April 4, 2007 by Allen George
PMA ’07 saw the announcement of the Olympus E-410, the worldwide successor to the Olympus E-400. The E-400 was a limited release camera, available in only a few markets with a 10MP Kodak sensor and no LiveView.
Olympus is consistently one of the most innovative manufacturers, releasing models that break new ground in terms of features and form-factor. The E-400/410 is no exception. Doing away with the chunky right-hand grip that characterizes so many DSLRs, it’s clearly a nod to the OM series of old. It also embodies the characteristics of the original OM line – small size, light weight, excellent ergonomics… On top of which, Zuiko glass has an excellent reputation for image rendition.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the E-410 turned out to be a hit with consumers. In fact, there’s a lot of potential along these lines. With cleaner, more minimalistic controls/back interface and a small prime this could be the poor man’s street shooter. I’d love to have one. Heck, I’d pick up one of the current E-410s!
Perhaps someday Nikon will see the light and release a body like this…
Yeah. Sure. Who am I fooling.
What really appeals to me about the E-410 it cuts down on the depth of the camera. Although the D40 is shorter (both height and length), its larger grip means that it has more bulk than the E-410. I’d love to see a return to the thinner, boxier form factors of yesteryears. The weight reduction’s a welcome too. Oh – and while I’m at it – I’d like a thin, small prime as well ;)