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Olympus E-420 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 14mm - 42mm f/3.5-f/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens - Refurbished by Olympus U.S.A. Refurbished

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About Olympus

The Olympus E-420 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera is the world's smallest digital SLR with all the features you need to take great pictures anywhere you go, every day. The innovative and unique Olympus Autofocus Live View function allows you to frame and focus your photos using the large 2.7-inch LCD as a viewfinder.

The E-420's Scene Select Modes make you an instant expert - or switch to manual mode to expand your creative control. This feature-rich digital SLR also sports Shadow Adjustment Technology and Face Detection, both viewable in real time on the Live View LCD. The E-420 is small enough to fit into a purse or a jacket pocket and light enough to shoot with comfortably all day. Two innovative technologies merge to create a unique digital experience.

The E-420's 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. And the Live View LCD, enables photographers to hold the camera away from their faces and at angles they just cannot reach by using the optical viewfinder alone.

The E-420's Face Detection feature distinguishes between people's faces and the background. This innovative technology tracks up to eight faces within the image area and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures. Shooting scenes with shadows can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas. The E-420 addresses this challenge with Shadow Adjustment Technology that compensates for extreme contrast when shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail. This technology works automatically when using Face Detection Mode, Live View and in Scene Select Modes.

Olympus Features

  • Dust reduction: Life moves too fast to spend time worrying about dust ruining your images. Olympus' proven Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter
  • Digital image stabilization: The E-420's Digital Image Stabilization, activated as a Scene Select Mode, allows high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds so you can freeze the action to capture sharp, blur-free images even if you or your subject is moving
  • 2.7" Hypercrystal II LCD: 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
  • 10 Megapixel live MOS: Get amazingly detailed, colorful and clear images with the 10-megapixel Live-MOS image sensor. This high-resolution sensor captures all the detail needed to make large prints, or even crop without losing detail
  • Perfect shot preview: 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
  • Wireless flash: If you decide to venture into the arena of advanced lighting, the E-420 is ready to meet the challenge. The E-420 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography
  • On-Screen Autofocus with Live View 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 accurate focus for crystal clear, amazing portraits
  • 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
  • The E-420 measures 5.1 inches by 3.6 inches by 2.1 inches and it's a featherweight 13.4 ounces - making it the world's smallest digital SLR
  • The Digital Image Stabilization Scene Select Mode allows high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds so you can freeze the action to capture sharp, blur-free images even if you or your subject is moving
  • The E- 420's TruePic III processor gives you better color and quality through true-to-life skin tones, brilliant blue skies, precise color transitions, more detail and less image noise
  • Expand your creative reach with wireless flash compatibility. The E-420 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography
  • With 18 easy to use Scene Select Modes you can simply select the right mode for your shot; the E-420 takes care of the rest. The 18 modes cover practically every common shooting scenario including Portrait, Fireworks, Sports, Landscape, Sunset and many more
  • As soon as you grab the E-420, you'll notice how naturally it fits in your hand. The improved grip is ergonomically designed for superior comfort. The E-420's body is lightweight and stylish so it's a pleasure to carry and use for hours at a time
  • Accepting CompactFlash Type I & II, Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards, the E-420 provides a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility and it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera
  • 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
  • Fire of a burst of shots at 3.5 frames per second. The E-420's burst rate is perfect for capturing the ideal shot at backyard birthday parties or at youth soccer games
  • The E420's Auto White Balance function analyzes information from the scene and calibrates how a white object should appear under a variety of light sources, so your images turn out vibrant and life like
  • The benefits of the Four Thirds Mount on the E-420 are many. You get a digitally designed image sensor, a compact design, as well as expandability and compatibility with the rest of the Four Thirds System
  • Olympus' Zuiko Digital lenses provide edge-to-edge pixel-perfect clarity. Unlike film lenses, these advanced, precision-engineered 100-percent digital lenses are designed to work perfectly with all the camera's digital technology

