Olympus has released details of the E-450, which it claims as the slimmest, smallest interchangeable-lens-type digital SLR camera on the market.


September 4, 2009: Olympus has released details of the E-450, which it claims as the slimmest, smallestinterchangeable-lens-type digital SLR camera on the market.
Due to go on sale this month at an RRP of $999 for the twin-lens kit, the E-450 combines the compact design of the popular E-420 with a new TruePic III+ image processing engine, 10-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD monitor, which provides improved visibility during Live View shooting and picture playback. Measuring only 129.5 x 91 x 53 mm and weighing just 380 grams, the body of the E-405 is similar in size to some long-zoom digicams but offers superior picture quality because of its much larger image sensor.


Front and rear views of the new Olympus E-450. (Source: Olympus.)
Like other Olympus DSLRs, it supports both JPEG and ORF.RAW file capture and can cover a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. While still offering the standard Auto, P, A, S and M shooting modes as well as two Scene settings, the mode dial has been redesigned to include support for the Art Filters that were first introduced in the E-30 model. The E-450 provides three of the most popular filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus and Pin Hole.
Other popular technologies included in the E-450 include High-Speed Imager AutoFocus and Shadow Adjustment (SAT) control, which works with the camera’s Face Detection function. Up to eight human faces can be detected in any scene and the camera will adjust focus and exposure accordingly. The E-450 also offers continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.5 frames/second, along with the Perfect Shot Preview function that enables users to compare various effects before shooting.
The E-450 also comes with the Olympus SSWF (Super-Sonic Wave Filter) dust reduction system plus the Super Control Panel graphic display for setting camera controls. the built-in flash includes a commander function that allows the camera to be used with wireless flashes. When the FL-50R and/or FL-36R external flashes are used, multiple flashes can be controlled without either connection cables or an external commander. Settings (including flash mode and intensity) for up to 3 groups of remote flashes can be adjusted on the LCD panel on the back of the camera.
Full details of the E-450 can be found at www.olympus.com.au.