Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900

Olympus E-410 front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 front

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Key Specs

Olympus E-410
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 435g - 130 x 91 x 53mm
  • Revealed June 2007
  • Also Known as EVOLT E-410
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-400
  • Successor is Olympus E-420
Sony A900
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
  • Revealed October 2008
  • Refreshed by Sony A99
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Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Olympus and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the resolutions of the E-410 (10MP) and A900 (25MP) and the E-410 (Four Thirds) and A900 (Full frame) possess different sensor measurements.

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The E-410 was launched 16 months earlier than the A900 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-410 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony A900 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going straight into a complete comparison, below is a short introduction of how the E-410 scores versus the A900 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-410 over the Sony A900

 E-410 A900 

Reasons to pick Sony A900 over the Olympus E-410

 A900 E-410 
RevealedOctober 2008June 2007More modern by 16 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution922k215kClearer display (+707k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-410 and Sony A900

 E-410 A900 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and size. The Olympus E-410 offers exterior measurements of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") having a weight of 435 grams (0.96 lbs) and the Sony A900 has specifications of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") having a weight of 895 grams (1.97 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are employing at the time. Here is the front view size comparison of the E-410 versus the A900.

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the E-410 and A900 is 77 and 54 respectively.

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to imagine the difference between sensor sizes purely by reading through specs. The pic here will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-410 and A900.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The E-410 because of its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF trickier and the Sony A900 will give you extra detail utilizing its extra 15 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images much more aggressively. The more aged E-410 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-410 Portrait photography details
Sony A900 Portrait photography details
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low resolution sensor (10MP)
manual focus
great MP (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
does not have liveview
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-410 Street photography advice
Sony A900 Street photography advice
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-410 Sports photography information
Sony A900 Sports photography information
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow frames per second (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
great MP (25 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
weather proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-410 Travel photography factors
Sony A900 Travel photography factors
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
weather proofing
great MP (25MP)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-410 Landscape photography information
Sony A900 Landscape photography information
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
small screen (2.5 inch)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode
manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
great MP (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
has double storage slots
does not have liveview
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-410 Vlogging details
Sony A900 Vlogging details
can't record video
lack of video recording
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Olympus E-410 vs Sony A900 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-410 and Sony A900
 Olympus E-410Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus E-410 Sony Alpha DSLR-A900
Alternate name EVOLT E-410 -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2007-06-14 2008-10-22
Body design Compact SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 25 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 6048 x 4032
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 3 9
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses 45 143
Crop factor 2.1 1
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 215k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen technology - TFT Xtra Fine color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x 0.74x
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180 secs 1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution None None
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 435 grams (0.96 lbs) 895 grams (1.97 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1") 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 51 79
DXO Color Depth rating 21.1 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.0 12.3
DXO Low light rating 494 1431
Battery life - 880 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
Storage slots Single 2
Launch pricing - $2,736