Olympus Evolt E-400 digital camera
Last update: Feb. 2nd, 2012
Feb. 2nd: Lenses section updated
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Reviews and previews
- See the comprehensive review of the E-400 by John Foster on his website. This includes a large number of tests and test images.
- The cameralabs.com
review is interesting and contains a side-by-side comparison to the
Canon 400D and the Panasonic L1.
- TrustedReviews have an interesting
- digicamreview have a review
of the Olympus E400, with many photos of the camera with different
accessories, test images showing the performance at different ISO
levels, test results and high resolution sample images.
- Photographyblog have a comprehensive, six page review
of the Olympus E-400, with sample images and high resolution
have a short, but interesting review with some sample images showing
different ISO settings (and a comparison with the Sony Alpha and Canon
- Andrzej Wrotniak has a short, but interesting review
of the Olympus E400 on his site and the only and full resolution
samplesI have found so far.
- Snaarman upgraded from the Olympus 8080 to the E400 and posted an
interesting comparison here.
- PCW (a computer magazine) have a review
of the E-400.
have a preview of the Olympus E400, introducing the camera, but with no
test results or samples
- digitalkamera.de have a brief article
in German with some pictures of the camera about the E400.
- letsgodigital have another brief
article about the Olympus E-400 with some pictures of the camera
RAW file format
- Olympus has released a codec
for Windows Vista.
The codec is a piece of software running under Windows Vista with which
Vista can import and display RAW images of all Olympus DSLRs.
Photoshop CS2 is capable of converting E400 RAW files. You will need the Camera
RAW 3.6 plugin. But you can also buy the cheaper Adobe Elements 3,
which also supports the plugin.
- Another good RAW converter is Olympus
- dcraw by Dave
Coffin is an open source software used by several RAW converters, which
can convert E400 RAW files. It's available as source code, command line
executable or within a large number of image editing softwares. See
Dave Coffin's page for an exhaustive list.
- Even Irfanview can
decode E400 RAW files, thanks to the dcraw code.
- The E400 takes both CF and xD cards.
- There is no reason to use xD cards (unless you want to use the
inbuilt panorama function), since CF
cards are cheaper.
update v1.1 is avaliable on the Olympus UK page. It contains
the following changes:
- The [PICTURE MODE] can be changed
when the shooting mode is
set to [AUTO].
- [PICTURE MODE] default
setting is changed to [@NATURAL].
aberrations / Purple fringing
- To remove chromatic aberrations you can process the RAW image
with the Adobe Photohop RAW plugin.
- To remove chromatic aberrations with
an image editor (desaturation of the magentas):
- It is very simple to remove chromatic
aberrations from an image. Simply use a photo editor and set the
level of magenta (also green where this makes sense) to the minimum. In
some images you might have to set the saturation level of red to the
It might also make sense to limit the processing to the affected area
select the affected image area and only process that).
- The ME-1
eyecup magnifier enlarges the view by 20%. The eyecup incorporates
two lenses and measures 40 x 30 x 12mm.
- The FP-1 Power Flash grip is designed for use with the FL-50
high-voltage pack and can be used in combination with the flash unit's
built-in power supply to provide fast flash charging for an extended
number of shots. The head is can be rotated by 180° for increased
E400 system chart: lists all accessories of the E400.
photography with the Olympus E400
- The site Infrared
photography with your digital camera contains interesting
about infrared photography with Olympus cameras and an overview of
filters with their spectral characteristics.
- These sites contain useful information about infrared photography
with digital cameras:
Digital infrared photography - site devoted to digital infrared
photography with image galleries, information about filters and
equipment and links.
Infrared Photography page
- excellent information resource devoted to infrared photography with
Olympus cameras. Information about infrared filters, exposure settings,
focus, post-processing, sample images and links.
- Also see the Infrared
photography page of the Apogee magazine: this is an interesting
general introduction to infrared photography with digital cameras.
||Focal length in mm
(multiply by 2 to get
rectilinear ultra wide angle
|| Not available, filters
cannot be screwed on
DC HSM 10-20
||Focal length in mm
(multiply by 2 to get
- Prime lenses (fixed focal length)
- Extension tubes, teleconverters and adapters
Tube for double magnification
||Adapter to connect OM lenses to
- The Olympus E400 has a standard flash hotshoe and can
external flashes (among others the FL-20, FL-36 and FL-50).
- Try out the Metz flash units - cheap and reliable. Alternatively
try the FL-36 or other Olympus flash units.
- See here
for how to measure the trigger voltage of your flash.
the Olympus E400 with a computer
- Olympus is offering the PT-E03
underwater housing for the E400. Policarbonate, waterproof up to
40m, takes the FL-36 TTLflash with the PFL-01 & PFL-E01
flash housing. Five interchangeable lens ports allow the optional
use of the Olympus 14-45mm, 14-42mm, 11-22mm or 14-54mm, 7-14mm, 8mm
Fisheye and the 35mm as well as the 50mm Macro lens.
- Olympus also offer the PPO-E05 lens
port (i.e. an underwater housing) for the standard 14-42 Zuiko lens.
- The site Digideep.com
is an online directory for digital underwater photography.
- Interesting forum for underwater photography: DigitalDiver.net
by Kurt Stege, is a free tool to recover deleted images from a memory
card. Recommended, alough it involves more work an e tool of
- These software tools are not free, so since Convar's software is
available for free, there is no real need to use them:
- Check this site: Digital
Christian Grau has some software
tools to fix damaged memory cards. The software used to be free, now
also has a software tool (Photorescue) for repairing damaged memory
although it's not free.
is another tool. Price is $39.95.
- The picture files of the Olympus E400
contain the complete exposure information (aperture, exposure time,
leng, white balance etc.).
- To read this data you can use these
by Ryuuji Yoshimoto. Haven't tried the software myself, but it looks
Image Viewer, by Michal Kowalski. This is the one I'm using.
from his homepage:
"EXIF viewer is a simple image
viewer application for photos taken with digital cameras. It's capable
of reading EXIF information embedded in photos as well as little
Because small thumbnail is already present in most photos displaying it
is really fast.
EXIF viewer can also provide
detailed information about photos (shutter speed, aperture, etc.) and
list them for comparison purposes.
EXIF viewer also displays image
histogram. It also features copying/moving and deleting of selected
Single photograph can be displayed in separate window or in a full
by Friedemann Schmidt. I'm using this one too. It can rewrite EXIF data
to images which lost it due to processing with a software package which
doesn't support EXIF. Quoting from his site:
"Exifer is a nearly free software
(you only should send me a postcard if you're using Exifer frequently)
with which you can manage the metadata (EXIF/IPTC) of pictures taken by
digital cameras. Because many image processing software destroys this
when saving such files, the idea was to create a backup of the metadata
before editing it in any software, and then, after that to restore it
into the processed file. With Exifer you can do this very easily. "
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