Olympus E-420 Manual for High-Featured Compact Olympus SLR

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Table of Content:

    1. Manual Introduction
    2. Overall Look of Olympus E-420
    3. The Olympus E-420 Specification
    4. Price and Impression of Olympus E-420
    5. Camera Manual User Guide

An Introduction to Olympus E-420 Manual

It is such a perpetuation that a product, especially for the digital camera product, can’t be separated from its manual. By using this manual, user will be able to understand about their product deeper.

Olympus E-420 Manual for High-Featured Compact Olympus SLRTherefore, operating and treating the camera better will be something possible. This is exactly why we provide the Olympus E-420 Manual. The only aim is to educate the users of this camera to use this product better so that they can result a good photographical image.

The Overall Look of Olympus E-420

It is generally known that look is something important that becomes a consideration for people in buying digital camera product. With the look, People can instantly attracted to a certain digital camera product. More than that, sometimes the choice of camera look is also reflecting the personality of owner as well as the classiness of the camera itself. So, before we hit the Olympus E-420 Manual User Guide directly, now we are going to talk about the look of this camera first.

Olympus E-420 Manual - camera top sideOlympus E-420 manual states that the camera is constructed inside 130 x 91 x 53 mm body dimension with 426 gram overall weight. It is dominated most by black as the basic case color. The camera body is covered by magnesium alloy for enjoyable gripping and handling every time.

This material also works well in blocking the dust, tear, and scratch. You will find that the manufacturer improved right hand grip which has been criticized by most Olympus fans on the previous product. Another good improvement is that you are able to control the flash wirelessly.

The Specification of Olympus E-420

Similar to its predecessor, Olympus E-410, the new Olympus E-420 also provides a lot of camera in a fabulous compact format. This camera is claimed to be the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market, moreover when it paired with Zuiko lens. There will be tons of upgrades and improvements bring by the E-420 that you can’t find it on the E-410. Get closer with this product as explained in detail below.

Focusing on the feature and specification, Olympus E-420 manual explains that now the camera is bringing larger 2.7” LCD Display. It is 0.2” larger than 2.5” on the E-410. Constructed by 230.000 active dots with Live View feature, this panel will indeed result brilliant graphic quality. The users also allowed using Optical Pentamirror viewfinder that covers 95% object with 0.92 x magnifications. On the sensor sector, this camera adopted 10 megapixels sensor with CMOS sensor type.

Olympus E-420 Manual - camera back sideThe sensor brings Supersonic Wave Filter for extra clean image from unwanted dust. This technology results highest image resolution at 3648 x 2736, as stated in Olympus E-420 manual. Unfortunately, there is no video recording module inside which is responsible in video recording. The manufacturer sets TruePic III as the brain of camera to boost up the camera performance and create natural tonal-transition.

Better still, there is an Auto Gradation feature for Dynamic Range enhancement. The new E-420 offers smart autofocus and manual focus. But, having 3 number of focus points seem to be not enough to result outstanding focus. Compared to E-410, this machine snaps faster Continuous Shooting speed at 3.5 fps vs 3 fps.