Olympus Specifications

Product type
Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Memory
CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Sensor Size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount
Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
10 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit
Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of effective pixels
Approx. 11.8 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF
Fixed type
IR cut filter
Hybrid type
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format
RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size
[RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Raw File size
3648 x 2736 compressed Approx. 11MB
Large File size
3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB, 3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB, 3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB, 3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB
Middle File size
3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB, 3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB, 3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB, 3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB, 2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB, 2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB, 2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB, 2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
Small File size
1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB, 1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB, 1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB, 1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB, 1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB, 1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB, 1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB, 1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB, 1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
Viewfinder
Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view
Approx. 95%
Viewfinder magnification
Approx.0.92x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point
Approx. 14 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter adjustment range
-3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen
Fixed (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen)
Eyepiece shutter
Eye piece cap EP-4 supplied
Eye cup
Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7, EP-5 supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available)
Preview
Can be checked (when Left arrow pad is set in preview mode), selectable from the optical viewfinder or rear-mounted LCD monitor
View finder information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose)
Live View
Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation setting pre-view, Face detection pre-view, Perfect shot pre-view, Grid line displayable, 7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram, Heat warning
AF
Phase -difference detection system, Contrast detection system
Image Stabilizer System
No
LCD Display
HyperCrystal II LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
Size
2.7 inches
Total no. of pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
Playback field of view
100%
Brightness control
15 levels
Color Balance
15 levels
Focusing AF system
TTL phase-difference detection system, Contrast detection system (with 14-42mm f3.5-5.6)
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focusing point
3-point multiple AF (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
Auto/Option selectable
AF luminance range
EV 0 to 19 (at 20, ISO 100)
AF illuminator
Built-in flash (external flash available. Inactivation is available to set.)
AF lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus aid
Available
Exposure Control Metering system
TTL open-aperture metering system: (1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering), (2) Centre weighted average metering, (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen), (4) Spot with Highlight control, (5) Spot with Shadow control
Metering range
EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
(1) Auto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene program AE (7) Scene select AE
Scene program AE
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night + Portrait
Scene select AE
Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow
ISO sensitivity
AUTO (ISO 100 - 1600) / Manual (ISO 100 - 1600), 1 EV steps
Exposure compensation
±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Locked by first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing
3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1EV steps selectable
Auto White Balance system
Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance
8 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB/Preset WB mode)
Custom white balance
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance
1 custom setting can be registered
Color Mode Color matrix
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone (default setting: Natural)
Adjustment parameter
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Muted and Portrait
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone
Filter effect
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation
4 levels (Auto, high key, normal, low key)
Shutter
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
Auto mode: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings), P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/4000 sec. (Bulb: up to 8 min. with limiter), Scene program/Scene select mode: 4 - 1/4000 sec. (depends on settings) 1/3EV steps
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (with optional RM-UC1 Remote cable.)
Optical remote control
Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)
Anti shock mode
Available (1 to 30sec selectable)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 3.5 frames/sec.
Max. recordable pictures
RAW mode: Max. 6 frames
On sequential shooting
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (LN mode: approx. upto card capacity with SanDisk Extreme III TBD)
Built-in flash
Retractable flash (Auto pop-up type), GN=12 (ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20
Flash control mode
TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Fill-in, Slow synchronization, Manual, Off
Synchronization speed
1/180 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
Flash intensity control
Up to ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Synchronization timing
1st curtain synchronization/2nd curtain slow synchronization (selectable)
Flash bracketing
Not available
Wireless flash control
Compatible external flash: FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method
Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Flash control modes
TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual.
Number of channels
4 channels
Group setting
3 groups
Super control panel
Information (Shooting): Battery information, Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity, Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, BKT warning, NR warning, WB, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Flash mode, Record mode, Image size, Card information, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable image number, Focusing mode, FP warning AF frame, AF illuminator
Information (Wireless flash commander)
Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value bar, Exposure compensation value, Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification, NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator disactivated notification, Color space, Wirelss channel setting, Built-in flash intensity, Group setting
Back light timer
Back light lighting time is selectable. (Keep, 8, 30sec, 1min)
Playback modes
Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available)
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Languages Americas
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Custom function
Left arrow button is available to set some functions. (Face detection, Preview, OFF, One touch WB, Live preview, Test picture)
Drive button is available to set some functions. (Drive, AF target selection, S-AF/C-AF/MF selection, WB mode, Metering mode, ISO setting)
Custom reset
2 settings are recordable
My mode
Not available
Erasing function
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames (with protect function)
Protect function
Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing
RAW development
JPEG editing
Gradation AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Triming, Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (colour depth), Resize (producing another file)
Print function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
PC interface
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 is available)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
Battery
BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode
Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
Approx. 500 shots (optical viewfinder)
Operating Temperature
32-104F / 0 - 40 (operation) / -20 - 60 (storage)
Operating Humidity
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Dimensions
5.1 in. (W) x 3.6 in.(H) x 2.1 in. D / 129.5 mm (W) x 91 mm (H) x 53 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight
13.4 oz. / 380 g (body only)
Warranty
90 Day warranty
Mfr #
262081B
SKU
IOME420KR

