Olympus E-420 DSLR revealed




Lens mount Four Thirds
Body material Glass reinforced plastics
Image Sensor
Effective pixels 10 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 11.8 Megapixels
Type 4/3'' Live MOS sensor
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0mm
Type TruePic III
LPF filter Fixed type
IR cut filter Hybrid type
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
Pixel number 230,000 dots
LCD type HyperCrystal II LCD
Monitor size 6.9cm / 2.7''
Brightness adjustment 15 levels
Colour balance 15 levels
Super Control Panel
Displayed information Metering mode, Exposure mode, Aperture value, Shutter speed, Exposure level view, Flash compensation value, Exposure compensation indication, AE bracketing, ISO, Colour space, Picture mode, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, Contrast compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, AEL notification, Flash mode, Focus mode, AF frame, Drive mode, Record mode, Number of storable frames, Memory card, Battery indicator, Face detection
Super Control Panel (Flash)
Displayed information Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation indication, Flash compensation value, AEL notification, Noise reduction, Bracketing, AF illuminator disactivated notification, Colour space, Wireless channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group settings
Viewfinder type Eye-level single-lens view finder
Field of view Approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Depth of field preview Yes
Eye point 14mm
Diopter adjustment -3.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Focusing screen Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
Mirror Quick return mirror
Viewfinder Information AF frame (super impose), AE lock, AF confirmation mark, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture value, white balance, exposure compensation value indicator, flash, battery check
Eye piece shutter Eye-piece cap EP-4 supplied
Live View
Type Option between phase difference detection system and contrast detection autofocus
Information 100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, gradation setting preview (SAT), face detection preview, perfect shot preview, gridline displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogramme
Focusing System
Method TTL phase difference detection system, contrast detection system
Focus areas 3 points / Automatic and manual selection
For contrast detection AF, 11 points are used
AF illuminator Yes, Built-in flash (external flash available / inactivation possible)
AF lock Yes, Locked by first position of shutter release button, AE/AF lock button (customised)
Focus tracking Yes, Available in continuous AF mode
Manual focus Yes, Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
Single AF Yes
Single AF + MF Yes
Continuous AF Yes, only available for TTL phase difference detection
Continuous AF + MF Yes, only available for TTL phase difference detection
Detection range 0 - 19EV (ISO 100)
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 1 - 20 (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
ESP light metering Yes
Spot metering Yes
Centre weighted metering Yes
Highlight Yes
Shadow Yes
Exposure Modes
Auto Yes
Programme automatic Yes
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual Yes
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 18
Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, Sports, High key, Low key, Image Stabilisation Mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Beach and Snow, Panorama
Exposure System
Exposure compensation +/- 5EV / 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 3 frames / +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps


Auto ISO 100 - 1600 (adjustable in 1 EV steps)
Manual ISO 100 - 1600 (adjustable in 1 EV steps)


Shutter type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter release Soft Touch Electromagnetic
Self timer 12s / 2s
Anti Shock Yes, Release delay: 1 - 30s
Shutter Speeds


Shutter speed range 1/4000-60s
AUTO 1/4000-2s
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/4000-60s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed A priority 1/4000-60s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed S priority 1/4000-60s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed Manual 1/4000-60s (up to 30 min in Bulb mode)
Shutter speed scene mode 1/4000-4s
White Balance
AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
Selectable steps in Kelvin 7 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
Overcast Yes
Shade Yes
Tungsten Yes
Sunlight Yes
Flash Yes
Flourescent 1 Yes
Flourescent 2 Yes
Flourescent 3 Yes
White balance adjustment Yes, +/- 7 in each A-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB, preset WB mode & one-touch WB)
Internal Flash
Guide number 12
Flash compensation +/- 2EV / 1/3EV steps
Modes AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Off
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/180s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode)
Type TTL Auto for Olympus dedicated flash, Auto or Manual
Synchronisation modes Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain and slow syncro, Fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity +/- 2EV / 1/3 steps
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Group setting 3 groups
Number of channels 4 channels
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode 3.5fps / Up to card capacity in Large Normal mode
3.5fps / 8 frames RAW
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
TruePic III Yes
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Black & White (default setting Natural).
Gradation 4 (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Shadow Adjustment Technology Yes
Trimming Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Black & White Yes
Sepia Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Resize Yes
View Images
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Zoom 2-14x
Index 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames
Slide show Yes
Calendar Yes
Shooting information Exposure mode, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation level, ISO, colour space, white balance mode, white balance compensation level, focal length, focus area, file type, picture mode, file name, image size, recorded card type.
Exposure level view Histogram (R,G,B available), High light point warning, Shadow point warning.
Rotation Yes
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single, Selected
Copy mode Single, All, Selected
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Parallel recording
JPEG compression 1/2.7 SHQ, 1/8 HQ, 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.2
Image Size
RAW 3648 x 2736 11MB / frame
Large 3648 x 2736 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 6.8MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 4.7MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.2MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.5MB / frame
Middle 3200 x 2400 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 5.3MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 3.7MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.7MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.1MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 3.6MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 2.2MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.7MB / frame
Small 1600 x 1200 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 1.3MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.8MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.5MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.3MB / frame
1280 x 960 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 0.8MB / frame
1280 x 960 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.5MB / frame
1280 x 960 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3MB / frame
1280 x 960 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.2MB / frame
1024 x 768 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 0.5MB / frame
1024 x 768 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.4MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.2MB / frame
1024 x 768 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1MB / frame
640 x 480 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 0.2MB / frame
640 x 480 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.2MB / frame
640 x 480 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.1MB / frame
640 x 480 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1MB / frame
Menu languages in camera English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish
Menu languages by download Additional one language from 15 further languages by download via the internet.
Customisation Options
Left arrow button Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View, face detection
Drive button Drive, AF target selection, AF mode, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting
Custom preset options 2
Power Supply
Battery BLS-1 Li-Ion battery (included)
Battery life Approx. 500 shots with BLS-1 under CIPA testing standard.
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Media Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Combined V & USB output NTSC or PAL selectable
Infrared Yes
Temperature 0 - 40C operating temperature / -20 - 60C storage temperature
Humidity 30 - 90% operation humidity / 10 - 90% storage humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 129.5 x 91 x 53mm (without protrusions)
Weight 380g (body only)