Olympus Evolt E420 10MP Digital SLR Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens


  • 10-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal II LCD screen
  • TruePic III for superior image quality in all lighting situations; exclusive dust-free technology for spot-free photos
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens
  • Stores images on CF, Micro Drive, or xD Picture Cards (not included)

I’ve been using a Point-and-Shoot camera for years now, and I felt that I maxed out its potential. Sure, landscape photography is nice, but i’ve always been a wildlife guy & trying to be a wildlife photographer with a point-and-shoot isn’t going to get you good results. It was at this point that I decided I wanted an SLR w/ interchangable lenses. I chose the Olympus E-420 because it was within my price range and list of features.

I’ve been learning and using this camera for a few months now, and I am very happy with the results. Coupled with a telephoto lens, my wildlife photography collection now includes over 60+ bird species in my area.

I would recommend this camera to someone looking to get a SLR camera. The price is great and Olympus Zuiko lenses are very cost friendly.I love this camera!!!! I bought a Nikon all manual camera when I was in the service overseas and back some years sold the camera to get a video camera!!! Big mistake! I looked for a new manual film recently and decided to go digital. That was my best decision. I researched all the digital cameras and compared price and features and I decided on the olympus. This was an even bigger good decision. The camera is fast, no lag time for shutter to actually take the picture. I love the rapid multi picture feature. It snaps pics one after another with no lag time!!!! I love it! The most important feature is the picture itself, they are very sharp and excellent detail in macro mode. I take pics of flowers close up and they look like pictures in photography magazines. I looked at the nikon D40 and thought this was a better camera. The lens is excellent!!!

You can’t go wrong with this camera. i did manual film for years and this is so much better and has the ability to do all manual if you like. The menus are very good. I love the camera!!!!!I chose the E-420 over similar offerings from Canon and Nikon because this camera just felt better in my hands. Small, light weight, no big old grip on the right side of the camera. All these reasons are really personal preferences as you really have to get technical to see the differences in image quality; which there are. But if you are like me, shoot a lot of images, print a few 4 X 6s and fewer 8 X 10s, store your pictures on your computer and email pictures to family and friends now and then, the E-420 will serve you well. Do I need to tell you that you should purchase from amazon.com? I didn’t think so.I also have an e-510 body, but have been exclusively been using the 420 since I got it. Really like the size, but still has all the great features. I got the 25mm pancake lens with it and will keep this combo in the bag along with the lenses I use with the e-510. Super fun little camera – the e420 became a keeper right off the bat!!The Olympus E-420 is a great camera for the price. It operates well and I would definitely suggest this camera for anyone looking into photography, or just for personal uses.

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Olympus Evolt E410 10MP Digital SLR Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens


  • 10-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD display
  • Exclusive dust-free technology for spot-free photos
  • TruePic III for superior image quality in all lighting situations
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes one 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens

The product is great!

The vendor is excellent!

Better than expected as it came with 2 lenses.

Shipping was very fast..

Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had my e410 for a few days now. I read some different reviews on it. All of them had nothing but good things to say about this camera. With in a day I knew what all the settings are and how to use it all manually. At first I was scared that there was too much. I picked up the manual and looked it over. The manual is Great. It explains every thing from what SLR stand for to focusing. Very user friendly with your trusting manual by your side you will have it all figured out in a day.

I love all the different settings to pick from. I love the size. Its small but light it fits well in my hands. My husband said “it’s so small and light, but has grips in all the right places I can hold it all day.” He has bigger hands then me and still found it comfortable.

The Live LCD screen is nice but I like to use the eye piece better for focusing. All the buttons are in the right places. The photo quality is great. With the software they give you allows you to put together panoramic photos. I LOVE THAT.

The manual focus is not like others. It’s better for just fine adjusting. If you put in on seim automatic this way you can let the camera focus and then tweak it to what you want and that works great.

You can’t beat the quality for the price. I was looking at Nikons and Cannons. The ones in this price rang did not impress me. This camera is just as good as the d40. If not better.

