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Olympus E-420 Digital SLR Komachi Kit - Exclusive Limited Edition

Olympus E-420 Digital SLR Komachi Kit - Exclusive Limited Edition

10 Megapixel.GIF2.7 inch LCD.GIFuses JPEG and RAW file formats.GIFthis camera has an ACCESSORY SHOE for ADD ONS such as external flash, light or microphone.GIFconnects via USB only.GIFLi-Ion battery.GIFuses Compact Flash (CF type I) and Microdrives (CF Type II) and xD Cards.GIFLiveView.GIF


Named after famous Japanese poet Ono no Komachi, who was renowned for her beauty, the E-420 Komachi Kit certainly lives up to its namesake. Olympus brings together the E-420 body with the ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:2.8 pancake lens to present a combination that cuts a decidedly elegant figure. The size and weight advantages inherent with the Four Thirds System are clearly demonstrated in this kit. The camera body and lens pairing measures in at a total length of just 76.5mm – which makes it the most compact D-SLR set-up in the world, and together they weigh merely 475g. As such, high quality miniaturised optics that deliver maximum D-SLR brilliance can be taken along and enjoyed anywhere with ease.

The included hand-made leather case and strap, featuring a fashionable retro design completes the ensemble magnificently. This limited edition kit is exclusive to specialist photo retailers only. RRP $1099. This package comes with an Olympus E-420 +25mm f/2.8 Zuiko Lens + Leather case & strap!  NO LONGER AVAILABLE.








confused.JPG What are the features and how will they benefit you?

Live View – allows you to frame shots using the LCD screen rather than the viewfinder, similar to a compact digital camera. Very helpful for unusual shooting positions such as holding the camera overhead; also great for critical manual focusing when performing macro shots.

Face Detection – adjusts for optimum exposure and focuses on faces (up to 8 in frame) rather than other picture elements that might be in the foreground or background.

Shadow Adjust – automatically improves detail in shadowy areas of your image whilst retaining correct exposure of bright areas when confronted by high-contrast lighting situations such as bright sunshine with shadows.

18 “Scene Select” Picture Modes – for the D-SLR novice there are plenty of automatic scene modes to start out with.

Perfect Shot Preview - white balance, exposure compensation and depth of field can be conveniently previewed in LiveView with four separate exposure 'difference' previews viewable at once on the screen to enable the user to conveniently select the best exposure option.

Wireless Flash Capability - Utilising the same sophisticated wireless flash control system as the range-topping E-3 model, the affordable E-420 makes high-quality home portraits and macro photography easy and affordable, especially when combined with the FL-36R flash unit.


What's in the box?

Olympus E-420 Digital SLR Camera Body

Olympus Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 Lens

Genuine Leather Case and Strap
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (BLS-1)
Battery Charger
USB Cable
AV Cable
Olympus Master CD-ROM
12 Month Warranty with Olympus Australia

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Specifications of the Olympus E-420 Digital SLR (from Olympus Australia)


Product Name

Olympus E-420




Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system

Compatible Lens

ZUIKO Digital, FourThirds System lens

Lens Mount

FourThirds mount


CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive, xD picture card. (Dual slot).
Panorama shooting function is available in conjunction with the Live Preview mode when Olympus xD card is used.

Effective Pixel Number

10 million pixels

Imager Size

17.3mm x 13.0mm


Live MOS sensor

Total Pixel Number

Approx. 11.8 million pixels

Aspect Ratio


Filter Array

Primary colour filter (RGB)


Fixed type

IR Cut Filter

Hybrid type

Dust Protect Filter

SuperSonic Wave Filter

Viewfinder Type

Eye-level TTL Optical

Field Of View

Approx. 95%


Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)

Eye Point

Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)

Diopter Adjustment

-3.0 to +1

Focusing screen

Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen)


Quick return mirror

Viewfinder Information

Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose)

Depth Of Field Preview

Can be checked (when Left arrow pad is set in preview mode)

Eye Cup

Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7, EP-5 supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available)

Eye Piece Shutter

Eye piece cap EP-4 supplied

Live Preview Type

Live CCD Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram

Autofocus Type

High speed imager AF, Phase-difference detection AF

Focus Modes

Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF*) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF* + MF (* C-AF mode is not available with the contrast detection Imager AF in LiveView mode)

