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Olympus E-400: ultra-compact, easy to use, and 10 million pixels

With the launch of the new E-400, Olympus introduces the world's smallest and lightest Digital SLR camera to date. Its ultra-compact dimensions and low weight give E-400 users the freedom to take professional quality photos wherever they wish. Yet despite its modest proportions, the E-400 is packed with 10 million pixels and other high tech features. As with all Olympus E-series cameras, the E-400 is protected by a Supersonic Wave Filter to prevent dust and dirt from sticking to the CCD and spoiling photos...

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The Olympus E-400 product specificationsOlympus presents the world's smallest and lightest D-SLR* camera – the E-400. The compact size and low weight of this latest Four Thirds Standard camera in the Olympus E-System grant photographers the freedom to take it along nearly anywhere, while not having to do without the considerable benefits of SLR photography. This model features a newly-developed CCD with 10.0 million pixels for incredible imaging performance and a large 2.5”/6.4cm LCD to view results in comfort. As the E-400 is compatible with the Four Thirds Standard, users have virtually unlimited flexibility. A wide range of high-quality, interchangeable lenses – including the EISA Award winning ZUIKO DIGITAL Top Pro lens line-up by Olympus – plus other accessories are available for all types of needs. These are provided by Olympus and, thanks to cross-manufacturer compatibility of the standard, also from other producers. And as with all E-System cameras, the E-400 features the Supersonic Wave Filter – ensuring dust-free photography, even when changing lenses under challenging conditions.  

Compact size with innovative D-SLR technology

Being the world's smallest and lightest D-SLR*, the E-400 is sure to never become a burden. It is perfect for travelling, to take along on holidays or as a back-up when on the road – as it won't take up much space.

Within its extraordinarily compact dimensions is a whole treasure-trove of innovative technology. To begin, a 10.0 million pixel CCD provides plenty of imaging power to draw out even the finest of details in any composition. Moreover, the highly energy-efficient image sensor features a state-of-the-art amplifier circuit to all but eradicate noise and is incredibly fast. It enables sequential shooting at up to 3fps with a five image RAW buffer in burst mode.

Like every Olympus E-System camera, the E-400 also incorporates the Supersonic Wave Filter. This patented technology ensures worry-free lens changing – even in challenging environments – letting users really experience the brilliance of dust-free pictures every time. Developed by Olympus, the Supersonic Wave Filter generates ultra-high-speed vibrations that shake off dust and other particles from the image sensor, which are then captured on a special adhesive membrane. For the E-400, the Supersonic Wave Filter has been optimised with smaller dimensions and a higher frequency of vibrations for even more effectiveness.

Pro features with comfortable handling

Olympus proves that even a feature-packed D-SLR needn't be difficult to operate. The E-400 balances manual control options that give creativity no bounds with a wide range of semi and fully-automatic choices for ease of use. A total of 31 shooting modes are on board that cover a great variety of shooting situations. These include Underwater, Macro, High Key and Low Key. Users moreover benefit from special colour modes and the possibility to apply a variety of Black&White filters.

So image capture can continue for extended periods, a new high-power rechargeable battery is included with the E-400. Accepting both CompactFlash and xD-Picture Cards, the camera provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility. Furthermore, a diverse array of languages for camera menus, manuals and software is on offer. A total of 25 languages are available to make the camera completely understandable in 39 European countries – something only Olympus currently achieves.

Four Thirds compatibility for boundless versatility

As all E-Series cameras, the E-400 supports the Four Thirds Standard. Olympus and various other manufacturers produce high-quality Four Thirds-compliant lenses and accessories that are specifically designed for digital SLR photo capture. With only very few exceptions, the E-400 is compatible with virtually the complete range of Olympus E-System accessories. This includes the full line-up of the ZUIKO DIGITAL Top Pro lenses, which recently received an EISA award. Even an Underwater Case (PT-E03) will be available to let adventurous photographers capture the delights of the aquatic world in up to 40m depth.

Additional information: The Olympus E-400 product specifications
September 14, 2006
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