I could go on and on about this camera. I love it and you can’t go wrong with it. This is my first DSLR I moved up from my old 35-mm SLR and this is a great camera to do that with. I highly recommend the E410 to anyone that wants a good travel DSLR that is fun to use and takes a great photo. I’m in love with my Oly. I like to take this everywhere but I didn’t want a huge camera to lug around. Though, with my 70-300mm on it, it’s a monster anyway. It takes great photos, battery life is great, and I like that it takes multiple storage cards simultaneously. It’s a fantastic product for REALLY short money. I would recommend to anyone who wants to upgrade from a point and shoot. This camera WILL open you world wide. The only thing that’s lacking is image stab, but the 510 or 520 are easy upgrades for the future if you decide you want it. Oly has a trade up program as well which takes the sting out of upgrading if you need to.I am in the prosumer category for cameras and very much interested in photography. I’ve researched extensively on the DSLR cameras before buying this camera and am very happy with my purchase.

When I was researching for my first DSLR, my main concerns were size, price and live view options (among some others). And this camera excels for all these. It is the smallest and the lightest DSLR camera on the market today. Price is the best you can get for a DSLR, perhaps the cheapest. And live view is a big plus although you most likely end up not using it all the time because of the shutter lag.

So, it is very capable camera and picture quality is superb. However it always needs some adjustments so are you an auto-settings-person you are better off with a DSLR-like compact camera rather than a real DSLR.

My only complaint about this camera is its poor LCD screen quality. The colors look very very dull so much that you don’t realize how wonderful the actual photograph is when seen on the computer screen. I also have a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 and perhaps I have been spoiled with its superb screen quality.

This is again a very capable camera and, especially for starters I don’t think there is a better option than this one (as it is the cheapest camera with quite nice tool set).

Buy this camera! I have read reviews that said that this camera was too small. I am 6′2″ with big hands and I think the size is perfect. I think some people are stuck in the 35mm film days and don’t realize that a digital slr does not have to be like a film slr. This camera is fast, small, and light. It takes great pictures. My other digital slr is a monster compared to this. I will keep it for some things (sigma sd14) but for most of my photography the e-410 is a perfect fit. Plus it has a dust removal system which sadly the sigma does not have. For the price there is nothing else that even comes close. Unless you are a professional photographer I can’t see why you would need more. Buy this camera! I got mine from Cameta for $339.00 with the 14-42 lens. The ad said refurb but mine was an untouched demo.

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Olympus Evolt E510 10MP Digital SLR Camera with CCD Shift Image Stabilization and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lenses


  • 10-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD display
  • Mechanical Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko lenses
  • Powered by one lithium-ion battery; stores images on CF, Micro Drive, or xD Picture Cards

I’m still learning how this camera works [just so much to do on it!] but i using it everyday. love it!!I absolutely love this camera. Having purchased it this fall, I have been able to use it for a variety of activities, including anything ranging from sports photography to still life photos. All in all, it is an excellent camera, leaving me with no regrets in my purchase choice.Not much to say other than the camera takes great pictures. Very easy to use, fits great in my hands. I like Olympus Cameras.I’ve owned an E-410 for over a year. I like shooting handheld macro with my Olympus 70-300 lense. The big difference between the 410 and 510 is image stabilization. The E-510 seems to gain about 3 stops at 300mm, quite useful for handheld macro shooting! For the price, it would be tough to find a digital dslr with more semi-pro specs and features.This is a great item, i had previously owned the rebel xti by canon, it was a good camera , but the e-510 is overall better. I know you are reading this review to see if the camera is for you. If your a begginer who plans to buy this camera and not have to buy alot of additional lenses and accesories, this is the camera for you. Why? because it has all the features that you will ever need without having to buy any exoensive additional accesories.

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Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Lenses


  • Box Contents – E-520 body, Li-ion battery BLM-1, Li-ion battery charger BCM-2, USB cable, Video cable, OLYMPUS Master 2 CD-ROM, Instruction manual
  • Up to 3648×2736 resolution – RAW (12-bit), JPEG, and RAW+JPEG File Formats
  • CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Memory Card Slot
  • 3.5 frames per seconds sequential shooting speed, up to 8 frames in RAW mode
  • Dimensions – Width 5.35 x Height 3.60 x Depth 2.68 (136×91.5×68mm) excluding protrusions

I shopped and I compared before buying. While the E-520 is not my first SLR–I have owned and shot with Nikons and Canons for many years–it is my first Digital SLR. I am very comfortable with it. It is sturdy, good looking, flexible and efficient.

