Olympus E410 Live View dSLR dual lens kit with 18-55mm and 40-150mm £299(Collect instore)@Currys - HotUKDeals
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Having read many of the comments regarding the recent Sony A200 and Nikon D40 deals many people seem to prefer having live view if they are upgrading from digital compacts. This deal seems to have been around for a few weeks but is excellent value for money.

Not only are you getting live view but two lenses which cover 28mm to 300mm(35mm equivalent). for under £300. Other live view dSLRs would cost more than this with only ONE lens!! The camera also has automatic dust reduction(Olympus were the first to have this with the E1) and is one of the smallest dSLRs available currently.

It has got a good review from dpreview with a Highly Recommended award:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/OlympusE410/

The lenses are also among the best budget kit lenses available and are considered as good as any similiar lenses from Nikon,Sony,Canon and Pentax:

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/olympus_14-42_3p5-5p6_o20/

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1086/cat/all

http://www.photoreview.com.au/Olympus/reviews/cameraaccessories/olympus-zuiko-digital-40150mm-f4056-telephoto-zoom-lens.aspx

Remember you can get 2.5% cashback via Rpoints or with ipoints 5 ipoints / £2 spent. This means you could get it for £293.

If you cannot collect Dixons do the same package for £299 including postage:

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0591395371.1225838229@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccggadefikjkjeecflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=942260&category_oid=

I have also seen the E410 without the telephoto lens for £230 in the local Currys too!

Some key specs:
10mp LMOS Sensor
Anti dust filter
Multi pattern,central weighted and spot metering
Mirror lockup for long exposures
Depth of field preview
Exposure compensation +/- 5 stops
Shutter range 60-1/4000 seconds
Flash synchronisation speed 1/180 seconds
2.5" TFT
Live view
Unlimited continuous JPEG shooting with high speed cards
DUAL Compactflash and xD card slots
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BTW if people want to vote cold then give a reason and a better deal for a LIVEVIEW dSLR with two lenses!! :thumbsup:
#2
cold, been this price for age.
#3
edward7704;3370425
cold, been this price for age.


Still hardly no one seems to know about do they?? :lol:

I am only posting for those who want to get a liveview dSLR.

What is the better deal then??
#4
"Many" comments about the D40 or A200 not having Live View? Not that many comments, may be a good deal for those that need Live View, however complaints about the Olympus is that Live View really slows down the camera with shutter lag. Also low light focussing is very slow with this camera, and has little in the form of anti shake options when it comes to lenses.

All in all, not a bad camera for that money, but I personally feel it has more negatives especially compared to the A200, it is a very cheap option if you require Live View though.
#5
Amazing how DSLR's are coming down in price.

I managed to get a Canon EOS 400D for £160 around a year ago through a misprice on microwarehouse. :thumbsup:

Is the Sony deal better? :thinking:
#6
cicobuff;3370489
"Many" comments about the D40 or A200 not having Live View? Not that many comments, may be a good deal for those that need Live View, however complaints about the Olympus is that Live View really slows down the camera with shutter lag. Also low light focussing is very slow with this camera, and has little in the form of anti shake options when it comes to lenses.

All in all, not a bad camera for that money, but I personally feel it has more negatives especially compared to the A200, it is a very cheap option if you require Live View though.


I agree as I have an A200 too but many people wanting liveview are leaning towards the A300/A350 and EOS1000D which will cost over £400 for a twin lens bundle

http://www.jessops.com/Store/s74277/0/Digital-SLRs/Sony/Alpha-A300-%2b-18-70mm-%2b-55-200mm-Kit/details.aspx?&IsSearch=y&pageindex=1&searchword=a300&SortBy=RelevanceDESC&IsInStockOnly=False&comp=y

http://www.jessops.com/Store/s75534/0/Digital-SLRs/Canon/EOS-1000D-Twin-Lens-Bundle/details.aspx?&IsSearch=y&pageindex=1&searchword=eos1000d&SortBy=RelevanceDESC&IsInStockOnly=False&comp=y

If you are doing low light work and using 300mm+ lenses the A300/A350 and EOS1000D would be better but for most people this will be good enough for over £100 less!

Also how many people are going to buy more than included lenses?? The majority of people who buy them as an upgrade from a compact would not bother as the image quality upgrade would be significant.Most of them would stick the camera on program settings anyway.Not everyone is an enthusiast or pro even though they have an slr!

Also even the budget E-series lenses are quite decent too.
#7
Monkey nuts 2
Amazing how DSLR's are coming down in price.

