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Olympus E-420 DSLR Camera With 14-42 mm & 40-150mm lenses

by Olympus

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  • Super-compact, Easy to Use 10MP digital SLR
  • 28 Shooting Modes and Beginner’s or Advanced info Screen
  • Face-Detection, One-Touch White Balance and ISO 100-1600
  • TruePic III Image Processor and Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • Dust Reduction System, Built-in Flash and 2.7 inch LCD

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 13 x 9.1 cm ; 381 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: E-420 Double Lens Kit
  • ASIN: B0015IMHJI
  • Date first available at 8 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,551 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

E-420 & Dual Lens Kit
Manufacturer's Description

E-420 & Dual Lens Kit

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ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6

Small yet perfectly formed for digital photography
For when size really does matter there's the E-420 from Olympus, one of the most compact and lightweight digital SLRs in existence. Perfect for the travel photographer and those for who portability is key, the E-420 delivers photography without compromise thanks to the unique properties of the Olympus E-system and its adopted Four Thirds Standard. Courtesy of an LCD with Live View, it's user friendly too, with the choice of either viewfinder or rear screen for shot composition.

Extend your creative boundaries at both wide and telephoto ends of the spectrum with this value-added dual lens kit comprising 14-42mm lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-84mm (a full 3x zoom performance), ideal for landscapes, plus 40-150mm perfectly suited to both portrait and sports photography. Due to the unique properties of the Four Thirds system, like the E420 DSLR both lenses are much more compact and lightweight than their 35mm equivalents..

8 mega pixels2.5 LCD27mmbright captureface detectionsmile shothigh isoimage stabilizationimage stabilization



More performance, more ease of use
Now, with the intuitive and innovative E-420, high performance digital photography can be achieved by anyone, and in a light and take-anywhere form. Whatever your level of experience, high quality pictures are guaranteed due to the inclusion of 28 shooting modes, with pre-optimised settings for a range of subjects and conditions plus automatic and manual options.

Crisp, richly detailed images are delivered courtesy of a 10 megapixel Live MOS sensor, supported by a TruePic III image processor allowing the implementation of Olympus' Shadow Adjustment Technology to enable even exposures even in tricky lighting, low noise and fast processing speed.

A case in point; sequential shooting of up to eight full resolution RAW images at 3.5 frames per second (fps) sis possible for those photographers requiring both optimum image quality and optimum speed.


Further ensuring stunning results, dust is kept at bay thanks to Olympus' proprietary Supersonic Wave Filter, which shakes the senor free of any undesirables.

Aiding ease of use, photographers can compose and review images courtesy of a generous 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD screen, with 100% scene coverage and the ability to magnify the image by 7x or 10x to help with manual focusing. A Perfect Shot Preview function also allows camera settings to be witnessed on screen and monitored in real time.

Auto focus performance has further been enhanced, with a contrast AF system for the added convenience of being able to see the effects of auto focusing in Live View mode immediately on the E-420's LCD.

Key Features

10 Megapixel Live MOS sensor Crisp, detailed shots for perfect quality images every time

Large 6.9cm / 2.7'' HyperCrystal II LCD

Comfortable viewing with Autofocus Live View

Dust-free photography with powerful and highly effective Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system

Designed for digital Four Thirds Standard.

Fast 3.5 fps continuous shooting with up to 9 images in RAW buffe

Face Detection Technology for perfectly focused and exposed faces plus correct exposure for other image areas. Face Detection of up to 8 people.

A technology designed to improve exposure for pictures with dark areas.

28 shooting modes including automatic, semi-automatic and manual shooting options, ensure complete versatility whilst shooting a multitude of photographic situations


Face Detection

Live View

Exceptional portability and mobility - take it anywhere you go

Comfortable and simplified composition with Autofocus Live View on a large 2.7"/6.9cm HyperCrystal II LCD

Retains both ease of use and the distinct D-SLR quality advantages simultaneously

Greater shooting versatility due to the option of wireless flash control, significantly extending lighting options

Accepts xD-Picture Cards and Compact Flash card.

Olympus' new Perfect Shot Preview mode stands out among these features as one of the most useful aspects of the camera. This mode lets you preview how your picture will look under four different EV compensation or white balance settings. If you shoot in awkward lighting, Perfect Shot Preview can really help you take a proper shot without a lot of trial-and-error or menu-hunting.