The main complaint I see regarding the E-520 is its ability to focus. That is a valid complaint. However…

First, every lens that Oly makes is different in its auto-focus characteristics. Yes, you will have to become familiar with each lens separately, but this is true of all SLR cameras and lenses.

Second, some lenses are better than others at AF. Most of the complaints I see come from birders, and they are probably using the 40-150 kit lens, or the 70-300 lens. These lenses do take some getting used to.

I was shocked when I received the 70-300. It’s a monster! But I have been able to focus on a wire 100 feet away, then move the camera and focus 200 yards beyond that within a split second; same with the 40-150 kit lens after a little practice.

In low light, I recommend that one ALWAYS focus manually.

As far as the quality of the image produced by the E-520 (once you master the focusing aspect), it is spectacular. I have spent hours comparing images from the E-520 to those from Nikons and Canons. There is virtually no difference. (Check out the review and compare images at: [...]

If you’re willing and able to spend $8000 for the top Nikon body (and another $10,000 or so for lenses), you will get that little bit of extra resolution and snappy auto-focus. But you didn’t spend $18,000 for the Olympus E-520.

Is it fair to buy a $25,000 Pontiac Solstice and expect it to perform like a $160,000 Ferrari?

The E-520 is an amazing camera. Period. Full stop. It’s even more amazing when you consider that you can buy it with two kit lenses and add the 50mm “Pro” lens and still have spent under $1000.

Happy shooting!

my first slr and i love it,great picture quality and easy to use!but i still have to learn more about this camera.For the beginning to mid range photographer this is a great deal. The body is around $500, the lenses can be $100 each.

The camera is real good in manual. However I have a lot of trouble with the scene or auto modes. The flash comes up and it is confusing why it won’t take the shot sometimes. Long story short, the auto metering system is too stupid for its own good.

In manual there can be a little noise at expected setting but noise filter, reduction, shock, and Image stabilization leave you with no excuse for that to become a problem. The shutter can do 1/4000 to 60″/Bulb; overall a good range. Aperture is all in the body (the lenses don’t have manual aperture.) Focusing is excellent and many options are offered in that regard. There are good on board effects, sharpness, contrast, saturation, greyscale with tint balance, and many more.

The dust feature is priceless. The lenses come with respective hoods. CARD SOLD SEPARATELY (that one got had me biking up to Walmart 8 in the morning. Warning- the software for downloading is kinda sucky. I would just copy from removable disk.

Overall I say it’s a great camera for the hobbies, student, or superstar on the way up! I am of the opinion that this is one fully loaded, serious piece of equipment at the top it its class. The E-520 is my very first DSLR and I have had it now since April ‘09 (the Easter Bunny brought it :-) and I can’t say enough good things about this camera or this combo.

The camera body is lightweight enough to carry all day without getting tired but sturdy enough to not feel “cheap”. The two kit lenses cover most of the distances the average user will want or need, and again neither one is a back-breaker. I use the 40-150mm when I am going to spend a day at the zoo to bring the animals closer to me (since they won’t let me get closer to them :-) .

One really nifty feature that the camera offers is the ability to use Live View Boost to focus and frame pictures with an infrared filter in place on the front of the lens and to actually see what the camera will record. Pretty cool.

The controls are easy to use and I think the only challenge I have encountered where they are concerned is not in using them but in remembering what to use when and to remember what menu it is under. Fortunately, most of the things you will need most often (wb, AF, Flash, ISO, etc.) also have dedicated buttons easy to find right there on the camera body. You can also set your own custom profile combos to allow you to quickly switch from one set up to another without having to remember what you did the last time that you liked.

The 20 scene modes make life very easy especially when you are just starting out or if you don’t want to think and just want to shoot. And the ability (with the optional waterproof housing and light) to shoot underwater would be a really cool thing to do.

Color is great, clarity is great, the ability to remotely control the FL-36R or FL-50R flash units without having to have them attached to the camera by wires of any kind is great too.

A word about the proprietary XD card (the camera supports three different recording formats, CF, XD and Microdrive (But who uses those really?)) you can have the card in the camera in addition to the CF card and I would recommend having one just for the panoramic assist option which is only available if you use the XD card. The panoramic assist supports horizontal and vertical pans and the stitching software is built into the Olympus Master software that comes standard with the camera.

