The famous Japanese company specializing in optics and imaging, Olympus has announced the launch of its new extremely portable E-420 DSLR camera, which the company claims as the world’s smallest digital SLR camera, incorporating a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Olympus TruePic III image processor, 2.7-inch Live View LCD display and Dust Reduction System for spot-free images.

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Key Features And Technologies Of Olympus E-420:

  • On-Screen Autofocus – Works as seamlessly as a point-and-shoot to display subjects in focus on the LCD the instant the shutter is pressed half way
  • Face Detection Technology – Targets and locks on up to eight faces to ensure they are in focus and crystal clear for amazing portraits
  • New and Improved HyperCrystal II Technology – Delivers twice the contrast and better viewing in extreme lighting conditions, a broader range of color detail, and a wider angle of view on the LCD so you and your friends can see it up to 176 degrees off-center
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology – Captures detail in the bright areas of a frame and opens up detail in the shadows that other cameras would render too dark or underexposed
  • Perfect Shot Preview – Enables you to view and select your favorite effect right on the LCD, and see how the image will look before you even capture it, so you know that what you see is what you get

“The Olympus E-420 delivers the professional-grade image quality of a digital SLR with the simple operation of a point-and-shoot camera,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager – DSLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Thanks to the camera’s small size and lightweight body, users can take the E-420 everywhere, and they will never miss another shot because the of the camera’s straightforward controls. Additionally, our innovative technologies help consumers get more from Live View.”

The new Olympus E-420 D-SLR camera which weights only 380 grams (13.4 ounces) will be available in coming May 2008 for about $500 (body only) or around $600 (standard 14-42mm lens kit).

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