AF Detection Range

Phase detection AF: EV 0 to 19 (ISO 100)

Focus Areas

3-point multiple AF

Focus Area Selection

Automatic and manual selection

AF Assist Lamp

Phase detection AF: Built-in flash (can be deactivated), or AF assist beam on optional Olympus dedicated flash units

AF Lock

Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)

Focus Tracking

Phase detection AF: Interlocked with Continuous AF mode

Focus Aid


Manual Focus

Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)

Metering System

TTL open aperture light metering with 49-zone multi-pattern sensing system

Metering Modes

(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering)
(2) Centre weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2% of the viewfinder screen)
(4) Spot with Highlight bias
(5) Spot with Shadow bias

Metering Range

EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spotmetering)
(50mm f2, ISO 100)

Exposure Modes

(1) Auto (2) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene programme AE (7) Scene select AE

Scene Program AE

Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait

Scene Select AE

Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama* (* Available with the Olympus xD-Picture Card), Beach & Snow

Exposure Compensation

± 5 EV in 1/3 EV steps

AE Lock

Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)

Exposure Bracketing

3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable

ISO Sensitivity (Auto)

ISO 100 - 1600

ISO Sensitivity (Manual)

ISO 100 - 1600 (adjustable in 1 EV steps)

Shutter Type

Electronically controlled focal plane shutter

Shutter Speed

Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 30 min. with limiter), Scene programme/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings).

Shutter speed adjustable in 1/3 EV steps

X-sync speed

1/180 sec. or longer, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.

Up to 1/4000 sec. Super FP mode with specific Olympus Zuiko Digital dedicated flash units.

Shutter release

Soft-touch electromagnetic release


Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)

Remote Cable Release

Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)

Drive Modes

Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control

Sequential Shooting Speed

3.5 fps approx

Max. Frame Number On Sequential Shooting

RAW 8 frames

JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio (e.g., LN / L-SF) and no. of pixels (in LN mode: approx. up to card capacity with Sandisk Extreme III)

Auto WB System

Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor

Preset WB

8 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)

Custom WB

1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

WB Compensation

±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB/One touch WB mode)

One Touch White Balance

1 custom setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

Not available

Image Processing Engine

TruePic III

Colour Space

sRGB / Adobe RGB

Picture Modes

Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone (default setting: Natural)

Colour Saturation

5 levels in each Picture mode


5 levels in each Picture mode


5 levels in each Picture mode

Monotone Filter Effect

Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available

Picture Tones

Sepia, Blue, Red, Green in Black & White mode


4 settings (AUTO, high key, normal, low key); AUTO activates Shadow Adjustment Technology

Built-in Flash Type

Retractable pop up flash

Pop up

Automatic or manual

Guide number

12 (ISO 100 m)

Flash intensity control

Up to ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps

Flash bracketing

Not available

Flash Modes

Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in,
Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.

External Flash Control Type

TTL auto FP / TTL auto with Olympus dedicated flash units (FL-36, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-50R), auto or manual;

Wireless Flash Capable

Yes; with compatible external flash units FL-36R and FL-50R

Wireless Flash Control

Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light; TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual; 4 channels; up to 3 groups of compatible wireless flash units may be controlled by the camera body

Control panel information

Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, FP warning, AF frame, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Colour space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, Face detection, RC mode setting.

Playback Monitor Type

HyperCrystal II LCD panel


2.7 inch / 6.9cm

Pixel Number

Approx. 230,000 pixels

Playback Field Of View


Brightness control

15 levels

Playback Display mode

Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available)

Playback Information

Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information

Erase Modes

Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)

Image Protect Mode

Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)

Copy Mode

Single frame, All frames, Selected frames

Type Of Recording Format

DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III

Type Of File Format

RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG

RAW+JPEG Recording


File Size

RAW: 3648 x 2736 compressed Approx. 11MB
Large: 3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB
3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB
3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB
Middle 3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
Small 1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1024 x 768 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
1024 x 768 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
640 x 480 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB
640 x 480 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.1MB

In-Camera RAW Development


Image Editing

Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Trimming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (colour depth), Resize (producing another file)



User programmable custom settings

Left arrow pad button is available to set 6 functions. (Face detection, Preview, OFF, One touch WB, Live preview, Test picture); Drive button is available to set 6 functions. (Drive, AF target selection, AF mode, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting);

