Olympus E-410DZ Digital SLR Camera Digital SLR Twin Lens Kit £283.79 @ Currys - HotUKDeals
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Instore only. Limited availability (about half the London stores I looked at). Same deal available at PC World but can't see any stock.

If the E410 had image stabilization I'd buy it like shot. Even so this is great value for a twin kit. Olympus are renowned for their build quality and the standard of their lens.

Spec:
Pixels - 10 million
Lens Size - 14-42mm & 40-150mm
Screen Size - 2.5 inch
Frames per Second - 3fps
Memory Format - CF/xD
Supersonic Wave Filter
3 point Auto Focus (no of points)
1/4000 Fastest Shutter Speed
60 Slowest Shutter Speed
19 Shooting Modes



code: 942260
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banned#1
Some good reviews for the Olympus:

DC Reviews

What I liked:

Excellent photo quality if you tweak the settings
Minimal noise until ISO 1600 (unless you turn off the noise filter)
Very compact body (by D-SLR standards); well built for the price
Live view on LCD allows you to see 100% of the frame, preview white balance and exposure, and check focus (but see issues below)
Dust reduction system
Full manual controls
Tons of scene modes (great for people migrating from point-and-shoots)
RAW image format supported
Snappy performance in most areas
Nice continuous shooting mode
Dual memory card slots
Optional (and expensive) underwater housing available
USB 2.0 High Speed protocol supported
What I didn't care for:

Soft photos at default settings (adjust the noise filter to fix that); colors a bit muted as well
Camera tends to underexpose, sometimes by a lot
Lack of right hand makes camera difficult to hold (in my opinion)
Live view feature not as robust as on a fixed-lens camera: view is grainy and sluggish, difficult to see outdoors and in low light; adds 1 second of shutter lag if autofocus is on
Low light focusing a little slow; camera seems to "give up" some times
Setting custom white balance is more difficult than it should be
RAW conversion software softens images, even when noise filter is turned off on the camera
Flimsy plastic door over battery compartment comes off easily
No AC adapter or battery grip available

DP Review
Detail (D-SLR)
Rating (out of 10)
Build quality 8.0
Ergonomics & handling 8.0
Features 8.5
Image quality 8.5
Performance (speed) 9.0
Value 9.0

ephotozine
Olympus E-410 Plus points:
New sensor - very good image quality
Excellent build quality for price
Live preview in colour
Ultrasonic dust removal from CMOS
Small and lightweight
Some ability to custom configure
Fast, in small bursts
Takes x-D and CF cards

Olympus E-410 Minus points:
Autofocus isn't fast or tenacious
Live preview is a mixed blessing
Lack of handgrip makes handling trickier
Useful items in menus rather than on dials
Focal length extension is a tricky 2x

Trusted Reviews
#2
It has been posted before, but now with the added vat discount its a bit cheaper (and a few £ extra). As previously stated this is in limited stock so get it whilst there still available.

Previous thread has lots of info:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/269813/olympus-e410-live-view-dslr-dual-le/showthread.php?t=269813&page=2
#3
Olympus has the smallest sensor of all dSLR which lowers the output quality of their cameras.. Lenses are good though. I think the new Micro 3/4 system looks interesting but as for ordinary SLRs, Olympus is lagging behind everybody else.
banned#4
pet2000
Olympus has the smallest sensor of all dSLR which lowers the output quality of their cameras.


All I can say is read the reviews. The ephotozine review concludes: "... the E-410 beats the Canon EOS 400D and the Nikon D40x in the 10Mp, entry level DSLR stakes fairly easily."
#5
I almost bought this set from my local Currys. Thank god it was a collection and I could try it out before I paid. This camera is very uncomfortable to hold if you have big hands. Sadly, I need a bigger camera or at least a proper grip. Technically it's good and the prime lens is better than many other kit lenses. My advice: reserve it and try it in the shop. If you feel comfortable with it, you have a bargain.

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