Olympus E-450

Olympus E-450 front

Olympus E-450 summary

Olympus E-450 is Olympus's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially revealed on March of 2009. The camera uses a 10MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Olympus introduced this model in order to update the older Olympus E-330 (Read Full Comparison)

The E-450 is scored #72 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over-all #676 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Olympus E-450 history

The Olympus E-450 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-E-600 front thumbnailOlympus E-600
E-450 vs E-600
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-620 front thumbnailOlympus E-620
E-450 vs E-620
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
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Olympus-E-450 front thumbnailOlympus E-45010MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-520 front thumbnailOlympus E-520
E-450 vs E-520
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-420 front thumbnailOlympus E-420
E-450 vs E-420
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-410 front thumbnailOlympus E-410
E-450 vs E-410
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
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Olympus-E-400 front thumbnailOlympus E-400
E-450 vs E-400
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006
Olympus-E-330 front thumbnailOlympus E-330
E-450 vs E-330
7MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006
Olympus-E-300 front thumbnailOlympus E-300
E-450 vs E-300
8MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005

Olympus E-450 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus E-450 based on things that are normally considered necessary in a digital camera.

change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
has manual focus
has phase detect AF
lighter than competitors (426 grams)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
bad battery pack (500 CIPA)
can't record video
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
slow fps (4.0 fps)
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Olympus E-450 Sensor features

The Olympus E-450 is powered by the TruePic III processor. The sensor measurement in the Olympus E-450 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3.

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The CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. RAW files are supported which means that the user has more margin for error.

The picture below displays the E-450's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The E-450 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-450 dimensions

Olympus E-450 weighs in at 0.94 lbs (426g or 15.03 ounces) & the size of the camera is 130mm x 91mm x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1"). The weight of typical Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Olympus E-450 is less heavy compared to other rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Olympus E-450 besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Olympus E-450 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button layout on the E-450.

Olympus E-450 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-450 Lens features

The E-450 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the E-450.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-18-180mm-f3.5-6.3 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 18-180mm f3.5-6.318-180mmf/3.5-6.3 435g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-17mm-f2.8-Pancake lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8 Pancake17mmf/2.8 71g
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Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
Sigma-10-20mm-F4-5.6-EX-DC-HSM-Four-Thirds lensSigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/4.0-5.6 470g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-35mm-f2.0-SWD lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD14-35mmf/2.0 915g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Summilux-25mm-F1.4-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 II ASPH25mmf/1.4205g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Leica-DG-Summilux-12mm-F1.4-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm F1.4 ASPH12mmf/1.4 335g
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Olympus E-450 Connectivity

The E-450 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send images and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Olympus E-450 Video features

Olympus E-450 does not record video. In case you are searching for a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be a problem.

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Olympus E-450 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Olympus E-450 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Olympus E-450 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-450 houses a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

Olympus E-450 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specs for Olympus E-450 are as follows:

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

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Olympus E-450 Shutter features

Olympus E-450 continuous shooting speed is 4.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Olympus E-450 Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus E-450 features both inbuilt flash along with external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/180s.

Olympus E-450 Autofocusing features

Olympus E-450 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise compared to Contrast Based focusing.

The Sensor boasts 3 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-450 comes with manual focusing in case it is needed for low light conditions or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Olympus E-450 Battery life

The battery pack for the Olympus E-450 is built to last for 500 clicks as per the CIPA measurements making it lower as compared to it's competition. The usual Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has the maximum (1900) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
E-450 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Olympus E-450 for various types of photography

The following bar chart provides a summary of the Olympus E-450 for various types of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Olympus E-450

The Olympus E-450 has a score of 57 which is moderate, meaning that it is somewhat adequate for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files and capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
low resolution sensor (10MP)

Olympus E-450 as a Street photography camera

Getting a above average rating of 64, the Olympus E-450 is a very decent choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (426 grams)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization

Olympus E-450 Sports photography advice

A terrible sports photography score of 39 suggests the Olympus E-450 is just not suitable for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
not so great battery pack (500 CIPA)

Olympus E-450 Travel photography advice

Portability is really critical when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Olympus E-450 gets a average 53 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suited for your holidays.

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lighter than average (426g)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery life (500 shots)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Olympus E-450 Landscape photography details

If you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will be image quality. The Olympus E-450 at it's modest score of 47 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
not so great battery power (500 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse function

Olympus E-450 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus E-450 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible rating of 9.

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can't record video

Olympus E-450 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the E-450, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall within the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart down below shows you a bird's eye view of the E-450 compared to it's highest ranking rivals suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may check out as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus E-450
Entry-Level DSLR
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
426g (0.94 lb)
Physical dimensions
130 x 91 x 53mm (5.1" x 3.6" x 2.1")
Battery life
500 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage slots
Price at release