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Olympus E-400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 207 reviews of Olympus E-400. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the size and price are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the memory and control panel.

portability, usability, performance, price, size

flash, focus, viewfinder, control panel, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Olympus E-400 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviews about the performance and reliability are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback.

price, usability, portability, reliability, performance

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019


Expert review by : Cliff Smith (

Olympus E-400


If you're looking for a mid-range digital SLR the E-400 should be high on your short list.

The Olympus E-400 is a very accomplished camera, a serious photographic tool that will appeal to both professionals and advanced amateurs. It offers a combination of easily controlled versatility, exceptional performance and superb image quality that...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : staff (

Olympus E-400 review


Review of Olympus' latest compact

Features ; Performance ; Build quality

Price ; Lack of grip

The finish is a step up from the E-500, but the handling is perhaps a step backward

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Rosie Tanner (

Olympus E-400


Olympus' new lightest-ever DSLR

Innovative technology at a record breaking size and weight, plus a good price, the E-400 has great potential as a popular consumer DSLR

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : (

Olympus E-400


This is a camera replete with much clever stuff packed into a tiny body. A worry is the not so svelte price; the twin lens kit including a 14-42mm optic (used here) and a very compact 40 to 150mm (80 to 300mm in 35mm terms) lens retails at around £850....

Impressive image quality, ease of use and handling (despite compact size), nice kit lens, and it's responsive

Pentamirror viewfinder is gloomy and small

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (

Olympus E-400 review


The 10-megapixel Olympus E-400 digital SLR harks back to the past with a diminutive design closely modeled on the Olympus OM-1.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Olympus E-400


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Aug, 2007

Expert review by : James Corrin (

Olympus E-400 DSLR: Review


Compact and light-weight - is the Olympus E-400 the DSLR to take everywhere?

Compact and light-weight ; Automatic sensor cleaning

Some may find it awkward to handle ; Too many controls in menus not buttons ; Auto whitebalance gives poor results ; Price Comparison ; Olympus E-400 DSLR

If you have small hands and want the full control of a DSLR for the size of a bridge camera you're going to love the E400. It has a super compact design for a DSLR and provides reasonable performance for single shots. Images are mostly good if you...

May, 2007

Expert review by (

Olympus E-400 DSLR Review


The E-400 - a bantamweight with the punching power of a light heavyweight, as Duncan Evans reveals while testing Olympus' lightest and latest, Four Thirds Standard SLR.

Lightweight; Good colour and sharpness; Fast and accurate autofocus; Dual format, xD and CF; Good shutter speed range; Lots of picture modes for beginners; Ultrasonic CCD cleaning; Good Exposure Compensation range; Built in flash works well

Built in flash limited in power

With lots of picture modes and a generally simplified body control system, this is a DSLR that beginners can pick up and use. It produces very good results, and with a high 10Mp resolution can equally be used for landscapes and portraits. The autofocus...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by (

Olympus E-400


Welcome to the only really new SLR this year. The Nikon D80 is so similar to the D50/D70s that it doesn't really count as a 'new' design, while the Canon EOS 400D is essentially a revamped 350D and the Sony Alpha 00 is a heavily revised Dynax 5D.

Features, Performance, Build quality

Price, Lack of grip

The finish is a step up from the E-500, but the handling is perhaps a step backward

Dec, 2006

Expert review by (

Olympus E-400 DSLR Double Zoom Kit


The Olympus E-400 Digital SLR is the world's smallest digital SLR - it features 10 megapixels, anti-dust sensor, and the double zoom lens kits provides two new lenses.

Stylish Ultra compact "retro" styled Digital SLR body (World's smallest) ; Matching compact lenses ; Very good image quality ; Excellent colour ; Simple to use, thanks to AUTO and Scene modes (although practice is recommended) ; Very good kit lenses...

The Olympus E-400 is an impressive digital SLR camera, offering excellent image quality, and an excellent range of lenses with very precise manual zoom control. The screen is good, and the camera can produce excellent photos. If you can stick with the...

Nov, 2006

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