Olympus E-400 Review

Review Date: January 25th 2007
Author: Michael Roscoe

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Image Sensor    
  Image Sensor 10.8 Million Pixels CCD sensor
17.3 x 13.0 mm
  Effective pixels 10 Million Pixels
  Aspect ratio 4:3
  Filter array primary colour filter (RGB)
  HyperCrystal LCD
  Pixel number 215,000 pixels
  Monitor size 6.4 cm / 2.5 ''
  Brightness adjustment +/- 7 steps
  Viewfinder type Eye-level single-lens view finder
  Field of view Approx. 95 %
  Magnification Approx. 0.92 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptres
  Depth of field preview Available
  Eye point 14 mm at -1 dioptres
  Diopter adjustment +1.0 -3.0 diopter built-in type
  Focusing Screen Fixed type (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
  Mirror Quick return mirror
  Viewfinder Information AF frame (super impose), AE/AF lock, AF confirmatioAn 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
Focusing System    
  Focusing system TTL phase difference detection system
  Focus areas 3 points
  AF illuminator Built-in flash (external flash available)
  AE/AF lock Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
  Detection range 0 EV 19 EV (ISO 100)
  Focus area selection Automatic and manual selection
  Focus trackingAvailable in continuous AF mode
  Focus aid Available
  Manual focus Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
  AF modes Single AF
  Single AF + MF
  Continuous AF
  Continuous AF + MF
Light metering    
  TTL open aperture light metering 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
  Detection range EV 1 to 20 (50mm 1:2, ISO 100)
  Metering Modes ESP light metering
  Spot metering
  Centre weighted metering
  Highlight based Spot Metering
  Shadow based Spot Metering
Exposure modes    
  Programme automatic with Programme Shift
  Aperture priority
  Shutter priority
  AScene modes
Scene modes  
  Landscape with Portrait
  Night scene
  Night scene with portrait
  High key
  Low key
  Image Stabilisation Mode
  Nature Macro
  Beach and Snow
  Underwater Wide
  Underwater Macro
Exposure System    
  Exposure compensation +/-5 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  Bracketing 3 frames in +/- 1, 2/3, 1/3 EV steps
  Auto ISO 100-1600 100 and 1600
  Manual ISO 100-1600 (in each 1/3 EV steps possible). 
White Balance    
  White balance adjustment -7 / +7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and preset WB mode)
  AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with CCD imager
  Manual White balance (One-Touch) Available (customised via function button Fn)
  Selectable steps in Kelvin 7 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
  Preset WB Overcast
  Flourescent 1
  Flourescent 2
  Flourescent 3
Internal Flash    
  Guide number 10
  Flash compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  Flash modes Red-eye reduction
  Slow synchronisation
  Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
  Fill in
  Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
Sequence Shooting    
  Sequential shooting mode 3 fps 10 frames (approx.) in HQ JPEG mode
  Sequential shooting mode RAW 3 fps 5 frames
Image Processing    
  Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
  Image processing TruePic TURBO
  Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels in each picture mode
  Saturation 5 levels in each picture mode
  Contrast 5 levels in each picture mode
  Black & White Filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
  Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
  Picture Mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Black & White
  Gradation 3 levels
Image Editing  
  RAW data edit
  Red-eye reduction
  Black & White
  Correction of saturation
View images    
  Histogram in playback mode
  Zoom 2-14 x
  Index 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
  Slide show
  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.
Still image recording    
  EXIF 2.2
  JPEG compression 1/2.7 SHQ 1/8 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8 or 1/12 SQ
Image size    
  3648 x 2736
  3200 x 2400
  2560 x 1920 SQ
  1600 x 1200 SQ
  1280 x 960 SQ
  1024 x 768 SQ
  640 x 480 SQ
  USB 1.1
  Combined V & USB output NTSC or PAL selectable
  Dimensions 129.5 mm (W) x 91 mm (H) x 53 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
  Weight 375 g (body only)
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
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