Olympus' newest-generation image processing engine. It automatically enhances important aspects of image quality including: Colour reproduction (colour range, saturation and brightness), picture sharpness (reduced image noise, improved edge reproduction), as well as providing faster processing speeds.

New ergonomicly designed grip for improved comfort and ease of operation.

*As of March 2008

Box Contains

  • Olympus E-420 DSLR Camera
  • ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6
  • BC-1 (Body Cap)
  • BLS-1 (Li-Ion Battery for E-400 series)
  • BCS-1 (Battery Charger for BLS-1)
  • EP-4 (Eyepiece Shutter for E-400 series and E-500 series)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 (USB Cable)
  • CB-VC2 (Video Cable CB-VC2 for E-330 E-400 series and E-500 series)
  • OLYMPUS Master 2 (Software CD-ROM)
  • OLYMPUS Studio 2 Trial (Software Download)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • EP-5 (Eye Cup bundled with all E-System cameras (except E-1/E-3))

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Customer Reviews

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Dermot O'Sullivan on 21 July 2008
I am new to SLR cameras but wanted good camera as I am going on a 3 month trip early next year. I did a bit of research and I have had olympus cameras before so I decided to get the Olympus E420. I just went for weeks holiday and I brought the camera with me to get used to it. The camera is really easy to use and the quality of the pictures are second to none. Within the space of 5 minutes I was up and running. The controls are really simple to use. The auto focus feature allows you to point the camera, press auto focus and shoot. The camera has multple different scene selections that sets the different features such as flash intensitity, shutter speed etc... for you based to the different scene you select. These different scenes really make a difference to the pictures produced. All of these can be configured manually but I havnt got that far yet. The two lenses are again very eay to use as the auto focus does that last bit of focusing for you. (This can also be done manually). One of the main reasons why I went for this camera is that as when travelling for the 3 months I want a small camera and this camera is very neet and tidy and exactly what I want for my trip. I know I have only touched on the potential of this camera and have lots to learn but it has impressed me, so much so that I decided to write this review. So I would totally recommend this camera to a novice like myself who wants to learn how to use a slr camera.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By X on 9 Sep 2008
Sit down quietly with the specifications of this camera from the Olympus UK home-page on your screen, and read what this camera can do. Then you read these reviews, so that I can tell you that this camera does all of that, very well, and with ease. In fact, there are functions I may never use again, but it's there if you need it.

You don't have to be always on edge using it. Stick it in Auto or P (program) mode and fire away. It'll do the rest for you, without even the suggestion of not quite fulfilling its promise. Then just look at what you and your Olympus can do. For the next time, look at what the Olympus E420 has to offer, and try something a bit different. And so on. All good Olympus cameras seem to "grow" on the people who own them, and my first Olympus dates back to 1977.

And this is a "good" Olympus, which makes it a superb camera when compared with Brand-X. The build quality is impeccable, the functions are intuitive, as long as you don't try to run before you can walk, and the results are outstanding. It certainly will grow on you. I cannot imagine I will ever need more from a stills camera.

I bought mine in this bundle, with two zoom lenses, and I've added an Olympus flash, the FL-36, and an Olympus macro lens, the 35mm f3.5 macro, (which also doubles up as a fixed lens, for all purposes except "wide" applications.) Their integration into the E-series body is just perfect. If flash or macro photography are important to you, put in the money to buy these Olympus accessories. As soon as you use them you will be glad you didn't try for any short-cuts.

There are extra functions available on the E520, but that camera has all the characteristics that have got me enthusing in this E420. You pays your money and you takes your choice, but you enjoy your Olympus in either case.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ozzie Osprey on 15 Jan 2009
I've now owned the E-420 for about 5 months. This quick review is just my opinion. Tthe first DSLR I've had and it has rekindled my enjoyment of photography. I bought the twin lens kit which offers great flexibility. the quality of the pictures (RAW and JPEG) is excellent in straight auto mode but there is enough flexibility to allow you to experiment.

The only reason this doesn't score a 5/5 is that the accessories list is more expensive and less available than the usual Cnanon & Nikon brands - although I new this before I spent the money the lack of lenses & 3rd party accessories is now quite noticeable. if you plan on really developing your photography and want these extras then think long and hard about the system rather than just the camera - having said that I would still buy the E-420 as it is a wonderful servent and even manages to make my photos look good!

Happy snapping!
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