The only down side to having this camera is that you may find it difficult to find all the different lenses available at your local camera store (but there is always Amazon) as Nikon and Cannon have much better marketing. Oh, and one more word about lenses, you can get adapters which will allow you to use not only Olympus OM mount lenses from your SLR but also Pentax, Minolta, Nikon, Cannon, Miyama, and all the rest. Olympus only makes the OM mount adapter but you can find all the others aftermarket. You will need to be able to manually focus and set the f-stop on the lens itself as those features won’t be supported through the adapters but it sure opens up options. One of the best cameras I have ever owned. No trouble so far and the quality of the photo’s is very good. On the downside it can be a little slow to focus at times. Perhaps I just need more practice using it.

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Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization (Body Only)


  • 10-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; body only, lenses sold separately
  • Enhanced in-body Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology
  • Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment technologies; Perfect Shot Preview
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards (not included)

Just went by the reviews on Amazon and the more expensive model of the same lineage. I am quite pleased with the speed and quality of pictures. Hunts a bit in low light, but the colors in the picture are quite good. Overall, a good buy for the money and an easy picture taker.I absolutely love the E-520. I have bought five lenses for it so far; my favorite for sharpness is the 50mm f/2 prime lens, but for extra wide, I like the 9-18mm. I have the 70-300mm as well, and it can shoot a bird at 200 feet and put it right in your face.

I am also very impressed with the kit lenses. I do a lot of manual focusing and shooting, and these lenses are sharp… truly unbelievable for the price, and they stand up well against some very expensive glass by other manufacturers. Over the years, I have spent a LOT more money for lenses that turned out to be inferior to these.

Olympus makes some of the top lenses in the world.

The menu on the E-520 was easy for me to understand from the start, but I’ve been shooting with SLRs for over 40 years. Even though the E-520 is called an “entry level” SLR, it might prove daunting for a beginning photographer. Nonetheless, if you are mildly familiar with f-stops, apertures, shutter speed and film speed (or equivalent), I think you’ll find this an easy camera to operate.

I have spent hours at [...] comparing studio photos and resolution charts as shot by various cameras. Olympus measures very well against the big money cameras in the studio shots. In the resolution charts, though, Olympus falls behind. So, if you need the absolute best digital image money can buy and you can afford [...], buy the new Nikon; or, shell out [...] for a Canon Mark II or III. All these cameras will give you better resolution than any Olympus camera.

BUT… Although the price of those cameras is many times higher than your E-520, the quality of their pictures is not much higher. And, by the way, in my opinion the E-520 shoots better pictures than the E-30 or the E-3.

I don’t do magazine layouts or commercial photography; however, on occasion, I do like to blow a picture up to 16×20 or larger, and the E-520 gives very satisfying results.

Moreover, Olympus has given me GREAT service. I have had to return two lenses for various reasons. In one case, Olympus shipped me a brand new lens; in the other case, they repaired the lens and had it back to me within the week; no questions, no hassle.

This is my first DSLR. I saw it on promo at a local electronics store with the extra lens – It was the best deal I saw on a DSLR. So, I went and read the reviews on this camera and decided to take the plunge.

I take loads of pictures of my dogs (show dogs) and thought this camera would give me more definition and clarity…and it does not disappoint.

I simply LOVE this camera. The pictures are awesome and for a newby to the DSLR world, it is fairly easy to learn (although there is loads more for me to learn and I intend on doing my homework). This camera makes you want to learn cause the pictures are so awesome and if it’s doing such a great job on automatic, I just can’t imagine all the things it’ll do once I learn a bit more.

My friend went and bought a 14 mp Sony and although it is nice, the pictures are no better and the price tag was much heftier…and without the extra lens. Nope…I made the RIGHT DECISION.

I’m starting to invest in some accessories. I really want the 300mm lens, but just can’t afford it right now (any hints on a good alternative?). I bought a 500/1000 lens for long shots…now I need a monopod cause that lens makes my camera shake (too long to keep your hand steady). I’m also looking at the LOWEPRO 350 which will take both the camera and accessories as well as my 17″ laptop – think that will be my next purchase!