I managed to get a Canon EOS 400D for £160 around a year ago through a misprice on microwarehouse. :thumbsup:

Is the Sony deal better? :thinking:


Not better than that misprice......geez you did do well!
#8


If people really need Liveview and wish to pay this sort of money, they would do better waiting I think for further technological advancements than plumping for the now old (2007) E410, either that or as you say plump up the extra cash for the A300/350 or one of the Canons.

So whilst you wouldn't I agree get a better deal on a camera with Liveview, you certainly would get a camera deal without Liveview at this cost.
#9
cicobuff;3370581
If people really need Liveview and wish to pay this sort of money, they would do better waiting I think for further technological advancements than plumping for the now old (2007) E410, either that or as you say plump up the extra cash for the A300/350 or one of the Canons.

So whilst you wouldn't I agree get a better deal on a camera with Liveview, you certainly would get a camera deal without Liveview at this cost.


But for most people it does NOT make a difference for what they are using it for. They just use it for for point and click functionality. Look at how much the D40 is crippled when compared to the D80 for example.

Sony has a commendable approach with the A200 being so fully featured!
#10
KITTYBOTS
But for most people it does NOT make a difference for what they are using it for. They just use it for for point and click functionality. Look at how much the D40 is crippled when compared to the D80 for example.

Sony has a commendable approach with the A200 being so fully featured!


Very good point, for an all in piece of kit with lenses included, it really is a good deal, especially for those that want simple point and click functionality and are not likely to pick the camera apart over its performance in differing situations!

For those that want it all though, and liveview, this budget offering has its problems looking at reviews.
#11
This does not have image stabilisation so ( except for 1 lens)

Waiting for deal from Canon 1000/450 d..

cheers

Aj:-D
#12
Also the E410 has automatic dust reduction. It is also quite a compact dSLR.
#13
I quite like the look of this as it also means I get a telephoto lens as well for presumably a lot less than the Sony A200 plus a 70-300mm lens? One thing I am not certain of is that the description above says this comes with 28-300mm equivalent but the description on the currys site says 40-150mm? I am looking at the Panasonic TZ5 as a 28-280mm as a possibility as I only really want to point and shoot, but if something like this will give better pictures without me needing to fiddle with all the settings, or give me a better chance of a good picture by focusing quicker or better in low light, then I would be willing to compromise on the larger size.
#14
To get the 35mm equivalent you need to multiply by 2 for the Olympus lenses for this camera. The panasonic is quite a decent compact camera too.The best thing is to go into Currys and handle the E410 (or the E420 which is basically the same).

Look at the E410 dpreview review as it has full sized sample pictures at the end taken which you can look at full resolution.
#15
What is appealing to me about this camera is that it gives me a small and rugged DSLR with the lenses I would want. I want something that is good for travelling with and these seems to be more suitable than something like the Sony A200 given its size.

Is the lack of Image stabilisation likely to be an issue - I don't know how much of a difference it makes, or in what situations it is useful? I will look at prices for the Nikon D40 and the Sony A200 with similar lens ranges but presumanbly they are going to be significantly more.
#16
Stabilisation will be useful in situations where light is low and you need to handhold the camera.This is more useful for telephoto shots though.Stabilisation is of NO use for moving objects. However the D40 does not have image stabilisation but the A200 does. You maybe able to pickup a Minolta fit 70-300mm form Ebay for under 100 quid though. However the kit lens on the A200 is not that great.I had existing Minolta autofocus lenses(which are compatible with the Sony dSLRs) so I am not using it. With the Sony the sensor is stabilised so all Minolta and Sony lenses will benefit from the stabilisation and autofocus. However Nikon does the stabilisation in the lenses which means that they are more expensive and also the D40 does NOT autofocus with most Nikon AF lenses!!! It is only compatible with lenses which have a motor built in!!
#17
Alot of camera for the money, BUT it has now been superceded by the E420.

Imho, the camera is a bit small (but then again some people prefer the smaller body).

Ref The TZ5 - the 410 will undoubtedly give better functionality, picture quality and usability BUT the downside is the 2 lenses, bigger package, no IS etc.
The TZ5 is easier to use (especially with the Intelligent Auto mode) alot smaller and a good £100 cheaper.
They are very different cameras.

I'll vote hot for the deal, but with the caveat that personally I wouldnt buy it and would prefer to spend the same amount on the Canon 1000d and then save for the zoom lens or the A200. In the end, its pretty much down to how you feel about the camera over and above the +'s and -'s of the individual cameras.
#18
I would say that even the budget Olympus E -series lenses are as good as any of the ones from other companies. Their professional lenses are among the finest ever created for a digital slr (I am talking about the 14-54mm and 12-60mm lenses).
#19
social lurker
Alot of camera for the money, BUT it has now been superceded by the E420.

Imho, the camera is a bit small (but then again some people prefer the smaller body).

