Olympus E-400

Olympus E-400 front

Olympus E-400 overview

Olympus E-400 is Olympus's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially launched on September of 2006. The camera includes a 10MP, CCD Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Olympus introduced the updated Olympus E-410 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The E-400 comes in at #80 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all around #808 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can use our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus E-400 history

The Olympus E-400 is part of a family of products. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-E-600 front thumbnailOlympus E-600
E-400 vs E-600
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-620 front thumbnailOlympus E-620
E-400 vs E-620
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
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Olympus-E-450 front thumbnailOlympus E-450
E-400 vs E-450
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-520 front thumbnailOlympus E-520
E-400 vs E-520
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-420 front thumbnailOlympus E-420
E-400 vs E-420
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-410 front thumbnailOlympus E-410
E-400 vs E-410
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
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Olympus-E-400 front thumbnailOlympus E-40010MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006

Olympus E-400 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Olympus E-400 based on criterias which are normally seen as useful in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
exports RAW files
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has built in flash
has phase detect autofocus
can't shoot video
does not have external mic socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Time Lapse function
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
no liveview feature
no manual exposure
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
pixelated screen (215 thousand dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
small screen (2.5 inches)
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Olympus E-400 Sensor info

The sensor size in the Olympus E-400 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the E-400's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The E-400 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-400 dimensions

Olympus E-400 has a weight of 0.96 lb (435g / 15.34 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Olympus E-400 is lighter in comparison with various competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Olympus E-400 next to a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Olympus E-400 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the E-400.

Olympus E-400 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-400 Lens info

The E-400 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses on the market today. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the E-400.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-PZ-45-175mm-F4.0-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH OIS45-175mmf/4.0-5.6 210g
Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
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Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-HSM-II-Four-Thirds lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II70-200mmf/2.8 1390g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-9-18mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.69-18mmf/4.0-5.6 155g
Samyang-Reflex-300mm-f6.3-ED-UMC-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang Reflex 300mm f6.3 ED UMC CS300mmf/6.3 318g
Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-45mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-45mmf/3.5-5.6 195g
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Olympus E-400 Connectivity

The E-400 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer images and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Olympus E-400 Video info

Olympus E-400 does not capture video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to take only photos, this might not be a problem.

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Olympus E-400 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Olympus E-400 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Olympus E-400 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-400 includes a 2.5 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 215 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus E-400 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.46x

Viewfinders can be very beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Olympus E-400 Shutter info

Olympus E-400 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Olympus E-400 Flash and Hot shoe info

Olympus E-400 comes with both inbuilt flash together with external flash ability.

Olympus E-400 Autofocusing info

Olympus E-400 comes with both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

The AF system includes 3 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-400 boasts manual focus in case it is needed for low light or you want to have more exact focus control.

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Olympus E-400 Battery life

The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the highest (1900) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
E-400 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Olympus E-400 for varying kinds of photography

The following bar chart presents a overview of the Olympus E-400 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus E-400 Portrait photography advice

The Olympus E-400 receives a rating of 46 which is decent, meaning that it is somewhat acceptable for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
manual exposure not possible
low MP (10 megapixels)

Street photography with Olympus E-400

With a modest score of 60, the Olympus E-400 is relatively acceptable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization

Olympus E-400 Sports photography features

A bad sports photography rating of 38 indicates the Olympus E-400 is just not suitable for photographing sports. A camera must have great autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)

Olympus E-400 Travel photography information

Weight is extremely important when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Olympus E-400 gets a decent 49 as a travelling camera which is fairly adequate to take with you on your vacations.

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has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
MP count low (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display

Landscape photography with Olympus E-400

If you are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Olympus E-400 and it's bad grade of 45 as a landscape camera is just not suitable among its competition.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
small screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview feature
no manual mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
lack of Timelapse function

Vlogging with Olympus E-400

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus E-400 is just not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a bad rating of 9.

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no video

Olympus E-400 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the E-400, below is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The line chart below shows you a summary of the E-400 vs it's highest scoring rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may regard as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus E-400
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Resolution of screen
215 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
10.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
435g (0.96 pounds)
130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots
Launch pricing