Olympus E-450

Released March, 2009
  • 10 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
Just like its predecessors, the E-450 is better constructed than you'd expect given the diminutive size, light weight and low price.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-450

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

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DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

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Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D700
Nikon D800
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Reviews from 43rumors.com, photographyblog.com and 1001noisycameras.com


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews


Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-450

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

512 ISO
Nikon D800
2,979 ISO
Nikon D700
2,303 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

3.5 fps
8 fps
Nikon D700
5 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

21.5 bits
Nikon D800
25.6 bits
Nikon D700
23.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

10.5 ev
Nikon D800
14.4 ev
12.5 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-450

The Olympus E-450 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The art filters produce special effects that would otherwise require you to spend a lot of time in the “digital darkroom.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
The most obvious difference between the E-420 and the E-450 is the presence of three Art Filters in the latter.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
These are special effects called Pinhole (apparently dubbed 'Toy Camera' in Japan, where toy cameras are a big fad), Soft Focus and Pop Art.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)


Not only does it offer manual exposure and focusing modes for the advanced user; it also has features like highlight-, shadow- and midtone-based spot metering, user-configurable mirror lock-up (Anti-Shock), wireless TTL flash control, Shadow Adjustment Technology and contrast-detect auto-focus in Live View.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
It's fine for framing but not so great for manual focusing, which is better done in Live View.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
Finally, the E-450 makes do with the small finder and rudimentary 3-point auto-focus of the E-420, both of which seem frankly obsolete for a 2009 model.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)


With a retail price of around £350 body only or £450 for the single lens kit in the UK, and $699 for the double lens kit in the US, we find out if the new Olympus E-450 is the best small DSLR around.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
Photographers who have never used a manual SLR – or one of the earlier Olympus E-4x0 DSLRs – will initially have a hard time figuring out how to hold the E-450 securely and comfortably, but the recipe is as simple as it was 30 years ago: hold the camera's weight in the left hand, clutching the lens, and use your right hand for balance and operating the controls.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
The neck strap eyelets are still at the front rather than the sides, no doubt because this position is better to prevent the lightweight camera from becoming front-heavy with a lens attached – but it can be a little inconvenient for the photographer.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)


The exception is shooting at ISO 1600 in incandescent light, when the boost given to the blue channel to neutralise the predominant yellow cast can result in a more obtrusive noise pattern.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
Full-resolution Super Fine JPEGs typically occupy between 6 and 7 megabytes on the card; while the – losslessly compressed – raw files are between 10 and 11 megabytes each.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
Do note however that in artificial light, where the camera needs to boost gain in the blue channel to neutralise or at least reduce the predominant yellow cast, the noise pattern is less appealing, as you can see in one of our Sample Images, taken at ISO 1600.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)


The Pinhole effect creates a lot of vignetting and faded colours, whereas the Pop Art filter boosts the saturation to unnatural levels to mimic the look of, well, pop art.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
A subtly different LCD screen and processing engine aside, the difference is limited to the three Art Filters, present in the E-450 but absent from the E-420.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 3.5 fps
Continuous shooting 3.5 fps, JPEG


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


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


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 426 g
Is weather sealed No
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