PC Interface

High Speed USB for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available) ; Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)

Video Signal Output

NTSC or PAL selectable

Flash attachment

Hot shoe


BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)

Sleep Mode

Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)

Battery life



129.5 mm (W) x 91 mm (H) x 53 mm (D)


380 g (body only)

Operating Temperature

0 - 40 degrees C; (operation) / -20 - 60 degrees C; (storage)

Operating Humidity

30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

Box contents

E-420 body, 14-42mm lens (kit contents), Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB cable, Video cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Master CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card, Eye piece cap EP-4


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice




Olympus says:

Compact Size Makes It the Ultimate DSLR to Take Anywhere, Next-Generation Live View Ensures It Performs Better When You Get There

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 5, 2008 – Olympus today announces the extremely portable E-420 – perfect for everyone who wants to step up to the power and performance of a digital SLR (single lens reflex) yet enjoy the ease of use and ability to compose images on the LCD common to point-and-shoot cameras. Weighing a mere 380 grams (13.4 ounces), the E-420 is 20 to 40 percent lighter than competing DSLRs. Good things come in this small package, including Live View, which enables users to hold the camera away from their faces and interact with their subjects – ideal when capturing photos of children, for example.

This lightweight 10-megapixel DSLR offers heavyweight technologies, including a bigger, more viewable 2.7-inch LCD and consumer-friendly fast On-Screen Autofocus, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology and Perfect Shot Preview to get the most out of the Live View experience. Additionally, when it comes to Live View, not all LCDs are created equal. At 2.7-inches, the portable E-420 LCD is large enough for users to compose and review images without squinting. The small camera’s LCD is not just larger, it is part of a camera with technologies intelligent enough to take advantage of the Live View photography experience. These innovative technologies include:

• On-Screen Autofocus works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects in focus on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way;

• Face Detection Technology targets and locks on up to eight faces to ensure they are in focus and crystal clear for amazing portraits;

• New and Improved HyperCrystal II™ Technology delivers twice the contrast and better viewing in extreme lighting conditions, a broader range of color detail, and a wider angle of view on the LCD so you and your friends can see it up to 176 degrees off-center;

• Shadow Adjustment Technology captures detail in the bright areas of a frame and opens up detail in the shadows that other cameras would render too dark or underexposed; and

• Perfect Shot Preview enables you to view and select your favorite effect right on the LCD, and see how the image will look before you even capture it, so you know that what you see is what you get.

“The Olympus E-420 delivers the professional-grade image quality of a digital SLR with the simple operation of a point-and-shoot camera,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager - DSLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Thanks to the camera’s small size and lightweight body, users can take the E-420 everywhere, and they will never miss another shot because the of the camera’s straightforward controls. Additionally, our innovative technologies help consumers get more from Live View.”

World’s Smallest Digital SLR
A camera designed to be held away from the face lets you take great photographs without weighing you down. The E-420 is small enough to fit into a purse or a jacket pocket and light enough to shoot with comfortably all day. Measuring 5.1 inches by 3.6 inches by 2.1 inches (excluding protrusions), it is the world’s smallest digital SLR. And at a featherweight 13.4 ounces, only its predecessor (E-410) weighs less. The E-420’s new ergonomic grip on the front of the body allows for easier one-handed operation and ensures a secure hold in the most challenging shooting conditions.

One of the World’s Thinnest Lenses Meets the World’s Most Compact DSLR
The world’s smallest DSLR deserves a similarly compact lens, and Olympus has it: the ultra compact Zuiko 25mm f2.8 digital specific lens. This 0.9 inch-thick lens offers a fixed 50mm equivalent angle of view. Together with the E-420, the Zuiko 25mm f2.8 lens will offer the ultimate combination of ease of use and portability.

Photographers can also purchase the E-420 in a kit with a compact, Zuiko Digital 28-84mm equivalent (ED 14-42mm Four Thirds) f3.5-f5.6 lens that perfectly matches the imager so light strikes the sensor directly to ensure rich, accurate colors and edge-to-edge sharpness. Both lenses (Zuiko 25mm f2.8 and 28-84mm f3.5-f5.6) are part Olympus’ expanding line of 100 percent digital lenses – designed specifically for digital photography. Unlike other camera companies, Olympus does not rely on old film lenses, which often result in images with soft edges or other imperfections.