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4.4

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92%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good product

I have only been using it for two weeks and I'm still really satisfied! I learning photography and it is definitely a good quality product for such an use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good camera, good price....bad refurbish

I love the camera. I bought it refurbished and there is a dead pixel on the LCD screen. Tried to use the cameras "Pixel Mapping" feature to reset the screen, but it didn't clear the dead pixel. Would return it to get fixed, but shipping out overseas soon and don't have the time to wait. Little disappointing...

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3.0

Good camera, good price....bad refurbish

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I love the camera. I bought it refurbished and there is a dead pixel on the LCD screen. Tried to use the cameras "Pixel Mapping" feature to reset the screen, but it didn't clear the dead pixel. Would return it to get fixed, but shipping out overseas soon and don't have the time to wait. Little disappointing...

 
4.0

Decent dslr at good price

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This camera can be dirt simple or set to the nth degree for those who know exactly what they want. I mean nearly everything is adjustable! Menu selection is immense but not all need to be used or even looked at for normal use. The info screen is a good work around for the menu. Performance up through ISO 400 has been good. I haven't used the camera long but suspect ISO 800 will be at least usuable. Being the lightest dslr around, you can carry it all day and not feel like you have a rock around your neck. Of course nothing is without drawbacks and the grip could be better. So far auto or redeye flash seems to need + .7 - 1 ev. Live view focus can be done in 3 ways but I only played with it to see that they work. Shutter lag can be bad when using live view; probably on other dslrs using live wiew too. Give me a real eye finder any day. This finder is just ok. Info provided is to the right and shows what you need, diopter adjustment works nice, but like all mirror finders it sucks compared to a decent silvered glass pentaprism. Cheap finders come with the lower price ranges in all brands. Shame on all of them. Image stabilization would have been nice as would an actual focus assist light, instead of multi flashing the flash unit for focus assist, but I knew it didn't have these when I bought it. More price range things. The 14-42mm kit lens uses some expensive glass elements and covers 28-84mm - 35mm equivalent which is a good and useful range. Lens seems quite good though I haven't done any resolution tests. Camera dynamic range is a bit limited and you can lose hi-lights quite easily. It's not that big of a deal though as a touch of brightness and or contrast change in the Olympus software can get you where you want. You can do it in camera too. A nice feature is being able to set in a menu autofocus with manual focus adjust Without any switches to move. Along this line ALL DSLRS, especially those with slow kit lenses, should have a split image focusing screen to help with manual focus. Dim finders, poor screens, and slow lenses make manual focusing a PITA! Manual focus is needed much more often than many realize. There is a work around using liveview with screen magnification but it is another pita. Again this is not just an Olympus problem. Some things really were better in the old days! Nitpicks: Popup flash is shrouded from subject during very close macro shots. Why do you have to have the xD memory card [in addition to CF card] to shoot stitch together panorama photos? Though having both cards allows raw and jpeg on separate cards. So if you sick of megapixel wars, gigantic 30x plus zoom range semi compacts with lenses [gag, cough] only an ad man could love, and don't care about video then pick up this Olympus. Get a bit familiar with it, forget live view bs, put it up to your eye and discover why an slr is the way to go.

 
4.0

OLYMPUS E-420 DSLR REFURBISHED

By

I AM STILL LEARNING HOW TO USE THIS CAMERA SO I HAVE NO USEFUL COMMENTS... BUT THE CAMERA LOOKS BRAND NEW!

 
5.0

Awesome little camera!

By

I bought this camera for no reason at all, and I'm really happy with it! In fact, I use it more often than my Pentax K20D. I like the feel of the pictures; they have a unique "grain" to them. I use this camera mostly with film specific prime lens, and the results are wonderful. It's a great starter camera. Just be aware that the camera will have difficulties focusing in low-light scenarios.

