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Olympus Camedia E-20N

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the durability and lens are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the low light performance and contrast. There are mixed opinions on the color and size.

image quality, portability, usability, lens, durability

performance, screen, battery, contrast, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Camedia E-20N is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus E-20 digital SLR


At the very top of Olympus' digital camera range sits the E-20, a fixed lens SLR camera with impressive specifications considering its price of around 1300. Compared to its predecessor, the E-10 the aluminium body and lens are the same with the only...

Apr, 2002

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Olympus E-20N


The E-20N delivers 5-megapixel resolution and a new progressive-scan mode for high-speed shooting.

Apr, 2003

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

Olympus Camedia E-20N Camera Review - PCWorld


The E-20N offers a wide selection of features and great image quality for the serious shooter.

Apr, 2003

Expert review by : Ben Long (

Olympus E20N


Well built ; Very good image quality ; Excellent optics

Too slow

May, 2002

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Olympus E-20 Review


The E-20 is a progression from last years 4 megapixel E-10. The E-20 has all the same basic functionality, control layout, body design and lens. The lens remains the same as the E-20's 5 megapixel sensor is the same size as the 4 megapixel of last...

Excellent resolution, almost as good as the best five megapixel we've seen Good metering, good tonal balance, more 'flat' than most prosumer digital cameras Neutral colour balance which won't "blow out" but may need a push to give it some zing Very...

Slow startup time Slow image flush times (very poor, for a five megapixel "professional" digital camera) Inability to change certain settings until buffer has been fully written LCD live view does not return until buffer has been fully written Very...

Here's my rating of the Olympus E-20: (5 megapixel prosumer)

Oct, 2001

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

Olympus Camedia E-20N


Because of its size and weight, operating the Olympus Camedia E-20N ($1,000 street) for any length of time can be tiring, especially with the optional vertical-grip battery pack. It's the only prosumer model with support for an external matched...

Mar, 2001

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Olympus E-20 SLR


Continue on to Page Two Olympus Camedia E-20 Specifications Product type: Digital SLR camera with 4.5 cm/1.8 inch color TFT LCD monitor.

Oct, 2001

Expert review by : Darren (digital photography blog)

Olympus E20 - Reader Review


Rolf Bertram Reviews the Olympus E20 European Readers buy the Olympus E-20P here The Olympus E20 has plenty of buttons everywhere, which are very intuitive for all everyday functions. The menues are only needed for general settings. Adding one of these...

A DigiPower DPS9000 LiIon battery fits under the camera and attaches to the tipod thread. This allows around 200-400 RAW shots. A 512MB CF card + a 128MB SM card hold a total of 64 RAW pics, which will fit on one single CDR for backup. The CCD sensor...

Dec, 2003

Expert review by : Ben Long (

Olympus E20N


The E20 is a nice improvement over the E10, and there's no doubt that the camera's design gives it a professional feel. Until Olympus improves its performance, though, we can only view the E20 as a luxurious, expensive prosumer camera.

Excellent optics ; well built ; very good image quality

Too slow

Poor Performance Hampers Professional Feel and Price

May, 2002

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Olympus E-20N


The E-20 has two names: the E-20N in countries that use NTSC video (the US being one of them), and the E-20P in countries using PAL

Very sturdy, well designed body ; All the manual controls you'll ever need ; Excellent photo quality ; SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II slots ; Handy backlit LCD info display and swiveling LCD ; Ability to preview shots on LCD as well as viewfinder...

Slow write / shot-to-shot speeds ; Somewhat sluggish in menus and playback mode ; Disappointing LCD quality ; Expensive

When the Olympus E-10 was announced, I ran out and bought one for my own use. I don't feel the same way about the E-20, though. While it's an excellent camera, the E-20 seems more like a downgrade than an upgrade to me. The main problem is the...

Nov, 2001

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