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The best entry-level Olympus DSLR cameras are the interchangeable lens available under the $800 price range. The below listed top-rated DSLRs offer relatively lower customization options when compared to the high-end DSLR cameras. These cameras can capture images of over 14 Megapixel resolution and are available under the Evolt and Pen product lines. Check out the relatively older products from Olympus which can be available from online stores.

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Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm Lens and EVF


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Olympus PEN E-P2
Olympus PEN E-P2
Olympus PEN E-P2
Olympus SP-800UZ
Olympus E-420
Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm Lens and EVF
Olympus E-P2 Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w  17mm Lens  12 3MP  SDHC Card Slot
Olympus PEN E-P2 Digital Camera
Olympus SP-800UZ Digital Camera
Olympus E-420 Digital Camera with 14-42mm lens
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Release Date
Nov 2009
Nov 2009
Nov 2009
Feb 2010
Apr 2008
Camera Type
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Optical Zoom
3.0 x
3.0 x
3.0 x
30.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
12.3 Megapixel
12.3 Megapixel
13.1 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
11.8 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
Live MOS
CCD
Live MOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
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    - The results were quite good from both the E-P1 and E-P2.
    - It might be that the Olympus E-P2 is so short that the controls are just harder to reach than I'm used to.
    - The lower resolution makes Manual focus a little more difficult than it was on the just-reviewed Panasonic GF1, even with the 7x or 10x zoom option.
    - Chromatic aberration is a little high, unfortunately, but that can be dealt with.


  • For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.


  • The E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera has all the benefits and shortfalls of the less expensive E-P1, but it also includes a detachable electronic viewfinder.

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    - The results were quite good from both the E-P1 and E-P2.
    - It might be that the Olympus E-P2 is so short that the controls are just harder to reach than I'm used to.
    - The lower resolution makes Manual focus a little more difficult than it was on the just-reviewed Panasonic GF1, even with the 7x or 10x zoom option.
    - Chromatic aberration is a little high, unfortunately, but that can be dealt with.


  • For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.


  • The E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera has all the benefits and shortfalls of the less expensive E-P1, but it also includes a detachable electronic viewfinder.

  • Rating Unavailable

    - The results were quite good from both the E-P1 and E-P2.
    - It might be that the Olympus E-P2 is so short that the controls are just harder to reach than I'm used to.
    - The lower resolution makes Manual focus a little more difficult than it was on the just-reviewed Panasonic GF1, even with the 7x or 10x zoom option.
    - Chromatic aberration is a little high, unfortunately, but that can be dealt with.


  • For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.


  • The E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera has all the benefits and shortfalls of the less expensive E-P1, but it also includes a detachable electronic viewfinder.

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    The SP-800UZ is one of the most versatile cameras on the market today thanks to the 30x wide optical zoom lens. Combining the lens with its other features, performance and image quality make this an excellent ultra-zoom option.


  • - If you want a huge zoom in a relatively small and portable package, the class-leading focal range provided by the Olympus SP-800UZ is worth seeking out.
    - However with one hand on the grip and the other cupping the lens it's possible to hold the camera nice and steady in the palm for shooting handheld - even at maximum telephoto.


  • - It's well-priced, too.

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    - The E-420's new Live View autofocus functionality now simplifies the process by working just like a point and shoot.
    - The E-420 is compatible with the Olympus FL-50R and FL-36R wireless electronic flashes that are designed exclusively for digital photography.
    - The E-420 is small enough to fit into a purse or a jacket pocket and light enough to shoot with comfortably all day.
    - A camera this consumer-friendly is perfect for taking portraits of friends and family while out and about.

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    - Olympus has increased the size of the LCD from 2.5 inches to 2.7 and made the grip a bit larger as well.

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    - Olympus designed this portable model for those who are ready to step up to the power and performance of a digital SLR, yet still expect the ease of use and ability to compose images on the LCD common to point-and-shoot cameras.