Olympus E-400

Released September, 2006
  • 10 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
The E-400 uses the same monitor-based interface as the E-500, utilising its sharp 2.5in 215kp screen to display the camera’s current settings, such things as ISO, white balance, colour mode, metering, AF selection etc..
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-400

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-400
3 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
EOS 70D
7 fps

Features Key features of the Olympus E-400

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

E-400
10 MP
D3300
24.2 MP
D5300
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

E-400
1,600 ISO
Alpha A6000
51,200 ISO
EOS 70D
25,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

E-400
2.5"
D5300
3.2"
EOS 70D
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

E-400
0.46x
EOS 70D
0.59x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

E-400
24.3 microns
EOS 750D
13.8 microns
D3300
15.2 microns

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-400


9.0
Taken with the 14-42mm lens at its widest angle, the image is still sharp right out to the edges, and fantastically detailed.

8.0
It can shoot at three frames per second for 10 consecutive JPEG images, which isn't bad, plus it can shoot five RAW files at that same speed, which is pretty good.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

1/500th, f11.0 ISO 1600 At the highest ISO setting there is a faint fuzz of image noise across the whole image, but the image is quite printable.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
1/320th, f10, ISO 800 At the lowest ISO setting the image is completely noise-free and…no, wait, I think I can see a tiny hint of colour speckling in the mid-tones.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
1/60th, f7.1, ISO 200 At the 200 ISO setting the image is completely noise-free and also devoid of compression artefacts.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Lens

The kit price may seem expensive, but it includes two excellent lenses that perfectly complement this outstanding camera.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The eagle-eyed will also note that the standard zoom has seen a slight drop in outright focal range, down from 45mm to 42mm.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
To go with the small body of the E-400, Olympus has come up with two brand new lenses - a 4-42mm 'standard' zoom and a 40- 50mm telephoto zoom.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)

Iso

1/100th, f6.3, ISO 100 At the lowest ISO setting the image is completely noise-free and also devoid of compression artefacts.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
1/200th, f9.0 ISO 400 At the 400 ISO setting the image is completely noise-free and also…hang on, this sounds familiar.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
As you’ll see from the accompanying sample shots, image quality was very good right up to 800 ISO, and far from shabby even at 1,600 ISO, which does present high sensitivity and the corresponding increase in usable shutter speed as an alternative to image stabilisation.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Type

It offers a combination of easily controlled versatility, exceptional performance and superb image quality that should secure it a place in the top rank of mid-range digital SLRs.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
All this is great news if you want the smallest digital SLR/zoom combination there is.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
So, all other things being equal, you can expect more digital noise.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)

Zoom

It's unusually small and neat, as are the two new Olympus zooms.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)
It has a list price of £849.99 in a kit with two zoom lenses of 14-42mm and 40-150mm (equivalent to 28-84mm and 80-300mm respectively) and although it is available for around £800 online, it is apparently not currently available body-only, which makes it significantly more expensive to buy than any of those models except the Nikon.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The E-400 with its 4-42mm kit lens fi tted is almost an inch shorter, front to back, than the EOS 400D with its 8-55mm zoom.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3648 x 2736
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 24.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 215 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.46x

form factor

Size 130 x 91 x 53 mm
Thickness 53 mm
Weight 435 g
Is weather sealed No
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