Olympus has announced the new entry-level DSLR: E-450. It is an upgraded version of the E-420.

Detailed comparison of the new model are here:

  • improved LCD - better luminance, no change in resolution or size;
  • 8 RAW shoots in a burst (in E-420 they were 6);
  • longer bulb exposure: 30 minutes (versus 8 in E-420);
  • wider flash control: now +/- 3 EV (versus +/- 2 EV);
  • new processor TruePic III;
  • spot metering is said to be larger, covering 2% of the viewfinder area (versus 1%);
  • 3 postprocessing filters (called Art Filters): Pop up, Soft Focus, Pin hole. The other art filters available in the E-30 are not inherited in this cheaper model.

The differences are welcome but somehow minor, so definitely an upgrade is not needed for whom have the E-420 already, while new customers will surely avoid the E-420. In other words, this new model fully replaces the E-420.

The Olympus E-450 should be available from July but ordering will start from May. Initial pricing in the US will be 699 $ with a kit including two lenses (ED 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 and ED 40-150 mm f4-5.6), really not bad. In the UK standard kit lens should cost 450 pound.

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