The Live View Experience
Olympus was the first to bring Live View to a consumer DSLR (the E-330 in 2006), and Live View has revolutionized DSLR photography. Anyone who has photographed young children knows that you get the best reactions when you hold the camera away from your face and maintain eye contact and an engaging smile. If you have tried to take photos high above the heads in a crowd or low near the ground, you will appreciate that it is easier to use a swivel LCD screen than to climb a ladder or lie on your stomach.

The E-420 solves these problems with its Live View LCD, which enables photographers to hold the camera away from their faces and at angles they just cannot reach by using the optical viewfinder alone. The E-420’s new Live View autofocus functionality now simplifies the process by working just like a point and shoot. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway, your subjects come into focus on the LCD, so when the perfect moment occurs it is easy to capture sharp images.

A viewable LCD is where a great Live View experience begins. Few things are more annoying for a photographer than squinting to see an image on an LCD screen in bright sunlight or a dimly lit room. The E-420 solves this problem with its large, bright 2.7-inch LCD display that incorporates new HyperCrystal II technology. This display offers twice the contrast for better viewing in extreme light conditions (i.e. when the sun is at your back), a broader color gamut that displays a greater range of color detail, and a 176-degree viewing angle.

Always Find a Face in the Crowd
A camera this consumer-friendly is perfect for taking portraits of friends and family while out and about. The E-420’s Face Detection feature distinguishes between people’s faces and the background. It tracks up to eight faces within the image area and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Even if your subjects are moving, the camera continuously tracks their faces.

Bright Day or Deep Shadow, Never Miss a Detail
Shooting scenes with shadows can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas. The E-420 addresses this challenge with Shadow Adjustment Technology that compensates for extreme contrast when shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. Now users can preview and capture images with the same fine contrast they see with their own eyes.

Preview All the Possibilities
With 18 pre-set scene-select modes for every imaginable shooting scenario and full manual controls, the E-420 offers a world of possibilities to photographers. Additionally, Perfect Shot Preview enables users to preview and select various photographic effects on a live, multi-window screen on the LCD before snapping the shot. This feature shows photographers what their images will look like beforehand under various settings, ensuring that they capture exactly what they want. It is an ideal way for novice users to learn about the effects of different photography techniques, such as exposure compensation, white balance and metering.

Enlarge Your Photos
Capturing, enlarging and displaying amazing images on your wall is a snap thanks to the E-420’s 10 million pixels for high-resolution photos. The 10-megapixel sensor gives users the flexibility to enlarge prints to the sizes supported by many of today’s printers, or crop the image to print only a part of the image that is important to them. The high-performance Live MOS image sensor in the E-420 delivers excellent dynamic range for accurate color fidelity and a new state-of-the-art amplifier circuit dramatically reduces noise and captures fine image details in the highlight and shadow areas.

Improved Auto White Balance
Many digital SLR users want to focus their attention on things other than white balance while they are on the move. As a result, the E-420 features an improved automatic white balance performance with a new algorithm for more accurate color.

TruePic III for Image Clarity & Speed
Olympus’ TruePic III Image Processor produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible for every photo with accurate color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal representation in between. TruePic III also lowers image noise by one step to reduce graininess in images shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.

Worried about missing the winning goal at the soccer game? The image processor on the E-420 enables it to shoot up to 3.5 frames per second in sequenced shooting mode, which means that photographers will be able to capture fast-paced action as it happens.

Dust Reduction System for Spot-Free Images
Life moves too fast to spend time worrying about dust ruining your images. Olympus’ proven Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter™. The patented ultrasonic technology vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor and captures it on a special adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on. These spot-free photos liberate users from hours spent retouching photographs at the computer or sending their cameras back to the manufacturer to remove dust trapped inside.

Media Versatility
Accepting both CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards, the E-420 provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility, and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.

Wireless Flash Capability
If you decide to venture into the arena of advanced lighting, the E-420 is ready to meet the challenge. The E-420 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography. When these flashes are used in combination with the E-420, wireless multi-flash photography is possible. The E-420 can control up to three wireless flash groups independently, with several flash units per group.