New Olympus E-420

Guess What, Olympus has expanded it’s range of 4/3 cameras with – what they are claiming to be – the world’s smallest Digital SLR – the E-420. Part of the press release is given below with a link to all the info you need on Olympus’ site.

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) today announced the upcoming launch of the world’s thinnest, smallest* interchangeable lens type digital SLR camera, the E-420, scheduled for release in the middle of April, 2008.

Main Features

1. World’s thinnest, smallest* camera body – ideal for travelling or just walking around town
2. “AF Live View” function that makes shooting as easy as a compact digital camera
3. “Face & Back Control” renders both human faces and the background more clearly
4. New large 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD monitor with improved visibility in Live View shooting and picture playback

The E-420 is an upgraded version of the E-410 digital SLR camera (released in April 2007), which has received much praise for its excellent portability and picture quality. In keeping with the slim design, grip size has been minimized, while at the same time the grip design has been improved to fit more securely in the hand. Combining the world’s thinnest, smallest* body with the outstanding picture quality Olympus is renowned for, this camera makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the power of digital SLR performance and to capture and preserve the activities of everyday life or the memories of once-in-a-lifetime journey in beautiful pictures. Embodying the slogan of Olympus digital SLRs, “GO FIND YOUR WONDERS”, the E-420 is the ideal photographic companion as users set out to discover the wonder and joy that can be experienced through the act of “photographing”.

The E-420 features a new “AF Live View” that improves on conventional Live View by enabling autofocusing based on contrast detection. “Face & Back Control” is another special feature that optimizes exposure of human faces and the background. Using the face detection function, which is capable of detecting up to 8 different faces, this function assures clear, beautiful portraits and group shots even against strong backlight.

With its high picture quality, high functionality and high portability, the E-420 is not only a great choice for beginners who want to enter the world of digital SLR photography, it’s also an excellent choice for experienced photographers looking for a handy, reliable, go-anywhere digital SLR.

To complement the E-420, the ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f2.8, a new pancake-type lens optimized for the E-420’s slim design, and Genuine Leather Bottom Case and two Front cases will be released at the same time.

Development Background

In the autumn of 2006, Olympus began writing Chapter Two in the story of the Olympus E-System with the declaration, “we will continue to develop revolutionary features that extend the frontiers of DSLR photography, and to strengthen the Olympus E-System body, lens, and accessory lineup. We will continue to develop Olympus E-System bodies, lenses, and accessories for a wide range of genres, so that even more people are able to take photographs that could never be taken before.” This declaration was embodied in the E-410, at the time the world’s thinnest, smallest, lightest digital SLR*, and the E-510, which marked the first time an image stabilization mechanism was incorporated in an SLR camera body. Both models were released in April and June 2007 respectively, setting the stage for the release of the E-3, the flagship model with the world’s fastest AF*, which came out in November of the same year. With each boasting its own unique features, these three models have obtained a high reputation from the market.

The newly announced E-420 is an advanced version of the E-410. While maintaining the same super-slim, highly portable design of the E-410, which was made possible by exploiting the miniaturization capabilities inherent in the Four Thirds System standard, the E-420 incorporates an impressive array of powerful new technologies such as “Auto Focus Live View”, Face Detection and “Shadow Adjustment Technology” that make it easy even for absolute beginners to obtain beautiful, natural-looking pictures.

In terms of its imaging capability, the E-420 offers the same outstanding quality as the E-3, our widely praised flagship model, released in November 2007.

Bringing the high picture quality of digital SLRs to anyone who wants to enjoy it, the E-420 offers the ideal combination of high quality, easy operation, and maximum versatility.

Other Features

* Reliable Dust Reduction System
* Fast 3.5 frames-per-sec. sequential shooting
* Built-in flash with wireless flash control
* More advanced, 10-megapixel new Live MOS Sensor and TruePic III image processing engine
* “Perfect Shot Preview” function to compare the results of various effects before actual shooting
* Super Control Panel with excellent visibility and operability

For more information follow this link to Olympus’ website