Hailed as the digital version of the classic
OM-1 (this title has since passed to the OM-D series), the Olympus E-420
was the smallest and lightest digital SLR available in its time - the
camera with a 25mm f2.8 "Pancake" lens was less than half the weight of
a Nikon D3 body alone! Designed around the 4/3 format which
optimizes the relationship between image quality and a small sensor
size, it was one of the first digital SLRs to feature automatic sensor
cleaning and "live view" - and when you press the
shutter it even sounds like an OM-1.
25mm f2.8 Pancake lens weighs in at only 95g and is only 20mm deep when fitted to the camera -
it can be mistaken for a body cap when its lens cap is in place!
Yet, it offers a relatively fast f2.8 aperture, has the same angle of
view as the human eye and produces stunningly sharp images.
It is a "go anywhere" digital SLR which can use the original
range of Olympus Zuiko lenses (with the MF-1 adaptor).