Ref The TZ5 - the 410 will undoubtedly give better functionality, picture quality and usability BUT the downside is the 2 lenses, bigger package, no IS etc.
The TZ5 is easier to use (especially with the Intelligent Auto mode) alot smaller and a good £100 cheaper.
They are very different cameras.

I'll vote hot for the deal, but with the caveat that personally I wouldnt buy it and would prefer to spend the same amount on the Canon 1000d and then save for the zoom lens or the A200. In the end, its pretty much down to how you feel about the camera over and above the +'s and -'s of the individual cameras.


You mention the Canon 1000d... I will be flying out of Heathrow in a couple of weeks and it is £300 at Dixons Tax Free - if it also qualifies for the current £30 Canon cashback then that would be £270. At that price do you think the Canon would be a better choice? As you can tell, I don't really know what I want except that I have often missed pictures of my kids (using compacts) due to slow start up, shutter lag or poor autofocus in low light, or when travelling I have wished for a wider angle or a more powerful zoom or the ability to take a number of shots quickly.
#20
The A200 would probably be the best bet as it has the most advanced AF in its class, antishake,biggest viewfinder and the best battery life. In all honesty any current dSLR will be better in low light than a compact. Why don't you go down to Comet,Currys or Jessops and try the cameras out?? Then you will know for sure which one suits you!!
#21
ApoBateman
I quite like the look of this as it also means I get a telephoto lens as well for presumably a lot less than the Sony A200 plus a 70-300mm lens?


It needn't be as much as you might expect. You can pick up a Tamron 55-200 lens for under £70 so, together with the cost of the A200 from Amazon, you are looking at around £280.

Before anybody points it out, I know Tamron isn't the top make, and Olympus do make pretty reasonable kit lenses, but it shows it can be done. Added to that, most reviewers put the SOny A200 ahead of the Olympus E410.

At the end of day, both packages will give you much better pictures than most compact cameras. Personally, I went for the Nikon D40 when it was going for just under £200 after cashback and I have been delighted with it.
#22
KITTYBOTS
The A200 would probably be the best bet as it has the most advanced AF in its class, antishake,biggest viewfinder and the best battery life. In all honesty any current dSLR will be better in low light than a compact. Why don't you go down to Comet,Currys or Jessops and try the cameras out?? Then you will know for sure which one suits you!!


This is the correct advice in all situations. Handle all the cameras, take pictures, play with settings etc. Play with the Live View and IS functions and try and extend your testing to real life examples. If you can take your own SD* card, so much the better, as you'll be able to take loads of pics and then take them home and compare them on your own pc.

*This works for the Nikon and Canons. The E410 and A200 use Compact flash.
#23
This is a good price especially since the better 14-42mm lens is included and not the inferior 17.5-45 lens, which was until now included in the Currys/PCworld deals. You get a 35mm equivalent of 28mm to 300mm. I personally wait for the Olympus Micro System which will include a viewfinder camera with exchangeable lenses (I don't like the flipping mirrors and the size and weight of a SLR and always prefered the Leicas when I could still afford them). I have been taking photographs for some years and can honestly say that IS is not importent for me. Their has always been something where I could rest my arm on when taking a photo when I used no flash and a slow shutter speed. I am coming from a generation where autofocus and IS did not exist and we managed pretty well without. I agree with the above statement that it is vital to handle your camera before purchase. Olympus has always produced cameras with the photographer in mind and this is why I don't understand why they have put a fly-by-wire focus arrangement and not a focus ring with a mecanical link on their lenses. This would enable the photographer to preset the lens manually to the correct depth-of-field settings without having to worry about autofocus. This is the simplest and fastest method photographers have used for decades with fantastic results. Perhaps this will come back with the Micro system.
#24
Hi,

Buying tax free from Dixon,seem to be money saving option with UK warranty...

Olympus E420 available for £272.34 here...

Thanks for pointing that out and in that case Canon 1000 d @ £297.86 seems to be intereting option without the cash back ...

Does any one one know about canon cash back????

Ajex






ApoBateman
You mention the Canon 1000d... I will be flying out of Heathrow in a couple of weeks and it is £300 at Dixons Tax Free - if it also qualifies for the current £30 Canon cashback then that would be £270. At that price do you think the Canon would be a better choice? As you can tell, I don't really know what I want except that I have often missed pictures of my kids (using compacts) due to slow start up, shutter lag or poor autofocus in low light, or when travelling I have wished for a wider angle or a more powerful zoom or the ability to take a number of shots quickly.
#25
If you buy the Canon from Dixons Tax Free, you can get the cashback. Just fill in the form and wait.. And wait. And wait.*

*Usually 4 weeks, but can be upto 6

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