 
5.0

I love this camera

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I have been impressed with this camera's ability to take both low-light indoor shots and the macro feature. I've been using the Auto Aperture setting and have had the most beautiful pictures I've ever taken with digital. This will definitely lessen my need to edit.

 
4.0

Excellent walk-around camera

By

I bought this camera to carry daily so that I could practice shooting without having to pay for film. For the price it couldn't be any better. What I like: The controls are very intuitive and easy to customize. One-touch white balance is assignable to a dedicated button so you don't have to dive into menus all the time. (All my other cameras are old film cameras with little, if any, automation - so I have a low tolerance for menus.) Skin tones are very good. Vivid color settings are very good. Minimum focus distance is about a foot from the sensor, so you can take decent macro shots if you've got steady hands. It's incredibly light. It makes my film gear feel like gym weights. The battery charges in just a couple of hours, and is smaller than the lens cap if you want to carry a spare. I haven't needed one yet. The shutter doesn't vibrate much, so you can get away with some pretty slow shutter speeds if you take a couple insurance shots. What could be better: The lens isn't silent as it auto-focuses, but you have to listen really hard to hear it, so it may as well be. The kit lens is slow, but so is every other kit lens. I would have preferred if Adorama sold this refurb outfit with the 25mm pancake lens, but it's still a steal of a deal. There's no image stabilization, but for internet sized images you can get away with raising the ISO and shutter speed and not have noise issues. The hand grip is small, but the lightness of the total package more than makes up for it. You can hold this thing with just your fingertips. As a camera to travel with or to practice shooting or to have with you all the time I think it's the best there is. The menus are easier to learn than other brands in my opinion, and it's super easy to carry wherever you go. It's the camera that will get you the shots the others won't because they stayed in the car and this one came with you!

 
5.0

Nice camera

By

Nice slr. Nice weight size and feel. I can only hope Olympus continues to make slrs.

 
5.0

Looks new

By

Very pleased with camera. Great live view. Still working on learning all the functions.

 
5.0

Olympus a great Value

By

Fine Camera,Glad I purchased from you,GREAT VALUE Would have stayed with non DSLR had you not offered the DSLR at such a good price. Thank You

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Camera

By

I am still trying to learn everything that this camera has to offer. This is my first SLR camera and I am very excited about using it. The only thing I miss on this camera is the Image Stabilization feature. But that is a small thing to me, I purchased a tripod to make up for it. This is a very nice camera and would recommend to anyone who is a first time SLR user.

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Simon L  Hi. I am in the market for a great travel camera for under $300. Adorama is offering this camera refurbished for $279. Is it is worth buying this camera over the newer compact cameras with manual settings (Samsung TL350 at $247, the Canon X210 at $200 and Samsung HZ30w at $176)? The main purpose of the camera is for travel and I want to make shallow depth of field shots. I wonder if it is better to buy this camera despite its bulkiness for travel or buying a compact camera that lacks a big sensor and cannot produce terrific DOF shots. Also, is refurbished a great deal or not worth taking a risk on? Thanks!
Mike S  Simon, this is an excellent camera. I carry mine when I don't want to be burdened with my medium format gear. It makes up for it's very slight bulk by being very light and very solidly built. The kit lens for example feels much better to me than the kit lenses from other manufacturers. As for the quality issue on refubished gear, I'm sure there's some sample variability, but mine was a refurb and it looked brand new coming out of the box. I looked over it very carefully and found no marks or damage of any kind. I've had it for some time now, and it's never missed a beat. I was worried about the same thing, so I can understand your concern. As for alternatives, if you can afford a little more expense, the E520 is only a little heavier (it has a fuller right hand grip) but it includes in body image stabilization. If compactness with high image quality is most important, you may find a similar deal on a refub'd mirror-less DSLR. I haven't shopped those though, so I don't know what the price difference is. I would think that for travel though, the slight delay from the e-viewfinder wouldn't be too much of an issue. About that image quality, it's really better than the price and megapixel count would lead you to believe. I've used mine for head shots and portraits that my customer was happy to buy, and I've had images from mine printed in books and even in a newspaper. With some simple editing software and this camera you can really surprise yourself with how good the photos will look. I think you'll really appreciate the increase in speed and image quality advantage that DSLR's have over small sensor cameras. That's been my experience at least.
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