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Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420

Portability
77
Imaging
44
Features
31
Overall
38
Olympus E-400 front
 
Olympus E-420 front
Portability
77
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Key Specs

Olympus E-400
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 435g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Introduced September 2006
  • New Model is Olympus E-410
Olympus E-420
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 426g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Introduced June 2008
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-410
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Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Overview

In this article, we are reviewing the Olympus E-400 and Olympus E-420, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and both are designed by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-400 (10MP) and the E-420 (10MP) is very comparable and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (Four Thirds).

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The E-400 was launched 21 months before the E-420 making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick summary of how the E-400 grades versus the E-420 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-400 over the Olympus E-420

 E-400 E-420 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-420 over the Olympus E-400

 E-420 E-400 
IntroducedJune 2008September 2006More recent by 21 months
Display sizing2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution230k215kCrisper display (+15k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-400 and Olympus E-420

 E-400 E-420 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and size. The Olympus E-400 enjoys exterior dimensions of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") having a weight of 435 grams (0.96 lbs) while the Olympus E-420 has specifications of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") and a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the E-400 compared to the E-420.

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-400 and E-420 is 77 and 77 respectively.

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to visualise the gap in sensor measurements merely by checking out specifications. The photograph underneath will help provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-400 and E-420.

Plainly, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of photos though you need to take the release date of the cameras into account. The older E-400 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-400
Portrait photography with Olympus E-420
46
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
does not have liveview
manual exposure not possible
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
57
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
low resolution (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-400 as a Street photography camera
Olympus E-420 as a Street photography camera
60
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
64
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (426g)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-400 Sports photography advice
Olympus E-420 Sports photography advice
38
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
39
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)
bad battery (500 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-400
Travel photography with Olympus E-420
49
built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
53
lighter than competition in class (426g)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
bad battery (500 shots)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-400
Landscape photography with Olympus E-420
45
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
small screen (2.5")
does not have liveview
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
no Time Lapse function
47
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
screen is small (2.7 inches)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (10 megapixels)
bad battery (500 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-400 Vlogging factors
Olympus E-420 Vlogging factors
9
can't record video
9
no video shooting
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Olympus E-400 vs Olympus E-420 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-400 and Olympus E-420
 Olympus E-400Olympus E-420
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-400 Olympus E-420
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2006-09-14 2008-06-23
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 3 3
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 45 45
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 215k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.46x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution None None
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 435 grams (0.96 lb) 426 grams (0.94 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 56
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.4
DXO Low light rating not tested 527
Other
Battery life - 500 images
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage slots 1 1
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