BUY THIS CAMERA – it’s simply AWESOME!!!I thought the camera was a lot more then what it is.I have used it and am not inpressed with it’s preforamce.I’m compareing it to my Nikon D100. I’llkeep on trying and see what I get

HJWinstonI use a Canon Rebel XSI at work. I bought the E520 for my personal use. It’s a great camera at a much better price. I wold highly recommend it.

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Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera with Image Stabilization w/ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Lens


  • 10-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Lightweight ergonomic design; kit includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens
  • Enhanced in-body Image Stabilization with Supersonic Wave Drive technology
  • Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment technologies; Perfect Shot Preview
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards (not included)

Just went by the reviews on Amazon and the more expensive model of the same lineage. I am quite pleased with the speed and quality of pictures. Hunts a bit in low light, but the colors in the picture are quite good. Overall, a good buy for the money and an easy picture taker.I absolutely love the E-520. I have bought five lenses for it so far; my favorite for sharpness is the 50mm f/2 prime lens, but for extra wide, I like the 9-18mm. I have the 70-300mm as well, and it can shoot a bird at 200 feet and put it right in your face.

I am also very impressed with the kit lenses. I do a lot of manual focusing and shooting, and these lenses are sharp… truly unbelievable for the price, and they stand up well against some very expensive glass by other manufacturers. Over the years, I have spent a LOT more money for lenses that turned out to be inferior to these.

Olympus makes some of the top lenses in the world.

The menu on the E-520 was easy for me to understand from the start, but I’ve been shooting with SLRs for over 40 years. Even though the E-520 is called an “entry level” SLR, it might prove daunting for a beginning photographer. Nonetheless, if you are mildly familiar with f-stops, apertures, shutter speed and film speed (or equivalent), I think you’ll find this an easy camera to operate.

I have spent hours at [...] comparing studio photos and resolution charts as shot by various cameras. Olympus measures very well against the big money cameras in the studio shots. In the resolution charts, though, Olympus falls behind. So, if you need the absolute best digital image money can buy and you can afford [...], buy the new Nikon; or, shell out [...] for a Canon Mark II or III. All these cameras will give you better resolution than any Olympus camera.

BUT… Although the price of those cameras is many times higher than your E-520, the quality of their pictures is not much higher. And, by the way, in my opinion the E-520 shoots better pictures than the E-30 or the E-3.

I don’t do magazine layouts or commercial photography; however, on occasion, I do like to blow a picture up to 16×20 or larger, and the E-520 gives very satisfying results.

Moreover, Olympus has given me GREAT service. I have had to return two lenses for various reasons. In one case, Olympus shipped me a brand new lens; in the other case, they repaired the lens and had it back to me within the week; no questions, no hassle.

This is my first DSLR. I saw it on promo at a local electronics store with the extra lens – It was the best deal I saw on a DSLR. So, I went and read the reviews on this camera and decided to take the plunge.

I take loads of pictures of my dogs (show dogs) and thought this camera would give me more definition and clarity…and it does not disappoint.

I simply LOVE this camera. The pictures are awesome and for a newby to the DSLR world, it is fairly easy to learn (although there is loads more for me to learn and I intend on doing my homework). This camera makes you want to learn cause the pictures are so awesome and if it’s doing such a great job on automatic, I just can’t imagine all the things it’ll do once I learn a bit more.

My friend went and bought a 14 mp Sony and although it is nice, the pictures are no better and the price tag was much heftier…and without the extra lens. Nope…I made the RIGHT DECISION.

I’m starting to invest in some accessories. I really want the 300mm lens, but just can’t afford it right now (any hints on a good alternative?). I bought a 500/1000 lens for long shots…now I need a monopod cause that lens makes my camera shake (too long to keep your hand steady). I’m also looking at the LOWEPRO 350 which will take both the camera and accessories as well as my 17″ laptop – think that will be my next purchase!

BUY THIS CAMERA – it’s simply AWESOME!!!I thought the camera was a lot more then what it is.I have used it and am not inpressed with it’s preforamce.I’m compareing it to my Nikon D100. I’llkeep on trying and see what I get

HJWinstonI use a Canon Rebel XSI at work. I bought the E520 for my personal use. It’s a great camera at a much better price. I wold highly recommend it.

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