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Lightweight DSLR from Olympus

The 10-mpxl camera weighs 13.4 ounces.

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Olympus has added the E-420 to its list of DSLRs. The 10-mpxl camera weighs 13.4 oz. and is 20% to 40% lighter than competing DSLRs, the company reports. It utilizes Olympus’ TruePic III processor, which is designed to produce vibrant colors and sharp images and reduce noise. Additionally, the E-420 can capture up to 3.5 images per second.

The camera features on-screen autofocus with Live View to allow users to display subjects in focus on the 2.7-in. LCD screen. Its HyperCrystal II screen is designed to improve image contrast and show a broader range of color detail. The E-420 also features 18 scene-select modes including Portrait, Fireworks, Sports, Landscape, and Sunset, as well as face-detection technology, which can target and lock up to eight faces in a frame to ensure accurate focus. Additionally, the camera’s shadow-adjustment technology helps to capture details in both bright and dark areas of the frame and the auto white-balance function calibrates how white an object should appear under a variety of light sources.

The E-420 also features the Olympus Supersonic Wave Filter dust-reduction system, which collects and removes dust and debris from the CCD sensor and is equipped with wireless flash control capabilities. The E-420 is compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture cards.

Price: $499.99; with ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko digital zoom lens, $599.99; with ED 25mm f2.8 Zuiko digital lens, $699.99.


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