallery = Portrait Blur

[IMG] E-400 Gallery = Big Blur

10-10-2007, 10:29 AM
I am a first time buyer of DSLR, I needed a camera to use for simple work use, as I do some freelance journalism work, and I'm quite interested in photography. I considered to buy the models from Nikon and Canon for some time, but after reading some reviews and looking around for some time, I decided to purchase the E400. Before I share my opinions, I'd like to add that my English might not be so good, since it's after all my second language.

- Very good build quality. I go to school in an environment where there's more DSLRs per person than there is socks (figure of speech), which means I have had the opportunity to try out other bodies, like the Nikon D40/x, Canon D80, the Canon EOS 350D/400D, Canon EOS 20D/30Ds and the Olympus E500, to mention some. My impression when it comes to build quality is that the E400 is superior to all the budget models from Nikon and Canon, perhaps with the exception of the D80. Note though that this is a rather expensive budget model.

As a side note, I can add that I lost the camera from a hight of 1,5 meter some time ago, it fell right onto some stones. Sum total damage was a couple of scratches to the lens cover, I have not experienced any trouble with the camera or the kit lens since. I guess it's true what they say; DSLRs can deal with more stress than you think, but not as much as you'd like. Happily, I'm in the first category. :)

- Further, the kit lens is quite good. I have the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6, and it's a very usable lens, also being rather well built and giving good results. I have seen comparisons between this lens and the 18-55mm kit lens which is fitted to the Canon EOS 350D and the 400D. The difference is quite shocking, especially concerning CA.
- Suprizingly quick. Reviews I've read gives it a shooting speed of 10 frames in 10 seconds at SHQ, I've managed 11, even with a weak battery. At HQ I can easily manage 19 frames in 10 seconds. This is enough for me, even if models from Canon and Nikon are quicker.
- Nice and easy to use menus. Keep in mind I'm a first time buyer. Using the screen to adjust the options is quite practical.
- Light and small. It's really so small and light, it's more like an ultra zoom than a DSLR.
- Ergonomically, it's quite nice. People rant on about the E400 being uncomfortable to use due to the unusual grip, but let's think about it. SLRs used to be that way for decades, no one complained then. Further, it's all about what you're used to. I'm not used to the bulging grip more common in DSLRs, so that's unusual for me to use. But I could get used to it, and I'm quite sure most people would get used to the flat handle of the E400. I've got relatively big hands, it doesn't affect me much.
- The battery is more than enough for me. I've not experienced situations where it's not enough, even if I have experienced flat battery a couple of times, but that's more my fault, going to take photos after using it some time without charging it.
- It takes CF cards, but it also takes xD-cards. I find this to be an advantage, after all, it doesn't hurt, does it?
- The colors are very nice. Some complain, I suggest people use 'Vivid' instead of 'Natural', seeing it gives better results imho.
- Lots of useful program settings for beginners. I used these a lot before learning how to properly use aperture, shutter and so on. The Auto W/B works well for me in most situations.
- Viewfinder is nice enough, those from Canon and Nikon are better, but I have no problem using the E400s viewfinder. I use glasses.

- Doesn't support USB 2.0, which really is a disgrace.
- Would be better ergonomically with two control wheels, but very few budget models have those, so it's not a big con.
- The pre flash is quite irritating, might be me not finding the option to turn it off.
- Electrical focus motor for MF isn't all that good. Mechanical systems are in my mind more responsive and do give better results. But I still find myself using MF more and more, I like it, and it works most of the time.
- Noise at ISO levels over 800 is poor. Nothing more to say.

Price: Payed 4500 NOK for it three months ago, that's aprox. 830 USD because of the weak dollar these days.

Other: I'll use this to sum up.

I am at this point very happy with the camera. It's excellent for my use, and I love using it.

It's very reasonably priced, and I'm probably using this for quite some time. Even if I might consider the E510 or the E-3(?) when it comes out later. At any point, I'd recommend this camera.