The Quick Specification of Olympus E-420

Body material Plastic
Sensor* • 4/3 type Live MOS sensor
• 17.3 x 13.0 mm
• 11.8 million total pixels
• 10.0 million effective pixels
• RGB color filter array
• Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
Dust suppression Supersonic Wave Filter
Image processor TruePic III
Image sizes • 3648 x 2736
• 3200 x 2400
• 2560 x 1920
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
File formats • RAW (12 bit)
Lenses • 4/3 standard lens mount
• Range of ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
• Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
Auto focus • 3-point TTL phase difference detection
• Contrast detection system (selectable in Live View)
• Detection range: 0 to 19 EV (ISO 100)
Focus area selection • Automatic
• Manual
Focus modes • Single shot AF
• Single shot AF + MF
• Continuous AF
• Continuous AF + MF
• Manual focus
Manual focus On lens
AF assist lamp Yes, flash strobe (flash must be raised)
Shooting modes • Auto
• Program AE (with shift)
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Macro
• Sports
• Night Scene
• Scene
Additional scene modes* • Landscape & Portrait
• Night scene and portrait
• Children
• Sports
• High Key
• Low Key
• Digital Image Stabilization (High ISO)
• Nature Macro
• Candle
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Documents
• Panorama
• Beach and Snow
Sensitivity • Auto (ISO 100 – 1600)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
Metering system • 49-zone multi-pattern
• Range: 1 to 20 EV (50 mm F2, ISO 100)
Metering modes • Digital ESP
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot
AE Lock • AE/AF lock button
• With shutter release half-press
AE Bracketing • 3 frames
• 1/3, 1/2, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
Exposure compen.* • -5.0 to +5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps available
Shutter speed • 60 – 1/4000 sec
• Bulb: up to 8 min. with limiter
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Lamp
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
• Flash
• Manual ‘one-touch’
• Kelvin (3000 – 7500 K, 7 steps)
WB fine tuning +/- 7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Image parameters* • Color mode (Natural, Vivid, Muted, Portrait, Monotone)
• Saturation (5 levels)
• Contrast (5 levels)
• Sharpness (5 levels)
• Monochrome (B&W, Sepia, Purple, Green, Blue) – filter (Ye, Or, Re, Gr)
• Gradation (Auto, High Key, Normal, Low Key)
Drive modes • Single
• Continuous
Continuous* • 3.5 fps
• JPEG: Unlimited with fast memory cards
• RAW: 6 frames maximum
Self-timer • 2 sec
• 12 sec
Flash* • Pop-up
• TTL auto / manual
• Guide no. 12
• 1/180 sec X-sync speed, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec
• Sync modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain slow syncro, Fill-in, Off
• Flash power: Up to +/- 2EV in 1/3 EV steps
External flash Hot shoe
Viewfinder • Eye-level optical single-lens
• Field of view 95%
• Magnification 0.92x with a 50mm lens and -1 dioptre
• Eye point 14 mm at -1 dioptre
• Dioptre adjustment -3 to +1 dioptre
• Focusing screen: Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
• Mirror: Quick return mirror
• DOF preview: press left arrow button
Viewfinder info • 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)
Orientation sensor Yes
LCD monitor* • 2.7″ TFT LCD monitor (wide viewing angle)
• 230,000 pixels
• Live View available
Live View* • 100% field of view
• Pre-view of Exposure compensation, White balance, Gradation, Face detection and Perfect Shot
• Grid line displayable
• 7x/10x magnification possible
• Display of AF frame, AF point, Shooting information, Histogram, Heat warning
Playback functions* • Single
• Magnify (2 – 14x)
• Index (4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames)
• Calendar view
• Rotation
• Slide show
• Histogram (Lum / RGB)
• Highlight & Shadow point warning
Playback information • Exposure mode
• Metering mode
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• Exposure compensation level
• Color space
• White balance mode
• White balance compensation level
• Focal length
• Focus area
• File type
• Picture mode
• File name
• Image size
• Recorded card type
Editing • RAW development
• JPEG editing (B&W, Sepia, Red eye reduction, Gradation, Color saturation, Resize, Trim)
Menu languages • English
• German
• French
• Spanish
• Italian
• Russian
• Czech
• Dutch
• Danish
• Polish
(Other languages can be downloaded)
Storage • Compact Flash (Type I and II)
• xD Picture card
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
• Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
Power BLS-1 Li-ion battery (rechargeable)
Dimensions 129.5 x 91 x 53 mm (5.1 x 3.6 x 2.1 in)
Weight (no batt)* 380 g (13.4 oz)
Weight (inc batt)* 445 g (15.7 oz)

Olympus E-420 Price and Impression

Olympus E-420 Manual - camera front faceAfter having this short review, it can be concluded that Olympus E-420 is upgraded from its previous product. The use of 10MP, 2.7” LCD, TruePic III processor, Auto Gradation, Supersonic Wave Filter, and other seem to be interesting to use.

But, the lack of video recording, static LCD screen, and no Wi-Fi support are quite annoying. As of 2008, the E-420 is available starting from 599 USD for body only.

Olympus E-420 Manual User Guide

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