Originally Posted by Archphoto
Olympus finaly listened to their users ?
If this camera is better with banding compared to the E420: expect a E550 soon.
Banding and noise is a real problem with the E520, esp when you compare it to the E410.
So: expect E450, E550, E620, E30 and E4 to be the range.
I can see this as being a reasonable range. The E-450 and E-550 would be the lower priced models with 10 MP sensors. E-620 and E-30 take up the midrange with 12 MP. And E-4 is the top of the range with all the performance bits. The E-30 still needs a significant price drop for it to work well, IMO, and the E-4 shouldn't cost much more than the current E-30 price.
It's just some of the sensor issues that bug me. Specifically, why is it that the Panasonic G1 has basically the same sensor (and a host of advanced technology--high res LCD, advanced contrast AF and EVF, portability) as the E-30 for half the price? Yes, the E-30 provides some other advantages, but the G1 has its own advantages over the E-30. Olympus has a difficult task in distinguishing among the many models and convincing skeptics (such as myself
) of the value of the pricier ones.
BTW, I'm in complete agreement with Phil (thestickman) and MEDISIN about the placement of the E-4XX lugs. Putting them on the front may help a bit with balance on the neck strap, but is a (literal) pain when holding the camera--the lug on the shutter release side falls right where my fingers need to go and is extremely uncomfortable.
- Hal -